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Musical Theatre Auditions And Casting

Author : Neil Rutherford
ISBN : 9781408174821
Genre : Performing Arts
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Musical theatre is a tough and over-crowded industry. Yet, despite the huge competition, many performers find auditioning difficult with little knowledge of what the directors, creative teams and producers are looking for, or how to win the panel over with their unique talent. As a leading international casting director, Neil Rutherford has seen thousands of hopefuls audition over the years. Uniquely, he also understands what it is like to audition from his years as a professional actor in musical theatre. This book provides a unique perspective on the musical theatre audition process and how to improve the chances of landing a role. With wit, humour and insight, Neil Rutherford guides the reader through the crucial elements of musical theatre auditions, opening up the process of casting and auditioning to the thousands of hopefuls trying to secure work in this industry every year, as well as anyone involved in musical theatre. With a foreword by Tony-award-winning director Bartlett Sher, the book also contains contributions from some of the world's leading directors and musical directors, including Sir Richard Eyre and Jerry Mitchell, adding further valuable insight from those at the centre of the musical theatre world. This book is a vital tool for anyone hoping to improve their audition chances and survive in the world of musical theatre.
Category: Performing Arts

Get The Callback

Author : Jonathan Flom
ISBN : 9781442266612
Genre : Performing Arts
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All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what’s the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? And once you’re in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight? In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team. The book gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition. In addition to extensively revised chapters on the audition process and how to build a repertoire book, this guide also features updated chapters on headshots, resumes, and cover letters; voice training techniques from Matthew Edward; advice from musical director Joey Chancey; and a foreword by casting director Joy Dewing. Aimed at professionals as well as young artists, this second edition of Get the Callback is a must-have for both seasoned and aspiring musical theatre performers.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : Richard Evans
ISBN : 9781134030132
Genre : Performing Arts
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Auditions are an integral part of every performer's life. From getting into drama school, through to a successful career in an overcrowded industry, Auditions: A Practical Guide offers crucial advice and tried-and-tested techniques to maximize success before, during and after each audition. Written by an established casting director and former actor with thirty years of experience on a wide range of productions, this book offers a wealth of personal and professional insights covering: drama and theatre schools classical, contemporary, physical and musical theatre television and radio drama screen tests and commercial castings voice work recalls and workshops handling job offers, and rejection. From training to triumph, nerves to networking and camera to casting couch, Auditions: A Practical Guide is an entertaining, accessible, and indispensable read for every performer. For more resources, please visit
Category: Performing Arts

How To Audition

Author : Gordon Hunt
ISBN : 0871293676
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Rock The Audition

Author : Sheri Sanders
ISBN : 9781423499435
Genre : Performing Arts
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Rock musicals are an increasingly dominant force in contemporary musical theatre. Rock the Audition defines what is required of the actor-singer to succeed in the audition room and gives the aspiring performer the tools necessary to interpret rock material with abandon, creativity, and inspiration. This book shows those interested in auditioning for a rock musical how to holistically embody the essence of the show for which they are auditioning. Rock the Audition teaches performers how to: ¥ Pick songs that have or have room to create a dramatic arc ¥ Create their own appropriate cuts and arrangements, and successfully communicate the feel of a song to a pianist for proper support ¥ Capture the essence of the musical they're trying out for ¥ Understand The vocal styles of different genres and how the styles changed over time ¥ Act a rock song Sanders's method also helps singing actors refine their physical life in the audition room when singing a rock song, An approach profoundly different from that of the legit musical-theatre auditioner. Rock the Audition shows readers how to interpret the meaning of the chosen songs and how to bring their own unique point of view to those interpretations. Includes: ¥ DVD with coaching techniques on rock vocal styling and rock physicalisation ¥ Interviews with the directors, casting directors, musical directors, and composers of the top rock musicals on Broadway, featuring their views on succeeding in rock musicals ¥ In-depth explanation of rock styles, genres, and eras
Category: Performing Arts

Directing In Musical Theatre

Author : Joe Deer
ISBN : 9781136246708
Genre : Performing Arts
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This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and technical production all the way to the final performance, Joe Deer covers the full range. Deer’s accessible and compellingly practical approach uses proven, repeatable methods for addressing all aspects of a production. The focus at every stage is on working with others, using insights from experienced, successful directors to tackle common problems and devise solutions. Each section uses the same structure, to stimulate creative thinking: Timetables: detailed instructions on what to do and when, to provide a flexible organization template Prompts and Investigations: addressing conceptual questions about style, characterization and design Skills Workshops: Exercises and ‘how-to’ guides to essential skills Essential Forms and Formats: Including staging notation, script annotation and rehearsal checklists Case Studies: Well-known productions show how to apply each chapter’s ideas Directing in Musical Theatre not only provides all of the essential skills, but explains when and how to put them to use; how to think like a director.
Category: Performing Arts

The Musical Theatre Performer S Guide To Audition Success

Author : Erin Roberts-Hall
ISBN : 9781329132009
Genre : Art
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Musical theatre performers will spend as much, or more, time auditioning for roles as they do rehearsing and performing, especially in the beginning of their careers. Auditioning is a critical skill learned over time and through experience. To get yourself working regularly, it is essential to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of the musical theatre audition process, and how you can best prepare yourself. This eBook provides information on audition formats, common expectations, what to bring and how to plan, specific strategies for dance, music and speaking, and submission advice. The material is intended for musical theatre students and professionals who are new to auditioning and musical theatre educators who wish to take these techniques into their classrooms.
Category: Art

Staging Musical Theatre

Author : Elaine Adams Novak
ISBN : UOM:39015035656167
Genre : Music
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Includes production time lines, the duties of key people, information about notable musicals, a list of best musical numbers, suggestions for sets, costumes, and instrumentation, and more.
Category: Music

The Audition Room

Author : Sharon Sorrentino
ISBN : 9781912083787
Genre : Performing Arts
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The aim of this book is to offer advice and tips to working actors, and new graduates alike, on ways in which they can improve upon their position or get started on their chosen path. There is pragmatic guidance to aid actors to get into the audition room itself then, once in those fateful auditions, how to make the most of the allotted time. The text is filled with practical and sage words of wisdom from a number of renowned industry professionals – actors, directors, casting directors, radio producers, voice artists, authors and acting coaches. Actors should treat this book as a helpful insider within the audition room, someone who wants to help them with their chosen career. They are an important aspect of the theatre industry, but have to keep on their toes because there are always another hundred actors, or more, stood behind just as hungry for work, if not hungrier!
Category: Performing Arts

Musical Theater In Schools

Author : Rekha S. Rajan
ISBN : 9780190603229
Genre : Music
File Size : 46.6 MB
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Musical Theater in Schools: Purpose, Process, and Performance is a comprehensive resource for general classroom teachers, music and drama educators. The book is the first of its kind to provide strategies for including musical theater across the K-12 curriculum, inviting teachers and arts specialists to utilize musical theater as an interdisciplinary art form within their own classrooms, or as collaborative projects throughout the school community. Typically relegated to after-school activities, musical theater can have a strong place both as an avenue for performance, creativity, and self-expression, or as a pathway for student learning about academic subjects. Drawing upon musical theater terminology, the book is organized into three distinct acts. The first section gives an overview of how this popular art form developed and how its stories reflect our culture and community, with descriptions of musical theater as a profession for adults, and for children. This section also discusses musical theater's compromised position within the arts, often relegated to theater departments even though repertoire and songs are available to music teachers, and argues for musicals as a form of interdisciplinary education. The second section outlines ways of integrating musical theater into the curriculum with considerations for the National Core Arts Standards. The third section provides suggestions for auditions, casting, rehearsing, and presenting a complete production, with a specific focus on student-centered performances. Based on the author's own experiences as a professional musical theater performer, coupled with teaching and research in classroom settings, the book reasons that you do not have to be a Broadway star to teach or perform musical theater. This unique and innovative book supports educators through the process of bringing musical theater into the biggest and most important performance space - the classroom stage.
Category: Music