Auditions

SRJC Theatre Arts production

FALL AUDITIONS

 

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE

Directed by Leslie McCauley

 

DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID

Directed by John Shillington

Choreography by Alyce Finwall

Music and Vocal Direction by Janis Dunson-Wilson

 

Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM.

Choose EITHER the Friday OR Saturday audition slot; you only need to come to one.

You may audition for one or both shows.

Registration begins in the Burbank Auditorium lobby at 5:30 PM and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration involves completing 2-4 forms so allow yourself enough time to do so. Auditions begin 30 minutes later.

Callbacks - Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Burbank Auditorium

Actors being called back may be called back for all of the audition period or only a portion.

 

Want to audition but your schedule conflicts because you are currently in performances for another show?

Please contact the directors Leslie McCauley at lmccauley@santarosa.edu and John Shillington jshillington@santarosa.edu using the subject line “Special Audition Request.”

 

WHAT TO PREPARE and WHAT TO BRING

  • See the detailed instructions below for what to prepare and bring for the each show's specific auditions.
  • Bring a headshot and resume if you have them; however, they are not required. If you do not have a headshot, a small photo would be helpful (but we won't be able to return it).
  • Bring your calendars. Our rehearsal time is VERY limited and only the conflicts presented at auditions will be accepted.

LOCATION and PARKING

LOCATION BURBANK AUDITORIUM

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus

1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Map

If you don't have a current SRJC parking pass, single usage parking permits ($4.00) can be purchased at a grey kiosk (cash or card) located as you enter the lot. Permits are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

Questions & Resources

  • What's a monologue?: A monologue is a speech from a play where one character speaks for an extended period of time to another character, him/herself, or the audience. Actors are asked not to select a monologue from the play for which they are auditioning.
  • What if I don't have a prepared monologue?: Not to worry. If you've never done this before OR found out about auditions at the last minute, just pick up the Optional Monologue (male or female) from the envelopes on this board. Do not worry about reading the play the monologue is from at this late date. However, if you can find it, reading it helps.

 

Audition Criteria for

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE

By Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis

World Premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre fall 2016

What to Prepare 

Please prepare a 1-minute contemporary dramatic monologue (or comic if you don't have a dramatic piece). Callbacks will consist of reading from the script and could also involve improvisation. Also looking for actors who play drums and piano. If you do not have a prepared monologue, you may use of the 'generic' monologues linked at the bottom of this page under "GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES."

  • Cast Size: Approximately twelve, age 17 and up. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition. Older actors also needed. All actors play multiple roles except the actors playing Lorinda and Doremus.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Tuesday August 29 at 6:30. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.  

Show Description

A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty, IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Witnessing the new president’s tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall.

(It Can't Happen Here is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.” North Bay Premiere)

Script
 
A copy of the script is at the Reserve Desk in Doyle Library on the Santa Rosa campus. You may also familiarize yourself with the script by reading Sinclair Lewis' novel of the same title. Note: we are staging the recent Taccone/Bennett adaptation of the novel, not Sinclair Lewis' own stage adaptation.

 

Audition Criteria for

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

Book by Doug Wright

 

  • Preliminary auditions for The Little Mermaid will consist of a singing audition. While singing, performers will also be evaluated on their acting choices.
  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will sing songs from the show and may do a dance audition (if being considered for dancing roles).
  • Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show

 

Show Details

Based on the classic animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s cherished story, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  When Ariel, a daring young mermaid, falls head over tail for Prince Eric in the human world above, she bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her lovely voice for legs.  But when things go terribly wrong, Ariel needs the help of her friends to save her. This Academy-Award winning fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

    • Cast Size: Principals/Featured Roles - approximately 6 - 8 men, 9 – 11 women and 1 boy. Ensemble - approx. 7. While age-appropriate actors will be considered, we will also consider younger actors for older roles and vice versa. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles.  Detailed Casting information
    • Dance Chorus: Dancers cast in these roles must be able to sing with controlled pitch (meaning they must be able to learn music and "carry a tune").
    • Rehearsals: Cast orientation is Thursday, August 31 at 6:30. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 5. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

    General Questions

    • Do I need to sing at the audition to be cast? Yes. Every character in this production may sing at some point so we need to hear you sing. Don't worry; just give it a try. It's a great learning experience and can be a lot of fun too!

     

    VOCAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

    FOR THE LITTLE MERMAID

    Please prepare 30 – 60 seconds (under 1 minute) of singing from the standard Broadway or a Disney musical repertoire.

    • What to Prepare:  Please prepare 30 – 60 seconds (under 1 minute) of singing from the standard Broadway musical repertoire.  Recommended shows:  anything by Disney, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, The Sound of Music, Bye Bye, Birdie!, Carousel, etc. 
    • Or prepare one of the following songs from THE LITTLE MERMAID

                   Women“Part of Your World”  measures 31-54 - Broadway version

                    Men“Under the Sea”  measures 5-40 - Broadway version

    • Your audition piece should demonstrate your singing ability and allow you to play a character; remember we want to see you act while singing.  Choose music that is similar to the show’s style.  
    • Bring your sheet music for the audition pianist.  The music should be in the correct key for your voice. You should have practiced with the piano and be sure that you are singing the music accurately. You will not be able to sing unaccompanied (“a capella”) and you will not be able to accompany yourself on an instrument.
    • Time yourself!  Make sure your audition piece is within the time limit listed above so that you can be sure that you present the best part of the song before your time is up. Do not use a long piano introduction!!

     

    IMPORTANT!!  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!!

     

    Here is a link to the entire show:

    The Little Mermaid (Pre-Broadway) Full Show

     

    HOW DO I FIND THE SHEET MUSIC FOR THE PIECE I WANT TO SING?

    Here are four resources to consider:

    1.  Try the library.  The Doyle library does contain some musical theatre and opera scores, as does the SSU library and some public libraries.

    2.  Try one of the great music stores in town.

    3.  Try an online sheet music website.

    4.  Try the Music Department - While their staff time is limited, they have a large collection of musical theatre and opera vocal music. After August 15th you may call 527-4249 and ask when is a good time to come by and look at materials.

     

    THE LITTLE MERMAID DANCE Audition Requirements FOR CALLBACKS ONLY:

    • What to Prepare: You do not have to prepare choreography ahead of time; you will be taught choreography at the callback. There will be no group warm-up, so warming up just before your dance audition is recommended.
    • What to Wear for a Dance Audition: Please wear non-restrictive attire in which you can move, such as exercise/workout attire. Street clothes (skirts, dresses, tailored pants, or tight-fitting jeans) are not appropriate for a dance audition unless specifically requested.
    • Women: Clothing - Wear flexible, form fitting clothing that allows choreographer to see your body shape, but avoid restrictive or revealing clothes. Footwear** -1st choice: Character shoes preferred; 2nd choice: any type of enclosed dance show (ballet slipper, jazz shoes, etc.); 3rd choice: Light weight tennis shoes. Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).
    • Men: Clothing - Wear dance attire or athletic clothing that allows you to move freely (e.g. a form fitting t-shirt; ballroom dance pants or full length athletic pants). Footwear** - 1st choice: Ballroom or jazz shoes preferred; 2nd choice: Any type of dance shoe; 3rd choice: Sneakers/lightweight tennis shoes (but avoid heavy tread). Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).

    **For safety reasons on stage, you will not be allowed to audition bare-footed, or in socks, sandals, flip flops, foot thongs, ultra high heels or other hazardous footwear.

    MORE GREAT RESOURCES ON AUDITIONING FOR A MUSICAL!!

    1. How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition - 8 Steps
    2. How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition
    3. Singing Auditions for Musical Theatre

    GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES

     

    Questions

    Contact Leslie McCauley: lmccauley@santarosa.edu

     

     

    LOCATION and PARKING

    LOCATION BURBANK AUDITORIUM

    Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus

    1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    Map

    If you don't have a current SRJC parking pass, single usage parking permits ($4.00) can be purchased at a grey kiosk (cash or card) located as you enter the lot. Permits are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.