Auditions

 

THE GOOD DOCTOR

Directed by Wendy Wisely

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Directed by Laura Downing-Lee
Music Direction by Janis Dunson Wilson
Choreography by Alyce Finwall
 

Please scroll down for instructions on what to prepare!

SRJC Auditions are open to the entire community, including high school students.  
(Middle school students and children are also welcome to audition when a production includes younger roles). 
Once cast, everyone enrolls in at least one class so then everyone is a student.

 

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS: 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
5:00 PM – Registration begins for The Sound of Music

5:30 PM – Registration begins for The Good Doctor

 and

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
9:30 AM – Registration begins for The Sound of Music

12:30 PM – Registration begins for The Good Doctor

 

CALLBACKS:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019  1:00 PM-9:00 PM*

(*Actors being called back may be asked to attend all or only a portion of the callbacks.)

 

 

Location:  Lark Temporaries
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus
1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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ABOUT THE AUDITION APPOINTMENTS

•  You only need to attend one date of the two slated for the Preliminary Auditions.  Unless all appointments for your first choice are filled, you should be able to get the audition date you want.

• Appointments for child actors (age 12 and under) begin at 5:30 PM on Friday evening, although they may request a time slot later in the evening if necessary.  Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their audition appointment.

•  If auditioning for both shows, we will schedule you for two 1-hour time slots back-to-back on the same preliminary audition date.  We will try to move you through the process as efficiently as possible.

•  Please have this information ready when you call for your appointment.

  1. Your name, phone number, and email address
  2. Is the audition for an adult, a pre-teen/teen, or a child actor (aged 12 or younger)?
  3. Do you want to attend the Friday OR Saturday audition slot?
  4. Will you be auditioning for both shows or only one show (title of show)?
  5. Are there any special circumstances or accommodations that you may need?

•  Audition Registration Forms:  We recommend that you print out and complete the audition registration form corresponding to each show for which you’ll be auditioning in advance.  You can access a PDF of each form by clicking the blue box immediately after each show’s audition criteria below. (Make sure to use the correct form with the show’s title at the top left.)  Although preparing your form(s) in advance is not required, it will save you time when you arrive for registration.

We will also have audition registration forms available at the registration desk for those who are unable to print theirs in advance.

•  IMPORTANT:  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your assigned audition time in order to register, complete the audition forms, attend a brief orientation, and travel to the audition space.

•  Please help us stay on schedule by being on time.  If you have not checked in at least 20 minutes before your appointment, you will lose your appointment time and may be moved to a time slot later in the evening/afternoon.

**  If you don’t have an appointment, don’t worry.  Just come to the audition by 5:00pm on Friday or 9:30am on Saturday and we’ll work you in on a first-come, first served basis.  You may have to wait longer than actors with appointments, however.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE and WHAT TO BRING TO ALL AUDITIONS

Carefully read the detailed instructions for each show below for what to prepare and bring for 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, with many schedules to plan around. Therefore, only the conflicts you’ve communicated on your audition forms will be accepted.

 

AUDITION CRITERIA FOR THE GOOD DOCTOR

By Neil Simon, adapted from Anton Chekhov

• About the Auditions and Casting Opportunities
Preliminary auditions will consist of performing a short monologue, as well as a brief chat.  Callbacks will consist of reading from the script and possible movement and singing.

The Good Doctor is "a combination of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov, a gentle comedy with music, which is charming, hilarious, sad, and touching. It centers around a Russian writer, who shares with the audience his frustration with writer's block throughout one day. He presents 12 vignettes: some are from his childhood, others are his family and friends, and still others are his own life experiences. The audience meets a variety of characters, ranging from funny, exasperating, desperate, and hopeful, yet all of whom are  relatable and strikingly human.    As the playwright says " I can't think of a humorous situation that does not involve some pain."

• Production Schedule
Rehearsals start Tuesday August 27, 2019. Performances: October 4-13, 2019

•  What to Prepare
Please prepare a short monologue (approx. 1 min.).

What's a monologue? What if I don't have a prepared monologue?
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find the answers to these good questions.

**The Good Doctor script is available for a 2 hour check out in Doyle Library, Reserve Desk, 4th floor**

• More Information
There will be some dance involved at the beginning and end of the show, as well as two actors will need to sing.

• Want to audition for THE GOOD DOCTOR but your schedule conflicts? Or you have a show-specific question…
Please contact the director Wendy Wisely wwisely@santarosa.edu using the subject line “Special Audition Request” or “Audition Question.” Include the reason for your request, your contact information, and whether or not you are auditioning for both SRJC fall shows.
 
 

 

AUDITION CRITERIA FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Music by Richard Rodgers.  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

  About the Auditions
Preliminary auditions will consist of a short singing audition (see Vocal Audition Requirements below), followed by a brief chat.

Callbacks will consist of a dance/movement audition (see Dance Audition Requirements below), a singing audition in which actors will sing specific songs from the show with limited preparation time, and cold readings from the script.

•  Casting Opportunities
We are looking for a diverse cast of approx. 26 adults and children.

Adult/Teen Roles:  Approx. 8-9 men/13-14 women, including 4 female leads and 3 male leads, several great supporting roles, 2 non-singing roles (1 male/1 female), and a small ensemble of 3-4 men and 3-4 women.  Please note that the lead roles of the eldest von Trapp children (Liesl and Friedrich), as well as the featured role of Rolf, will be cast with either young-looking college students or teens.

Children’s Roles:  1 boy, 4 girls; age range 7-13 (older children who look young are strongly encouraged to audition).  Looking for strong singers who are able to learn choreography.

•  More Information and Character Descriptions
Click here for more information about how to prepare for The Sound of Music auditions and character descriptions Audition Criteria for The Sound of Music

• How Should I Prepare for the Audition?
In addition to the specific Vocal Audition and Dance Audition criteria listed below, please be very familiar with the musical’s story, characters, and songs prior to the preliminary auditions. No preparation of German/Austrian accents or dialects is needed for these auditions.

• Production Schedule
***Please note this show will rehearse on the SRJC Santa Rosa campus and will perform at the Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park***
Rehearsals:  Cast orientation on Thursday, August 29, 2019 and rehearsals start Sept. 3, 2019.  We plan to rehearse Tuesdays-Friday nights and Sundays (probably evenings), adding one Saturday evening, one special Friday all day/evening rehearsal, and one special Saturday all day/evening rehearsal close to opening.

 

VOCAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC

• What to Prepare:  Please prepare 30 – 60 seconds (under 1 minute) of singing from the standard Broadway musical repertoire.  Your audition piece should demonstrate your singing ability and allow you to play a character; remember we want to see you act while singing.  Bring the music for your song with you.  It should be in the correct key for your voice.

Click here for more information about the vocal auditions, including an alternative song if you do not have one prepared.  Vocal Audition requirements for The Sound of Music

 

DANCE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC - For Callbacks Only

Click here for more information about the dance auditions, including important information about what to wear to callbacks. Dance Audition requirements for The Sound of Music

Have a Show-Specific question?  Want to audition for The Sound of Music, but your schedule conflicts because you are currently in performances for another show?
Please contact the director Laura Downing-Lee ldowning@santarosa.edu using the subject line “[SoM] Special Audition Request” or “[SoM] Audition Question.”  Include your question or the reason for your special audition request, your contact information, and whether or not you are auditioning for both SRJC fall shows.

 

 

 

REALLY HELPFUL AUDITION 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, you may use one of the 'generic' monologues linked at the bottom of this page under "GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES." Since you have limited time, do not worry about reading the play the monologue is, although that does help you prepare. Reading about the play’s plot and characters online can help too.

 

RESOURCES." Since you have limited time, do not worry about reading the play the monologue is, although that does help you prepare. Reading about the play’s plot and characters online can help too.

How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition - 8 Steps

How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition

Singing Auditions for Musical Theatre

 

GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES

Crash Course in Auditioning at SRJC

Frequently Asked Questions?

Being in an SRJC Show

Generic Female Monologue

Generic Male Monologue

 

AND IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING…

SPRING 2020 AUDITIONS

for

The Cripple of Inishmaan
Directed by Leslie McCauley

The Wedding Singer
Directed by John Shillington
Choreography by Alyce Finwall
Music Direction by Janis Dunson Wilson

Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020
Callbacks - Sunday, January 19, 2020

Burbank Auditorium

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR SPRING AUDITIONS WILL BE POSTED IN FALL 2019

 

 

FOR GENERAL QUESTIONS, CONTACT US

Leslie McCauley
Dept. Chair/Artistic Director 

Dept. of Theatre and Fashion

lmccauley@santarosa.edu

(707) 527-4248

Angela Hunter Geiss
Administrative Assistant

Dept. of Theatre and Fashion

ahuntergeiss@santarosa.edu

(707) 527-4417