THEATRE AUDITION DO's & DON'Ts
SELECTION DOs and DON'Ts
Monologues are not recitations or story telling; they are dialogues in which the other characters do not speak.
DO create a COMPLETE character and the other character(s) you are talking to in the monologue. See the other person(s). Listen to the other person(s). React to the other person(s).
DO select a monologue with a character to whom you can relate. DON’T select old men or women. DO select a monologue with a character of your own gender.
DO select a monologue from a contemporary published PLAY. Preferably a play that has already been presented. DON'T do classic material (Shakespeare, etc.). DON’T do monologues of actual historical speeches, from novels, from poems, from movies, or monologues you have written yourself.
DO select a piece in which you use your natural voice. DON’T create an accent or dialect.
PRESENTATION DOs and DON'Ts
DO stay within the two-minute time limit. The time will start after the introduction. Time will be called if the student exceeds the two-minutes and reflects on the student’s ability to follow directions and prepare properly. Time every rehearsal.
DO introduce yourself and your audition monologue. The Introduction includes:
- (1) YOUR NAME (2) THE PLAY TITLE (3) THE PLAY’S AUTHOR (4) YOUR CHARACTER’S NAME and NOTHING ELSE
DO MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE THOROUGHLY. DON’T be a slave to the script, ACTING IS NOT JUST MEMORIZING WORDS!
DO BE THE CHARACTER. DON’T DROP OUT OF CHARACTER. DON’T say “sorry” if you do. DON’T ask whether you may start again, just start again. DO PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Consider every rehearsal a performance!
DO talk to the other character(s) in the scene. DO place the other character(s) in front of you.
Avoid turning or talking too far to the side. DON’T use any actual person in the audition room as the character you are talking to.
DON’T wear clothing that will get in the way of the character. DON’T wear a costume. DO dress in simple non-obtrusive clothing. DON’T wear heavy, baggy, or tight clothing, or your coat or hat, or heavy boots. DO have your hands free (uncovered) for gesturing.
DO establish a strong and believable locale (place, setting).
DON’T sit during the monologue. Sit ONLY if ABSOLUTELY required by the monologue. You may not use additional furniture or set pieces.
DON’T use props (except small hand props, and ONLY if ABSOLUTELY necessary). DO move (have appropriate movement for your character). DON’T wander, don’t shuffle, but don’t stand still. Move with purpose.
DO speak clearly. Speak so we can hear. DON’T mumble.
DO BE HONEST IN THE CHARACTER. DO BE REAL IN THE CHARACTER.
DO warm-up your voice and body before your audition.
These “Do’s and Don’t’s” are based on industry standards used across the country in most auditions.
Accents and dialects should be avoided.