Notes from Resident Costumer Rebecca Y. Powell

Ladies

It is always a good idea to check out the set on which you will be auditioning. Courtney Oliver will be sending you a photo of the set via email. You want to be careful to not wear the same color so you do not blend in, it’s all about being seen.

Your badge should rest a spread hand-width down from your chin.

Shoes should not be sky high, even show girls look awkward climbing down stairs in super high heels. Be sure your shoes are skid proof. Wear your shoes off and on for several hours in the weeks leading up to auditions. Never wear brand new shoes, and bring something comfortable to change into.

Reps are seated below you, underwear is always a plus.

Have a friend check you out under lights to see if your clothes are see-through.

Be sure that you are not dressed for the prom. Too formal usually means too stiff. This is one of the most frequent mistakes made by newcomers.

It is important to see your face. Try to draw your hair back so your eyes can be seen. Bring a hair kit in your bag, pins, elastics, brush, and spritz to keep things in place.

Wear simple, up-to-date dance wear. That gives the companies the impression that you dance often and are comfortable dancing.

Gentlemen

See set color comment above.

A handsome shirt and tie with trousers that fit correctly are never wrong. If you are not a tie guy, that’s OK. If you are a jeans guy – saggy jeans are just a distraction. You want to be remembered for your audition not your underwear.

Your badge should rest a spread hand-width down from your chin.

Sweaters and jackets are a good choice and give you some versatility.

Unless your facial hair is your signature, keep things neatly trimmed. The reps want to see your face, so keep your hair off your face as much as possible.

An athletic shirt or undershirt absorbs sweat and keeps you dry. It’s going to be a long day.

Everyone would appreciate it if you would wear a dance belt for dance call-backs. So much more pleasant for all of us. Dance gear should not be sloppy or look like you pulled it from your Junior High closet. The reps will guess you rarely dance.

Notes from Accompanist Jose Simbulan

Five Do’s and Dont’s for your Musical Audition

  1. DO have a good copy of your sheet music. It can be in a book, three-ring binder (with or without sheet protectors), or taped/glued/stapled to a file folder so that it will stay on the piano. And, yes, page turns are acceptable. DON’T put your music on the piano and say, “I’m sorry this is hard to read.” If I’m not able to read it, I won’t be able to play it. And no loose sheets of paper – it’s too easy for them to fall off the piano. The same goes for “accordion folds” over three pages – if one piece of paper starts to fall, the rest will follow.
  2. DO practice your music at least once with a pianist before your audition. Or, at the very least, have a pianist read through your music to make sure it’s readable and clearly marked. DON’T find out while you’re auditioning that your sheet music is in the wrong key, and/or not correctly marked.
  3. DO sing a song (or songs) that you like to sing. DON’T sing something that you think you have to sing – or should sing. A good performance of a “bad” song is better than a “bad” performance of a good song.
  4. DO know what you want for your intro: a note, a couple of notes, a measure or two of music. DON’T decide on-the-fly where and how you want to start.
  5. DO give me a “complete” piece of sheet music to read – a vocal line and a piano accompaniment, or a lead sheet with chords, melody and lyrics. DON’T provide me with a copy of the “Vocal Book” to play from. A “Vocal Book” is just that – it will only have the melody with no piano part/accompaniment.

And a Bonus DO! DO remember that I like playing auditions. I want to play well for you. I want you to have a good audition. I want you get a callback. If you and your music are prepared, then I will be prepared.