For the Musical:
We will hold auditions for The Hello Girls on our first official day of classes (Monday July 10th). In order to provide a “level playing field,” our Music Director will teach everyone a vocal cut from the show which each performer will then perform individually. They’ll also take everyone’s ranges in order to give them a better idea of where people are most comfortable singing. After lunch, we may teach a few cuts with multiple harmonies and do some cold reads. We may do a dance call, time permitting. Roles will be cast by 9pm that evening, and we’ll hit the ground running on Tuesday.
The soundtrack is available online. Feel free to familiarize yourself with the music ahead of time, and get ready to learn some tasty harmonies!
Please prepare two monologues from published plays or musicals from the American theatre canon, each up to one minute in length. No monologue books or anthologies, please. Both pieces should be written for a role into which you could be believably cast (ie. someone close to your age, with your ethnic background, etc.). Feel free to choose one comic and one not; as long as you have two, though, there’s no need for them to be wildly contrasting. You should definitely read the plays from which you choose monologues. It’s crucial that you know the context for your characters, so do your research.
Bring your “book” if you’re someone who auditions a lot and has a binder full of repertoire. If you’re newer to the craft, please prepare at least one 32-bar cut (up to one minute) of a song, and bring the sheet music! Feel free to choose a piece from the Broadway canon, or go for a pop/rock/folk/jazz standard. Something you love singing. Something that resonates with you, and which you enjoy performing. We’ll work on audition technique separately from our production, and want to get to know your style before making recommendations!
● You’ll need plenty of clothing and underwear items in which you can move comfortably. For acting & movement classes as well as for rehearsals, we recommend attire that gives you full mobility and flexibility. No dangly jewelry or chunky rings, please. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to bring your glasses just in case (and vice-versa). Don’t forget deodorant, hair ties, headbands, any mobility aids you need, etc.
● Bring comfy, closed-toed shoes to wear in classes and rehearsals. Dance shoes are great, but not mandatory. If you have black character shoes, please bring them, although again: not mandatory. Feel free to bring your cute sandals for evenings and weekends, but please no open-toed shoes in class/rehearsal.
● If you have a makeup kit, feel free to bring it, especially if you have allergies to any specific products or very sensitive skin.
● At least two “nice” outfits. Not fancy, just intentional – a little bit dressed up. Something you’d wear to picture day, going out to a special dinner, or to the theatre.
● You’ll need a water bottle, pencils, highlighters, a blank notebook (any size), and a three-ring binder.
It is expected that every student treats their classmates and all instructors with dignity and respect. As students, you’ll be asked to take creative risks and push yourself artistically. Please remind yourself to make the kindest choice whenever possible. Support others. Bring an open mind and earnest curiosity to the conversation. Between the musical and your classwork, you will be expected to memorize lines, vocal parts, blocking, and choreography as quickly as possible. Students who do not commit to this professional standard of behavior and outside practice may be re-cast and/or lose performance opportunities. Faculty would obviously prefer that it doesn’t happen, and will make themselves available to support anyone who finds themselves feeling overwhelmed and asks for help. Please communicate your needs, bring your best attitude, and remember: You contain multitudes, and you can do hard things.