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AUDITIONS...

Interested in joining the cast of a musical at DYT but not sure how? Check out the list below to get answers to your burning questions. See you onstage!

Should I audition?


There are two reasons why you might be asking this question – is it because you’re afraid but something is telling you that you should? If so, go for it! Are you worried that you’re taking on too much with everything else that you’re doing? Well, perhaps you are. Think about your priorities, your school schedule, your other extracurricular commitments, your mental wellbeing, and your balance. If you are too busy and don’t think you can be healthy, keep up your grades, and still do the show, we love you, but don’t audition. If you are ready to commit and your heart is singing to be onstage, then YES.




When are rehearsals? What is the commitment?


We typically meet on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons/evenings for rehearsals. We also occassionally meet for rehearsals on Saturdays and Mondays. For more information click here to check the specific rehearsal schedule on The Callboard. The week before the show opens is called "Tech Week." It is when we add all of the lights, sounds, costumes and technical elements of the show. During this time we rehearse more frequently.




I want to be part of the show, but I don't want to be onstage!


We have a thriving tech crew at DYT and we are so excited to have you join us! No experience necessary. BONUS!!! You will receive a small honorarium and you can use your hours towards volunteer hours and even get school credit. Click here to learn more about joining Tech Crew for a production at DYT. Also, from time to time the crew gets together for team bonding and fun times! Join us!




How do auditions work at DYT?  What should I expect to happen?


We do the first round of auditions by video submission. Students will prepare a song or songs, a dance combination and a monologue and submit a video through our online submission. Click here and go to The Callboard for more specific information on how to submit. Seeing yourself on video can be tough! Just know that you are your own worst critic. Try to make it fun and we will see that coming through.




How should I prepare for auditions?


First, take a deep breath and know that you can do this! A good start would be to get familiar with the show(s) you are auditioning for. If you can’t read the play, then at least watch a movie version. It’s always helpful to walk into an audition with a familiarity for the characters.
Next, practice reading/singing out loud. Try to use your voice expressively. Get comfortable reading/singing in front of people and maybe think about getting an audition/singing coach. You will be asked to prepare a musical selection for each show you are auditioning for (sheet music and tracks will be provided) and to prepare a monologue or text to perform. Check the audition form on The Callboard for specifics about what to prepare . More tips on that below.




You want me to do a monologue? I've never done one!


If you’ve never done a monologue before, it's all good! Tony and Tracy want to see that you tried your best to prepare and that you’re willing to put in the effort to be a part of the company. Choose a monologue or piece of text that feels fun to say and that you connect to. There are a lot of resources out there on Youtube to help you find and prepare a monologue. You can also recite a poem, tell a story or a joke for your audition if you don't want to do a monologe, however, make sure that no matter what you do, you have practiced and are prepared and ready to have some fun with it.




You want me to sing a song?!  I've never done that before!


If you’ve never done a musical before or you’ve never sung in front of people before, NEVER FEAR! The directors do not expect you to be perfect walking into an audition! The directors just want to hear your voice and see how you can perform while singing. We often recommend that a student prepare his/her/their audition with a vocal coach. You will be asked to prepare a musical selection for each show you are auditioning for (sheet music and tracks will be provided). Check the audition form on The Callboard for specifics about what to prepare.




You want me to learn a dance?!  That sounds terrifying!


Don't worry! We will always have two options to choose from, a dance for 'dancers' and a dance for 'movers.' We provide a step-by-step video AND...if you need extra support, we offer a few dance audition prep classes with our choreo team members. Tony and Tracy don't expect you to be perfect walking into an audition! The directors just want to see you move and see how you deal with challenging material. We want to challenge you and see what you do when you struggle to learn a piece of choreography. Do you give up? (Don’t do that.) Or do you dig deep and keep trying? We want to see you “make it work” and do your best. In the end, just have fun.




What are "Callbacks"?


Callbacks are the second round of auditions. It is a chance for the directors to see your skills for another time and start to make specific choices for casting the show. You will be contacted if you are being called back for a specific character/role. If you do not get a callback, DON'T PANIC! We may not need to see anything else from you or we may know you well enough to find a good spot for you. Trust your directors. Callbacks look different for every show so check The Callboard for more information about what you need to prepare if you are "called back."




I’d like to get more information or I have a question that isn’t covered on here.


Contact us at deltayouththeatre@gmail.com with further questions.





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