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General Information about LCT Discovery Auditions & Productions

ABOUT AUDITIONS

Do I stay for the entire time slot listed?
Yes. Our auditions involve many group activities and you will be busy for the entire period.

What if I can’t stay for the whole time?
We need to see your student do every activity planned within the window. Please arrange your schedule accordingly. We cannot create individual audition times due to the availability of our creative team and the group nature of our audition process.

Are parents/guardians allowed to stay for auditions?
Yes. Parents can stay and watch for moral support. We ask that you avoid coaching during the audition.

Parents are also free to leave and return, or hang out in the lounge away from the audition room.

It doesn’t look like there are any characters my age/gender.  Should I still audition?
Yes! The “Cast of Characters” above is a suggestion, not a rule. A 17 year-old may be cast in an adult role if they look mature or in a 13 year-old role if they look younger. All people are considered for all roles, even if their age doesn’t match a character’s exactly.

What role is perfect for me?
If you want to know what role is perfect for you we recommend reading the PERUSAL SCRIPT available in the Box Office. But please keep in mind the role you think is perfect for you may not be the role the director chooses to challenge you with.

Do I audition for a specific role? What if I’m only interested in a certain role?
We do not ask people to choose and audition for a specific part. We consider all auditionees for all roles. We encourage you to embrace whatever role the director chooses for you, however, if you would only accept a certain part (and understand it may mean you are not cast at all) you could leave us a note indicating your preference.

What does a director look for at auditions?
The director evaluates:

VOCAL QUALITIES — pitch, placement, articulation, and projection (That means, are you loud enough? Can we understand your words?  Do you use inflection?)
MOVEMENT SKILLS —
do you experiment with the stage directions in the script or stand like a stick?
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT —
do you embody the character with your voice and body?
SENSE OF FOCUS —
do you live in the world or are you too aware of the audience?
IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY —
your unique interpretation of language or character
EXPRESSIVENESS —
is it in your words? your face? your body?
HONESTY —
are you reacting and speaking as your character would?

THEN we look at things like height, age, and hair color to consider what role you might fit into and which of the other people that auditioned might match up with you. The same criterion is true for callbacks.

How can I prepare for these auditions?
You should read the perusal script in the LCT Box Office and familiarize yourself with the source material (info on how to find it is above). Oftentimes the director chooses scenes from the script to read at auditions, so reading the script will give you an advantage since you will know the characters and the story already!

We do not recommend copying or mimicking the source material (especially movies or soundtracks from musicals). They can help you understand the story and character motivations, but we want to see your unique interpretations and the creativity that only you can bring to a role.

The most important preparation you can do is to come prepared to listen, use your loudest voice, and have fun! We want to get to know you and your personality. The best way to do that is to relax and enjoy the audition process, even though we know you might feel nervous.

What do I do before auditions?
Set up your audition by filling out the online form, link above. You will receive a link to an audition packet which you must print and fill out to bring with you to auditions. You should read the info page that comes with your audition packet to learn all the specifics about the production.

What do I wear to auditions?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move without risk of embarrassment, but does not mask the size and shape of your body. Be prepared to crawl on the floor and bend over. Short skirts and loose necked tops will not be ideal for these activities.

You should wear closed toed shoes that allow maximum movement. If auditioning for a musical, jazz shoes, ballet flats, or sneakers are good choices for the dance portion. We will give you time to change into them.  Sandals and open toed shoes are strictly forbidden at LCT. Do not wear them to this audition.

If you are called back it is a good idea to wear the same clothing you wore on the day of your audition.

What do I bring to auditions?
-Your conflict calendar (filled out)
-$1 for your audition photo
-A parent/guardian for the 20 minute parent meeting
-A water bottle, dance shoes, resume and headshot (optional)

Do I need a resume or headshot?
No. But if you’re serious about this business and have been in several productions or taken several classes you should create a resume. We’ll be glad to attach it to your audition form on the day of your audition.

When you arrive to auditions your photo will be taken by LCT staff. Having your photo taken by LCT is mandatory, no substitutes. With the number of people coming through the door it is important that your picture is of you, in the clothes that you wore to the audition that day. You may provide a headshot, but our photo will more than suffice for our purposes.

What will I do at auditions?
You will arrive in the LCT lobby (early) and turn in your paperwork and have your picture taken. We start auditions with a parent meeting to give information and allow you a chance to ask questions.

During auditions you will participate in warm ups, name activities, improvisational exercises, and read scenes from the script in groups. Auditions for musicals will also include learning and singing a song from the show (also usually in small groups, not solos at first) and learn a short dance with the choreographer.

It’s best to think that you are auditioning from the moment you walk in the door until you leave the building. We watch how you behave while waiting, while standing in line, while others are performing, and if you show up on time… all these things tell us how you will behave during the rehearsal and performance process.

Special Arrangements
If your auditionee has any special needs please do not hesitate to ask. We will work with you to create resources as needed and prepare them for the audition process however we can. Please alert the stage manager of your needs when you set up your audition.

CALLBACKS

Do I attend callbacks?
You will attend callbacks only if requested in the callback announcement email.

What is a callback?
It’s a director’s second look at you and your skills. Especially with the number of people that we will see at these auditions, it is often important to bring some people back for a “second look”. It might be an opportunity for a director to see certain actors read a scene together or to see you read for a specific character.

I didn’t get called back, does that mean I’m not cast in the show?
Not necessarily. Just because you are not called back does not necessarily mean you were not cast. You may have been perfect for the role the director is using you for and consequently does not need a second look at you. Or if the director knows your skills very well (perhaps you were in a show with them previously) they may have chosen to see only people with whom they were less familiar at the call back.

The callback announcement will let you know if we are calling back everyone we are considering or not.

What if I’m not available during the callback time?
We do our best to choose a callback time that works for as many auditionees as possible, but it is impossible for us to find a time that will work for all 30+ people we want to see.  It is easier for you to adjust your schedule. We cannot create a private callback time for you due to the availability of our creative team and because callbacks are designed to see actors interacting with each other.

SCHEDULE

If I am cast, what is a rehearsal schedule like?
More exact information about this production can be found above under “When are Rehearsals” and on the link to the sample calendar, also above.

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?
We do our best to honor and work around the schedules and commitments of those cast in our shows. We provide a “conflict calendar” with your audition packet which is how you communicate those conflicts to us. We try to create a rehearsal schedule that works around these conflicts and understand when you cannot be present.

Directors do their best to honor scheduling conflicts IF THEY ARE LISTED on the tentative rehearsal calendar in your packet. It is very difficult to adjust for conflicts after the rehearsal schedule is set. Remember directors juggle the schedules of up to 30+ people including tech staff. There may be occasions where you must skip or reschedule something.

Please be honest and forthcoming. Learning about conflicts after your student is cast and the schedule is made is unfair to the team who has already created a rehearsal schedule thinking you would be present on certain days. We promise that if your student is the right person for the part that we will work around their conflicts; so please do your best to notate them accurately.

What if we don’t know all our conflicts yet?
To fill out your conflict calendar, please be as thorough as possible. If you know you will play on a team but don’t have the schedule yet, let us know and give us your best guesses about number of practices per week. If you know there is a tournament weekend but you don’t know if they will “make it” to the tournament, let us know about it anyway.

Work with your teachers, coaches, and leaders NOW to learn about conflicts so we don’t have to have unpleasant surprises later.

Will it affect my chances of being cast if I have too many conflicts?
Not really. Unless you would miss multiple weeks of a rehearsal process, we really do work around conflicts.  Usually the directors pick actors for roles and THEN look at the conflict calendars. We promise that if you are right for the part we will work around a few activities. Don’t be afraid to list conflicts; honesty is best.

Can I audition for this production and also be in other LCT shows and activities?
Most LCT programs are scheduled for you to participate in them at the same time. The audition form has a page which will indicate if the current show conflicts with any other LCT programs or shows.

Why are technical rehearsals mandatory?
Creating a play is just like creating any kind of art. Technical rehearsals (or tech) is when every element comes together, including the actors. We must see how the costumes fit, how the makeup looks, how the lights look on their skin, etcetera. If an actor isn’t present, it is impossible to do those final, and crucial steps to create the art we envision.

Imagine if you asked Van Gogh to create a painting, but then decided to take yellow paint away from him in the final stages. He could still paint something wonderful, but it might not be the sunflowers you were hoping for. Actors are to theatre what paint is to a painter.

Over-committing
People want to do it all these days; we ask you to consider your capacity to do it all without spreading yourself too thin. A play is fun but it takes a lot of time and work – physically and emotionally. We want you to have enough time to be successful, and most importantly, have fun! If you must miss tons of rehearsals, that might not set you up for success and enjoyment. There will always be another play to audition for when your schedule is less busy.

 

IF I AM CAST

Does it cost money to be in a show at LCT?
It is our goal to be as accessible as possible for all members of our community. There is no “tuition” to participate in an LCT show, but we do ask you to provide some items. (makeup, undergarments, shoes, see below) LCT offers participants the option to purchase show shirts and DVDs, but it is not mandatory.

Because we do not charge a fee to participate, we do invite families to support LCT in other ways. Contributing to our annual fund through the Adopt-A-Character program and volunteering are just a few.

If I am cast, what do I need to provide?
Base costumes:
LCT asks actors to provide foundation garments for their costumes. This may include socks, tights, undershirts, camisoles, and other undergarments. If you are a dancer in a production this may also include leotards or modesty shorts, etc.
Shoes: We also ask that actors provide their own shoes. LCT works with you to see if something you already own may be suitable. If you will be dancing in the production this will also include your dance shoes such as ballet or jazz shoes.
Make up: Actors are required to provide their own corrective makeup. You may purchase a kit or assemble one (corrective make up usually means foundation, blush, lip color, and mascara. LCT provides specialty makeup if your child needs to play a ghost or other type of fantastic character).

The costume shop manager will work with you to find cost effective options to purchase or work with items you already own. If cost is a concern, do not hesitate to audition. We will find a way to make this experience possible for you.

Are actors paid to perform in this production?
It depends. Certain productions do provide a stipend for adult actors (over 21 and cast in adult roles). Please see the audition form for more information about a specific show.

How are parents/guardians involved?
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child arrives and departs in a timely fashion from all scheduled activities. In addition, we ask parents to volunteer a minimum of six hours. These volunteers may help with cast crowd control, front door duty, makeup application, or ushering for performances.

If I am cast, how will I know when to rehearse?
If cast, you will receive an email shortly after the cast announcement telling you the date and time of the first rehearsal.  At the first rehearsal we will pass out the first section of the rehearsal schedule.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How else can I get involved with this show if I’m not cast or not interested in being on stage?
On your audition form there is a section to indicate your desire to work backstage on this production.  Fill out your interest areas and a stage manager will be in touch. If you don’t want to audition, please contact stage management at psm@lctonstage.org to indicate your interest.

Should I audition even if it’s my first time and I may not get a part?
Absolutely! LCT is a great place to have your first audition. We do most activities in groups, not as soloists, so it is low pressure and a lot of fun.

You might not get a part the first time you audition for a play. Auditioning is a skill that takes time and practice before you really learn how to do it well. That means the sooner you get started the better. The more you do, the more comfortable you will be, and that will make you more confident. We strongly encourage you to come audition and just see what it’s like.

What if my child doesn’t turn 9 by the deadline but I think they are ready to audition?
If this production will allow exceptions to the rule (see above, some shows just don’t have enough roles for 8, 9, 10-year-olds) there is a process to follow.

You will need to find a reference from a theatre artist (preferably from LCT’s education staff or a theatre educator that knows us at LCT).  They should contact the stage manager for the production to give their reference. We are just as interested in the maturity and focus of a student as we are with talent and skill level. Based on that reference we may set up an audition or ask for the child to meet with a staff member to ascertain whether they are ready for a production at LCT.

Why wasn’t I cast in this production?
The worst part about the work we do is that budgets only allow us to cast a certain number of people. We cannot provide individual critiques for all 60-120 people who audition for any given show, and we understand that it’s tough not to know why you weren’t chosen.

In most cases, choosing people for a show is about picking folks whose skill level and “look” match up. If two characters are meant to be the same age, but one actor is 4’10” and the other is 6’3″ they might not be believable to the audience. You might have a class clown personality that isn’t quite right for a show about Anne Frank, or a more subdued personality that isn’t ready to be in a show about circus performers. Maybe you have ballet training but the dance style of the show is more modern and hip hop. Many factors go into deciding who is a good fit for which role.

Sometimes we choose to give opportunities to those who haven’t had as many recently. For example, if two people are equally suited for a role, but one of them just had a lead part in the previous show, we will likely choose the other person to provide them with an opportunity.

For those auditionees who are still very young, ages 9-12, sometimes they haven’t developed their skills enough to compare with a 13-15 year old who may be in consideration for the same part. Lots of shows simply don’t require cast members of certain ages. For example, High School Musical is a show mainly about teenagers; there are very few roles for 9 to 12-year-olds, though we allow everyone to audition.

If you’re wondering why your student wasn’t chosen, maybe it would be a good idea for a parent to stick around for the next audition. You can’t coach in the room, but you might get a sense of the skills that your student still needs to develop. Were they much quieter than the others? Did they stand stiffly while the others moved around? Were they so distracted by reading the words that they weren’t able to be expressive? All of these are things you can practice at home and in theatre classes! Please check out the section above for ways you can prepare for an audition. Those will give your student a leg up before the next opportunity as well!

We know that it is very difficult to guide your student through rejection. Auditioning is a very challenging and brave endeavor, and your child deserves to know that! We are so proud of everyone who comes into the room to play, express themselves, and be vulnerable as actors. It might take a few, or many, tries before they are ready for a show, and the right fit for a character. But we encourage you to keep at it!

Our education department offers many opportunities that don’t require auditions. We encourage you to sign up for Theatre School Classes or check our Companies program. Both offer the camaraderie and skill building that a performance provides.

How can I be sure I don’t miss any audition announcements?
Click this link to be added to our audition email list! We will send you an email 1-2 months prior to each audition and all the info about how to sign up.

I’ve still got questions. How do I ask them?
If you have questions about a certain show, please use the audition request link above and use it to ASK A QUESTION ABOUT the process.

If you have a general question, not about a particular show, please contact psm@lctonstage.org or 859-254-4546 x228