Auditioning Techniques, by Christopher Blair


Does auditioning make you nervous?  Me, too.  I always imagine my auditions feeling like this…

     But they usually make me feel like this…
     I’ve always found it fascinating that actors willingly walk into a room full of strangers to bare their souls offering it up to be critiqued and assessed, when most people would run from situations like these.   But it’s what you’ve got to do if you want to get the part.  So we muster up our courage, get up there and show ‘em what we’ve got!
     I’ve been doing theatre for approximately 4,000 years and I’ve learned a few things along the way.  So, if you’re someone like me who would rather clean Shrek’s outhouse than audition, here’s a few tips I have to share.
     Easier said than done.  Everyone accomplishes this difficult task differently.  Personally, I like deep breathing.  Others might like exercise, or imagining everyone in the room wearing chicken costumes.  Just do what works for you.  Most theatre classes, including those at SCT, teach relaxation techniques to help you prepare for the stress of live performances.  But no matter how worked up we get, the truth is that the world will not end if you blow your high note or you miss a dance step, so do yourself a favor and relax.  Being relaxed encourages self-confidence.  Self-confidence inspires others to be confident in you.
Make Yourself Comfortable
     Wear something that allows you to move.  If you know that there will be a dance audition, it might be a good idea to show up in loose-fitting pants or leggings rather than jeans.  Just make sure that you still look pleasant and professional, not like you’ve just come running in all sweaty from the gym.
Do Your Homework
     Find out everything you can about the show for which you auditioning.  If the show has been adapted into a film, watch it.  If it has a cast recording, listen to it.  If the script is available for purchase, read it.  Use the internet!  There is no such thing as having too much information.  This gets you familiar with the material, and gives you an idea of what roles might be right for you.
Pretend it’s Opening Night
     If you hate auditioning but love performing, use the same energy that you would for a performance.  Pretend there’s an audience there to entertain, even if there’s only one or two people.  Use all the joy you find in performing during the audition.  This will give the casting team a much clearer idea of your abilities and who you are as a performer.  Light up the stage!
    I don’t guarantee that using these techniques will always get you the part you want, but they will help make auditioning a less scary and stressful experience.  Each of our summer camps starts with an audition, so if you or your child is registered for camp, I hope you’ve found these tips helpful!    Remember that everyone on the casting team wants you to be your best.  We’re all rooting for you!  Oh, and there’s one more tip…
Don’t Forget to Have Fun! 

Perfectly Pinkalicious, by Renee McMahon


   Too many pink cupcakes will turn you pink!  But that’s okay at our Pinkalicious Party, where pink is perfect!  SCT will be celebrating with Pinkalicious and all her friends on Saturday, April 5th, following the 3pm performance of Pinkalicious the Musical.  Preparing for this special event has been a blast and has taken me back to a time when my own girls were pink-obsessed.  At this moment, my den is an explosion of pink.  I have gathered yards and yards of pink tulle, searched high and low for the perfect pink crafts, and discovered just how many foods can be dipped in “pink” white chocolate!


Pinkalicious Marshmallows! YUM!

   Make sure to have your cameras ready as little party-goers learn The Cupcake Dance from members of the cast.  Then join them for cupcake decorating, snacks and lemonade, pink of course!  Children and parents may visit our many activity stations, including the Pink Beauty Parlor, the Candy Bar, The Wand & Crown Factory and more.  They will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the star of the show, Pinkalicious herself!


Pretty in Pink Necklaces!

   Not dressed in pink?  No worries!  Little ones can borrow items from the costume dress-up trunk for photos.   If you have attended our character parties in the past, you know what special memories they can be.  Of course, after all the pink treats, you may just come down with a case of the dreaded Pinkitis.  No need to fear, for Dr. Wink will be on hand with a table full of green food, which we all know is the only cure!

Broccoli, Asparagus, and Spinach, oh my!

Broccoli, Asparagus, and Spinach, oh my!

   Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go finish the pink-chocolate-dipped topiary center pieces!  (Man, my job is fun!)  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, but if you can’t make the party we hope you’ll come out to one of our other 5 performances.  Tutus optional.