Audition Information for Fall 2020 Productions
Fall 2020 shows to be announced soon!
OPEN CALL: 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30
in Watters Theater - Fine Arts Bldg. (1st Floor)
NO FEAR: 5:30-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 and 2:30-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30
in Watters Theater - Fine Arts Bldg. (1st Floor)
CALLBACKS: Aug. 31-Sept. 7
What is the difference in audition styles?
Open Call Auditions are for acting, dancing and singing students with a prepared one-minute monologue or dance piece, and 32 bars of a song.
No Fear Auditions are perfect for students new to theatre and auditioning! No preparation required, just show up! Here are some choices in audition style for ‘No Fear’:
- Learn a song from the musical, and read a scene from the play.
- Learn a song from the musical and do a one-minute monologue.
- Read a scene from the play and sing 32 bars of a prepared song.
ALL STUDENTS AUDITIONING: Sign up for your time slot on the Theatre Call Board, outside FA 127 starting Monday, Aug. 13, 2020. Record the time slot you sign up for and arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.
The Theatre Department is also calling students interested in costume, scene, lighting, sound, prop or backstage work, see below.
Musician call for Pit Orchestra: Guess what, you can earn academic credit for playing in our pit orchestra, how awesome is that?! We need everyone for our musical. Ready to play? Email Music Director, Robyn Womersley, to set up an audition.
Who can audition for a theatre production? EVERYONE!
Any and all registered Binghamton University students are welcome to audition for all Theatre Department Productions. We do NOT require that an auditioner is a Theatre Major or Minor. We hold general open auditions for our MainStage and Studio Shows. Always arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork ahead of time. See below for our casting policy.
Here's some tips for auditioning from our directors:
- Choose a song that you feel passionate about. Something that makes you say to yourself "I have to do this!" Practice, practice, practice.
- Ask friends and family to listen to you do your material. Listen to feedback but only use that which you feel certain in your heart you can apply to your work.
- Sing while you do the dishes, while you drive, while you do the laundry, when you take a walk. Sing your song hundreds of times.
- Know, deep within you that the people who are auditioning you want you to be great. They are not looking for your problems but rather your promise!
Casting Policy for Binghamton University Students
Attending a callback must be understood to mean that the auditioner must accept any role "as cast" in the production for which he or she has been called back. All directors are charged to consider the best interests of the student(s) as well as the overall production needs for each casting decision.
If a student declines to accept a role "as cast" after attending callbacks, the student will be denied casting in any departmental MainStage, Studio Showcase, In-The-Works or Dance productions for the semester for which the casting is being done and through the next semester. In the case of musical productions, any student who declines "as cast" in a musical after having attended callbacks will be ineligible for casting in the next season's musical, even though he or she may be eligible for casting in straight plays or dance productions.
Tips for auditioning from our directors
Choose a monologue and/or a song that you feel passionate about. Something that makes you say to yourself "I have to do this!" Practice, practice, practice.
Ask friends and family to listen to you do your material. Listen to feedback but only use that which you feel certain in your heart you can apply to the text. Say it while you do the dishes, while you drive, while you do the laundry, when you take a walk. Do it hundreds of times.
Know, deep within you that the people who are auditioning you want you to be great. They are not looking for your problems but rather your promise!
Earn 2 or more credits for working in the Costume or Scene Shop, Backstage, with Designers! You don't have to be a major or minor! No prior experience needed (although always appreciated!) Want to learn more? Stop by the Theatre Department Office (FA 127) and we'll guide you to the shops or where you're interested in working! Or email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students in the University registered for four credits or more are invited to participate in sanctioned activities of the Theatre Department regardless of official academic emphasis. In addition, freshmen are welcome with the same enthusiasm as graduate students.
Students in all disciplines are eligible to participate in theatre and dance activities in the department from their first day on campus, whether or not they intend to major or actually declare a major in theatre. All a student needs to do is check the bulletin boards near the entrance to the department's main offices (FA-127) and follow the directions for auditioning, doing technical work, etc.
It takes just as many people off stage (often times more) to produce a show! You need students to design, build, sew, stitch, schedule, organize, call shows, run lights and sound....the list goes on! Interested in joining a crew? Contact our Technical Director, Chris Hawkes in the Scene Shop or Marisa Wade in the Costume Shop.
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