• Laurie Swigart

Susan's Audition Rules

by Susan Rush, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin

1. Be yourself.

2. Be prepared.

3. Be prepared.

4. Be prepared.

5. Don't explain your scene or monologue. JUST DO IT!

6. Make choices. Don't give a neutral reading.

7. Dress appropriately.

8. Assume the auditioners have no imagination.

9. Don't apologize.

10. During the audition, don't use the director/producer as an audience.

11. Focus. Concentrate. Don't wander -- anchor yourself. In a musical audition:

1. Don't use a taped accompaniment unless required to do so.

2. Don't sing a capella.

3. Don't ask the pianist to transpose.

4. If the pianist is lousy, don't turn around and glare at him/her.

5. Explain the tempo and cuts to the pianist before you start, and make sure the music will easily stay on the piano.

6. Rock songs don't sound good without rhythm; be cautious when using them.

7. Try not to use the "song of the moment;" it gets old fast.

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


by Shawn Lovely. DRAMATICS. March, 1994. You've been there. You're standing in the wings getting ready for an entrance. You're running through what's about to happen on stage, and trying to suppress y


by Miriam Lugy Wolfe. DRAMATICS. April, 1992. I craned my neck to get a look at the ANNIE GET YOUR GUN cast list. My eyes scanned the rows of names. And scanned, and scanned. Finally I found my name -

The Actor's Checklist

© 2013 Kerry Hishon www.kerryhishon.com Rehearsal Tools • Script (and score, if applicable) • Two pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener • Two highlighters (two different colours) • Notebook and/or paper •

Contact the Director

Laurie Swigart ~ Director, Designer, & Webmaster ~ laurie@dreamcoat.org715-781-5760

Copyright (c) 1997-2021 Theatre on a Shoestring. All rights reserved.

DISCLAIMER: THEATRE ON A SHOESTRING is not responsible for information, images, or links on related sites. All pages that contain links to other sites do so to assist visitors in finding useful and related material. We are not responsible for other sites' content or links.


DISCLAIMER: THEATRE ON A SHOESTRING did not willfully use any copyrighted material for the publication of this website. We apologize for any oversight in the acknowledgement of the copyright of the respective object. The copyright for any material created by THEATRE ON A SHOESTRING is reserved.