Auditions

NOTICE: As we continue to follow state and university health guidelines to protect everyone during this time, we will be hosting virtual auditions and callbacks for our first show of the Fall 2020 season, Blithe Spirit. Please read the entirety of this information to make sure you submit your audition correctly. All times listed are in Central Standard Time. 

Blithe Spirit

By Noël Coward
Directed by Scott Phillips
4 women, 2 men

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldy and un-) personalities clash, Charles current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute comedic monologues, one of which should be from a mid-twentieth-century comedy, roughly 1930-1950. To find a monologue, you may wish to look into some of Coward’s other plays (see list below). If you do not have access to any suitable material, here are two short monologues from Blithe Spirit that you may use for the period monologue, one for a male character (Charles) and the other for a female character (Ruth).

For instructions in uploading your audition video, please see ***

 

Other Plays by Coward (partial list)

Hay fever

Private Lives

Design for Living

Present Laughter

The Royal Family

Light Up the Sky

Fallen Angels

Some Other Plays from the Period

Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry

My Sister Eileen, by Joseph Fields

The Male Animal by James Thurber and Elliot Nugent

The following Plays by Kaufman and Hart:

You Can’t Take it with You

Dinner at Eight

The Man Who Came to Dinner

 

Audition Requirements

To help make this process go as smoothly as possible, please follow the directions below.

If you have any further questions or issues, contact our Production Assistant, Meghanne Helms 

meh0071@auburn.edu

 

Please visit the following link to complete you audition form: 

https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6o1iQJ8sWSpU5y5.

 

Once you have submitted your audition, there will be a final message which includes a link to upload your video. You must complete both of these tasks (the form and uploading your video) by midnight central time on April 15th to be considered as auditioning. 

 

Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute comedic monologues, one of which should be from a mid-twentieth-century comedy, roughly 1930-1950. To find a monologue, you may wish to look into some of Coward’s other plays (see above). If you do not have access to any suitable material, we have posted two short monologues from Blithe Spirit that you may use for the period monologue, one for a male character (Charles) and the other for a female character (Ruth).

 

***Here are some tips for filming your audition: 

  1. A smartphone, tablet, or webcam should be adequate quality to film your audition. Please let us know if technology will be an issue for you. 
  2. Use a neutral backdrop. A blank wall is perfect, or pin a neutral, solid bed sheet to a wall. Keep the space around you simple and clutter free.
  3. Find a quiet room, with the TV off, your phone silenced, and windows shut, and let anyone else in the house or apartment know that you need some quiet time to film. 
  4. If available, use natural light from a window, or a light you can direct towards you instead of an overhead light that will create shadows. 
  5. Include your name, the title of the play, and the playwright in your slate at the beginning of your video. 
  6. Please be sure the camera includes at least 75% of your body (preferably your full body) in the frame.
  7. Set a time limit for yourself of how long you will spend taping your audition. Don’t overthink it. Be as prepared as possible when you start taping so that you do not waste time messing up lines. You can do two or three takes, since that is what this medium allows for, but don’t spend hours trying to get it perfect. Get one good video, and upload it. 
  8. Watch your video before uploading it. Be sure your audio is clear and at an appropriate level. Make sure it looks good and is in focus. 
  9. Look your best. Treat it like a real audition (because it is!). Make yourself camera ready, and make sure you are well rested. 
  10. Relax and have fun. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to practice self-taping an audition, and the great thing about self-taping is you can do it until you get it right. Make it as professional as you can, but also know that this is something new for all of us.

We want to be sure no audition is overlooked during this process. To insure this, we will be sending out confirmations once we have received both portions of your audition. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of completing you audition requirements (both completing the form and uploading your video), please reach out to Meghanne Helms at meh0071@auburn.edu so that this can be addressed. 

 

So, as a recap, to complete your audition, you must complete BOTH of the following items by midnight central time on April 15th:

  1. Complete an audition form at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6o1iQJ8sWSpU5y5  
  2. Upload your video to the link provided at the end of the form. Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute comic monologues, one of which should be from a mid-twentieth-century comedy from roughly 1930-1950. To find a monologue, you may wish to look into some of Coward’s other plays (see list below). If you do not have access to any suitable material, we have posted two short monologues from Blithe Spirit that you may use for the period monologue, one for a male character (Charles) and the other for a female character (Ruth). Links to said materials can be found here.

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of submitting both portions of your audition, please email meh0071@auburn.edu to confirm your materials have been received. 

 

Callbacks

Callbacks will occur via Zoom meetings on the evening of Tuesday, April 21st from 6:00pm-10:00pm central time.

Please let us know if you are unable to make the callback night due to scheduling, and we will use Wednesday, April 22nd, if necessary. Once all submitted audition videos and forms are reviewed, a callback list will go out to everyone that auditioned and will include the information needed to complete callbacks. 

 

 

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Last Updated: April 03, 2020