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 two productions in the Fall Semester of 2020. Please read the entirety of this information to make sure you submit your audition correctly. All times listed are in Central Standard Time. Please check back here at that time or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About the productions:

Together Apart: A Socially Distanced Cabaret is a performative “experiment” of finding connection through necessary distance. We will present, in cabaret style, a curated selection of songs that speak to our current cultural moment, including Broadway and off-Broadway showtunes and songs from the pop/folk/jazz canons.

 

With the goal of connecting with the audience (and each other) authentically through layers of physical distance and virtual space, the company will explore and present material that captures the pathos, poignancy, passion, humor, and hope of our shared experiences related to the pandemic and intermingled waves of social change.

 

This production will be rehearsed and performed in a socially distant manner, recorded without an audience, and streamed online as part of our all-digital Fall season.

 

Little Women: Kate Hamill’s play is a “radical feminist retelling of Little Women,” although true to Louisa May Alcott’s novel in spirit. It is a play about difference and unity, identity, and responsibility, coming to understand yourself, and making space for the values of others. The playwright insists: “Little Women MUST be cast in an inclusive fashion. It is an American play and should reflect America today- particularly the March family.”

 

Little Women will be performed as an audioplay with significant sound design, and a series of scaffolding still photographs for visual support to the storytelling.

 
Character Breakdown

Marmie: matriarch of the March family, social revolutionary, ahead of her time, sense of humor, strong, warm, and keeps the family together.

Aunt: March: unpleasant, rich, privileged, strong political, and personal opinions, hacking cough.

Meg: oldest March daughter, wears glasses, Marmie’s second in command, likes to dress up and have little luxuries in life.

Jo: does not fit comfortably within gender expectations, deep fire within, impatient, smart, wants to change the world, insecure, ambitious, rough and tumble, special relationship with Beth.

Beth: sweet, shy, sensitive, perceptive, brave, quick to heal and forgive, possible autism spectrum, musical, Jo’s muse.

Amy: youngest March, spunky, drama queen, opinionated, puts on airs, perhaps a bit spoiled, grows up to be beautiful and elegant. (will likely be voiced by two actors)

Hannah: Irish, earthy, warm, feisty, takes no-nonsense, a treasure, a terror, fiercely loyal.

Mrs. Mingott: rich, stylish, Vanderbilt-Esque, condescending, fancies herself charitable.

Theodore “Laurie” Laurence:  sweet young man, sensitive, funny, charming, caring. Not always comfortable in his gender role, musician, wealthy, lonely, finds a family in the Marches, fond of Jo.

John Brooks: Sometimes stiff and awkward, Laurie’s tutor, poor, well educated, feels deeply, a wounded veteran of the Civil War, smitten with Meg.

Parrot: Aunt March’s parrot- evil musty disgusting bird.

Mr. Dashwood: publisher of cheap newspapers and novels, businessman, realist, not a nice guy but thinks he’s a nice guy.

Mr. Laurence: Laurie’s grandfather, wealthy, a gentleman, unable to express his emotions easily, regretful of past behaviors, a strong sense of what is appropriate, capable of change, good at heart.

 

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 theatre@auburn.edu.

 

Please visit the following link to complete your audition form:

https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06w7dQh4oDU6hOB

 

Once you have submitted your audition, there will be a final message which includes a link to upload your video(s). You must complete both of these tasks (the form and uploading your video) by midnight central time on August 14th to be considered as auditioning. 

 

Those auditioning should prepare the following:

For Together Apart: Prepare a full song that shows off your best vocal qualities and ability to connect emotionally with material and/or tell a story with music. You may choose music from a contemporary Broadway show, or a pop/jazz/folk standard. Up-tempo or ballad is your choice. A backing track for your song is required -- no a capella singing. 

 

For Little Women (this monologue will also be available to the Together Apart team to view as well): Please upload a one-minute monologue that portrays a character like a role you would hope to play in Little Women.  Callbacks via Zoom will consist of reading scenes from the play, so please make sure you have read the script- it is NOT the movie.

 
***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/musical, and the playwright (or songwriter) 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 ensure this, we will be sending out confirmations once we have received all portions of your audition. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of completing your audition requirements (both completing the form and uploading your video), please reach out to theatre@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 August 14th:

  1. Complete an audition form at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06w7dQh4oDU6hOB
  2. Upload your video(s) to the link provided at the end of the form. Those auditioning should prepare one or both of the following
    1. Prepare a full song that shows off your best vocal qualities and ability to connect emotionally with material and/or tell a story with music. You may choose music from a contemporary Broadway show, or a pop/jazz/folk standard. Up-tempo or ballad is your choice. A backing track for your song is required -- no a capella singing. 
    2. Please upload a one-minute monologue that portrays a character like a role you would hope to play in Little Women.  Here is a link to the script of Little Women
  3. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of submitting both portions of your audition, please email theatre@auburn.edu to confirm your materials have been received. 

 

 

Callbacks

Together Apart callbacks will be held, via Zoom, from 6p-10p on Tuesday, August 18th. 

Little Women callbacks will be held, via Zoom, from 6p-10p on Wednesday, August 19th. 

 

Please let us know if you are unable to make the callback night due to scheduling. 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: August 06, 2020