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Auditions

Auditions are not required to participate in our curricular offerings or to become a major, however we do hold auditions for several productions throughout the year. These auditions are open to all students, regardless of major or experience, and no preparation is necessary.

  • Auditions for the fall semester Mainstage and Second Stage shows are typically held during the first week of school.
  • Auditions for the spring semester Mainstage and Second Stage shows are typically held during the last few weeks of the fall semester.

There are additional audition opportunities throughout each semester for student-produced scenes and productions.

Spring 2015 Open Auditions

Audition sign-up for our spring shows are now open. Auditions are open to all currently enrolled Davidson College students regardless of major or experience level. Students are not required to audition for both shows unless they are a Theatre Major.  

When: Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:30–9:30 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Callbacks for both shows will take place at varying times on Dec. 5, 8 and 9.
  • If called back for Fiddler, you are required to attend a dance callback on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7:45–9:15 pm.

Where: Cunningham Theatre Center, Room 100 and the Barber Theatre

The Plays

Fiddler on the Roof

  • Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein 

  • Directed by Ann Marie Costa, musical direction by Jaquelyn Culpepper, conducted by Tara Villa Keith
  • Duke Family Performance Hall, March 20-29, 2015
  • Callbacks: Friday, Dec. 5, 7:45–9:15 p.m. (dance callbacks), Monday, Dec. 8, 6–11 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6:30–10 p.m.

What You Will

  • Written by Wendy Hammond, directed by Steve Umberger
  • Barber Theatre, Feb. 18-22, 2015
  • Callbacks: Friday, Dec. 5, 7:45–9:15 p.m. (anyone who is not doing a dance audition for Fiddler), and Monday, Dec. 8, 6–11 p.m. 

Audition Preparation

Audition Sign-Ups

Starting in the Fall of 2014, the Department of Theatre has moved to an online sign-up process to increase accessibility to the greater Davidson College student body. All students wishing to audition must put their name and email address next to one of the empty time slots listed on each production's respective sign-up sheet. In order to avoid congestion, if you wish to audition for both shows, please leave a 25 minute gap in between your sign-up times. Shortly before the day of the audition, all registered students will recieve an email confirming their audition time.  Please be aware that changing any other students sign-up time on the form is considered stealing and a violation of the Davidson College Honor Code.  Because of the high volume of students wishing to participate, we ask all those who wish to audition to take a few steps to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Though we don't require any side or monologue preparation, we strongly encourage all audition candidates to read the script of the play(s) for which they wish to audition. Plays can be found under reserve in the E. H. Little Library under THE000, or in the Cunningham Script Library beginning on December 1st. 

  • For Fiddler on the Roofall candidates are asked to prepare a short song to sing with the rehearsal accompanist. Please bring the sheet music with you to the audition. If you are unable to prepare a song with sheet music, you will be asked to sing Happy Birthday or another traditional piece. 

We ask that all students print and fill out the audition form for the show for which they would like to be considered. Students should bring these forms to the registration desk in Cunnigham and sign in no later than 15 minutes before their scheduled audition time. Any late registration could forfeit an audition slot. The closest pawprinter to the Cunningham Theatre Center is located on the first floor of Watts Hall. 

Fiddler on the Roof Audition Sign-Up Sheet (GOOG) 

Fiddler on the Roof Audition Form (PDF) 

What You Will Audition Sign-Up Sheet (GOOG)

What You Will Audition Form (PDF)

Callbacks and Cast Lists 

Following the general auditions, directors will host a few nights of callbacks where students will read for specific roles to help perfect the final casting desicion.  On the day of each callback audition, the callback list will be updated by noon with the details of that evening's callback schedule. (See links below.) All candidates should be advised that just because they are not called back does not mean directors are not considering them for a role in the final cast.

Final cast list postings can be found on the callboard outside of RM100, and will be announced via email communication. 

All students wishing to audition for Fiddler on the Roof should be aware that all students calledback will be required to attend a dance audition on Friday Dec. 5 from 7:45–9:15 p.m. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Quincy Newkirk, the Theatre Department Fellow. 

Fiddler on the Roof Callback Listing (GOOG)
What You Will Callback Listing (GOOG)

Davidson College Audition Tips

Are you rusty when it comes to auditioning? Here are a few tips to help ensure that your audition goes smoothly.

Before the Audition

  • If it's musical theatre, make sure you are aware of how many songs to prepare, how long your song(s) should be, or if the casting team would like to hear a certain type of song.
  • If you are to choose a song, pick one that shows off your vocal range and that you are comfortable singing. Sometimes it is best to choose something that you know really well so you can spend more time practicing the song instead of learning the song.
  • Prepare for your piece—whether a song or a monologue—as soon as you can. Perform it in front of friends to get used to an audience.
  • Rest. Get sleep, proper food, and make sure you are well-hydrated before an audition. Make sure you rest your voice as well as your body.   

When You Arrive at the Audition

  • Arrive early. Give yourself 30 minutes to fill out all forms, warm up, and relax.
  • Warm up your vocal chords, body movement, relax your facial muscles.
  • Read all of the stage directions—attempt to incorporate them as best you can when you audition.
  • Read all the lines when you practice, not just the part you're assigned, so you have a good feel for the rhythm and the cues.
  • Focus on what you need to do, not what the person next to you is doing, or how they sound. Your audition is all about you.

In the Audition Room

For a play:

  • Introduce yourself to the director, and take a minute to get in character. (Sometimes it's helpful to look down and lift your head when you're ready to start.)
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions about the character you're reading.
  • If you're reading with someone, engage them. Eye contact is important.
  • If you get lost, relax and stay in character until you find where you're supposed to be in the script.

For a musical:

  • If you're performing a musical number, hand your music to the accompanist. He or she will ask about your tempo. Quietly sing a line to show how slow or fast you'll go.
  • Stay in character while you perform or sing. Have Fun! Enjoy it! Don't be afraid to move around.

If the director and/or anyone else takes notes, don't worry about it. You have no way to know what they are discussing. Thank the director (and accompanist if appropriate). Breathe! The hard part is over. Now go break a leg!