Acting Auditions for theatre require a separate skill set in addition to solid acting fundamentals. Here are some tips I know on how to audition well for theatre:
|Make sure to give yourself enough time to go over|
the scene and know what it’s about
The casting director/director will usually ask you to prepare two monologues for the audition. Pick two contrasting monologues that will show your range as an actor. Adjust your choices to the particular play you are auditioning for. Do a Shakespeare monologue if you are auditioning for a Shakespeare play. Prepare a comedic monologue if you are auditioning for a comedy. Show as much range and contrast as you can. Also make sure to pick monologues of characters you are more likely to play (age-range). Keep in mind that your monologues will give the casting director/director a picture of what you can do and the type of characters you can play.
When doing your monologues, make sure your sight line is right above the heads of the people you are auditioning for. Most casting directors will tell you that it’s uncomfortable when an actor stares them in the eye while doing their monologue. Although some casting directors might not mind the eye contact, it’s always a safe bet to direct your focus right above their heads. The casting director will still be able to see you clearly and not be distracted by you looking at them. It will also make them feel more comfortable about taking notes about you during your audition.
Cold reading is very challenging. Make sure to give yourself enough time to go over the scene and know what it’s about. Say the lines out loud before you go in to read. The words will always sound different after they come out of your mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask for more time with it. It’s more important that you do the scene justice rather than rush the audition. Prepare yourself as much as you can.