What auditions for any play or musical will be like
Auditions will consist of saying some words that I ask you to say. And then singing a little bit--probably with me. You are welcome, of course, if you want to, to sing a song you already know or say words from something you know--something funny is best. But it's not necessary at all. Most people don't. You'll come in and we'll just move around and joke around a bit.
Keep in mind what a director is looking for: YOU!
No director (at least no director you want to do a play with), sits there thinking, "Oh no, what's this kid gonna do wrong!" We want to find all kinds of really cool people to help us do a play. And we assume you're one of them. Why not?
We look at you and think, "Hmm--what cool thing is this person going to bring in to the play." And it's my job to find out what that cool thing is--it's not your job to have to show it to me.
And we never think about an auditioner being "good" or "bad" at singing or acting or anything else. Because those things aren't what matter. What we care about is, "Who's gonna do this and who's gonna do that?"
It's like when you're doing stuff with Legos and you need a red arm and you look and look through the jumble of Lego pieces to find a red arm. You don't think the white and yellow arms are "bad," you just want a red one because of what you're imagining with the guy.
But often--at least at my house--you can't find that red arm, so you end up with a yellow one--and then you find all kinds of ways that having a yellow arm changes what you're imagining. And that's cool, too.
And sometimes you have a pile of Legos and you look at them to figure out what you can build out of them. That's what we do--think about how to use all the red, yellow and white arms, as well as all the heads and oars and parrots and octopuses that show up at auditions.
Parents are always welcome to stay in the room with their kids whenever they want--especially at auditions.
-- Daved Driscoll