Auditions

2017 YEAR-END PANTOMIME 

Peter Goes To Wonderland

AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED 
The show has been cast and rehearsals are well under way! 
Visit our Forthcoming Productions page for more info about the production and show dates.

 

 


PANTOMIME AUDITION TIPS

Be prepared and be on time! Make sure you get there, warmed up, and ready. Be bright! At pantomime auditions, the director will be looking for a performer who has a bright, vibrant personality with a good level of energy.

It’s a completely different ball game! It’s a bright and bouncy two hour Christmas extravaganza – or something similar. Enjoy it – it’s both a great and unique experience to audition for a pantomime. The more you enjoy it and throw yourself into all the conventions of panto, the more it will be appreciated by the casting panel and audience.

You will have to sing at a pantomime audition. Always choose an uptempo number, and make sure the songs are ones that you can sing.

Also remember that there is no fourth wall – all the principal characters, especially the dame, the comic lead and the villian, will have to address the audience directly and interact with them. So make sure that your audition piece has an element of audience interaction within it.

 


GENERAL AUDITION TIPS

1. Arrival – bring something to do! It will keep you from pacing the halls and reciting your lines over and over which makes you even more jittery and nervous. Doing something like reading a book also discourages any would be fellow auditionees trying to strike up a conversation with you which also just adds to your nerves.

2. Memorise your lines (if you have the script ahead of time). Study the lines in the script and become invested in the character and the scene so that the lines become so ingrained you could recite them in a coma!

3. Be confident! First impressions are vitally important and people make judgements within seconds of meeting you based on body language, posture, voice tone, breathing rate, eye contact, etc. Acting is a business and people do business with people they like, know and trust.

4. The Auditors – treat them with courtesy and respect but do not put them on a pedestal, you are selling and they are buying so you are equals. Don’t ask who they are as introductions waste time, time you could be using to show off your acting chops!

5. BE YOURSELF! You need to show who YOU are and what unique choices and energy YOU would bring to the character. Be distinctive, be different, be memorable, and be real!

 


CHARACTERISATION TIPS

The following points are based around Stanislavski’s acting technique and his seven questions, which have hereby been adapted into 10 key acting questions every actor should answer in order to be a fully rounded and connected actor.

1. WHO AM I?

When you play a character in theatre, TV or film, you should know your character as well as you know yourself, so you can just exist and live. Of course that doesn’t just magically happen. As an actor you have to plant those memories, anecdotes and back story.

How do we do this? Well, first a good script should give you some initial information about your character, and also what other characters say or think about your character can be very revealing. All this should be extracted and written down in a separate notebook. The next stage is research. You need to find out through detailed research what the history, economics, politics, music, art, literature, theatre, film, foods, fashion, religion might have been at the time the play was written, in order to know how you would have lived and what and who your influences were, just as you know these things in real life. Possible sources include the internet, films of the era and finding images of landscape, as well as going to museums, art and photographic galleries. Fill your mind with images – not facts and figures. The more visceral your understanding, the better.

Once you’ve filleted the script and completed your research, your final task in developing your character is to use your imagination and flesh out the details you’ve gathered and bring them alive. Don’t underestimate the power and the necessity of your imagination in the acting process. You can’t use your imagination without the backup of research and reading. Nor can you use your imagination alone.

2. WHERE AM I?

You might find in the script a description of the room you’re supposed to be in, including details such as the style and period of the furniture. What does it mean to you though? Is your character supposed to be familiar with the surroundings? Is it the first time you’ve entered this room? Is it a cosy cottage? A freezing barn? A familiar street? We usually behave differently depending on our surroundings. You need to establish your relationship with your environment because this affects the way you use yourself. For example, you wouldn’t start walking around, touching ornaments and putting your feet up if it wasn’t your home. The geography will have an impact too: playing someone from very cold northern climates such as Norway or Russia will be different to playing someone in a baking Mediterranean climate such as Italy or Spain.

3. WHEN IS IT?

We need to know what season it is, what year, what time of day. We tend to carry ourselves differently in the colder months than we do on hot, muggy summer days. We would also hold ourselves differently if the piece was set at the turn of the century. We must be aware that we can’t bring our modern physicality to a play that is of another period. People expressed themselves differently then and didn’t slouch or use modern gestures.

4. WHERE HAVE I JUST COME FROM?

You need to work out what your character has been doing, where they’ve been. When you make an entrance on stage it shouldn’t look as if you’ve just stepped on stage from behind the curtain. Even if that’s true, you should have worked out during rehearsal where you would be coming from – the bathroom, having just brushed your teeth? The kitchen in the middle of baking an apple pie? The car after being stuck in traffic? Shopping? What is your state of being supposed to be on your entrance? Does it tell you in the text? Has your director informed you of what they would like it to be? Or do you have to invent it? What’s just happened in the scene before? Have you just had an argument? Have you just been proposed to? Whatever the situation, you should always know your previous circumstances at all times. It can be good fun inventing it, and no entrance should ever be the same. Just think about real life: do you always enter your house in the same way every night? No. Where you come from will have conditioned your mood.

5. WHAT DO I WANT?

This is a key question. “Want” means what do you need, what is your intention, your motivation, your action? You should never walk on stage just to play a scene. You should always have an objective. Often in a good script, an objective is written into the scene: to end the affair, to propose, to move out. Your action can change from scene to scene but you should always work out what you are meant to be doing.

You may be in a scene, for example, where you have very little dialogue. Instead of sitting doing nothing, give yourself a physical action, which can be anything that fits your reason for being in that room, from making a salad to polishing your nails. Even if you are pulled away from what you’re doing, so long as you’re doing something, you’ve always got something to return to once you’re no longer engaged in conversation. The importance of this is so that you don’t look or feel silly on stage doing nothing. You must have a life on stage, you must have a purpose for walking and talking, otherwise you are in danger of “just acting”, which is fake. Don’t forget you’re trying to be truthful and three-dimensional, and in real life, no one ever comes into a room and stands with their hands by their sides or sits with their hands in their lap and just talks.

6. WHY DO I WANT IT?

You must always have a strong justification for your action. All right, perhaps in real life we don’t always have a strong justification for everything we’re doing but, particularly in the theatre, you always need one. Most plays present a heightened version of reality (this can be different for the naturalistic performances and stories we see on television, particularly in soap operas). Having a strong justification means you have a strong motivation.

7. WHY DO I WANT IT NOW?

The “now” gives you an immediacy that is crucial in acting and in any drama. You must know why your motivation has to be right now, not before, not later but now. Why should we sit through two hours of this play if you’re not that bothered about getting the money or the house or the power?

8. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DON’T GET IT NOW?

The stakes should always be high. Otherwise so what? The consequences of not getting what you want should always be very important to you. If the high stakes are not clear to you in the play, you need to invent them, otherwise it will come across that you’re not bothered at all about the outcome.

9. HOW WILL I GET WHAT I WANT?

Once you’ve worked out what your action is (question 5) you then have to work out your smaller action, which is called an “activity”. You need to work out how you are trying to affect the other person with what you are saying.

One way of doing this is called “actioning” your text. Break your script up into chunks: every time you have a new change of thought, you need to find a transitive verb, a verb that is active, such as to beg, to entice, to charm, to get sympathy (a good thesaurus is very handy here).

You have to think: how can I affect the other character by doing what? At this stage you should know who your character is, and your choice of active verbs should be informed by your character choice and not your personal choice. If my character was a loving, open, sweet, sensitive young girl and my dialogue was: “I don’t love you anymore, I think you should go”, my verb will be determined by my above characteristics and not by the actual line itself. Therefore verbs such as to plead, to get sympathy, to reason, should be chosen, as opposed to verbs that might reflect another type of character, such as to demand, to threaten, to hurt. If in the rehearsal a choice doesn’t work then you can change your choice. Nothing should be initially set in stone.

I like to call this process “scoring” your text. Just as a musician or singer would rely on their score to know how to sing or play their song, an actor works out how to play the monologue, scene or play. Once you’ve done it, you have to play it fully, otherwise it’s pretty pointless. The challenge is the execution of it. It’s time-consuming initially to find the right verbs, but once you have them and tested them in rehearsal, not only will you have given your performance light and shade but also depth. It also means you do not have to fall into a dreadful cliché performance by thinking of how to say the lines and what you should be feeling and emoting. This technique allows you to be free and truthful without playing external emotion. It’s really about what you don’t say and trusting that actions will speak louder than words.

10. WHAT MUST I OVERCOME?

Every actor should always have an inner and an outer obstacle. The outer obstacle is the resistance (usually the other character) to obtaining your action. The inner obstacle is your inner conflict, which you must always plant in a scene even though it can change. There must always be a problem you are trying to overcome. If you think of yourself in life, you’re never without an inner obstacle.

To fully transform into a character, to be truthfully and emotionally connected needs hard work, technique, good direction. But the audience should see none of this. They should see nothing other than the fully realised three-dimensional character right in the truth of the moment.

 


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73 thoughts on “Auditions

  1. I really want to get invovlved in thearte again after being invovlved with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. How Do I get invovlved would love to be part of a chorus again.

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    • Hi Gift, we are holding auditions for our mid-year Murder Mystery Farce this Sunday afternoon 7 April 2-5pm, and Monday evening 8 April from 7.30pm onwards – hope to see you there!!

    • Hi Cindy, yes there will be two more productions this year, keep checking our auditions webpage or our Facebook page for more info… Hope to meet you soon!

  3. Hey there I’m a newly graduate from the market theater how does one stay connected with the productions really keen in staying informed ..

    • Hi Karabo, we keep this website up to date with forthcoming productions and auditions, so please check in regularly. You can also request to join our mailing list by sending an email to info@franklin.org.za

      Hope to see you soon!

    • Hello Thuba, we have auditions for our three-quarter show coming up on 21 and 22 July, hope to see you there!

  4. Hi, I’m a second year university student and I want to get back into drama. I did it in high school and I really miss it. I really want to audition but audition pieces and details haven’t been posted so have auditions been postponed? Will I get the opportunity to audition for one of your plays?

  5. Hi!

    I would like to audition for the pantomime but I have had almost no experience in performance. Is there any point in auditioning?

    Thanks!

  6. Hi I am very keen to come audition for the end of year panto. Is anyone welcome? I was just wondering what days rehearsals are on, should one be cast in the play? Lastly, when will audition pieces be put up on the website?

    Thanks
    Lisa

    • Hey Lisa, oh my gosh, nobody is replying to these blog posts!! I will try to have this rectified!! Anybody is welcome to audition (although unfortunately the panto is already well into rehearsals) – experience is not a prerequisite. We have access to our community recreation hall on Mon and Wed evenings and Sun afternoons which is when we have rehearsals… Please come and meet us or ask further questions right here, I will make sure somebody with knowledge answers you! 🙂 Traci

    • Hello Guyver, we will soon be posting a review of the production (which was a roaring success!) and will include the program which will provide more details on the cast and crew 🙂

  7. Hi I would like to get involved either technical or acting. Please let me know when next meeting/auditions are to be held

    • Hi Anita, auditions have been extended! We will be holding two more days of auditions this Sunday 10th May from 6pm, and Monday 11th May from 7.30pm – there are still a few roles to fill so really hope to see you there! Cheers, Traci

    • Hi Bongani – that’s wonderful! Why don’t you come to the auditions for our annual One-Act Play Festival – have a look at our Auditions page for all the details. Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, there’s always a role to fill 🙂 See you soon!

    • Hi Jonas, we are holding four sets of auditions later this month for our annual one-act play festival – see the dates and times at the top of our Auditions page. Every year Franklin Players and other amateur drama societies such as our good friends at EADS put on a festival of about 10 very short plays (only one act each, about half an hour) and it’s the most fun you’re ever going to have!! No experience necessary and no need to prepare anything, just show up and join in the fun 🙂
      Cheers,
      Traci

  8. Dear Franklin Players

    I would love to join as a member. Please indicate whether I would have to complete an application form in order to do so.

    I would also like to participate in the one-act play festival. Is there a possibility of still auditioning, assisting as director or just being a part of the backstage production team?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Kind regards

    Melinda

    • Hi Melinda, thanks for your interest in Franklin Players! I’m going to forward your message to our secretary Wendy, and she will advise how you can get involved 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you soon!
      Cheers
      Traci

  9. Hi there, I want to become involved. Are there any auditions lined up for March-April? Design aspects also interest me – where and how can I find more info?

    Regards,
    Ronelle

    • Hi Ronelle, thanks for your interest in Franklin Players! We will be holding auditions sometime in April for our mid-year production, so keep an eye on our Auditions page. We are now in the last few weeks of our One-Act festival rehearsals, curtain goes up Friday 1 April and the festival takes place over two weekends – come along, meet the members and enjoy the shows 🙂
      Cheers,
      Traci

  10. hello out there..i am a voung vibrant talented girl of 19 yrs old who is driven’ passionate and addicted to become an actress…i realy want to be part of the auditions….if i may ask ..how would i knw that i have been selected..coz i realy want to be part of the horizon ….i will look forward 0728209328

    • Hello Thidziambi, auditions for our mid-year play are closed, but keep your eye on our website and Facebook page for audition dates for our end of year musical! In the meantime, we are always looking for any volunteers to help with backstage, prop making and technical. This is a great opportunity to test the water in the behind-the-scenes aspects of theatre. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Carri 0721467142

  11. hey I’m Nicole I’ve been doing drama and choir since primary and now I’m in Matric and would love to get involved in the theatre _ when are the next auditions ?

    • Hi Nicole, auditions for our end of year musical production will be held on Sunday 14th, Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th August – hope to see you there!

  12. hey. I did drama through my whole schooling career…something I’d very much love going back to. How do I go about becoming a member?

    • Hi Bhongokazi, I’ve added you to our mailing list 🙂 welcome!

      I will ask our secretary Wendy to email you with more info about becoming a member

      We’re in the middle of rehearsals for our year-end Pantomime, show opens end Nov – hope you’ll come watch and meet the crowd

      Our annual One-Act Play Festival auditions will take place in January and I highly recommend you come along for that – it’s so much fun and the plays are short and sweet (about half an hour each) – we usually have up to 10 plays taking part!

      Thanks for showing an interest in Franklin 🙂

      Cheers
      Traci

  13. Hello!
    I am interested in joining theatre. Could you please let me know when the next auditions would be held and what is asked of you at the auditions also, when are rehearsals?

    Thank you

    Kim

    • Hi Kim, that’s fantastic! I’ve added you to our mailing list so you can be informed of our next auditions.

      We’re in the middle of rehearsals for our year-end Pantomime, show opens end Nov – hope you’ll come watch and meet the crowd!

      Our annual One-Act Play Festival auditions will take place in January and I highly recommend you come along for that. You will be given audition pieces to read on audition day, nothing to prepare. Rehearsals take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Sunday afternoons.

      Thanks for showing an interest in Franklin

      Cheers
      Traci

  14. Hey… My name is Jessica
    I only have 3 months left in the country before I go become an au pair over sees…I am into theatre and love to perform…I love the stage and would like to be one while I am still here. I hope that this is not an irrational wish…hope to hear from you

    Thanks Jess

    • Hi Jessica, thanks for making contact! Auditions for our annual One Act Play Festival take place this month: Sunday 15th (14h30), Monday 16th (19h30), Wednesday 18th (19h30) – please do come along! Look forward to meeting you 🙂
      Cheers
      Traci

  15. Hi Franklin

    Please advise me if you ever have auditions too. I havent done theatre in a while but I want to go back

    • Hi Sfiso, I have added you to our mailing list. We send out news once a month so check your Inbox for our “Franklin Flyer” 🙂
      Cheers
      Traci

  16. hi Franklin
    I’m really interested in theatre. could I please be informed when there will be auditions. I don’t have agency and I have been doing theatre for quiet sometime.

    kind regards
    Fihliwe Matata

    • Hi Fihliwe, you are now on our mailing list, we send out news once a month – we have auditions coming up in August for our year-end Panto. I will forward our previous flyer for your information 🙂
      Cheers
      Traci

    • Hi Kebone, I have added you to our mailing list – welcome! We have auditions coming up in August for our year-end pantomime, more details can be found on our auditions page here on our website. Hope to see you there!
      Cheers
      Traci

  17. Hi,

    I’d like to find out more about upcoming auditions, I’d like to clarify if the Peter in Wonderland audition are in August of this year 2017?

    Much Appreciated:)

    • Hi Fiona, yes auditions for our year-end pantomime are happening next month – more details can be found on our auditions page here on our website (character analyses and audition process) – hope to see you there! I have added you to our mailing list so you can be kept up to date.
      Cheers
      Traci

  18. Hi,

    I would love to come to the auditions prepared.
    The character analysis and audition process mentions that prescribed list of songs & scripts will be available on the website for those who wish to prepare ahead of time, where on the website can i find these?

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Melissa, there is nothing on the website yet but I have added you to our mailing list so you can keep up to date 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you at auditions!
      Cheers
      Traci

  19. Hi There

    I would love to come to the auditions. Could you also put me on the mailing list as I would like to prepare some script once on website.

    • Hi Lizette
      I have added you to our mailing list, welcome! I will send you our July newsletter shortly. Looking forward to meeting you at auditions 🙂
      Cheers
      Traci

  20. Hi, I would really love to come to the auditions. may I plz ask to be added on your mailing list. And also I would like to know where are the auditions exactly.
    thanks

    • Hi Zanele, I have added you to our mailing list, welcome 🙂
      Hope to see you at auditions for our year-end panto later this month!
      Cheers
      Traci

    • Hi Soné, I see you are already on our mailing list 🙂
      You can find audition pieces and prescribed songs on our Auditions page (www.franklin.org.za/auditions/) if you would like to prepare…
      See you at auditions!
      Cheers
      Traci

    • Hi Magnificent, I have added you to our mailing list 🙂 welcome!
      Our October newsletter will land in your inbox next week…
      Thanks for showing an interest in Franklin!
      Cheers
      Traci

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