Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Last week I visited Chattanooga Theatre Centre to look inside the process for auditioning a musical. Youth theater director, Maria Chattin Carter and musical director, Kyle Howard presided over auditions for, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
Howard, a middle school music teacher by day asked each of the auditioning youth to sing solo a verse of one of the songs from this show. He was looking for those who could sing on pitch and those who could belt it out as there will be no microphones used for this production. Howard also asked that the youth “dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” meaning to pronounce each consonant with verve.
Carter said that auditions are the hardest part of the process of preparing a musical as those who audition rarely know what the director is looking for and many are not familiar with the play for which they are auditioning. She was looking for those who could bring a glimmer of personality into their auditions.
There’s a whole website dedicated to the art of auditioning for a musical which includes a section entitled “Audition Tips” and another, “Show Research.”
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