What do I need to prepare for the audition?
There will be different requirements for our shows – depending on what type of show they are (revue, scripted musical, play). If it is a revue we are most interested in your singing voice. We will also do a short dance call for everyone as well. If it is a book musical or a play we will also want to assess your acting ability. For the main audition, please:
- Prepare 16-32 bars of one or two contrasting songs (1 minute each) – in the style of the show and that best show off your voice (and that you are comfortable singing).
- Bring either a backing track on CD, ipod, etc. or an accompanist. Please do not bring along your favourite CD and “sing along” with it!!
- If a monologue is required, please come prepared with a memorized piece that suits you and the show that you are auditioning for.
- All material should be memorized.
Where are the auditions held?
Auditions are typically held at our studios in the west Calgary area:
Music and Play
251, 333 Aspen Glen Landing SW
Do you have to have previous experience?
No. Individuals in our shows come from a variety of backgrounds — from the ‘first-time auditioner’ to the ‘seasoned’ performer. We look forward to seeing everyone who enjoys performing and although previous experience can be an asset, it is not a requirement.
Is there a cost to participate in the production?
As we have a diverse range of shows and also a strong mentoring/youth focus, there may be tuition fees associated with being a part of some Imagine PA productions.
How should I prepare for an audition?
Ultimately an audition process is like a job interview. Someone auditioning has approximately 5 minutes to ‘shine.’ The best advice that we can possibly share with you is just to be prepared and bring material that you are comfortable with and that suits YOU. If you learn your audition pieces the night before the audition, there is very good chance that you will not be as successful as you would like in your audition.
How many people will be cast in a production?
The number of people in our productions can vary widely. For a musical revue we may cast upwards of 40-50 people. Book musicals and theatre shows are determined by the casting requirements.
What are you looking for in an audition?
On the music side, we are looking at the quality of your voice (can you sing in tune?) and your interpretation of the song (can you tell a story). The notes are nice but it is the ability to tell the story that moves you from a singer to a performer.
For acting – we want to see again that you can tell a story and that you are comfortable being onstage and really living in your own skin. Many new performers when they onstage find they do not know what to do with their hands and in many cases how to just stand and ‘be’ when they are not the centre of attention or have lines.
In the group movement/dance call we will simply be looking to see how quickly you can pick up simple steps and that you have a sense of rhythm. If there are featured dance roles, we will identify people we want to see more from and work with them individually.
Your attitude during the audition can also greatly affect the casting decisions made, for instance – were you paying attention to others while they were performing, or were you being disruptive? Were you giving it your all, or do you feel that you are good and we should just pick up on that?
If I/my child is cast in the production, what is the time commitment we can expect?
While everyone is not be required at EVERY rehearsal, participants who are cast, are expected to make a commitment to the show AND stick to it. Technical rehearsals will be demanding and it is critical that all company members be available for these rehearsals and, of course, ALL performances.
What will the rehearsal schedule for the show be like?
Rehearsal schedules for each show will vary but we will follow a pretty typical community/semi-pro schedule (2 nights a week and one weekend day). A typical schedule looks like this:
– Sundays: 1:00 – 6:00
– Tuesdays: 6:30 – 10:00
Will there be breaks in the rehearsal schedule? For school holidays for example?
The rehearsal schedules for each show will be determined on a per-show basis but we do try to accommodate some school holiday calendars.
Where do you rehearse and perform?
Some rehearsals will be held at the Music and Play Studios: 251, 333 Aspen Glen Landing SW however much of our work will likely take place in other locations to allow for full staging on the set prior to tech week. Performances will be held in venues around Calgary that are appropriate to each production.
What advice do you have if I am not successful in the audition?
The best advice that we can give is do not give up. If this is your dream, go for it until something tells you to stop. Auditioning is THE most difficult part of the production process – and for some it takes a lifetime to be able to master their nerves – and some never do. An audition is really nothing like doing a show and sometimes people have to just audition a few times before they get the hang of it, find the right show or get cast.
If you don’t get cast, please feel free to contact us afterwards if you wish – we would be happy to provide you with more specific feedback regarding your audition.
Are there opportunities to be involved in the production if I don’t want to be on stage, or am not cast?
Yes, being onstage is only one part of putting on a successful production. Depending on the production, there may be opportunities for participation as part of the crew (16+) or in the band/orchestra (14+). For our youth, these are mentorship positions in the company for the show and, just like the performers, you will be working alongside the musical director or designers and technicians to help bring the show to life.
Opportunities and any associated fees, are defined on a per-show basis.
Where are tickets available for the productions?
Depending on the venue we are using, tickets will be typically be available online beginning 2-3 months prior to the show.