Casting a show is a complex process. We want to help you understand some of the factors that go into casting decisions.
There are some things you can do absolutely nothing about which may have a bearing on casting. These include your height, the height of others, your vocal range, what specific parts are available in a particular production, the sizes of previously constructed costumes as well as a myriad of other uncontrollable factors.
However, there are some things you can do that may affect the outcome of your audition.
Good advice: do what you can do, don’t worry about what you can’t do, and leave the final decision to the Lord!
- PREPARATION: Prepare the best audition that you can. For callbacks, research the show and learn about the parts. If sides are provided, work with them until your callback.
- BEHAVIOR: Directors want to work with people who behave well, and they may ask your Chapter Coordinator and others about you. Don’t harm your chances of being cast in a show by exhibiting poor behavior in class, at rehearsals, at shows, and even at auditions and callbacks.
- PARENTS: This is also good advice for parents. Don’t harm your student’s chances by exhibiting poor character or behavior. Your behavior is also factored into difficult casting decisions.
- VOCAL TRAINING: Take CYT classes and/or private voice instruction to improve your vocal range and performance.
- DANCE TRAINING: Lack of dance ability often keeps good singers and actors from getting parts in musical theater. Take CYT classes and/or dance instruction to improve your skills.
- READINGS: Show the director good character development and appropriate emotion at callbacks.