Cast Auditions

In The Heights

January 16-19, 2020 at the Victoria Theatre

Cast audition schedule

Open to grades 7-12

Tues, Sept 24…..4:30–7:30pm…..Open cast auditions
Wed, Sept 25…..4:30–7:30pm…..Open cast auditions
Thurs, Sept 26…..4:30–10pm…..Open cast auditions
Fri, Sept 27….4:30–7:30pm…..Open cast auditions
Sat, Sept 28…..1–7pm…..Open cast auditions
Sun, Sept 29…..1–7pm…..Open cast auditions
Tues & Thurs, Oct 1 & 3…..4:30–10pm…..Callback auditions
Tues, Oct 8…..Notification letters mailed

Who we are looking for

People who want to act, dance and sing! Don’t worry if you’re not experienced because we look favorably upon those with potential. There’s room for many levels of talent. Many performers are needed – this is a large ensemble comedy/drama and we need all types!  Please note: You must be a Muse Machine member to be in the musical. Bring your new membership card or a note from a Muse advisor at your school. Membership question? Call 937/222-MUSE, ext 401.

Diversity

Both as a performance and a creative experience, Muse Machine’s musicals are stronger when they reflect the community and world around us. Students of all races and ethnicities are cast in roles regardless of what the original actors may have looked like. This story is set in an area which has a largely Hispanic population. Our production will likely reflect a variety of young people and we will strive to not only welcome Hispanic participants but also to use our time with this show to learn more about Hispanic music, dance, food and culture.

How the auditions will work

Request an audition appointment at musemachine.com (under the “Musical & Concert” tab, select “Info”). The earlier you request an appointment, the better your chance of getting the time you want. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointed time. Your appointment will consist of a private song and monologue audition followed by a group movement and dance audition. You will be free to leave after your dance audition. Your entire appointment may run anywhere from approximately 90 minutes up to approximately three hours, depending on the specific time of your appointment. All the details will be made clear for you when the Muse staff person calls you to set up your appointment.

What to bring with you

• Muse membership card or a note from your advisor confirming your Muse membership
• Four copies of a recent picture of yourself. Your face should be clearly visible (computer print-outs are fine)
• One copy of the sheet music of your song for the accompanist
• One copy of your monologue
• For the dance audition, wear exercise/gym clothes or dance clothes (not baggy!)
• For the dance audition, if you happen to have jazz, ballet or modern dance shoes, bring those. Otherwise, wear flat sole shoes such as Keds or Vans (not high-traction shoes).

Most of the performers in our shows have not had previous dance training! We are looking for personality, rhythm and character, not just training! Likewise, most of our auditionees do not have dance clothes – they are not required. The change of clothes is so you can look nice for your song/monologue and then have an outfit that does not restrict movement and keeps your temperature cool for the dance audition.

During the audition you will…

Sing First: Bring a memorized song that does not exceed one minute (shorter is fine – 16 bars is ideal). Most songs are a lot longer, so choose the best section that shows off your voice (you don’t have to start at the beginning). A song from a Broadway show is preferable but you may sing anything you wish, with one exception: do not sing a song from this show. Websites such as musicnotes.com, onlinesheetmusic.com or sheetmusicplus.com are great online resources to purchase and download sheet music. In most cases, you can also change the key of the song to suit your range. Announce the title and composer before you begin. Remember to bring a copy of the sheet music for the accompanist. Do not plan to sing acappella or with a recording. You may bring your own accompanist if you prefer. Be sure to practice using the same sheet music that you bring to the audition—if you only practice with the recording, you may find that the sheet music is very different! A choir director at school or church would probably be happy to play through the song with you.

For this show you may audition with a piece that is in a hip hop style, such as the songs from Hamilton. If you perform something in this style, we will also ask you to sing something very brief (even “Happy Birthday”), because most performers in the show will also have to sing in a musical theatre style. Be clear—it is neither advantageous or disadvantageous to audition with a hip hop selection. We simply want to see and hear what everyone can bring to the table. Do what you do best.

Present Your Monologue: Bring a memorized monologue that does not exceed one and a half minutes (shorter is fine). Announce the title and author before you begin. If you need a quick resource for a monologue, we suggest checking out collected monologue books at local bookstores. Online stores such as Amazon.com have a large selection, though you cannot look through them first, and not every book will have something that suits you. You can also transcribe a monologue from a movie or TV show (turn on the captions and type it out). Consider that you will probably be playing an adult—not a teenager. Also, you are auditioning for a musical drama/comedy—please do not use poems, Shakespeare or “monologues for young people” (which are usually not from any play/musical/movie/TV show). We emphasize that last point—use a monologue from an actual play, musical, movie or TV show, not from a book that wrote their own monologues just for auditions. Books with titles like “Monologues for Young Actors” tend to be awful places to find monologues.

Finally, Dance: When the songs and monologues for your session are finished, your group will reassemble for the movement and dance audition. You will be taught a brief dance routine. You do not need previous dance experience—the format of the audition is simply “do what I do”.

What will be expected of me if I am cast?

You will need to be available for rehearsals at the Muse Machine studio, Monday – Thursday from 4:30—8:30pm, Saturdays from 10:00am—5:00 pm, and Sundays 1:00—5:00pm. We will not rehearse on most Fridays. Each actor will only need to attend selected rehearsals. A complete schedule will be available at the time notification letters are sent. We are extremely flexible with school conflicts for other performances, etc. There can be no rehearsal conflicts January 9—19. You must be willing to try new things, work hard, meet new people and have fun!

Audition tips

• Be confident—if you make a mistake, just continue with the monologue or song. If you need to backtrack a bit before resuming, that’s fine. As long as you’re basically prepared, mistakes don’t count against you. We’re friendly, we know how nerve-wracking auditions can be, and we just want to see what you can offer.

• Speak up! The Victoria Theatre holds almost 1,200 audience members. They need to hear you—and so do we.

• Personality counts—show yours! Personality can be a huge factor in making the cast. We cannot emphasize this enough!

Location of the auditions

The Muse Machine fourth floor studio in the Metropolitan Arts Center (next to the Victoria Theatre near the corner of First and Main Streets); 126 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Look for the burgundy awning which says “The Loft”.

Request an audition appointment Send a message to the musical creative staff