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How to sing Musical Theatre / Musical Theatre singing audition prep (male singers)?

Golden Age musical theatre is very similar to classical singing--in fact, many opera companies perform classical musical theatre pieces because of their conduciveness to classical technique.

Contemporary musical theatre is very speech-like and forward in the mask...it actually bears a lot of similarities to pop sound-wise. Send the sound as forward and outwards as you can without pushing or straining--lift the mask and the soft palate. Contemporary musical theatre is a little less concerned with emphasizing legato technique and allows speech-like qualities such as nasality and glottling even though I personally find super nasal singers--such as Idina Menzel--and excessive glottling annoying.

If you have a voice teacher, ask them about it. However, a lot of classical voice teachers have trouble making contemporary musical theatre not sound stilted. If you don't have a teacher, be sure to make your goals and interests clear from the get-go. Find a teacher who is qualified but also versatile enough to help you. My own voice teacher is classically trained but she also has experience in other genres and has a lot of experience both in musical theatre and in teaching musical theatre voice.

How can I prepare for my theatre audition?

Follow the instructions of what they expect for your preparations.Practice!Three months is plenty of time to have a Shakespeare soliloquy or monologue in the hat. Select something that you can relate to. If you can't bring the fiery rage in Hamlet’s soliloquy don't pick it. If you think you're more of a Romeo, then apply your strengths. You should be able to speak the speech slow, fast, turbo speed. You need to be able to recite the lines while walking, cleaning, washing dishes, folding clothes, or any activity. Then play around with it. Understand it and give the words meaning. Go far. If you go far, then they can direct you to give less. Resonate and use that voice!Same thing for a contemporary piece. Don't select something that's not you or that is way above your level. The audition isn't the place to stretch yourself and try something new. It's still a place where you can take risks, though. Connect with the words.In both, never ever play the emotion. Let the words be what sparks emotion. You play emotion, your performance becomes forced instead of real.For your song, again practice. Make it your own. Connect with the words even if it triggers strong emotions. Give it everything you got, open up that voice and let the standing room only audience hear you.In an empty theatre it's so easy to fallback on our inside voices, but imagine it being full. Hit the person hiding at the very top row with your voice.When you think you have it down, all the pieces, it means you still got a long way to go. Keep practicing the “sheet music” so you can apply your personal art to it. Do so much work in preparation that makes it so no one can come close to your audition and work ethic. The panel will have a hard time picking someone else over someone who puts in a ton of work.Have fun! This is a fun process.“Be the hardest working person on set.” I think it was The Rock that said this. If I'm wrong, it's still a good phrase, nevertheless.

How do I prepare for an audition?

First of all that’s pretty good that you got that far. Normally to reach a “test shoot” most folks have had to gone through at least a first and second Directors call back. But you say or sound like this is your first time even going in front of an audition “board”? So if this is so, then that’s great too. Just relax and IF they give you a script, it most likely will be just a section of just you and maybe another actor reading together or not, but they just want to see how you “look” and “sound” on camera. And if there is another actor then they are looking for chemistry between the two of you. Just remember one thing, be yourself and show confidence. Also be aware of your body placement and the camera….make sure that you don’t turn your back and or side to it. I just sat through a whole day of doing auditions (48) and the ones that did very well were the one’s who understood body placement and just had fun. I love doing them myself cause I just go in and have fun and know that I’m going to nail them because you have to have that confidence. Hope some of this helped, and good luck and have FUN!

Singing: How can I best prepare for a vocal audition at Juilliard?

I was initially a music major in college for singing.  Do you have a voice teacher?  I can't stress enough that you need one to help you prepare for this.  In addition, you should enter in different competitions to get experience in that kind of environment and get as much experience on stage as possible so your nerves will not drive you crazy on the day of the audition.  If your boss's smoking is bothering you, and there is nothing you can do about it - you should absolutely get another job.  If you are really serious about this, you will do these two things - even if you have to take out loans to do it.  You are going to have to pay for the school anyway, which is much more expensive.

What is the best musical theater school?

I want to be a major in musical theater. I hear that Boston Conservatory is one of the best, but it is very expensive and competitive. What are the credentials for getting into this school?
What are some other great schools to study musical theater?
I live in Wisconsin, so I've looked at Madison, how is it as a musical theater school?
Any other tips?

Here is some info about me:
I have been singing for forever, I'm currently in my high school showchoir (we got a grand champion yesterday!! im excited!!) , and help direct the prep show choir. I sing competitively in things like Solo Ensemble and WMTA and solo events at show choir competitions. I have been acting in community and school plays since I was 7, I got the lead in my school production of Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey and I'm currently directing a one act play based off an episode of "The Twilight Zone". I took studio dance from age 5-10, and I have been on my high school dance team for 2 years, and am fairly certain to get captain next year
My GPA hovers around a 3.5 and I have yet to take the ACT. I take a variety of honors/AP classes including AP English and Honors Physics, and I will be taking more next year as a senior (i.e. I am currently a junior)

Help me prepare for "Little Shop of Horrors" audition!?

I am a senior in highschool and my school is doing the Little Shop of Horrors musical. I have never been in a musical but I really want to get a good role in this one because it is my senior year...

I am in a show choir so I sing and dance...and I play guitar and I think I am pretty outgoing. I just need to know more about acting. can you give me any tips? like what do I wear? WHAT SONGS SHOULD I PREPARE TO SING? how should my demeanor be?

have any of you acted in this show? what monologue/song did you sing?

anything helps! thanks!

How long does it take to prepare for musical play before it goes to theatre?

A) yes, as your other answerers have stated, it depends. I want to add a time frame the others didn't mention: in professional regional dinner theaters, rehearsal is usually 2 weeks and can be as short as 10 days. This is how I developed a lot of habits I later had to break myself of when I came to NYC - when you have to be audience-ready in that short a time frame you develop helpful shortcuts and tricks that need to be removed when you're doing better theatre.B) the reason I didn't answer this right away is that I'm not sure I understand it - do you mean the rehearsal process? Because before that there are creative team meetings: sets, costumes, lights, sound, marketing, director’s vision, producer’s budget. Before that there are performer submissions, auditions and callbacks. Before that, the selection/hiring of director, musical director, and choreographer. Before that, venue booking. Before that, selection of the piece - including verifying availability for your proposed dates, choosing of performance, rehearsal and audition dates, discussion of orchestra/chorus/cast sizes, creating a possible budget.If it's a new piece, not only do you have the process of changing the script, adding and deleting and learning new songs and dances for those changes, etc. but someone also has to write the arrangements of the new music for the band or orchestra to play.So with all these variables, what starting point are you looking at?

Why do I always seem to lose my voice before auditions and important rehearsals?

In many cases there is a connection between nerves and the voice; that is to say that if you are nervous before the above kind of event, that nevousness can cause your throat muscles to tighten, affecting your speaking and singing voice.I would suggest two things that may help; first, make sure that you don't overdo vocals as you prepare for your auditions. You could simply be overvocalizing during your prep. Run your lines silently in your head, then speak them in a low volume (not a whisper) with the appropriate intensity. Second, seek out some good warmup exercises for the voice as well as the body; you are an instrument and need to be properly warmed up for your own practice, auditions or rehearsal. While you are at it, try finding some relaxation techniques that you can use to ease the tension and keep you from the loss of your vocal skills. Hope this helps, and break a leg!

What are some suggestions for songs from musicals for a mezzo soprano to use for auditions?

First of all, if you are prepping for auditions in general, try to go with songs that are not overdone. Examples of songs directors don't want to hear:
ANYTHING from Les Miserables, Phantom or Wicked
"Gimme Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
"Mama Who Bore Me" from Spring Awakening
"Astonishing" from Little Women
"Mamma Mia" or "Thank You for the Music" from Mamma Mia
"Good Morning Baltimore" from Hairspray


Some great (not as popular) audition songs for a mezzo soprano that show off range, ability and personality:

Up tempo-
"Some People"-Gypsy
"I Speak Six Languages"-25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee
"Show Off"-Drowsy Chaperone
"Bless The Lord"-Godspell
"A Summer in Ohio"-Last 5 Years
"Here I Am"-Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
"Take me Back to Manhattan"-Anything Goes
"Worst Pies in London"-Sweeney Todd

Ballads:
"Heaven Help My Heart"-Chess
"No One Knows Who I Am"-Jekyll and Hyde
"Only Love"-Scarlet Pimpernel
"I Know the Truth"-Aida
"Back to Before"-Ragtime
"Lament"-Into the Woods
"What Kind of Fool am I"-Stop the World I Want to Get Off
"I Only Have Eyes For You"-42nd Street
"Unusual Way"-Nine