Selecting the best songs for your voice

Selecting the best songs for your voice

When you have an upcoming recital or audition, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what song you’ll sing for this performance opportunity. The song you select will make a big impact on how you prepare and how you’ll maximize showing off your voice within the particular setting. Here are a few things to consider when you’re making your choice:

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How to get great headshots for musical theatre

How to get great headshots for musical theatre

There are few things that will affect the trajectory of your musical theatre career as much as your headshot - it is the single most important marketing tool you have as an actor. It will be present on your audition submissions, your website, in printed programs and credits, on your profile for various social media platforms, and more. In this field, YOU are the product, and your headshot is what gives YOU a visual identity. Whoa.....that's a lot of pressure! Relax - Musical Theatre U is here to break down the headshot process into a few simple, manageable steps. Consider the following points carefully, and you'll end up with great headshots:

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Musical theatre audition tips part 4: rocking the dance call

Musical theatre audition tips part 4: rocking the dance call

Welcome back to part 4, the final section of MTU’s audition tips series: rocking the dance call. This post discusses the elements of the dance portion of your musical theatre audition, what to expect and how to stand out against the crowd. How a dance call works: usually if you are attending a dance call, it is because you are at a large open call audition or you are being considered for an ensemble role in a show, so you'll be asked to attend a dance call with 50-100 other people. The show's choreographer will teach the entire group a short combination, after which he/she will call you up in small groups of 4-6 while he/she evaluates, along with the rest of the creative team.

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Musical theatre audition tips part 3: perfecting your monolouge

Musical theatre audition tips part 3: perfecting your monolouge

Welcome back, again, to part 3 of MTU's audition tips series: today we'll discuss the art of choosing, preparing and delivering a fantastic monologue for your audition. Bring what they ask for. As mentioned in audition tips part 1 on general professionalism, casting directors are not just looking at how talented you are, they are also evaluating what it will be like to work with you. If they ask for a 1 minute piece of a serious nature, bring one. Show directors that you can follow simple instructions.

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Musical theatre audition tips part 2: music advice

Musical theatre audition tips part 2: music advice

Following up our audition tips part 1, which covered general professionalism in auditions, today we're moving on to part 2 which will focus on the musical aspect of your audition: song choices, vocal technique, and working with accompanists. 

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Musical theatre audition tips part 1: professionalism is key

Musical theatre audition tips part 1: professionalism is key

As the most frequently requested blog topic by far, here we go: let's talk about auditioning for musical theatre. Since auditioning is a robust topic of utmost importance, we'll break it into a series of blogs in order to cover each topic in depth. This first blog will speak to general audition preparation and professionalism, and subsequent posts will dive deeper into song, dance, and monolouges. Stay tuned by checking back to our site or subscribing via email to make sure you don't miss upcoming posts. Because our field requires singing, acting and dancing for most auditions, whereas most straight plays only require reading for the part, musical theatre auditioners must be triple prepared and triple skilled. 

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Auditioning for musical theatre - what my corporate job taught me about landing the role

Auditioning for musical theatre - what my corporate job taught me about landing the role

Performers either thrive or wilt under the pressure of auditioning. An audition is like any other job interview, and the more you view it that way the more pressure you'll be able to relieve from the situation. As someone who has paid the bills for many years by keeping a full time day job in addition to my musical theatre career, I've done my fair share of interviewing and I've also sat on the other side of the table as a member of several interview panels. Through those experiences I've come to see how similar auditioning is to the interview process in corporate America. 

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