Auditioning is something that makes everyone nervous. It is often the hardest part about putting on a production. To help make the process easier, we want you to know exactly what to expect!

There are 3 parts of an audition for a musical (usually in this order)

  1. Vocal
  2. Cold Reading/Monologue
  3. Choreography

None of the audition parts are more important then the others. You must be able to sing, act, and dance the part!

If you come prepared, YOU’LL BE FINE!




Let’s start at the beginning!

1) The first thing you will be asked to do is SLATE. What is a Slate?  And Why is it So Important? A “slate” is essentially an introduction when you audition for a project.

“My name is…. and I will be singing…..”

After you have told the judges your name and what you will be singing you will sing about 16 bars of a song that shows off your range.

Here are a few examples of good vocal auditions-

Matthew Nassida: Take A Chance On Me (Little Women) & On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)


Jessie Lawson


NEXT: Cold Reading/ Monologue– Depending on your age and what you are auditioning for you will be asked to do a cold reading or perform a monologue. Children ages 4-11 will not be expected to perform a monologue for Spotlight Acting School Productions. For those 11- adult, I would strongly advise preparing a monologue!

Cold Reading- Theatrical cold reading is reading aloud from a script or other text with little or no rehearsal

Monologue- In theater, a monologue is a speech presented by a single character, most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience.


LASTLY: Choreography- The choreographer will spending 5-10 minutes teaching a portion of a song. You will then be asked to perform what you were taught. This is mainly for the judges to see how well you can move and how quickly you pick up new material.





  1. Confidence- It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door.
  2. Come Prepared– Know the story of the show you are auditioning for. Be familiar with the characters. Rehearse your slate, vocal audition, and monologue. PRACTICE.
  3. SMILE- This shows that you love what you do and that you will be a pleasure to work with. No one wants to work with a grouch.
  4. Don’t apologize. Ever. For anything.
  5. Always Audition- The best way to master auditioning is just like everything else.  Do it over and over.  You’ll get numb to the nerves.  You’ll be able to be yourself.  And you’ll get free practice!

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