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Vocal Performance
16 Classical Singer | September/October 2019
Ana Flavia Zuim, Director of Vocal Performance Dianna Heldman, Associate Director of Classical Voice Justin Moniz, Associate Director of Vocal Pedagogy
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Crossover Corner:
Musical Theatre Auditions 101
signed up in the order that you arrive for the audition. Arrive at these auditions as early as you can.
Often people are lining up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. for
a 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. start. The monitor is there only
an hour before, but usually the first person to arrive in the morning will start an unofficial list, which allows people to still sign up in the order they arrived. It is
up to the monitor if they will honor the unofficial list or not, but if you are there that early and there is an unofficial list to sign, it is a good idea to get your name on it. If the monitor honors the unofficial list, then you may be finished with the audition early in the day and are free to go.
If the monitor does not honor the unofficial list,
then listen carefully to their instructions and how they are going to organize the audition. No matter what happens with an unofficial or official list, plan on doing a lot of waiting at an open call. Bring food and things
to do, because if the monitor calls your name and you are not there and you didn’t tell anyone you were going to use the restroom, you will be skipped and will miss your opportunity to audition or be placed at the end of the list when you do return. Also, because an open call is not associated with a union, there is no guarantee that you will be seen at all, but I think that most casting directors will do their best to see as many people as they can.
Occasionally at an audition, the casting director will do what is known as “typing out.” This means that they will ask people to stand in a line holding their headshot in front of them, and the casting director will choose people to sing, dance, or act based upon their look and physical type. This helps auditions move along faster, especially if they are only casting one or two roles.
Equity Auditions
The Actors’ Equity Association (AEA or just Equity) is the union for stage actors and stage managers. Members of the union have the privilege of signing
up for auditions online a week before the scheduled audition date. Not all the slotted audition times can be filled online, however. Some are reserved for those that show up the day of the audition.
You do not have to be a member of the union
to audition for a union-regulated audition or show; however, union members will be given preference at auditions and seen first. Non-union performers will be seen if the casting director is willing and there is time.
If you would like to audition for a union show, then the process is very similar to an open call. You should arrive early and sign up on the unofficial or the official list, depending on what time you arrive. If the casting director would like to see non-equity performers, then the monitor will slot you in throughout the day when

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