About Auditions

ABOUT AUDITIONS

WHAT PROGRAMS REQUIRE AN AUDITION?

NEYT produces 5 plays a year that hold auditions. These programs are for our older Senior Company students (ages13-19) With the exception of the Holiday Musical when Junior Company students (ages 9-12) who wish to participate in the Holiday Show also audition.

WHEN ARE THEY?
We conduct three rounds of auditions annually:

- MID-MARCH for Senior Summer Classic & Musical 

- EARLY JUNE for Senior Fall Play & Holiday Show 

- MID-DECEMBER for Senior Spring Play 

HOW DO I FIND OUT?
Auditions are posted 1-2 months in advance on the callboard just outside the front office, as a facebook event, and on our website. These postings include information about what to prepare as well as more detail about the production.

Please feel free to contact the office with any questions or to get on our email list.

WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE THE AUDITION CALL?
We accept video submissions for those who live far away or have a schedule conflict. Please prepare your material as directed, tell us a little about yourself in your video as well, and send to: Sandy Klein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the day of the auditions.

WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?
At NEYT, we strive to create a supportive and welcoming audition environment. Auditioning can be anxiety provoking in any circumstance - but it can also be an exciting time to play bravely and surprise ourselves. 

Care is taken to select material and a structure specific to each program to serve exploration and discovery. If it helps you to know more about how an audition will be run, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

ALL-COMPANY PROJECTS:
The Holiday Show is an opportunity for the Junior & Senior Company to collaborate together. This project is the culmination of our year and provides young people the experience of a large and technically challenging show. 

The Junior Company audition process is structured like a workshop. We will play with the audition material in groups and use theatre games and improv to explore it together. 

WHAT TO PREPARE:
Each audition notice includes information on what to prepare. We provide copies of any specially requested material. You can find that information on our website, request it by email, or pick it up in the lobby of the theater. 

HOW DO I PREPARE?
Please see “HOW TO PREPARE”

AUDITION WORKSHOP:
We hold a free audition workshop for interested students to learn and play with material for the Holiday Musical and summer programs. These are held in February & May and are open to anyone who is curious or might enjoy support preparing an audition. This is not a required event nor is it a commitment to the project.  Everyone is welcome.

COME ANYWAY!
Even if you feel like you are not fully prepared for an audition – don’t worry! COME! You can always work with script in hand and sing any song you know (including “The Birthday Song”). 

CALLBACKS
A callback audition is when a smaller group of actors is asked to return to share more. Our Summer & Holiday Musical hold callbacks a week after the first round of auditions. This provides the directors a chance to focus on specific vocal needs and work scenes from the script. Young people who are called back may be asked to prepare additional material. Just because someone is not called back does NOT mean they are not in the show.


ALL ROLES ARE OPEN:
Everyone is welcome! Our production projects are open to young people of all interests, experience, and abilities. We look to offer each student challenge – and welcome new people into the fold. There are no prerequisites to join.

We embrace non-traditional and non-discriminatory casting. NEYT does not pre-cast and is committed to a reflective and creative casting process. We cast students with the talents and qualities for a given role regardless of their age, year in school, gender, or number of years of involvement with NEYT. We actively seek new ways of looking at material to best suit everyone who wants to participate. 

STAFF RECUSAL
When any core staff, Full-time employee, director, choreographer, or visiting artist assisting with a production also has children auditioning, we employ a process for recusal that is facilitated by a panel to excuse the parent from making all casting decisions regarding roles under consideration for their child.

ANNOUNCING THE CAST:
Cast lists are sent to the email indicated on the audition form. We also post cast lists outside the door of the front office. This occurs the afternoon 24 hours after the casting process has been completed. It can take a few days for the team to finish casting discussions, so patience is the key.

The posting of the cast list can be a difficult, disappointing time… even if you will be a part of the show. It is natural to go through a period of adjustment and sadness. In preparing for an audition we often become attached to specific outcomes. Be gentle with yourself. It is a process. 

WHEN WE ARE UNABLE TO CAST ALL WHO AUDITION:
There are times when the number of people auditioning exceeds the number of actors we can take into a project. This is difficult for all of us as we hope anyone wishing to participate will have a way to do so. 

Sometimes someone can have a strong audition and still not end up being a good fit for a role. Please don’t be discouraged – keep trying!

Students not cast in a given show are encouraged to participate in other ways – backstage running crew, props, costumes, make-up crew, and set construction. Every member of the team is important to the project! Being a part of the Design & Technical program is a fun way to participate and performers grow their understanding of the process through backstage experiences as well as onstage.


WHAT IF YOU MISSED THE AUDITION?
Very often, actors can join a production project after the audition process has passed. The Summer Musical and the Holiday Show are large ensemble programs that enable us to welcome performers up until just before the rehearsal process begins. Sometimes actors find they are not able to participate after the casting for a play is complete leaving roles open. If you would like to join one of these programs and missed the audition, please contact the front office to arrange a video or in-person audition.

AUDITION FEEDBACK
We offer each student an opportunity to reflect on their audition experience. This feedback is distinct from the casting process. If you would like feedback on your audition, please email the Program Coordinator to set up an appointment with members of the team. We are happy to reflect on what is working for you in your process and possible tools that will support your preparation the next time. 

If you have any questions about our audition process and general principles please contact Putnam Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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