Nick Sanders has a tip for auditioning students: don’t try too hard. 这听起来可能很奇怪, 但作为音乐剧导演, as well as a senior lecturer in musical theatre at 沙巴体育网址, 他知道他在说什么. He believes too many talented performers fail at the first hurdle by trying to impress with something difficult. Focus on performing something you know, and can do well.
“Lecturers are looking to see your potential, rather than how good you are on your audition day. It’s more about what you can get out of the course, rather than how good you are on that day.”切尔西·贝尔，舞蹈学生
“We look for two things: aptitude and attitude. 沙巴体育网址想知道:你的技能是什么, 你的兴趣是什么?, and what do you know already about the subject area. My advice would be to be engaged and present in the audition – listen, 回应, 让沙巴体育网址知道你想待在这里. 不要紧张, don’t worry if something doesn’t go perfectly first time, show us that you have some resilience and a willingness to learn.”詹姆斯·休森，舞蹈高级讲师
Rita Moreno, who starred in the 1961 screen version of 西区故事, would agree, claiming that in dance auditions “you learn the steps right now.还有麦当娜, 谁一开始是舞蹈演员, “started going to auditions for musical theatre, 是什么迫使[她]唱歌的.”
Auditioning is not only for those looking to break into the industry. 这是这个行业不可分割的一部分, and audition nerves and doubts can plague the most celestial performers, because even they don’t always get the part.
在网上搜索, and there’s a queue of established performers waiting to tell you how unsettling they find the process. George Clooney “had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ [Instead he] had to go in thinking [he] was the answer to their problem.”
But for Al Pacino auditions were an opportunity, “another chance to get up there and try out what [he had] learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get an audience?”
玛丽亚·莫蒂默于2020年毕业, so has joined Al Pacino and George Clooney in the professional ranks, where auditioning is part of daily working life. After three years at Edge Hill, what would she say to anyone auditioning, for a course and beyond?
“Be yourself and enjoy dancing in the space. For anyone attending a professional job you will hear ‘no’ more often than ‘yes’, but it’s all part of a learning curve and each one will shape the way your career will go. It’s also a lot about who you know, so network as much as you can and always try to stay positive!”玛丽亚·莫蒂默，2020年舞蹈毕业生
“The Rose Theatre was packed and I was just thinking, ‘哇, this must really be a great university for all these people to come and audition here.’ We did the workshop, which had a bit of dance and physical theatre, and I had such a great time. I’m still friends with people I met on the day.”Josias Bertrand，舞蹈和戏剧校友.
“沙巴体育网址到了这里，我想哭, but the first person I spoke to was so friendly, 让我平静下来. I knew then that this was the place I wanted to be, 因为校园, 因为这门课, because of the people I met just on the first day. Now I know who I am and where I want to go professionally.”科迪·奥斯汀，舞蹈和戏剧系校友
So how best to prepare for your audition?
Senior Lecturer in Drama and Musical Theatre Emma Heron – pictured here (centre) with student drama group Mrs Pankhurst’s Players – has a formula for conquering audition anxiety:
- The people watching your audition want you to be good, so imagine a live audience waiting to be entertained. 记住，你喜欢表演.
- Be confident (even if your insides have turned to jelly) – creating a good positive impression will always work in your favour.
- Do something you’re familiar with – and practice, practice, practice. That way you can focus on other aspects of the performance, such as beats, character, and feelings.
- Relaxation exercises can be useful – techniques such as stretching, 深呼吸, meditation or visualisation can help you control your nerves.
在试镜, we’ll be asking you to show off your skills and style, 这可能是:舞蹈技巧, 独白交付, 从你自己选的戏剧里选一小段, a favourite song from a musical – that kind of thing. There will also be a performance analysis element, asking you to consider some of the more fundamental questions that swirl around and beneath dance, 戏剧和音乐剧, 比如戏剧是干什么用的? Or, how do plays, musicals or dance reflect contemporary society?
The anxious thrill of a live audition is a vital part of performance art. 这也是沙巴体育网址认识你的机会.
Show us what you can do – and don’t forget to enjoy it.
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