Nervous about Auditions? We have some tips for you!

Auditions foAuditionWisdom_1ar the upcoming Marin Summer Theater (MST) season away moving up. If you get nervous about  auditions, don't know what to sing, or are unsure if you want to spend half your summer at rehearsals, we have come up with some pointers to help you feel a little more comfortable about auditioning and participating in MST. Our directors and alumni have many years in theatre production to call on to give you tips.

"Step one is to decide that you are interested enough to sign-up for an audition day and start preparing," said Pat Nims, MST Artistic Director. "In order to be considered for a part or a scholarship, you first have to audition. Don't forget to practice your introduction. This is a very important part of the audition.  This is where we get to see your own personality and what it will be like to work with you. Be sure to speak your name clearly and slowly enough so we can understand it." Do not rush to begin your audition. It is best to collect yourself and start when you are ready. "Most importantly," Nims says, "Don't hold back. Take the stage and have fun."

On the day of the audition, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You want to show us that you care enough to make a good impression.

AuditionWisdom_2Fernando Siu, a MST alum says, "Pat and Emily keep the process clean, calm, and welcoming, which helps everyone immensely. It just lets everyone breathe and really focus on their monologues and songs. Not only that, but when they talk to you after your audition they make you feel like you did something spectacular, and they create this personal relationship with you."

Ricardo Hernandez, also a MST alum says, "My advice to people who audition is to not stress out and to give it your best. When you stress out before an audition you are not allowing your potential talents to show because you are constantly worrying. Just relax and give it your best."

AuditionWisdom_1"Keep your eyes up and open and find a spot that you can look at, " added Sui. "Imagine the person or people your character is speaking to is in that spot." Choosing your audition song and monologue is very important. Do not change it the night before. You need to give yourself a lot of time to practice not only for you to get comfortable, but also to be able to demonstrate that you are strong and articulate enough so that everyone in the room can hear you clearly.

So why put yourself though it? When asked about his MST experiences, Danny Eggert, another MST alum says, "One of the best decisions I've ever made was being a part of Marin Summer Theatre company. The MST staff is so talented and so easy to work with. I've learned so much from them these past two years. Being a cast member takes a lot of work and dedication, but the shows we produce are something I am very proud of."

AuditionWisdom_3One of the best ways to reduce stress is to attend the free pre-audition workshop on March 16 at 10am at San Marin High School. In two hours you'll learn a song, a dance and get three different monologues to choose from. Best of all, you'll have met and worked with the MST staff. When the time comes you'll be auditioning for people you know, not strangers.

MST will officially kick off the 2013 season with auditions on March 23 and 30, 2012 at San Marin High School. Any student actors, singers, or, dancers between the ages of 13 and 23 are eligible to audition. Designers, technicians and musicians are required to submit applications by March 30 and will be interviewed in April.

Marin Summer Theater (MST) is a non-profit organization providing an evening summer program for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23 and includes actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, designers, technicians, and crew.