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“There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Thursday quote: “Acting is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide, he exposes himself.” – Jeanne Moreau

I want to start off by giving a SHOUT OUT to all the students who auditioned for our Montgomery College play Perspectives on my America last week, whether you were forced into it, did it as a dare or because it’s your passion. It doesn’t matter whether you were born to be a performer or not; getting on stage and showing a sense of vulnerability takes a lot out of you.

I don’t know about you but auditions terrify me. It doesn’t matter how many times I do it. I always get those butterflies in my stomach and my heart rate goes up ten notches. But, I always seem to go back for more because when you love something that much not even a little bit of stage fright can keep you away.

Our theater department creates great shows and every student is welcome to audition. Now you may ask me, “But Maddie, I have never been to an audition before and I don’t know what expect.” Well today is your lucky day. In general, auditions are pretty much all the same. It just depends whether you are auditioning for a musical or a play, and usually the director or producer will tell you what they expect you to do.

MUSICALS: When you audition for a musical you are usually asked to prepare an 8-16 measure song, so you should bring a copy of the sheet music of the song you want to sing. Next you will go in a group with the choreographer to learn a short dance (they just want to make sure you don’t fall over your own two feet). Last, you would get a few scenes from the script that you will be performing with the other performers.

PLAY: A play is very similar to a musical, except you don’t dance or sing.

Now you may ask, “But what do I have to do to prepare for an audition?” Every person has their own way of preparing for an audition and I will share mine with you.

  1. If you are going to audition for a musical, vocal warm ups are a MUST. You can find a warm up on YouTube if you don’t have your own warm ups or you can just sing Do Rei Mi on a scale.
  2. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes because you want to be comfortable when you have to dance.
  3. When I go into an audition, I personally don’t want to know what the story is about or who the characters are. When I see the script for the first time, I want to act as the person I see for the first time (but that’s just my personal choice).
  4. It is so important to choose the right song for your audition. Know your voice and know your style that will bring out the best of your voice.

Now, after reading all this great advice, go out and audition! And if you feel like going to see a show, please go and see Annie Get Your Gun at the Bowie Playhouse (because I’m going to be in it) from September 22 through October 21, 2017.

Here is a link for tickets:

And to get you in the mood, go and listen to “There’s no business like show business”:

Madlene Nel

One part student and one part friend, two parts explorer and four parts drama queen. When you put it all together you’d have a nice apple pie and I just made myself very hungry.

My name is Madlené and I am from South Africa. I have been privileged enough to be able to experience the American culture and get to know a variety of amazing people living here. I enjoy travelling and discovering new places but above all I love meeting new people and learning about their culture while sharing mine as well.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or two and of course I am addicted to Netflix (Not my fault . . . it’s those 10 seconds they give you to choose whether you want to go on with the show or stop and I seem to miss clicking the stop button every time). I love writing songs and performing in front of others. Over the weekend I like hanging out with my friends, going to see theatre performances and discovering new places to hike, eat or just to have fun.

 I am majoring in Performance Theatre and want to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

I am excited to share my college experience with you and I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. This post is after my own heart. I am quite the thespian on the side and your tips are very helpful for anyone trying to audition for a play or musical. Great blog Madlene!

  2. Maddie, I admire anyone who does this. I think the best I could do is perform in a group, but all eyes on me is too terrifying. Good luck with your play and I hope to see you in an MC production this year!

    1. Thank you, I know right! It always seems to make me feel good and of course I want to sing along the whole time. I look forward to share my love and passion for theatre and many more.

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