Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to be in the play while you are in a sport? 
Yes.  We practice from 2:45 to 5 Monday through Friday.  If you are in a sport that practices at some other time and has games that won't interfere with the run of our show, then you are welcome to be in the show.  Typically most sports practice at the same time as we rehearse making doing both impossible.  We have made it work with other activities like Speech team and Mock Trial.  Regardless you would want to note the potential conflicts on your audition card. 

Can you request a private audition?
No.  We do not have private auditions unless there is some significant extenuating circumstance where you have been unable to be at the auditions.  If you are simply nervous of getting up in front of others and singing then you need to ask yourself if you really want to be in this show.  If you do, then suck it up and show us all what you can do. 

Have you ever had someone who was really nervous, but got a role?
Yes.  Everyone is nervous when you audition.  It is natural to be nervous.  The trick is to not let the nervousness own you.  Think about the song.  Think about the character.  Communicate what that character wants.  Try not to let your mind focus on the audience.  Focus on the task at hand and do what you need to do.  A part of any audition is to see what you can do under pressure.  There will be plenty of pressure filled situations in the course of a musical and how you respond to this pressure is usually a good indicator as to how you will respond to other pressure filled situations.  Rise to the challenge - don't let yourself crumble. 

How much movement do you like/expect?  Totally walking across the stage, or just gestures and acting?
Sell the song.  Aimlessly wandering around on the stage probably won't sell the song.  Move with purpose. Act, Emote.  Be Ariel.  Be Ursula. 

Have you ever had a lead that didn't get a callback that got into the show?
Yes.  Sometimes it is very evident during prelims that a particular person really nailed the part and that no one else is even close.  When that is the case we won't call that person back so as not to waste theirs or anyone else's time.  Again, this does not happen often but it does happen every once in awhile. 

How do you join crew?
Stage crew is vital to the success of every show we do and we will need all the help we can get to mount this very technically challenging production.  Doc Grauberger is the Technical Director for our theater dept. and he is in charge of Stage Crew.  He typically uses Facebook to organize stage crew and announce the build days etc. there.  If you would like to be a part of stage crew join the FB group OHS Stage Crew.  In addition to Doc Roger Skopehammer is in charge of lights and sound.  He will work with Doc to make sure our lights and sound work with the rest of the production.  He will also be announcing things on the FB page.  There is no activity fee to be a part of stage crew. 

How should we deal with others who have rude behavior?  Should we say something or leave them alone? 
During auditions keep focused on yourself.  If someone is being rude then chances are that the casting directors will see it too.  If there is a real problem that cannot be seen by anyone else and it is keeping you or others from being successful then let the casting director know and he or she will take care of it. 

How type-cast are shows?
To respond to this question I think it is first necessary to define the term “Type-cast”.  When searching the term on Google I found the following definition: “Type casting is to assign (an actor or actress) repeatedly to the same type of role, as a result of the appropriateness of their appearance or previous success in such roles.
‘he tends to be typecast as the caring, intelligent male’” 

I think the honest answer to that question is probably yes to a certain degree.  Whenever we are casting as show we are trying to make decisions in the best interest of the show.  We will go by the auditions as much as possible but it is a fact that certain actors are good at certain things and not as good at others.  While casting we will certainly give auditioning actors the chance to show us whatever they can do but at the end of the day we will cast the show in a way that will give us the strongest production. 

If you are an actor who is continually cast as a particular type and you want to change this, then you will need to break the casting director’s mind about what your type is.  You do this with a clear and undeniable audition.  As we said in the Academic Support sessions, make sure when you audition that there is no doubt when you leave the stage that this part is yours.   Breaking your type can also be done through the rehearsal process of a show by demonstrating to the director and others that you are capable of doing more than people might have first assumed.  This won’t do you much good in the current show but for future shows it might just make a difference.    

However you choose to go about breaking your type, it can be a long and difficult process because you are essentially trying to change someone’s mind about who or what you are.  In the end, make sure you are comfortable with yourself and beware of trying to make yourself into something or someone that you are not.  It is an ironic fact that in the theater – a world where you can pretend to be almost anything – that nothing will get you less and cause you more pain than trying to be something that you really aren’t.