Vocal Auditions in AM
How to Sign Up
Enrollment in CYT classes provides students (ages 8-18) the opportunity to audition for CYT Phoenix's current session main stage production. As you are registering for your class this session, you will be asked if you would like to sign up for an audition. At that point, you may request any of the open time slots. If you do not wish to sign up at that moment, you can log in to your family account later and request an audition time slot then.
After signing up for your CYT class and your audition slot, it’s time to get ready for your audition! Each student should prepare the following:
One-minute vocal audition. You are responsible for bringing your own music, it must be in the form of a CD or digital file that can be played from your device with the provided auxiliary cord. Please do not sing along with a track that has vocals or “a cappella.” There will NOT be a pianist. Please note that if your audition song is over one minute, you may be stopped so that we can keep everything moving on time.
One-minute monologue. This is NOT required, but encouraged for students wishing to be considered for a speaking role.
Digital Audition Packet must be completed prior to auditions. Link for current audition packet is at the top of the page.
Audition Time Slots
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned audition time slot so that we can keep the audition process on time. We may ask you to wait outdoors or in your car to maintain social distancing.
When your group is called, you will be escorted into the audition studio and seated together. Each student will be called individually before the Artistic Team while their group respectfully observes. Each student will sing, deliver their monologue (if applicable), and may be asked to participate in a short cold reading from the script.
Parents will not be permitted in the audition studio. While your child is auditioning, you will be given further information about the show and family responsibilities.
A callbacks schedule will be posted in the studio and sent via email on the day of auditions, after all auditions are complete. Be prepared to stay for the entire scheduled callback time. We will release students as they are finished.
If you are not asked back for callbacks, don’t worry–you are still in the show! Watch your email for the cast list and information regarding the first rehearsal.
Reminder: Once you are cast in the show it is very important to continue attending your weekly CYT Class. Students who miss more than (2) classes may be dropped from the show.
Being cast in a CYT production is a commitment of both the CAST MEMBER and their FAMILY. Please read through ALL information including the Audition Packet and the Conflict Sheet in order to make the best decision as to whether to audition.
Rehearsals for the production for the majority of the cast are Fridays (6-9pm) and Saturdays (12-5pm).
Additional rehearsals may be held during the week for lead and supporting characters.
Conflicts should be indicated on the Conflict Sheet at the time of the audition.
Additional conflicts may not be accommodated and could result in a cast member being removed.
Any unexcused absence from rehearsals or performances may result in a cast member being removed.
All families in the production are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours on a parent committee, attend two Mandatory Parent Meetings, and pay the Mandatory Production Fee.
What if I have a conflict for the audition date/callbacks?
We will accept video auditions via email up through the day before physical auditions. This video audition should show you at your full height, and include your one-minute vocal selection and one-minute monologue (if applicable). If you are not able to attend callbacks, you are still eligible to be cast in the show, but whether or not to consider you for a lead role is at the directors’ discretion.
Can I sing anything I want for my audition?
Students should choose vocal selections that are suited to their vocal range, and we ask that their lyrics be “family-friendly.” Songs in the Musical Theater genre are preferred. In general, singing pop/rock/rap songs for auditions is discouraged unless our current production features those genres heavily.
Can I sing a song for my audition even if I’ve already used it for a CYT audition?
Students should perform the song and monologue that highlights their strengths the best and fits the show in question, even if we’ve heard it previously. Students should be building an audition book with song cuts and monologues they can pull from for all varieties of auditions.
What is a “cold read?”
A cold read is a short page of dialogue that you haven’t seen before. It’s read on the spot with a member of the Artistic Team so we can get an idea of your speaking voice if you haven’t done a monologue.
Where can I find good music tracks and monologues?
YouTube, Amazon Digital Music, and iTunes are all places to find good audition tracks. Monologues can be found online through various Google searches, or you can pull a speech from one of your favorite books, plays, or movies. Please keep all lyrics and dialogue “family-friendly” and remember your one-minute time limit.
Why aren’t parents allowed to view the auditions?
Many times, having parents in the room for auditions causes additional anxiety for our students, whether it is their parent or someone else’s. Parents should support their students leading up to auditions by helping them select appropriate materials and encouraging practice and memorization. Once it’s time to go before the Artistic Team, students are called in groups of up to eight people and serve as encouragement and support for one another while in the audition studio.
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