What you should know
Auditions are not required to participate on stage at NarroWay; however, it is preferred that all cast members audition. Auditions allow the directors the opportunity to see potential. Solos, speaking parts, dance assignments and ensemble positions are all determined by auditions.
While few people on stage will have a lead role or solo, all are vital. The highest level of commitment is expected from each cast member, regardless of position or age.
NarroWay Productions accepts cast members of all ages. Children age 12 and under, however, must have a responsible adult on stage as well. Those age 13-18 may participate without an adult on stage, provided a waiver is signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Cast members at NarroWay perform on a volunteer basis. No financial remuneration is received.
What to Expect
Auditions at NarroWay are not like the popular talent shows on television. Participants do not have to fear harsh words or critical comments. Nor is there a need to fear that an audition tape will show up online for others to see. NarroWay's directors want to see you succeed. Plan to audition with a piece that best demonstrates your abilities.
On the audition date, cast managers initially meet with the entire group to provide an overview of NarroWay and the commitment involved, as well as to answer any questions concerning the audition process. Immediately following this informational session, participants audition. All live auditions are closed to the public. Dramatic and vocal auditions are conducted individually with the directors of NarroWay, while dance auditions are typically conducted as a group with NarroWay's dance instructor.
How to Prepare
Those who audition vocally should bring an accompaniment track on compact disc, usb or mobile device. (Files on USB drive must be MP3 in order to be read properly. Mobile devices must have an accessible headphone jack). Acappella auditions are acceptable, but not preferred. The directors will hear up to two minutes of the selected song. If a selection is longer than two minutes, the audition may be interrupted simply to expedite the process.
Those who audition dramatically should have a skit, monologue or other dramatic piece prepared to present. The presentation should be from memory and not longer than two minutes.
Dance auditions are conducted as a group. Participants are rehearsed on a series of choreographed moves, then perform the choreographed series in a group audition. Dance auditions may last up to one hour.