AUDITION INFO FOR ALADDIN
First, you NEED to familiarize yourself with the 1992 Disney cartoon, on which the musical is based! We are having trouble finding a version to stream online. (If you find one, will you let me know?) This one isn't the best quality, but it is available HERE.
You should also get somewhat familiar with the Broadway musical which has different characters and plot lines. Below please find a link to a bootleg video of the play. Also, here is a link to the Broadway soundtrack. Start listening to the entire musical soundtrack in the car, etc.
Your audition appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and appointments are booked closely together, so please make every effort to arrive on time (or early!)
Here is what you should prepare for your audition:
Once you're familiar with the show, choose 1-2 different characters that you feel you are right for or who you feel excited about the challenge of playing.
Select a song that they sing in the show, and prepare at least 16 bars of it, but be sure to include the most difficult part of the song!
You will likely be singing this acapella at the audition (without CD or live accompaniment).
You are permitted to bring a copy of your lyrics in the room, but we would really like you to be memorized!
All of the music can be found on Youtube at the Broadway soundtrack link provided above.
If you're someone who prefers to have sheet music, here are some pages from the score.
Not all the songs are there, however.
Choose 1-2 characters to prepare sides for.
SIDES ARE HERE
You are permitted to bring a copy of your sides in the room, but we would really like you to be memorized! Then you don't have to hold anything in your hands!
It's always obvious to us who is prepared and it makes a huge impression. Practice in front of your parents and siblings! Ask them for feedback. Practice being loud and confident (even if you have to fake it 'til you make it!)
Also, do some research! Watch Youtube videos of other performers doing your song and decide what it is you like about their performance, or don't like, and WHY. Were you bored because they just stood there and sang with their hands by their sides? Were you entertained because they acted out the lyrics well and had great facial expressions? Did you like the way they voiced the character? Did they choose things to do physically that helped tell the story? Did they have an interesting emotional arc? How was their energy? What can you do to make some memorable choices about your song and scene? :)
It's very, very important that you make bold, exciting choices and give the character a strong personality - that is much more important to us than having you sing or act perfectly! We can sometimes change the key of the song for the right actor. And it's our job to direct you to make you even better.
But we do want to see you act and give it all you've got!
Bring your audition form (page 6 of the registration paperwork).
Bring your sides with you (even if you are memorized).
We would like to know your vocal range, if possible, so if you do have a vocal coach or private teacher, please check it with them and write it on your form.
When you get dressed and do your hair, try to match the persona of your character. It really helps! This does not mean you should come in full costume (a suggestion of the character is the more professional route).
Wear shoes you can move in, because we might ask you do dance a little bit.
Auditions are competitive and roles are limited. Knowledge of the music and the show is required. Show us what role you deserve.
We are looking to see you act a character through song and dance, as well as your musical proficiency and competency.
Be familiar with the style of the show and make clear choices.
Please do not merely imitate other actor's performances.
The key to comedy is timing, being in the moment and making fresh choices!
Break a leg! We are rooting for you.