AUDITIONS FOR LEGALLY BLONDE

STEP ONE: RESEARCH
Please get as familiar as you can with the content! ​
THE MOVIE/THE SHOW/THE MUSIC:
Of course you can watch the original film, but the musical is different from the film, so be SURE to familiarize yourself with the musical! There are many versions you can watch on Youtube. Here is the MTV taping and here is the Broadway Soundtrack Recording.  ​​

Once you're super familiar with the story and the show, you can start to think about which characters you identify with, which you think you're right for, and which characters would challenge you at this stage in your training!  Please prepare 2 or 3 different characters so we can see some range (and you can increase your odds)!

As a reminder, HERE is a link to the character breakdowns!

STEP TWO: SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION!​

You are now ready to schedule your audition appointment!  We will need to see you once for your initial audition. If you get a callback we will need to see you up to 2 more times. These appointments will occur at 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks. GO HERE to schedule (or update) the time of your audition appointment. 

STEP THREE: PREPARE YOUR SONGS AND SIDES:

Here is what you should prepare: 

GIRLS AUDITIONS
BOYS AUDITIONS

* Please prepare sides for 2 to 3 characters you feel you're right for.  You are permitted to bring a copy of your sides in the room but we prefer you to be memorized.

 

FOR AUDITION SIDES:

Click HERE

 

* For the singing portion of the audition, prepare either Elle's song "So Much Better," the Delta Nu's song, "OmiGod," and/or Paulette's song "Ireland." You'll be singing these a capella (with A LOT of energy!)  You are permitted to bring your lyrics sheet in the room but we prefer you to be memorized.

 

"SO MUCH BETTER" LYRICS

(Link to song HERE, start at 3:20)  

 

I'll be there on Monday, 9 o'clock
And we will see who walks the walk
No, no, I can't wait, I will be there at 8
When they unlock the door
Oh, oh! I'll even dress in black and white
See, I have not begun to fight
And you'll go, oh, much better and oh, much better
And soon all y'all gotta know much better
I am so much better
I am so much better
I am so much better than before!

 

"OMIGOD" LYRICS

(Link to song HERE, start at 0:30)  

 

Omigod, omigod, you guys
Looks like Elle's gonna win the prize
If there ever was a perfect couple
This one qualifies, omigod, you guys

Omigod, this is happening
Our own homecoming queen and king
Finally, she'll be trying on a huge engagement ring for size
Omigod, you guys, omigod

 

"IRELAND REPRISE" LYRICS

(Link to song HERE, start at 0:30)  

 The Irish fear nothing and no one
They keep fightin' 'til everyone's dead
I'm not sure where this metaphor's goin'
I just felt like it had to be said

There's a guy at that party who loves you
Something most of us only dream of
You go out there and you get some Ireland
The country of whiskey and love

* Please prepare sides for 2-3 different characters that you feel you're right for.  You are permitted to bring a copy of your sides in the room but we prefer you to be memorized.

FOR AUDITION SIDES:

Click HERE

 

* For the singing portion of the audition, prepare either Warner's song "Serious," Emmett's song "Chip On My Shoulder," and/or Callahan's "Blood in the Water."  You'll be singing these a capella. You are permitted to bring your lyrics sheet in the room but we prefer you to be memorized.

 

"SERIOUS" LYRICS

(Links HERE and HERE, starts at 0:30)  

 

We both know why we're here

I see it in your eyes

I guess, it calms my fear

To know it's not a surprise

I thought one look at you

Looking like a dream come true

Would leave me speechless

Like you always do

But now, we're wide awake

We've got some plans to make

Let's take some action, baby

So, baby, give me your hand

I've got some dreams to make true

I've got the future all planned

It's time to get serious

Time to get serious with you

 

"CHIP ON MY SHOULDER" LYRICS

(Link to song HERE, start at 58:30)  

 

Guess, she got a chip on her shoulder
Maybe some wise man told her
With the chance we've been given
We gotta be driven as hell

She was something to see there
I'm just happy I could be there
First big test and she aced it
She's so close, she can taste it

She got a chip on her shoulder
Guess, you never can tell
With little Miss Woods comma Elle

"BLOOD IN THE WATER" LYRICS

(Link to song HERE, start at 9:00)  

 

Alright then
You heard your classmate
You have just been killed
She cut your throat so grab your coat
Yes, you've got guts
But now they're spilled
Your blood's in the water

So would you please withdraw
And if you return be ready to learn
Or is that unfair? Oh, wait I don't care!
That's just how I rule in life and in school
With fear and shock and awe

You're nothing until
The thrill of the kill
Becomes your only law
Your only law
Your only law

TIPS ON PREPARATION:

  • Auditions are competitive and roles are limited.  Knowledge of the music and the show is required. Show us what role you deserve. It's always obvious to us who is prepared and it makes a huge impression.  Practice over and over - practice in front of your parents and siblings!  Ask them for feedback. 

  • You will perform a lot better if you are memorized. Always bring your sheet music/sides with you just in case, but if you never have to look at them, it will make a much better impression! Being off-book frees up your hands to express yourself, and frees up your face and eyes so we can connect to you emotionally (instead of you looking at a paper).

  • Work on projecting loudly and articulating clearly. 

  • 􏰀 In addition to your musical proficiency and competency, we are looking to see you act a character through song. Just as (or MORE) important as a pretty voice is the way you ACT out your song. Tell us a STORY with your song! We want to see that you can use your body, your hands and your facial expressions at the same time as you sing. We know, it seems obvious, but we see so many stand-and-sing performances!

  • 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 even sometimes change the key of the song for the right actor.  

  • Do some character research!  Watch 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?  :)   

  • 􏰀 Be familiar with the style of the show. Is it realistic/naturalistic, or cartoonish/over the top? It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the show.... but please do NOT merely imitate another actor's performances.

  • 􏰀The key to comedy?... timing, being in the moment and making fresh choices!​

  • If you do work with a vocal coach or acting coach on your audition, that is totally fine. But we ask that during the rehearsal process, you honor the direction, tastes and creative choices of your director, producer and musical director rather than any private coaches. 

  • We are not expecting a perfect, finished product from you. It's only the beginning of the production process, and it's our job to direct you to make you even better. But we DO want to see you give it all you've got!

STEP FOUR: YOUR AUDITION DAY

@ 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks

  • 􏰀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!) We are on a tight schedule. 

  • Bring your audition form (page 6 of the registration paperwork). 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.

  • Bring your lyrics and sides with you, just in case (yes, even if you are memorized).

  • 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 your hair back off your face.

  • Wear shoes you can easily move around in. 

  • Please don't make ANY apologies or excuses ("I'm under the weather," etc).  Just walk in smiling and be your awesome, confident self!  (even if you have to fake it 'til you make it!)

  •  Try not to be too nervous. We are totally rooting for you!!! :) 

STEP FIVE: THE CALLBACK

@ 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks

  • After your initial audition, we will discuss and get back to you ASAP to schedule your callback time. 

  • We ask that you please respect other students by not posting to social media about your audition process, or otherwise behaving in a manner that could be considered insensitive. 

  • Callbacks will occur Feb 16-20. After that, we will be taking the weekend to discuss casting and do the hard work of deciding and scheduling. 

  • Any students who are not cast, we will refund your deposit - or if you like, transfer the balance to one of our classes.

  • If you choose to pull out of the program at any time, your deposit will not be refunded. 

  • On Monday, Feb 23 you will receive an email from us that lets you know which rehearsal dates and performance dates you are assigned to. The first rehearsal/table read is Feb 25th for Tuesday students, Feb 26th for Wednesday students. We will be posting the cast list at this table read. 

  • We know there will be a few disappointed students. The table read is the only opportunity that we will be open to talking with the students about casting. They should not ask us "why didn't I get the part I wanted?" They are allowed to ask "what should I work on to improve for the future?"

  • We do not discuss casting decisions with parents, at all.  Please trust us and be supportive of our casting decisions. 

  • Thank you for reading all of this and getting this far!

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PO BOX 57443 

Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

HOURS OF OPERATION

Staff is available through phone or email most hours of the day.  

7 DAYS A WEEK

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

CONTACT

(818) 915-8527
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