The start of classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato signifies the start of preparation for performances on campus. The first round of mass auditions for the academic year took place this past Monday, August 21. The students who auditioned were able to give their best chance for Richard III, musical high schooland In the next room.
Matthew Caron, one of the directors of musical high school explained the first day audition experience. “Because we’re doing it on the first day, it makes for a really exciting and high-energy first day of school because of course our students go to school, come here for lessons and everything, but also, they have this impending hearing it will happen right away.
Caron continued, “But what’s really fun is that it creates this atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. And then the advantage of course is that immediately on Tuesday, the second day of school, we start production. We are immediately in rehearsal. “
Third-year MSU student Liza Rotty talked about the audition process for herself and her fellow auditioners. She explained: “It can be rigorous. There are phases.
The phases are placed back to back when a student auditions. For Monday’s auditions, Rotty shared what she had prepared: “First I came up with two monologues for both plays. You need to have very show-style specific monologues prepared for both. And then, if you’re auditioning for High School Musical, it’s sixteen bars of a Disney song and a comedic thirty-second contemporary monologue.
However, hearing can be nerve-wracking. If a student is nervous, Caron began by explaining, “If it’s important to you, you’re probably going to feel nervous. And if it’s important, that’s a good thing. You are doing something you would like to do.
Caron continued, “But otherwise it’s just relaxation techniques and learning to channel that anxiety constructively. Deep breathing, meditation. Some sort of pre-audition ritual can often help focus the energy, so we encourage people to do those kinds of things.
When Rotty is getting ready, she explained, “I have a playlist. This is called high energy. I always listen to songs that put me in a good mood, then I remind myself that it doesn’t matter, and that’s fine. All of these things are to give you experience to build on to grow and expand your knowledge.
Auditions are open to major and non-major students. For anyone of interest, Sarah Honerman, the director of In the next room said, “I think it’s so important for students to know that they can always reach out if they have any questions about auditions. We always love seeing new faces – I love working with new people and encourage anyone who wants to audition to go out and make new friends.
The next round of mass auditions will take place on September 26, for A Christmas Carol and Last summer and Bluefish Cove. There are also auditions on August 30 for the Children’s Tour, which is open to freshmen and transfer students.
For all the students who have auditioned, and for all those who are preparing for it, as they say in the theatre: break a leg!
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Header photo: Drama auditions began Monday at MSU. Auditions are open to majors and non-majors. (Bisrat Tadesse/The Reporter)