Audition Preparation at Interact – Notes to the Parents

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Thank you for choosing InterACT Studio as a place for your child to grow and develop as a young artist. While the students enrolled will have a great time, it will take hard work outside of class to really prepare and be at their best for their upcoming audition.

We’d like to take a few minutes to discuss our plan for effective audition preparation. First of all, it is important that your child knows that you have confidence in InterACT Studio to assess their strengths and weaknesses and to work to prepare them to the best of their ability.

It’s an audition. Keep in mind that what we will be working on is an audition, not a performance. Judges are looking for young actors who have a theatrical sensibility and demonstrate the potential to grow as a theatre artist. Our goal is to help them find their way to presenting an honest audition that lets the judges know that they have the know-how to analyze a script, build a character, rehearse a monologue and intelligently discuss the choices they made.
Monologue selection. You have to kiss a lot of frogs, as they say, before you find a prince. The same may be true with finding the right monologue. A monologue does not have to be funny or serious, brand new or well known. It has to be right for the actor who is auditioning. Your coach may give your child a monologue that she doesn’t like at first glance. Still, it is very important that she takes that monologue, works on it to the best of her ability, and comes back to class prepared. Part of the process is assessing the young student so that we can find the best material. It also tells them and us something about their commitment and work ethic.
Memorization. The reality is that most any school-age child is capable of memorizing a one-minute monologue in a day. Until a piece is fully memorized (not just so that it can be recited but interpreted) we can’t really begin to work on the piece; to coach, to analyze, to understand, to really begin to prepare. Once a monologue is given to a student he should work at least 20 minutes a day and come back the next week confident that he is ready to meet the challenge of the work in class.
Outside help. This class is designed to allow ample time and effort to prepare for the all-important audition. Please refrain from coaching or directing at home and avoid approaching other well-meaning friends, family or even teachers to seek their opinions. It can be very confusing to children, who want so much to please or do the right thing for adults, to be given conflicting direction. It is fine to encourage them to rehearse in front of you and others, but avoid any critical comments. “Speak up,” “Use your hands more,” and “I think you should make a fist here,” approach any acting problem or choice from the outside. If anything, play psychologist and ask questions like “Why do you think he feels that way?” or “How would you react if this happened to you.” The goal is to let the young actor figure it out themselves from an informed perspective.
Private coaching. Your child will receive individual coaching here at camp as well as workshops in audition techniques. If you or your child feels that they might want to continue on audition preparation this fall, we will be offering classes at our Jupiter Studio. For additional coaching outside of class Private Coaching will also be available. Some students prefer to share an hour with another student and, schedules permitting, coachings can be prorated for 30- and 45-minute sessions.
Be prepared. A small notebook for notes, your monologue and handouts is a good idea. It might be wise to keep a copy of your monologue at home, in the backpack, and in any vehicle that brings you to camp.
Communication. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please call or e-mail. Your instructors, while at camp, need to be with the students.
Thank you again for entrusting us with your young artist! We look forward to hard work and good fun.