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The complete professional audition : a commonsense guide to auditioning for musicals and plays
Publication Information:
New York : Back Stage Books, c2005.
Physical Description:
ix, 182 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
1. Musical theater auditions -- Finding and choosing the right song for your audition -- Who said musical theater actors can't act? -- Defining sixteen bars -- The condition of your music -- Before the audition -- You've arrived! -- During the audition -- After the audition -- The pianist -- Vocal training -- Dance training -- 2. Acting monologues -- The monologue process -- Finding a monologue -- Preparing the text -- Creating the scene -- Getting it up on its feet -- During the audition -- Exploration exercises -- Monologues to avoid -- 3. Practical information for actors -- Resumes -- Headshots -- Getting experience -- Representation -- Actors' equity association -- Resources -- Actors' taxes -- In conclusion.
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In the United States, there are 300,000 actors; 100,000 hold union cards. There are 184 college theater programs and 108 performing-arts high schools. There are 578 acting schools and coaches in New York City and Los Angeles alone. The Complete Professional Audition is the one book all of those actors need-because before actors can act, they have to pass the audition! Here's practical, hand-holding advice for choosing material, rehearsing, warming up, staying calm, standing out in a crowd, understanding casting, avoiding pitfalls, following up, getting the right headshot and resume, and accepting an offer. There's even a section on handling rejection-not that The Complete Professional Audition user is ever going to need that, of course. Ultra-useful appendices of recommended songs and monologues (yes!) make this the complete guide for everyone with an audition coming up.

* Designed for both play and musical auditions

* There are 300,000 actors and acting students in the US-and all of them want an edge at the audition

* Through his workshops and seminars, author Darren Cohen knows exactly what actors need to pass an audition and get that part

* Practical, down-to-earth ideas that work

Author Notes

Darren Cohen is a top theater conductor, musical director, voice coach, and pianist. He conducts workshops and seminars on auditioning around the country. A faculty member at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he lives in New York.

Michael Perilstein is an actor and educator. He is on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Targeting the aspiring actor--primarily the stage actor--facing the big bad world of auditioning, this guide offers practical advice that will raise any performer's level of professionalism. The book is unique because it provides excellent tips on auditioning for both plays and musical theater. The first section of the book picks apart the process of creating a successful 16-bar song audition, and the second outlines the techniques behind a well-acted, attention-grabbing monologue. The third and final section looks at practical aspects of the acting business: headshots, resumes, and agents. The authors break the narrative into bite-sized chunks of information, providing helpful, pointed reminders one might hear from one's mother--if she were an experienced casting director. Also included are checklists, monologues to avoid, and a list of audition songs divided by style/period. This volume complements such worthy resources as Randall Richardson and Don Sandley's Audition Sourcebook (2001), Fred Silvers' classic Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (1985), Steve Alper's Next! Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (1995), and Michael Shurtleff's standard Audition (1978)--the last two particularly useful for student actors. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; professionals. E. D. Bochinski Fairfield University