AUDITION INFORMATION

Please read this entire page! New  DACO audition requirements. 

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

To make an appointment please email the following details: ​

Name: 

Age: 

SCHOOL/CITY (please do not use abbreviations):

Current grade (19/20):

Phone: 

Preferred Audition Date: 

Parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL):

How did you find out about our audition?: 

EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: The ADDAMS FAMILY )

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow a few days for a response. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours. 

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Acting Audition

Acting ability will be judged from the vocal audition, so performers must demonstrate acting talent through their song.


What to Prepare


1. Please prepare one full Musical Theatre song that best highlights your range in the style of the show. 

 

  • KEEP IN MIND--

    • The Addams Family is a contemporary musical with influences from many music genres including POP, ROCK, and LATIN.  

  • We suggest considering a song from one of the musicals listed below. However, you are not required to pick a song from any of the listed shows. The following list simply serves as a guide. Before you finalize your song selection, be sure to scroll down to the section with a list of songs not permitted during the audition. 

    • Aida (Elton John/Tim Rice)​--best for older students

    • 9 to 5 --best for older students

    • Rent (Larson) --best for older students

    • Little Shop (Howard Ashman)-best for experienced middle school students and older students. 

    • Dreamgirls (Krieger/Eyen)-best for older students

    • Hairspray (Shaiman/Wittman/O'Donnell/Meehan)--best for experienced middle school  students and older students. 

    • In the Heights (Miranda)--best for older students

    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat--great for all ages. 

    • Waitress (Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson)--best for older students

    • Honk! (Stiles/Drew)--great for all ages.

    • A Little Princess (LIPPA) --great for all ages. 

    • Pippin -best for older students 

  • Individual songs from shows: 

    • “Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory   --best for elementary or middle school. 

    • While I’m Around” – Sweeney Todd   ----best for elementary or middle school. 

    • “Little People” – Les Misérables   -----best for elementary or middle school. 

    • “Where is Love?” – Oliver!  -----best for elementary or middle school.  


2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.


3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 


4. A cappella auditions are not an option.

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5. Bring an 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only person in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.


6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.

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7. Please, do no pick an audition song from, The Addams Family musical. Also, do not pick a song from HAMILTON, STEPHEN SONDHEIM or SPRING AWAKENING.


8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.


9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 


10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.


11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!


12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com

BE PREPARED FOR YOUR INITIAL AUDITION!

REMEMBER...

  • Your three-ring binder that includes the sheet music of the song you have prepared.

  •  You may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment) or with a recording.

  • Please have your song in the key, you are singing it. The accompanist is unable to transpose your music on the spot.

  • Sheet music is hole-punched, two-sided, and inserted your three-ring binder

  • A professional or non-professional headshot that represents how you look now:
    School or photocopied photos are OK. (You are not judged on photos-we just want to recognize you!)

  • FAMILY CALENDAR: So that you can clearly and accurately identify conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • Dress for success. You should look like the best version of yourself. Be comfortable but professional and able to move naturally in your clothing and footwear.

  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes early, already warmed-up physically and vocally.

  • Arrive with all forms and your conflict calendar completely filled out.  An accurate conflict form is critical. DO NOT rush completing paperwork; we need all the information to make casting decisions.

  • Exhibit courteous and professional behavior to everyone you encounter that day. Your conduct at every point of the process is observed and noted.

  • Relax, breathe and HAVE FUN! Let your personality shine through!

  • Bring water for hydration and smile to make yourself feel good!


WHEN YOU ENTER THE AUDITION ROOM

  • Smile and say hello to the audition panel, you are already auditioning.

  • Go to the accompanist first and talk to him/her through your music.

  • Go over important details in your music. Where you start and stop. What you need at the beginning (i.e. “Play this note really loud, it’s my starting pitch.”). Your desired tempo. Anything special, like a hold, or a place where you will slow down or speed up.

  • Stand on the X marked on the floor and SLATE (introduce yourself and your piece).

       For example, “Hi! My name is Carly Jones, I am 16 years old and I attend ABC Academy.          Today I am performing,  “The Real Love of My Life” from Brigadoon by Lerner and Lowe.
 

  • Conclude your entire audition with a, “Thank you,” to the panel and pause.

 

  • PAUSE BEFORE LEAVING in case the panel has questions for you. We may ask you to do a section of your piece in a different way or an improvisation or ask you about something on your resume. Say “yes!” to anything asked of you. Take risks, make bold choices.

  • Exit with the confidence that you did your very best.

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