First...Please read this entire page before requesting an audition appointment!
Project Dates: August 15, 16 & 17, 2021. Conflicts are not an option, if cast.
Auditions: July 31 & August 8th (Via Zoom). If you are unavailable on our audition dates, please let us know and we will try to make alternate arrangements. It’s best if we hear from you sooner rather than later!
Students ages 10-19 are eligible toaudition.
All rehearsals and performances will take place inside of the DACO REHEARSAL STUDIO in Bloomfield Hills.
Well, we are staging and presenting a musical cabaret in just 48 hours!
Yup, FORTY EIGHT HOURS!
We will announce the songs & scenes and a fully produced show will go up 2,880 minutes later!
Actors will audition for the cabaret without advance notice of the selected works for the cabaret!
If cast, they will not know their role(s) in advance.
At the top of our 48 hour project, we begin to announce the selected shows, release the casting and go straight into rehearsal for the next 48 hours.
48 hours later--curtain up and the magic begins!
The rehearsals are an adrenaline-fueled mad-dash to the opening. The performance is a unique experience; unpredictable and exhilarating for both the company and the audience.
We are up for a challenge!
We want to offer unique and creative opportunities to our student community!
We think the concept is super cool!
We believe this FUN project has the possibility of connecting theatre peeps from all over the metro Detroit area with different skills and experiences, and help to build our arts community by working on an ambitious and creative challenge together.
Who’s right for this project?!
We are looking for multi-talented, incredibly driven performers who want the opportunity to do what they love!
Auditions are open to YOUTH, TEENS & ADULTS! (Ages 10-19)
Anyone who can commit to the full schedule & casting policy is eligible to audition.
Can it be done?
We’ve done it once, we totally believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
What’s the Audition
First, by deciding to audition, if cast, you are agreeing to happily and graciously accept a lead, supporting or chorus role.
You do not have an option to opt-out or become dramatically moody if you do not like your placement once the cast list is announced--
48 hours prior to the show.
No matter what, we expect everyone to serve as creative team players and move forward with excitement and 100% effort!
Piggybacking on the above statement--
you must agree to have a positive and supportive reaction once the cabaret scenes & songs are announced (48 hours prior to curtain)!
If the selections are not personal favorites ---
we expect you to fulfill your participation commitment
and move forward with….enthusiasm and tons of energy!
Prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs.
Um, explanation, please!
Prepare two contrasting songs.
One musical theatre song that’s pre-1960, and one that’s contemporary.
That’s your first contrast. Two contrasting musical theatre traditions.
The second contrast is character. Your songs should display two different characters.
One might be ADO ANNIE with “I CAIN'T SAY NO" from Oklahoma, and the other may be "A CHANGE IN ME" FROM BEAUTY & THE BEAST, for instance.
Your songs should show the types of roles you’re capable of playing.
In your suite of songs, find characters that show a variety of virtues and vices.
For example, source songs for a character that is dominant, a character that is evil, another character that is vulnerable, another character that is neurotic, and another character that overcomes the odds. And bring your character to your song.
Aim for at least two different energies in the two songs you bring on audition day.
We may not have you perform both selections, but BE PREPARED!
We do not allow audition vocal selections from
the following shows or composers:
HAMILTON THE MUSICAL, MOANA, ANY VERSION OF PETER PAN, PART OF YOUR WORLD (THE LITTLE MERMAID), STEPHEN SONDHEIM or WICKED THE MUSICAL.
ALL AUDITIONS ARE VIA ZOOM.
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.
Submit all forms in advance.
Exhibit courteous and professional behavior to everyone.
Your conduct at every point of the process is observed and noted.
Relax, breathe and HAVE FUN! Let your personality shine through!
WHEN YOU ENTER THE ZOOM AUDITION ROOM
Smile and say hello to the audition panel, you are already auditioning.
Please stand for your audition 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.
Virtual Audition Tips
If you can get a tripod then it really does make a difference. It holds the camera sturdy and at a good angle. If you can’t get hold of a tripod, then don’t worry. Be creative and prop up your filming device (phone, laptop, camera) on a shelf or some stacked boxes to get the angle right.
You want the camera to be not too close but not so far away. In a monologue or song performance, above the knees should do the trick. Try to clear the room to give you the depth of space and most importantly lift the camera rather than tilt it up. This will give you a better angle to film your audition piece.
As much as possible, keep the background plain and simple. Ideally, it would be a plain wall, but failing that, make sure you don’t have anything too distracting in the background. It shouldn’t be obvious where you are in your home.
Make sure you consider the lighting. Direct sunlight can obscure the view of your face and hinder the audition.
Try to deal with any potential disturbances like a pet or a family member interrupting. Of course, if this happens and it is live, just deal with it and carry on.
If you are using music, check your sound levels beforehand.
Have you thought about how to introduce yourself at the start of your piece? Start by stating your name and the title of the piece as an introduction before you begin.
You’ll need to do a test self-tape to ensure you can be seen in the frame and can be heard completely clearly. Look just above or to the side of the camera rather than directly into the lens.
Most importantly, relax and just do the same performance as if you were in the actual room with them. The interviewer knows that this is a new experience for us all and remember they are on your side.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection(s) with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.
IF CAST, WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
You must be able to commit to the following timeline.
3p.m.-Cast Meet & Greet/ Cabaret announcements begin!
4p.m. - Our DREAMERS 48 production officially begins!
11:00p.m. -10a.m.-Sleep at home
3:00p.m.-6:00p.m.-Break at home.
Hair & makeup.
Strike-immediately following the performance.
Commit to learning all staging, vocals and choreography.
Remain positive and supportive to all involved.
All dates and times are subject to change.
I AM A PARENT! WHAT’S MY COMMITMENT?
Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for students (20/21 school year) in elementary, middle or high school.
In the days prior to the show we need parents to help promote the project, sell tickets, work on basic set elements, gather basic costume materials and promote our advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
Once the 48 hour process begins--we will need support building the set, organizing and fitting costumes, organizing props, arranging and serving meals, etc. After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs.
Strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.
The final performance will take place at the DACO STUDIO in Bloomfield Hills.
All rehearsals will take place at our rehearsal studio in Bloomfield Hills.
Fees! What’s the Deal?
There is tuition and additional production related fees for all students who are cast. There is no fee to audition.
Tuition Fee: $185.00 per person for anyone who was an elementary, middle or high school student during the 2020/2021 school year.
Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable.
100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production.
Participants will pay a fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items.
Prices will vary depending on size and number of roles.
ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional):
Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)
Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional)--All assigned items are due August 15, 2021
These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.
ZOOM AUDITION DATES:
JULY 31, 2021 & AUGUST 8, 2021
If you are unavailable on our posted audition dates,
please let us know and we will try to make alternate arrangements.
It’s best if we hear from you sooner rather than later!
Advance sign up for auditions is required.
To make an appointment please email the following details:
Preferred audition date: July 31 or August 8
SCHOOL/CITY (please do not use abbreviations):
Grade (20/21 school year):
Parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL):
How did you find out about our audition?:
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org (SUBJECT: DREAMERS 48)
You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time 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.