Students who are enrolled in a CharacterWorks class for ages 8-19 are eligible to audition for one main-stage show during the corresponding session. Students enrolled in a class will be sent signup instructions before classes begin. Everyone who auditions will be required to use the CharacterWorks-provided accompanist, and they may pick a song from our audition song options or choose one themselves.
The Audition Process
Please note that students can only audition for one mainstage show per class session.
Sign up to audition. A show's audition sign-up link is sent in the confirmation email received after registering for a class in the same session as the show.
Choose an audition song that is roughly 60-seconds in length. You can either choose a CharacterWorks-provided song or choose your own song.
Choose a CharacterWorks-provided song: Song options by gender and age range are listed below. Both sheet music and accompaniment tracks to practice with can be found by clicking "View Spring Audition Materials" below. Use the rehearsal track to practice for your audition.
Choose your own song: You can find and purchase downloadable sheet music online, at sites such as Musicnotes.com.
Print your sheet music and make sure it is clearly marked with a starting and ending point. It is also required that you put your sheet music in a binder or mount it on a folder, which will make it easier for an accompanist to flip through and read. If you would like to see an example of how to mark your music, check out the song options provided below.
Practice, practice, practice! Rehearse your song until it is the best audition you can possibly perform.
Print and fill out the Spring Audition Packet (packet will be linked below shortly before auditions). On the day of auditions, bring your sheet music (in a binder or mounted on a folder), completedaudition form, costume form, parent committee form, and a$10 audition fee.
When it is your turn to audition, you will hand the accompanist your sheet music and discuss your song. The accompanist is there to help you and make you look good. You should talk with the accompanist about the tempo for your song and have him or her play the first line with you at the piano to make sure you feel comfortable. Once you are ready, step onto the stage, introduce yourself, and give the best performance you can!
Students will also be asked to stay for a large group dance audition that evening. The choreographer will teach them a short combination from the production and watch them perform in small groups. No preparation is needed. After the dance audition, the students are free to go.
The callback list will be posted on the CWorks website home page before shortly after auditions. This list contains people that the artistic team needs to see again before making casting decisions. The cast list is posted on the show's page soon after callbacks (see the show's page for specifics on when the cast list will be posted).