How to audition
Step 1 – Familiarize yourself with the Rehearsal and Technical Run Schedule. Carefully consider if you can make the time commitment. As part of their agreement with KYMTC, cast members must commit to attend rehearsals, Tech Runs, and Performances.
Step 2 – Read the KYMTC Code of Conduct.
Step 3 – You’re required to perform a monologue at your audition. The Matilda Monologues can be viewed and downloaded here. Be sure to memorize one of the monologues and read the tips below.
Step 4 – Choose a song to sing at your audition. You may choose whatever song you like for the audition, but check our tips below on picking the right song. KYMTC provides an accompanist on piano, so please upload the piano sheet music for your song- you can do that on the Matilda Audition Application (see Step #5). If you submitted your application without uploading your sheet music- please send it as soon as possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 5 – Click on the following link to fill out and submit your audition application: Matilda Audition Application (the audition application period has ended). After KYMTC receives your application, the Producer will contact you by email to schedule your audition.
Step 6 – Arrive 30 minutes early for your scheduled time. Auditions are being held on Wednesday October 2 at the North Grenville Community Church and on Friday and Saturday October 4 and 5 at the Kemptville Youth Centre.
After your Audition- call back
Immediately after your audition, you may be invited to the Call Back, which takes place from 1:30-5:30 pm on Sunday October 6 at the North Grenville Community Church.
After call back- getting cast
After the Call Back ends on October 6 (and before 8:30 pm), we’ll send all the applicants who attended Call Back an email with a web page link and a password.
Starting at 8:30 pm on October 6, applicants can log into the webpage (using the password provided) and see the Cast List for Matilda.
If your name is on the list- you’re in the Matilda cast. We won’t be posting any specific roles on October 6- you will be offered your role/roles at Offer Night on Wednesday October 9 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the North Grenville Community Church– and you’ll have to commit to the production and sign an Acceptance Letter.
If your name is not on the list- we are not offering you a role in Matilda. We’ll provide you with an opportunity to contact KYMTC to receive feedback on your audition- contact information will be provided on the web page.
Click on the character cards below to learn about some of the roles in Matilda The Musical.
Additional roles include parents, the Children’s Entertainer, The Cook, and the Henchmen. Note that some of the cast may play multiple supporting roles.
Preparing for the Audition
Auditions can be an anxious and stressful time for youth, but they are also an opportunity for a young person to share their passion and talents, have fun, and demonstrate that they can perform under stress.
- Put your heart and soul into it. We are looking for life, energy, and some part of your personality to come through in your performance;
- Trust the casting team- we are on your side;
- Know the story being told by the musical (e.g. watch the DVD, read the book, visit websites);
- Arrive on time and listen carefully to instructions;
- The actor who is open, interesting, and committed is more likely to get the role even if another is more talented; and,
- There are no mistakes, only possibilities! Take risks!
Tips on Your Monologue
- Memorize the monologue;
- Know the characters and what is happening during the scene;
- Stay in character;
- Don’t just read the words- act out the scene;
- Discover the scene (e.g. the relationships, the humour, the conflict, the opposites, the mystery);
- Your voice is very important- your expression, diction, and projection;
- The face and body are also very important- respond to the text and the others in the scene with you (if applicable); and,
- Use your life as a source. Everything that happens on stage happens better and more truthfully in life.
Tips on Your Song
- Pick an audition song that resonates with you and which is similar to the role for which you are auditioning;
- Remember that you’re auditioning for musical theatre. Avoid contemporary pop songs and/or songs that may be unknown to the casting team;
- Singing at the audition is not just about how well you sing the song but also about how well you connect with the audience;
- Be ready for the Director to stop and redirect you. Be receptive to their comments and ask questions if you don’t understand; and,
- Try to relax and focus. Appear confident. It will show us you can perform under stress.