TIGER DRAMA AUDITIONS
From classes to productions to community, state, and national festivals; Tiger Drama offers multiple ways to get involved. During their time in our department, many students get the opportunity to work on a variety of backstage crews, be onstage, design and build production elements, take master classes from industry experts, see full live productions, and be an active part in creating art within our community.
Tiger Drama Audition Questions
What is an audition?
An audition is an opportunity "try out" for a role in a performance. In theatre, auditions are how the directors and producers of a show cast (assign) the roles in that show. Actors show off their talents and abilities so that the people casting the show can see who they have to work with and put the best cast together that fits their artistic vision for the production.
What will I be asked to do at a Tiger Drama musical audition?
What will I be asked to do if I get a callback?
If you are called back, you could be asked to do a variety of things:
What are callbacks?
Directors hold callbacks when they want to learn more about particular actors after an initial audition. The director may call back certain actors for certain roles to see how they fit those particular roles or just to see what else those actors can do. Callbacks are only held at the discretion of the director and they are not always needed. While callbacks can sometimes feel like an elimination round in a contest, it is important to keep in mind that the director could still cast anyone in any role, even if they have not been called back. Often, directors only need to look at a handful of actors in greater depth for a few specific roles. Nobody is entitled to a callback, as they are purely a tool that the director uses to help him/her build on the decisions that have already been made after the first round of auditions. For a musical callback, usually actors are called back for specific roles and asked to prepare particular sections of songs and dialogue (sides) for those characters. Sometimes, a dance callback may be necessary as well.
How does the director decide who to cast?
Our Production Team is committed to thoughtful casting/crew selection. This means we cast the person best suited to the many factors involved in the production. There are not enough roles/positions for everyone to have a part in every production. However, we are also committed to providing as many performance opportunities as possible through our multiple showcase nights, all school productions, class productions, and Regional and State Festivals.
A student who meets all three criteria for a role, however, is not necessarily going to be cast in that role. Casting a show is like putting together a puzzle; everything has to fit together just right. If one piece of the puzzle is moved somewhere else, it changes where all of the other pieces can fit. In an educational setting, we regularly come across situations in which there are many students that would be good for one particular role while also finding that we have a very limited number of students that can effectively execute other roles. This means that the director has to look at the big picture and cast for the good of the production as a whole. Sometimes, the person who is best for a certain role in a vacuum is not always cast in that role; in our setting, that person's skills may be needed somewhere else in the production. The idea is to create the best overall production so that students can benefit from collectively being a part of something that is far greater than any one individual.
Successful actors, both at the high school and professional levels, are the actors that are able to be humble and put just as much enthusiasm and effort into small roles as they do into large ones. Keep in mind that the "leads" are not the only performers that need to be highly skilled. Often, ensemble actors carry a much heavier workload than leads and are needed to perform multiple roles, learn lots of choreography and music, and function together as a well-oiled machine while navigating precisely through complex and risky obstacles both onstage and off. A busy ensemble member may very well grow more from their experience in a show than an actor playing a lead. No matter the size and scope of the role, an actor always has a valuable contribution to make to the production and ample opportunities to learn. Sometimes, that involves a lot of doing and a little bit of watching. Other times, it involves a lot of watching and a little bit of doing. Either way, directors put a great deal of faith in every actor that is cast and there is no limit to what a student actor can learn regardless of how they are cast in a show.
What should I do if I am disappointed in the cast list?
How are shows selected for the season?
Many factors are considered when choosing productions. Cast size, quality of material, rehearsal time requirements, set design requirements as well as educational and performance challenges are just a few of the factors. Occasionally, productions chosen may contain some material that may be objectionable or inappropriate for some audience members. Decisions to choose such productions are not made lightly. Tiger Drama endeavors to provide high quality shows that are a stretch for high school students as they learn performance and technical elements of theater. We “rate” all of our productions using the same guidelines as the movie industry. We try to balance seasons with a little bit of everything but that can be challenging with the size of our department and the availability of scripts. If there is ever a concern about material, please feel free to contact us.
How can I apply to work backstage/on crew?
Crew applications are available 2 weeks prior to auditions outside room 129 and online. Those interested in applying to be on a crew should thoughtfully fill out the application and rank your crew preferences in order (1 being the crew you would most like to serve on). If you are not wanting to work on a specific crew, please say 'NO' in the appropriate box.
What are the requirements for cast and crew members?
- All cast and crew and their parents must sign a performance contract and the GSL Co-Curricular Contract online in FamilyID. Violation of either contract is grounds for dismissal from the production.
- Attend all scheduled rehearsals. There will always be an accurate rehearsal schedule at least a week in advance.
- ALL Cast and crew are required to attend EVERY dress/technical rehearsal and ALL performances.
- Cast members will be allowed only two (2) excused absences from rehearsals before being replaced. (An excused absence is one that is prearranged, in writing, and unavoidable.) Please make necessary arrangements so appointments are not scheduled during rehearsal time.
- Cast and crew members are required to attend a minimum of a HALF DAY of school on any dress rehearsal and performance days. Students who do not comply with this requirement will not be permitted to rehearse or perform on that day per WIAA Regulations.