A JCAT Youth Production
Kids! Read this whole page carefully with your parents!
1. If you plan to audition, please realize this is a serious commitment of time and will require a lot of work... but it’s loads of fun and worth it. Be sure you’re serious about this before you sign up for an audition time.
2. YOU WILL EACH HAVE TO COME TO 2 AUDITIONS: One for both READING and VOICE together… and one for DANCE.
3. Yes! All actors must go through BOTH of these… even if you don’t think you can sing or dance. We still need to get to know your voice and your ability to move.
4. The reading/singing audition can be scheduled on Sunday 8/30 (4-8pm), Monday 8/31 (5:15-8:30) or Tuesday 9/1 (5:15-8:30). See the instructions below on how to schedule your time slot.
5. The READING and VOICE ARE DONE PRIVATELY, one actor at a time. Each of these auditions takes about 5 minutes. You should plan to be there at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time to relax and prepare.
6. DANCE audition will be for 2.5 hours (6-8:30) on Wednesday, 9/2. Please come in dance clothing: dance shoes preferable or shoes (no flops or sandals). If you are a trained dancer, (and we do need a few of those for this production) let us know that at your reading/music audition. ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE AT THIS DANCE AUDITION FOR THE FULL TIME. (Some may be dismissed early... but assume you’ll be there).
7. Even if you don’t sing or dance, THERE ARE ROLES IN THE PLAY THAT DON”T SING OR DANCE. Trust us! If you are selected, we’ll make sure you look good.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION?
GRADES 4 and up
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION TIME
You can schedule your audition on-line!
To sign up for your read/voice audition time:
1.Click Here: "https://doodle.com/bhe6947zy7cupedw"
2. Select only one 5-minute Time Slot. Be sure you check on the correct day you want: Sunday or Monday or Tuesday.
3. Enter all required info (email and phone number, etc), as requested.
4. Click “SAVE” (scroll all the way to the right end of the line)
Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Keep the link so you can go back and check your time. You can change your audition time if an emergency comes up. Go back to the link, select ‘edit’ and change your time to an available slot.
In addition to any resume you bring, please print out the information form and bring it with you to the audition. PLEASE PRINT SUPER-CLEARLY.
JCAT Student Information Form
It would be helpful to bring a ‘headshot’ with all vital information on the back: name, email, phone numbers (home and cell), address, and some experience listed too (if this is not your first time). For the kids, also include your parents’ names, phone numbers and email addresses. These do NOT need to be professional headshots... create your own with an attractive picture and the needed information. If you don’t know how to do that on your computer, talk to a child under 12.
Sunday, August 30, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday, August 31, 5:15pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 1, 5:15 pm– 8:30pm
Wednesday, September 2, 6-8:30
Thursday, September 3, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Callbacks
THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Most rehearsals are:
SUNDAYS 3-8, (3-5:30 dance, 5:30-8 music),
This will vary at times… Toward opening, extra rehearsals are occasionally scheduled
Not everyone is needed at every rehearsal.
Of course, there are no rehearsals on Shabbat or Jewish holidays.
This link will show you the actual schedule: Hairspray schedule.pdf
SELECTING AN AUDITION MONOLOGUE AND DIALOGUE
Select one monologue and one 2-person scene you feel strongly about; ones you feel you can do something interesting with; surprise us! Below you’ll find some choices of both monologues and scenes; choose one of each (monologue AND dialogue) and really work on it.
NOTE: Try to memorize your audition piece and be well-prepared to perform it. You will be reading the scene with another actor... you must look and react to that person... something that is difficult if you are looking down at a script.
Check with parents, or the dictionary, or us, on pronunciations, meanings of words, etc.!
For SINGING: Learn a song from HAIRSPRAY and be prepared to sing it (we will have music for you). You can bring your own track… but without lyrics, please (that is, karaoke style). Try to find it in a key that enhances your audition. You may be asked to sing it in a different key. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SINGING a cappella (without music)
Do NOT try to learn the song from the internet or the movie!
Listen ONLY to the Broadway cast album!
Then, sing it a lot until it’s second nature!
Wear shoes and loose clothes in which you can move freely… if you do gymnastics, please let us know (and wear clothes you can do that in). Girls: Please wear tights. Over that, only loose skirts, if you wish, so you can move freely.
In addition to Michael Andron, the director, we have experienced professionals as musical director (Mrs Marlena Tuchinsky) and choreographer (Ron Headrick). We set the bar high and you work hard… and reach it. So, do your very best at auditions. It doesn’t pay to be shy… Take a risk and go for it!
SUGGESTED AUDITION MATERIAL: HAIRSPRAY
We recommend you read the whole play prior to your audition or , at least, watch the movie. The two are somewhat different.
You will be asked to:
1. Perform a short monologue (just you)
2. Perform a short dialogue (with Lillian reading the other part)
3. Sing a song from Hairspray.
Select ONE monologue and ONE dialogue from the choices below that best showcase your abilities. Girls, you may choose to read a male role, if you wish.
When I was your age, my parents begged me to run away with the circus, but I said, “No. That’s what you want. I have dreams of my own.” I dreamt of opening a chain of joke shops worldwide. So, okay, I’ve still only got one, but some day, if I can figure out how to keep the air from leaking out of my sofa sized Whoopee Cushion, I’m going to make a noise heard ‘round the world! You follow your dream, baby. I’m grabbin’ an Orange Crush and heading back down to the Har-Dee-Hut. I’ve got my dream . . . and I wuv it!
Now don’t forget, guys and Gidgets – our very first prime-time spectacular is coming up on June 6th. We’ll be live at Baltimore’s brand-new Eventorium broadcasting nationwide! Talent scouts will be on hand from all the major record labels, and sponsoring the event will be none other that our own ULTRA CLUTCH HAIRSPRAY. So, let’s give a great big fawning Baltimore salute to the President of Ultra Clutch, Harriman F. Spritzer.
No one’s auditioning for anything. And what did I tell you about that hair, all ratted up like a teenaged Jezebel. And don’t tell even start with that “First Lady, Jackie Kennedy” stuff. You ain’t no first lady, are ya? She’s a hair-hopper – that’s what she is. Wilbur, talk to her. Girls like Tracy . . . people like us . . . you know what I’m sayin. They don’t put people like us on television. Except to be laughed at. You want to be famous? Learn how to get blood out of car upholstery. Now that’s a skill you could take right to the bank.
Why do they have to be so mean? “You’re short, you’re stout, you’re not council material.” I wear the latest fashions, I keep up with all the styles. I’m teasing my hair as high as I can! Will they give me a chance? Encouragement? Appreciation? No, all I ever hear is DETENTION! Is there no pity for a teen just trying to fit in? And don’t tell me I oughtn’t try so hard. You get detention just about every time I do, and I’ve never seen you complain. Wait, what’s that? Hey, that move’s swift. That’s unbelievable. Can I do that?
Male/Female DIALOGUE 1:
Oh, Wilbur, my stomach ‘s in a knot, my nerves are on edge.
Calm down, sweetheart.
I can’t calm down. There are names for women who abandon their daughters, who’ve gotten themselves arrested for trying to integrate an after-school sock-hop type of television show. Yes, there are names, and Hallmark does not make cards for any of them!
You can’t worry about people calling you names. You know how many times I’ve been called crazy? But I say, “Yeah crazy. Crazy like a loon.” Anyway, we haven’t abandoned her. In fact, I got just what Tracy needs here; stand back. (He demonstrates a joke item he invented) What’d ya think? Isn’t it a doozy?
Impressive. But how’s that little thing gonna help our Tracy?
You’ll be surprised.
Oh, sure! You’re a visionary inventor saving the day. Tracy’s a teen idol reshaping the world. And what am I? I had a dream too, you know. I used to make all my own clothes, remember? Until I wandered beyond the boundaries of the largest McCall’s patterns. But I always dreamed that one day I would put out my own line of queen-sized dress patterns.
You were good, Edna.
Yeah? And where’s it gotten me? Twenty years later I’m still washing and mending and ironing everyone else’s clothing.
One day, Edna.
Male/Female DIALOGUE 2:
Shhh! The guard’s asleep. Gee, you look beautiful behind bars.
It must be the low watt institutional lighting. Link, what are you doing here?
Oh, Tracy, seeing you dragged off to jail brought me back to my senses. I thought I’d lose it when I thought I lost you. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sing. I couldn’t even concentrate.
You couldn’t eat?
No. So I went down to the station to tell Mrs. Von Tussle I was through with the Miss Hairspray broadcast . . .
I didn’t. When I got to the station I overheard rs. Von Tussle talking to Spritzer. Tracy, it’s Amber the talent scouts are coming to see. It had nothing to do with me. All this time I thought Amber and I were a team. She and her mother were just using me to make her look popular. I feel like such an idiot.
That makes two of us.
I know a palooka like me isn’t worthy of a groundbreaking extremist like you, but . . . (produces a ring) . . . It’s a little scuffed from Amber throwing it in my face when I told her I’d rather be with you.
I did. So, would you consider wearing my ring?
Would I, would I?
Final Note to Parents:
If your child is cast...
There is a $200 participation fee for being part of any J-CAT Youth productions. Check of credit card is OK. For those who are not members, there is an additional annual JCC Membership of $54. Scholarships, when necessary, are available; speak with Michael or Lillian Andron.