Updated 2013 by Eli Block '16 and the YDC Board

Auditioning should be a fun and exciting process - this guide is meant to help you navigate!

General Overview

What you Should Have Ready to Go (In General)

Note: A lot of directors don't require monologues, but instead provide side (short scenes/monologues from the show you're auditioning for).

Additionally, for musicals: [Some shows will ask for 16 bars, others for 32, so it's best to have 32 prepared and then also know a 16 bar cut version.]

Note: Some musical directors will have you sing the song a cappella, but some will give you the option of having piano accompaniment - it's a good idea to bring sheet music if you have it.

Signing Up

Before you Go (a few days before your audition)

What to Bring

When You Arrive

Audition Sheet

Things Not to Do

Things to Do


After Auditions


Is there a limit to the number of shows I can audition for?

No! You can audition for as many shows as you'd like. But be smart about it, and don't audition for shows you wouldn't accept a part in. You want to be able to give every audition your best effort. Also keep in mind that during the busy audition weeks (first week of school and December reading week) there will be many shows holding auditions on the same days.

Is there a limit to the number of shows I can be in/work on?

No, but again, be smart. You need to be honest with the directors and stage managers of all shows you sign on to - they likely won't allow you to accept roles in shows that go up back to back weeks, or even two weeks apart. You can certainly be in a show in October and then in December. Also keep in mind your other commitments outside of theater (and schoolwork!). Be honest with yourself and with the director/stage managers, and think things through before you say yes to a role.

What song should I sing for my audition?

Sing something that you're confident shows off your range and suits your voice. Ideally it will also fit with the musical style of the show; don't sing from RENT for an Oklahoma! audition. You're trying to help the creative team figure out how you'd sound in their cast. Singing a song by the same composer (but from a different show) is a good way to do that, but not necessary. If you don't know the style of the show you're auditioning for, watch some YouTube clips or listen to the soundtrack online to get a feel. For contemporary shows, feel free to sing a non-musical theater song that fits the vibe. Again, the goal is to show the creative team everything you've got vocally.

How will I be notified of casting decisions?

Shows will be in touch in the days after callbacks; be patient! Casting is a long process.

What do I do if I'm not cast?

Don't be discouraged, and don't take it personally/ Casting is a difficult process and is about finding the people that fit certain roles for a given production - don't think that not being cast means you have no talent! You should think about getting involved in the shows you auditioned for in a non-acting capacity, and try out for more shows in the future!