Audition Dos and Don'ts

Our participating theatres were asked to list "dos and don'ts" for auditioning, as well as overdone songs and monologues. Their replies are listed below. The following does not necessarily represent the views of all theatres or the MidWest Theatre Auditions.

Audition Dos:

  • Choose appropriate material. Pieces of extensive anger and/or vulgarity can cause auditioners to tune out.
  • Time you audition carefully. Timing starts on the first word or note after your introduction.
  • Take time to shift focus between pieces.
  • Announce yourself and your piece(s) clearly. If you are a replacement, please say your wait list number.

Audition Don'ts:

  • Don't sing a cappella.
  • Don't use pre-recorded accompaniment. An accompanist is provided.
  • Don't sing if you can't; it will only hurt your audition. The same applies to the dance auditions.
  • Don't choose a bad script just because it is obscure.
  • Don't choose material that berates the audience.
  • Don't use a dialect or an accent.
  • Don't throw chairs onstage.
  • Don't speak to the floor, the chairs, or the sides of the thrust.
  • Don't spend excessive time arranging furniture.
  • Don't treat the timer or the accompanist with disrespect.
  • Don't turn your back to compose yourself or change the mood.
  • Don't rush through it to get it over with.
  • Don't speak so softly that you can't be heard.
  • Don't apologize for your mistakes.
  • Don't leave the stage with a negative feeling.

Overdone Monologues:

  1. A, My Name is Alice (I and II) - All Monologues
  2. Agnes of God – All Monologues
  3. Baby with the Bathwater - All Monologues
  4. Beyond Therapy - All Monologues
  5. Blue Window – All Monologues
  6. Boy's Life - All Monologues
  7. Brighton Beach Memoirs - All Monologues
  8. Camelot – Guenivere's Naked Monologue
  9. Death of a Salesman – All Monologues
  10. 'Dentity Crisis - Peter Pan Monologue
  11. Dinner With Friends – All Monologues
  12. End of the World – Father With Baby at the Window Monologue
  13. Equus - All Monologues
  14. The Fantastiks – All Monologues
  15. Fifth of July - All Monologues
  16. The Food Chain – All Monologues
  17. A Girl's Guide to Chaos - Dating Speech Monologue
  18. The Glass Menagerie – All Monologues
  19. Heidi Chronicles - All Monologues
  20. House of Blue Leaves - All Monologues
  21. I Hate Hamlet - All Monologues
  22. If I Only had a Brain - All Monologues
  23. It Has to Be You – Opening Monologue
  24. Jack & Jill – “Nice” Monologue
  25. Key Exchange – All Monologues
  26. King Lear – Edmond
  27. Lakeboat – The Jock Who Wanted to Dance Monologue
  28. Laughing Wild - Tuna Monologue
  29. Little Footsteps - All Monologues
  30. Lone Star – All Monologues
  31. Long Day's Journey into Night – Any Edmund Monologue
  32. Love Minus - If Actors Go to Hell Monologue
  33. Nuts – All Monologues
  34. Our Town – All Monologues
  35. P.S. Your Cat is Dead - Swimming Audition Monologue
  36. Passion Fish – Anal Probe Monologue
  37. Picasso at the Lapin Agile – All Monologues
  38. Quilters - Sunbonnet Sue Monologue
  39. Raisin in the Sun – All Monologues
  40. Romantic Comedy - Marshmallow Monologue
  41. Shadow Box – All Monologues
  42. Sleeping Beauty – All Monologues
  43. Spike Heels – All Monologues
  44. Star Spangled Girl - All Monologues
  45. Steel Magnolias – All Monologues
  46. Suburbia – Strip Monologue
  47. Talking With – All Monologues
  48. Wall of Water - Last Cigarette Monologue
  49. Wit – All Monologues
  50. Zoo Story – All Monologues

Overdone Songs:

  1. Any song from a show that the company you are auditioning for has done recently.
  2. You should be wary of anything that is “hot” or currently on Broadway.
  3. 1776 – “He Plays the Violin”
  4. Aida – All Songs
  5. Andrew Lloyd Webber songs
  6. Annie – All Songs
  7. Avenue Q – “Purpose”
  8. Babes in Arms – “Johnny One Note”
  9. Bells Are Ringing – “I Met a Girl”
  10. Billy Elliot – “Electricity”
  11. Candide – “Glitter and be Gay”
  12. Carousel – “If I Loved You”
  13. A Chorus Line - All Songs
  14. Children of Eden – All Songs
  15. City of Angels – “You Can Always Count on Me”
  16. Closer Than Ever – “Miss Byrd”
  17. “Embraceable You” by George Gershwin     
  18. The Fantastiks – All Songs
  19. Flower Drum Song – “I Enjoy Being a Girl”
  20. Footloose - All Songs
  21. Funny Girl – “Don't Rain on my Parade”
  22. Guy's & Dolls – All Songs
  23. Grease – All Songs
  24. Hairspray – “Good Morning, Baltimore”
  25. Hello Dolly – “Ribbons Down My Back”
  26. “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Cole Porter
  27. Jason Robert Brown songs
  28. Jekyll and Hyde - All Songs
  29. Kiss Me Kate – “I Hate Men”
  30. Les Miserables – All Songs
  31. Little Shop of Horrors - All Songs
  32. My Fair Lady - All Songs
  33. The Mystery of Edwin Drood – All Songs
  34. Oh, Kay! – “Someone to Watch Over Me”
  35. Oklahoma! – All Songs
  36. Once Upon a Mattress – “Shy”
  37. Paint Your Wagon – “They Call the Wind Mariah”
  38. Pippin – All Songs
  39. Porgy and Bess - Summertime
  40. Rent - All Songs
  41. Seesaw – “Nobody Does it Like Me”
  42. She Loves Me – All Songs
  43. Show Boat – “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man”
  44. Sound of Music – All Songs
  45. South Pacific – All Songs
  46. Spring Awakening – All Songs
  47. Stephen Sondheim songs
  48. Sweet Charity – “Big Spender”
  49. Thoroughly Modern Millie – All Songs
  50. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown – “My New Philosophy”