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Audition how-to: Putting your best foot forward
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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A scene from the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre production of "The Sound of Music." Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
A scene from the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre production of "The Sound of Music." Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL - All the world may be a stage, but you’ve got to make it through the audition first. 

Theater groups all across Davis County have scheduled open auditions for upcoming shows, giving budding actors of all experience levels the chance to try their hand. Whether they’re looking to visit Green Gables or the Old West of “Annie Get Your Gun,” the journey there doesn’t have to be a scary one. 

“People get into the audition and they’re so terrified,” said Jan Smith, recreation programmer for arts and culture in Clearfield. “But it’s important just to have fun.” 

Of course, it’s easier to have fun if you know what you’re doing. According to Smith, the most important thing about getting ready for an audition is to give yourself a lot of practice time.

“Not just the song, but how to present yourself as well,” she said. “Auditioning is a skill in and of itself.”

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice the song, however. 

“It’s a good idea to pick a song they’re 100 percent certain they know,” she said. “People get nervous, and it helps to know the song backwards and forwards.”

As part of the preparation process, it’s also recommended that anyone auditioning read up on the play and sketches of the characters that are being cast. Though you can dress to show your affinity for them, it’s a good idea to not go too overboard. 

“If they’re the kind of person that wears a dress, you should probably wear a dress,” Smith said. “But we don’t want you in costume.”

And if you’re picky about the role you want, it’s a good idea to just admit it in advance.

“It’s okay to say you don’t want a specific part,” she said. “It’s better to be honest upfront than to get cast in a part you hate.”

Kaysville

Auditions are open for the city’s upcoming Fourth of July production of “Anne of Green Gables,” a musical written by Norman Campbell and Donald Harron. Auditions will be on April 9 and 11.  Applicants are asked to prepare a one-minute song in the style of the show. 

Audition slots are open from 7-930 p.m. both days, though appointments are required. Those can be made by sending an e-mail to kaysvillecitytheatre@yahoo.com with your requested audition time, though a confirmation e-mail will need to be sent back to you before the appointment is official. 

More information, along with a complete list of filled audition slots, can be found online at www.kaysvillecitytheatre.blogspot.com.

Clearfield

Auditions for the city’s summer musical, “The Sound of Music,” will be held April 19 at the Clearfield Community Center. The auditions are open to everyone ages 5 and older, though parents must be with anyone ages 12 or younger. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing 30 seconds of a musical theater song. Accompaniment will be provided. 

The city is also holding auditions for their youth production of Peter Pan on May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Callbacks will be from 1-2 p.m. that same day. Kids or teens must be between the ages of 8-15 to audition. 

Those interested in either audition should call Smith at 801-525-2779 or e-mail her at jan.smith@clearfieldcity.org. 

Farmington

Auditions for the city’s summer musical, “Annie Get Your Gun,” will be held May 1 and 3 at the Farmington Community Arts Center. Please prepare 16 bars of an upbeat song in the style of the show. Headshots and resume are appreciated, but not necessary. 

For more information, please call the city’s parks and recreation department at 801-451-0953. 

Centerville

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s auditions for their upcoming production of the musical “Peter Pan” will be held May 17 at the theater. E-mail kdavies@centerpointtheatre.org to schedule an audition time, and please bring a headshot and resume. For more information and audition details, visit centerpointtheatre.org.

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