Central High School’s theatre department is home to one of the fastest growing theatre programs in California. With three full time theatre teachers, twenty course offerings, and multiple play productions each year, there’s something for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to know what the show is about?
Answer: Yes! Directors will usually release a brief plot synopsis when announcing the future theatre season in May of the previous school year along with the Google classroom code (refer to the show's Google Classroom page for updated audition information and clips, etc). It's up to you to research the play/musical and be familiar with it prior to auditions. If a script is available online or for checkout from the theatre teacher, you are highly encouraged to read the whole thing and understand what it's about and who the characters are.
When are auditions?
Answer: Auditions dates will be released in the beginning of the school year and are also featured in the events page of the "Current Students" tab on this site. Ask your theatre teacher for the list of important dates so you can keep informed.
Are there any audition etiquette rules that I should know about?
Answer: Like any try out, there are important do's and don'ts when auditioning for the school play. Do sign up for that play's google classroom page so you can be up to date on any information and rehearsal calendar. Some directors even release the audition scenes early through their google classroom page! Do know what the play is about and a basic breakdown of the characters. Do come into the rehearsal room prepared to give your best. Do get right to work filling out your audition card and turning it in to the stage manager ASAP, keeping your assigned number visible above your waist at all times. Do make sure you've carved out time in your schedule to attend both the entire audition and the callback (if you are called back). Do be supportive of everyone in the room. Do dare to do something different! If everyone else is doing the audition scene sitting down, change it up! Directors are looking for people who aren't afraid to take a (reasonable) risk onstage. Do bring everything you may need for that day's audition (details on that are usually released well in advance of the audition dates via google classroom). Do make sure you've arranged for transportation home. Do come in with known conflict dates so the directors can have an honest look of what dates you are and are not available (note: those with an abundance of rehearsal conflicts usually cannot be considered for the cast). Don't bring people with you who aren't auditioning, even if they are there to support. People who are not auditioning are not permitted in the audition room. Period. Don't have your cell phone out--it shows that you aren't engaged and aren't paying attention. Don't talk during auditions unless you're rehearsing for a scene or onstage. Don't wear clothing that is out of dress code or prevents you from moving comfortably. Finally, DON'T approach the directing table, regardless of reason. If you have a question, sit quietly in your seat and raise your hand. The stage manager will generally be able to answer your question, or at the very least, ask the director on your behalf when the time is right.
What do I need to bring to the audition?
Answer: For a play, you needn't bring anything unless the director has stated otherwise. For musicals, you will need sheet music for the singing portion of the audition and comfortable clothes to move around in for energetic blocking. You can find sheet music at just about any music store in town or online (look for APPROPRIATE music that resembles the style of the musical, a quick google search will give you excellent tips).
What do you do at the auditions?
Answer: Everybody starts off in the PAC, fills out an audition card and is then split into two groups. One group will go to the vocal audition (where you sing a rehearsed song and provide the accompanist sheet music—"Happy Birthday" is okay if you have no sheet music), the other group will remain in the PAC for the acting/improv audition. Halfway through the audition, each group will switch so that everyone has the opportunity to both sing and act.
What will the directors be looking for at the auditions?
Answer: The directors are looking for several things. First, they're looking for people who are respectful, take the audition seriously and follow directions. Second, we're looking for people whose schedules allow them to rehearse for the show every day after school from now until show time (If your schedule doesn't allow you to perform on the scheduled show dates or if you've got more than a handful of rehearsal conflicts, we cannot consider you for the cast!). Last of all, we're looking for people who understand the characters and are not afraid to stand out!
What happens after the auditions?
Answer: After the last auditions, a "Call Back" list will be put on Google classroom (see your theatre teacher for the Google Classroom code)
What are "Call backs" and when are they?
Answer: Call backs are basically a chance for the director to see the actors again before making their final casting decisions and will include a simple dance audition so you should dress in clothes to move around in. If you audition, please clear the callback date from your
Can anybody audition ?
Answer: Absolutely! Students who have not taken a theatre class are welcome to
I still have a question. Who do I contact for more information?
Answer: Ask the show's director (for the 2017-18 school year the line up is as follows):
Fall/Winter Play Production: Ms. Pullen-- email@example.com
Traveling Competition One Act: Mr. Berzac-- firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Musical: Mr. Bridges-- email@example.com