Audition Information

We are so excited to announce that our upcoming shows yet to be cast are Frozen Jr, and Beauty and the Beast Jr! Click below for more information.

Exciting Upcoming Opportunities (no auditioning needed!):

Tech crew for ‘Into The Woods Jr:

What we need to find a double set of tech operators and crew, one for each team of ‘Into The Woods Jr’, so that the show can run smoothly. We are currently rehearsing Friday nights 6-8.30pm and Sunday afternoons in the two teams, one from 12-2pm, the other from 4-6pm, all at St Joseph’s. Performance dates are the last week of January, 22nd to 29th in the Theatre Royal. We take 6 weeks off from rehearsing between 12th December and 22nd January. 

Santa Parade – Clowning around on December 12th:

The decision whether to go ahead with this or not will be made before or on December 5th, so I’ll rapidly email you all if it’s allowed to go ahead. It seems unlikely at this stage but we will see. If it is not held, there is talk of holding it at some point during the summer under a different title. We will have our own Youth Theatre floats of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car and Moana’s Va’a in the parade, as well as our usual fun with providing the clowns to lead the parade.

Christmas Singing on Christmas Day:

For almost 2 decades, Youth Theatre families have been providing the entertainment for a big Christmas Dinner on Christmas day for older folks with nowhere to go for Christmas. Usually we get between 20 and 50 singers turn up to a couple of simple rehearsals pre Christmas and then sing for an hour or so late on Christmas morning while the 100-200 guests are served nibbles and drinks prior to the main Christmas dinner. This is such a special way to spend an hour or so on Christmas day, either for the kids or the whole family. This is definitely going ahead I am told, so please include it in your plans for the day. It really makes for a very special Christmas for everyone involved. Details will come out in a couple of weeks time.

Keep your eyes peeled on this section and our Instagram and Facebook pages as new information comes out, and in case of any changes to the schedule.

Audition Tips For Anyone New To Theatre:

  • Get a good night sleep before the auditions. You want to go to the auditions feeling energised and refreshed. Getting into character and performing is easier when you are not tired. Auditions can often take hours, sometimes all day all weekend!
  • Dress code. In winter it can be very cold when you’re waiting, dress warm! In summer, the opposite but dress appropriately to dance and do a lot of movement!
  • Learn about the play you are auditioning for. This is so you know what the play is about, the character motivations, and the tunes to the songs that you might be singing in the musical. Knowing what you are auditioning for will help your chances of getting the part you want, as this will improve your performance.
  • Learn the song for the part you are auditioning for. Confidence is key to auditioning! Knowing the song or songs of the show means you can audition without holding paper and music and really go for it in character and at your best performance!
  • Come to the auditions with your voice warmed up. There’s nothing worse than auditioning for a musical and you can’t reach a note that you usually could reach. If your voice isn’t ready to sing, it might harm your chances of getting the part you want. Before going to the auditions, sing to yourself and do vocal warm ups. This will better ensure that you are prepared.
  • Avoid dairy products. Dairy products can cause phlegm build up in the throat. Don’t panic, it’s nothing harmful! The only reason to stay away from dairy before an audition is because phlegm can make singing high notes harder.
  • Once you get to the auditions, get to know people. You’re going to be working with these people for a couple of months, so get to know them. Don’t be shy, everyone has had a first audition, so…
  • Smile! Come to the auditions with a positive attitude! You’re going to do great, so be happy!

Other Opportunities

Theatre Royal Crew Training: Go to www.theatreroyalnelson.co.nz/crew/ to access the details and to sign up to train as a Stage Manager, Fly floor operator or Techie. This is a great training for parents or siblings of youth theatre actors (or for senior actors wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding of theatre). You do the training and we’ll give you the opportunity to put it into practice in our shows.

Nelson Cathedral Choir
The Nelson Cathedral Choir is open to those wanting to give choral music a go. This is a fantastic way to learn how to read and sightread music and have singing and music lessons, and it’s free!

They rehearse on Thursdays 4-7pm, but this is a staggered rehearsal so not everyone does all 3 hours. They sing on Sundays as a part of the sung services. E-mail mrsm.carruthers@gmail.com.

We Can’t Wait To Meet You!

Photo: Annie 2017