Audition Information

We have left the Theatre Royal, but the theatre has not left us!

The 2023 auditions are only months away and we are ready to release the dates!

Our term one auditions for The Sound Of Music and Oliver JR are on the same dates: January 30th to February 3rd!

Monday 30th : All Male Roles (Including anyone not identifying and male wishing to audition for male roles)

Tuesday 31st : All Female Rolls (Including anyone not identifying as female who wishes to audition for a female role)

Wednesday 1st: Call Backs for Senior Roles (Roles played by older actors, including adults)

Thursday Friday 3rd: Call Backs for Junior Roles (Roles played by younger actors)

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

Exciting Upcoming Opportunities (no auditioning needed!):

Directors Course:

Richard is planning on running a course for any adults and senior actors to experience the work of preparing and directing a show! The course is designed to help prepare the directors to direct a one act play in the following end of year season, this course will be run in January and open to any seniors and adults/parents who want to give directing a try.

One Act Plays:

In term 4 of 2023 NYTC has scored a time slot in the Theatre Royal allowing the weekend of November 25 and 26th. The 2023 play festival is going to be run as we have done before, as a 48 hour festival! This means the directors and actors have only 48 hours to put together, rehearse and perform their play. This challenge was well loved the last time and we are looking forward to the next season!

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.

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 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.

We Can’t Wait To Meet You!

Photo: Annie 2017