Musical Theatre Audition Technique

Facilitated by Michael Mendez
Date: May 4
 

Time

6:30-7:30 PM

Registration has closed. Please direct all questions and inquiries to courtney.day@bluecanoetheatrical.ca

Location

Registered participants will be sent a Zoom video chat link

Workshop Description

First impressions are critical, and your first impression takes place the moment you walk in the door at the audition. In this workshop we will discuss how to cut your music and present it to an accompanist, enter the audition room and introduce yourself, choose the best material to showcase you, as well as tips about what makes a great performance. There’s no need to be nervous about your college or professional audition… we got you!

Requirements/Materials Needed

Students will need to prepare- 2 contrasting 32 bars of a musical theater or pop song.  The student should provide the tracks for their 32 bars. They can play tracks at home with a speaker or from their phone. Not everyone has to sing or have a song prepared. This would be the same qualifications for anyone wanting to audition for scholarships.

Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez originated the role of Fatty Arbuckle in the Broadway Production of Chaplin, directed by Warren Carlyle, and is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.  Mr. Mendez also originated the role of Olaf in FROZEN: A Musical Spectacular for the Disney Wonder, directed by Tony-nominee Sheryl Kaller. Other New York Credits include  Hey, Look Me Over! at City Center Encores! featuring Joel Grey, Vanessa Williams, and Bebe Neuwirth, as well as the Off Broadway musical FAT CAMP.   Other Regional credits include: Man of La Mancha at Westport Country Playhouse,  How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe, Damn Yankees at Goodspeed Opera House, Peter and the Starcatcher at Weston Playhouse, Billy Elliot at North Carolina Theatre, and The Full Monty at American Music Theater of San Jose.  Mr Mendez has appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras across the country.  He received a BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Arizona.  As a teacher, he has worked with many aspiring broadway stars and taught masterclasses all across the U.S.