Musical Theatre Audition Technique
Facilitated by Michael Mendez
Friday, April 30th
A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.
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. Come prepared with a 32-bar cut audition song, preferably with a track if not, a capella will do! There’s no need to be nervous about your college or professional audition… we got you!
- 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 is on the Musical Theater faculty at The New York Conservatory, teaching song performance and performance projects. 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. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp the Musical, and Hey, Look Me Over! at City Center Encores! featuring Joel Grey, Vanessa Williams, and Bebe Neuwirth. Some 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, The Full Monty at American Music Theater of San Jose, and Paquito’s Christmas at the Kennedy Center. Michael graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre.