Acting audition criteria

Categories you can enter:

Solo, Duet, Trio, Small Group, Large Group

Style that can be presented:

Classical, Dramatic, Contemporary, Comical and Open

Important – All acting performances and routines must be suitable for family audiences of all ages. Performances not deemed to be in good taste may be disqualified. Any stage props used during the performance must be carried on and off stage by contestants (no outside help is allowed). Contestants leaving anything behind on the stage could be disqualified.

Acting Classical style

The scene must come out of the late 1800s and early 1900s
It must be a monologue, and must come out of a known play (see the recommended list below by age group)
Your costumes and makeup must be suitable for the specific style
Movements and acts must be out of that period and must be specific i.e. Greek period
The pronouncement of the language must also be suitable for that specific period.

Classical for 5 – 12 years

Fairies, dwarfs, witches, dragons and Halloween.
Little princess
Stories out of Al Grimm’s books
Stories out of the books of Hans christian Anderson: the matchbox girl, little Ida’s flowers; the lost pearl, (you can find a list of all his stories on the internet)
Anne of green gables
Little woman
Alice in wonderland
Oliver twist
Wizard of oz
Anastasia
Pirates
Any animated story that does not contain modern language
101 dalmatians and some of the Walt Disney stories.
Pinocchio
Robinson cruse
Pied piper of Hamlin

Classical: for 3 – 15 years

Greek theater: Electra, Hecabe, Medea, the Iliad, Iphigenia, Lysistrata, women of troy, Homerus, Bacchus, Helen of troy, troy or any Greek mythological legend.
Medieval theater: mystery
Shakespeare: any of his plays (comical or tragedy) – king Lear, measure for measure, Macbeth, midsummer night’s dream.
Moliere: the love tiff, scapino, wives
Anton Chekhov: the swan song, the seagull, uncle Vanja (all his plays can be used)
Guy de Maupassant: the necklace
French revolution: Les Miserables
Time of sailboats: lords & ladies
The scarlet letter
Annie, peter pan, nutcracker prince, 101 dalmatians, Joan of arc

Contemporary

Modern/ actual/ representing our current life
The use of language must be of today and modern in style
Topics can be:
Corruption, aids, raping, drugs, suicide, abuse, retrenchments,
Programs like survivor, the apprentice, fear factor, terrorism, bombings
Modern families and their daily problems
Modern relationships
The ups and downs of modern life
A world without any feelings

Comical

Comedy refers to any context or work generally intended to be humorous or to amuse by inducing laughter.
Satire and political satire use comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or funny. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without obviously condemning them.
Other forms of comedy include:
Screwball comedy, which derives its humor largely from bizarre, surprising (and improbable) situations or characters.
Black comedy, which is characterized by a form of humor that includes darker aspects of human behavior or human nature.
Romantic comedy is a popular genre that depicts burgeoning romance in humorous terms and focuses on the foibles of those who are falling in love.

Dramatically

Emotions and conflict is key. The situation must be very dramatic and be full of emotions
The acting style is defined when something is done with great flare or in an exaggerated or theatrical manner. (Example: when you get mad and make a big show of leaving the room in a huff, this is an example of a time when you exit dramatically).
The performance must be filled with: action, emotions, or exciting qualities; vivid, emotional, suspense, etc.

Open

Any style that does not fit into the listed ones.
If you have two comical pieces you would like to perform, you can do one under comedy and the other under the open category.

General suggestions

Your performance must come across as natural as possible.
You must be very persuasive with your acting.
Look for a reaction from your audience.
Before you start your acting, get into your character first.