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Tips For Auditioning

The Cedar Street Players is the community theatre branch associated with Ozark Actors Theatre, a professional theatre company and primary tenant of the Cedar Street Playhouse in Rolla, MO. Ozark Actors Theatre and Cedar Street Players are a non-profit and, as such, are always looking for more people to audition, organize and just help out in general. To keep up with the details of each audition, check this website often, check your local newspaper's arts and entertainment section, and find us on facebook Ozark Actors Theatre.

Before auditioning

Check the rehearsal and performance schedules before you audition. Probably one of the worst things is to audition, get a great part and then find out that rehearsals interfere with classes or that you'll be out of town during the 2 weeks the play goes on. Always err on the side of asking too many questions to make sure you can fulfill your obligations.

Read up on the play you'll be auditioning for. This goes not only for the actual audition piece (if provided), but it's good to check, especially in newer or independent works, for any subject matter that you may be uncomfortable with. Very little is sacred to some playwrights, so do your homework.

Practice the required audition piece (if available) until you know it by heart. Called "off book" in theater lingo, being able to speak the part freely shows professionalism and allows you to use your hands and body language during your scene. Practice alone in front of a mirror, as well as with others either as an audience or someone feeding you responses if the audition piece is interactive.

If the show is a musical, you will be required to sing a short song. The standard length of an audition piece is 16 measures, which would be roughly a verse or chorus of a tune. Each director is different and some may allow you to sing more than 16 bars or even all of the song so you should bring sheet music (in the correct key) for the accompanist. Unless specifically stated in the audition notice, CD's and background tracks (karoke CDs) are allowed. The piece should be memorized, but if not, a second copy for yourself is best. Most auditions for Cedar Street Players productions happen at the Cedar Street Playhouse in the auditorium.


It may take up to two weeks for the directors to cast the show. Be patient. The directors are always looking for just the right combination of people to have a great show.

Best of luck!

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