My audition experience and top tips

17 Jan 2020
Student rehearsing a script

My first audition for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course at the University of Winchester was in January 2017. I cannot believe that it has been almost three years since I stood in front of a group of people who are now my friends and teachers. I have pulled together my top tips to help you prepare for an audition, and how to get the most out of the experience.

1) Make sure you know what you need to do

What are you being asked for… sheet music? a monologue? a piece of choreography? 

Whether you are auditioning or interviewing it is important to know what is expected of you as soon as possible. This will give you the most amount of time to prepare and, hopefully this will reduce stress before the day. Any information you need can be found online with example questions, instructions for monologues or guidance towards song choices.

2) Don’t forget that it can be a long day for all involved

Generally, the ‘rules’ that apply to audition material are related to time constraints. The number of people attending auditions can make for a very long day for both the panel and for yourself so make sure you are well-rested. Try and have a restful evening and a full night’s sleep so that you are physically prepared for the next day. 

On the day of the audition or interview, nerves are both normal and expected – just remember to breathe!

3) Prepare in advance

Pack a bag the night before with any material you are required to take with you; sheet music with clearly marked cuts (if you are unsure of how to do this, take a look online), a copy of a monologue, or music that has been cut for a dance audition.

Make sure to bring a bottle of water and a couple of snacks for the audition. I cannot enforce how important it is to stay hydrated so that you can approach the day with a clear mind. When you are dehydrated you are more likely to experience tiredness, a headache and struggle to concentrate. This may negatively impact your ability to perform or comprehend any questions that you may be asked.

4) Don’t forget to breathe!

Take a couple of minutes before you go into the room; close your eyes and concentrate on the sound of your breathing. This should help to reduce some of the tension that has built-up within your body and approach the next few minutes (or hours) with a more relaxed headspace.

5) The panel wants you to do well too

When it comes down to it; the people you are performing for are on your side. Not only is the panel experienced in their field but they have also been in your position too. They are rooting for you and want you to do well!

6) Be yourself!

Sometimes, the best people on the day of an audition are the ones who are not expected. So, as cliché as it may sound, just be yourself! A panel or interviewer are not looking for someone they have already seen; they want to get an idea of who you are and how they can work with you.


Here’s the thing though, the most important part, is to have fun! The outcome, whether it is the one you want or not want, will have a short-term effect but the experience will last forever.

About the vlogger:

Amy Funnell is a 3rd-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre student. 

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