To provide individuals with specific help and understanding as to what goes into preparing for a straight play audition and how to ease the nerves and approach them in a seasoned and professional manner.
The Art Of Auditioning For Straight Plays
The Art of Auditioning for Straight Plays
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Who: Any person 14 years or older who would like to strengthen their auditioning skills and learn tips, tricks and methods from industry professionals! What: A week packed with information, lessons, professional mentoring sessions, one-on-one acting and vocal coaching, a professional headshot, a video copy of your final showcase performance, Premiere Playhouse merch and more!
Where: The Orpheum Theatre Center Classroom
When: November 14th through November 17th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, with a Final Showcase on Friday the 18th at 7:00 PM
Price: $125 per person for the week
Openings: There are only 12 slots open for this masterclass and they will fill up quick!
What To Bring With You
- Two contrasting contemporary monologues:
- When choosing monologues, bring the ones that you have the most fun performing, are familiar with and that you can connect with. Please stick with pieces that fit in your vocal range and we ask that BOTH songs are memorized in full prior to starting the class.
- Upon acceptance please email us your two song selections so that we may familiarize ourselves with your pieces.
- Contrasting can mean dramatic and comedic, mysterious and whimsical, happy and sad, contemporary and classical, etc.
- Please bring a printed copy of your pieces to the first day of class as well as:
- A pencil & note taking device
- A water bottle
- A mask
- An attitude that is ready to learn and grow!
- We will require masks in the masterclass unless it is your turn for coaching, only then can you take your mask off.
- If you are not feeling well, please do not come to class.
- There will be a pre screening on the first day so we can come into class with the confidence of safety and thoughtfulness.
Meet Your Instructors
Madison has been an active part of Sioux Falls Theatre and arts almost since she was able to memorize lines. Learning from organizations such as The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts and Premier Playhouse, as well as truly inspiring mentors that showed her the art of voice, dance, and performance. She credits much of her knowledge to the unique opportunities she had working with Shakespeare throughout her youth and today. Madison also draws on her unique experience with spoken word to inform her work in performance; the South Dakota Poetry Out Loud representative in 2016 and 2017 and national champion of Poetry Ourselves 2016, she learned from people from all over the country and U.S. territories. Even when she left home for the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in Social Theory and Practice, has never been able to let theatre leave her life. She enjoyed time as the Vice President of a theatre org on campus that allowed her to explore directing and stagecraft, cultivating a passion for helping actors learn what she was lucky enough to study from community theatre for so many years. Notable roles have included Freckleface Strawberry in Freckleface Strawberry, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stevie Bellamy in Farragut North, Hamlet in Hamlet, Fiona in Shrek, Ariel in Footloose, and even Janet in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a project she took on the directing role for the following year. The pride and joy of her theatre career was directing Bright Half Life, an opportunity that sparked her passion for directing. Since returning temporarily to Sioux Falls, Madison has still kept busy expanding her understanding of the theatre world further by working both on and off the Premier Playhouse stage, and even in classes with you! She hopes to bring the knowledge she has acquired from dozens of auditions and shows here, where you may take what you’ve learned and continue to grow forever as an artist.
Alex Newcomb Weiland
Alex is a director, performer & aspiring theatre educator. From a young age she studied theatre & orchestral performance with The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts. She has taken private vocal lessons since 2013, and has continued her vocal development ever since. She graduated from The University of South Dakota in 2019 with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and a Dance Minor. Some notable roles are Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods and Meg March in Little Women. She has gotten to work alongside professional Broadway choreographers, performers, producers & casting directors. Names such as Chet Walker, Timothy Hughes, Jeff Whiting, Gary Jon Larossa and Paul Liberti. She participated in the Open Jar Institute in New York City in a Musical Theatre Intensive in the summer 2018. In the fall of 2019, she moved to New York City and worked with companies such as the off-broadway theatre ‘Playwrights Horizons’ and ‘Hangman on Broadway’. She has been a part of many local theatre productions and worked with companies such as Bare Bodkins, Monstrous Little Theatre Company and The Premiere Playhouse. Alex also completed a professional contract with The Black Hills Playhouse. At the moment Alex is currently in contract with The Good Night Theatre Collective where she will be appearing in shows such as Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods! During the day, Alex works as the Education Coordinator at The Premiere Playhouse where she heads the Education Department, helps with the production and executes structure for children’s theatre camps, masterclasses, workshops and The Penguin Project. She directed Footloose for The Premiere Playhouse this spring as her directorial debut. She is extremely passionate about bringing more education to all ages of thespians in the Sioux Falls community and can not wait to produce many more opportunities to do so.
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