Auditions

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Auditions for Adult Professionals for the 2017-18 Season

Adult auditions for the 2017-2018 Coterie mainstage season are complete.  If you were unable to attend the call and would still like to be considered for a role, mail (do NOT email) your headshot and resume to:
Jeff Church, Artistic Director
The Coterie
2450 Grand Boulevard #144
Kansas City MO 64108

The Coterie's 2017-2018 Season

  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (musical)
  • Imaginary Friends: The Legend of Sinnissippi Park
  • Call of the Wild
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Jack and the Bean Magico (bi-lingual play with songs)
  • Disney's Newsies (Co-produced with The J at the White Theatre)

Roles for AEA and Non-AEA actors in all shows except Imaginary Friends and Call of the Wild.

Please note: We do not have out-of-town housing for actors; all contracts are for local hire.

On-Stage Opportunities for Youth/Teens

Youth auditions for the 2016-2017 Coterie mainstage season are complete.

We encourage you to plan for The Coterie's 2017-2018 season.  To be considered for roles on our mainstage for the 2017-2018 season, students in grades 5-7 and grades 8-12 may take the Audition Lab class in the summer class term. There will be no open call this year. Audition Lab class members will be considered for main stage roles as well as Coterie "Master Class" members.

Alternately, for mainstage productions, students in grades 5-12 may submit a resume and headshot or school photo and cover letter.  (Include age, school, height, weight, and all contact information including actor and parent emails.)   If submitting, please do so in the months of April/May/June 2017.  

Note: Do not submit unless you are able to miss school for the daytime performances we do Tuesday through Fridays. Please note if you can only do summers. You will be contacted if you are needed for a callback (usually held in the fall).  Submit to:

Young Professionals Apprenticeship
c/o Jeff Church
The Coterie
2450 Grand Blvd, Ste. 144
Kansas City MO 64108         ~please, no phone calls or emails~

Other onstage opportunities will be for our 2017 SUMMER CAMP PRODUCTIONS. The Summer 2017 schedule will be posted in March. These productions guarantee a student a role with The Coterie Acts, our theatre school.

Coterie 2017-2018 productions with roles for youth/teens entering grades 5-12:

  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas [musical]
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium [musical]
  • Disney's Newsies (Co-produced with The J at the White Theatre)
     
Helpful Hints for Young Auditioners

We will not hold a youth/teen open call for the 2017-2018 Season. See the "On Stage Opportunities for Youth/Teens" section above for information about summer opportunities and application requirements for mainstage production consideration.

 

About youth "Open Call" auditions at The Coterie
Advice by Nancy Marcy, Coterie Master Class instructor

The Coterie Theatre usually (but not always) holds open call auditions in the spring for young people ages 12 - 17. 

The auditions will entail:

  •     A one-minute to one and a half minute memorized monologue. No poetry, please.
  •     A short movement improvisation. The improvisation will be described on the audition form that you fill out when you arrive. As you wait your turn to audition you should plan a beginning, middle and an end to the improvisation and then rehearse it to match the time limit given.
  •     A photo of yourself. School or family photos are fine but they will be kept by the theatre for future reference.
  •     A simple resume. If you have a resume, bring it with you.  If this is not possible, there are questions on the audition form that will provide the theatre with necessary information.

When your audition is finished you may leave. You will be notified by email if you need to come to a "callback" to read for a specific part.  It is important to clearly print an email address on the form that will be checked regularly.  Please understand that sometimes these callbacks are held months after your initial audition!  Do NOT call the theatre to ask about whether or not your are being considered for any role.



How a Play is Cast

By its very nature, the selection of a cast is a difficult and sometimes unpleasant process for all concerned. The actors who audition are risking rejection, and usually most of them come away empty-handed. Some win roles and some do not, so it is vital for young actors to develop a healthy perspective towards what this process is all about. No matter how many times one auditions, there will always be disappointment at not being cast. Rejection is rejection; it goes with the territory. An actor, no matter what age, must find a perspective for the audition process. The Coterie is looking for something specific in an actor to fill a given role. Whether or not you are called back or cast for a role depends upon production requirements, and there are very few roles for young actors. As difficult as it is to accept, rejection is seldom the result of an actor's incompetence or lack of inherent talent.



How to Perform the Best Monologue

Choose something that is close to yourself in terms of age and experience. Never audition with a character you would not be cast to play - if you're 13 years old, don't audition with a 25 year old's monologue. Rather than using monologues from "books of monologues", you might try to find a monologue from a piece of literature that you love. You will know and understand the character and his/her story, and that will benefit your performance tremendously. Be sure the monologue stays within the time limit and that it is a self-contained selection that has or implies a beginning, middle, and end. Prepare your monologue - rehearse it "out loud" many times. You shouldn't memorize it like you memorize material for a test in school. If you are just thinking the words, they will leave your brain when you need them the most. Keep in mind that the theatre is larger than your bedroom - practice with projection!



To Do's…and NOT To Do's

  •     Bring something to do while you wait. This will help to keep you focused and to avoid the "jitters."
  •     Be polite to everyone you meet. Your audition begins the moment you arrive at the theatre, and your ability to be a cooperative team player is vital to casting. Everyone who works for the theatre is aware of the attitude and energy needed for a Coterie actor!
  •     Dress: don't wear sandals, clogs, crocs, platforms, outrageous clothing, hats, dangling jewelry, or hair that covers your face - you don't want to distract attention away from you. Maximize your assets.
  •     Do not apologize about yourself or your monologue. Audition with confidence - think "I've got something very important to share with you."
  •     Do not explain the monologue. You need to simply state the name of the play or book that it's from and the author.
  •     Avoid delivering your monlogue directly to those sitting at the table, or glancing at them while performing.  Create a "fourth wall" for yourself.

Break a leg at your audition!