Auditioning for a musical is a little more challenging. To prepare yourself properly, you have to make sure that you are set in the three different areas of the audition. Acting, singing, and dancing. When doing an acting audition, for a musical, the same rules apply that are explained in paragraph two and three. But singing and dancing are a different story.
Being able to sing is the key talent needed for a musical. Yes, you need dancers too, but you can teach anyone how to do a few dance moves, singing is a different matter. If you have been told the song you are singing in an audition before hand, make sure you know it like the back of your hand. You don’t have to have it memorized (unless this is an audition requirement set by your director) but you have to make sure you are very confident with the rhythms and notes. Also, if you are auditioning for a Broadway type of show, don’t go in and sing in a tiny breathy voice, that’s not going to cut it. Sing the audition piece, how the character you are trying out for would sing it, not how you would sing it.
If the audition song is not picked for you, choosing a song to sing can often be the most nerve-racking part of the entire process. Make sure you pick a song that showcases your voice and pick a song that fits the genre of the musical you are trying out for. If you go to an audition, for a musical that contains only jazz music, you can’t sing opera at your audition. It just won’t work! So choose a song that will benefit your audition, not hurt it.
The last area to prepare for, before a musical audition, is dance. Obviously taking a few dance lessons before an audition never hurt anybody, but just cause they do help doesn’t mean they are absolutely necessary. However being able to dance without looking like you’re having a seizure, would be helpful. Make sure you know the steps. Before an audition, there will most likely be a dance clinic. Make sure you are there. If you can’t learn the dance, you can’t try out! Also, be sure you know what moves come on what counts, because if you’re doing all the right moves, just at the wrong times, you’re still wrong. Lastly, don’t forget about faces. Having a happy, fun loving look on your face while dancing is the best thing you could possibly do. If you mess up, don’t show it on your face! Continue to look like you’re having fun and make is seem like that mistake was supposed to happen. Having the ability to recover from a mistake is always a good thing.