ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Welcome to the SLCT Mainstage auditions for Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical. It is sure to be a lot of fun (a lot of work!) and a huge success! PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE AUDITION INFORMATION CAREFULLY!
This page includes the following information:
- Matilda The Musical Synopsis click here
- When is my audition
- Audition Form (needs to be printed)
- Permission Slip (needs to be printed)
- Audition Sign Up Sheets (at Tappan Studio)
- When are the callbacks?
- What do I need to prepare for my audition?
- Character Description
- Music and Lyrics
- What is the cost involved with main-stage?
- Will I definitely get a part in the production?
- My child did not get their desired role... What does that mean?
- My child was not cast in this production, is there another way to get involved?
- If I am cast when are the rehearsals and performances
Auditions are an exciting and difficult time for everyone involved in a production. In order for children to benefit from this kind of experience, it is important for parents to help their children understand what is involved. Every year over 100 children audition for our Mainstage Production! We expect close to that this year. Some have lots of experience; others are auditioning for the first time.
The most important thing to do at this audition… is have fun! Hopefully, parents will encourage their children to see this as a learning experience – getting a part is just an added bonus!
Please see below for some answers to our most popular questions:
WHEN IS MY AUDITION?
Dance and singing auditions will be Saturday, January 5th in Norwood at the Northern Valley Dance Academy. The Audition sign ups will be POSTED STARTING DECEMBER 10th at the Tappan Studio. Please sign up ASAP, it fills quickly. Not to worry, we will accommodate EVERYONE. If you know you are NOT available for the production but would still like to audition for the experience, please indicate that on the audition form. SLCT encourages all students to take part in auditions, as it is wonderful learning experience. You must have your PERMISSION SLIP signed and your AUDITION FORM filled out or you will not be allowed to audition! There are no exceptions. If you have trouble printing give the office a call and we will help you. We will not have forms at the auditions!
Click here for the audition form
Click here for the permission slip
WHEN ARE THE CALLBACKS?
The callbacks will be Friday, January 11. They will be posted on the web Wednesday, January 9th.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
SLCT has the lyrics and the music with selections from this production. Everyone auditioning must pick ONE piece to audition with. You may pick any piece you wish, but PLEASE choose something in your vocal range. Your audition should be memorized. REMEMBER: just because you audition for one role does NOT mean you will be cast in that role. You will also learn a dance combination at the audition, so please wear your jazz or ballet shoes and wear comfortable clothing. Even though you only have to learn one piece for the audition, familiarize yourself with ALL the material because if you receive a callback, you will be asked to sing several selections. Please rehearse your piece and remember to “sell” the song! “Acting the song” is probably more important than anything!
Click here for Character Description
Click here for Lyrics and Music
WHAT IS THE COST INVOLVED WITH MAIN STAGE?
There is a $600 production fee that covers all the rehearsals from January to May. It also covers all the costumes and accessories your child will wear. As a non-profit organization these funds help us launch the production.
WILL I DEFINITELY GET A PART IN THE PRODUCTION?
Not everyone that auditions is guaranteed a role in the production. That is why the audition is so important. It is your chance to shine and show us what you’ve got! As always, SLCT will double cast the production. This gives more opportunity to everyone and each cast serves as a back-up for the other. There are approximately 25-35 roles in this show so that allows for 50-70 parts. (This could change) Also remember in whatever role you may receive: THERE ARE NO SMALL PARTS…ONLY SMALL ACTORS!
MY CHILD DID NOT GET THE PART OF (desired role)…WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Every director has a vision for each role. There are lots of different directors, all of whom have different visions. None of these visions are “right” or “wrong” – they are just interpretations of how a particular person views a particular role. Just because SLCT didn’t feel your child was right for a role in this production, doesn’t mean that he/she won’t be right for that same role in another production. It just means that your child wasn’t what we were looking for this time around. We will undoubtedly see many children who could play a certain role and be wonderful. But since there is so much talent, we get to be extra-picky! We will consider not just how well someone sings, but the specific quality of their voice. We will look at not just how well someone acts, but their interpretation and style. So, if your child is not cast in the role he/she was hoping for, it just means that SLCT did not feel he/she was right for that part in this particular production – it is not a reflection on your child’s talent, or an indication of whether he/she should continue to audition in the future. Remember it is an honor to receive any role in Mainstage.
MY CHILD WAS NOT CAST IN THIS PRODUCTION. IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO GET INVOLVED?
Yes! SLCT is a year round theater. We have classes and workshops for kids ages 5-18. The workshops do not require an audition. Please inquire about these other performing opportunities.
IF I AM CAST WHEN ARE THE REHEARSALS & PRODUCTION?
Here is a list of Saturday’s and Sunday’s that SLCT holds rehearsals. While you may or may not be needed every week, remember you are only allowed TWO ABSENCES. This show has very difficult music and choreography, so if you are out, you will have to meet with your counter-part on your own time to make up what you miss. If this is a heavy year for you (Bar-Mitzvah, Confirmation, senior year etc),you might want to think twice about auditioning.
click here for high level rehearsal dates