PLAYBOX CASTING FAQs

 

All members of Playbox Theatre have the opportunity to perform, if they want to, in a number of ways. These include our annual Starry Nights production, which is open to members of all ages, without audition…there are also informal ‘sharings’ that take place within workshops and occasionally at the end of season. However, part of the work Playbox Theatre does is to create regular, major productions to the highest possible standard. To participate in these, young people are required to audition and to make a significant commitment, if successful in casting. The auditions are competitive and below are some answers to a few of the most asked questions – we’ve divided them into two sections, AUDITIONS & CASTING.

Audition FAQS

How do I find out about auditions?


We regularly produce a newsletter called Casting Spotlight, and this tells you all about the auditions coming up, and what the rehearsal and performance commitment will be. We hand these letters out during workshops, but it is also published in the Members’ Area on our website, as well as being sent out in our monthly ‘Out Of The Box’ members’ newsletter. It is really important that you mark emails from Playbox as ‘Not Junk’, or you may miss out on really important dates that you’d love to be involved in!




Where do auditions happen?


Auditions take place at our theatre, The Dream Factory, in Warwick. There is parking on site, but very limited places, so make sure that your families have considered alternative parking options and allow lots of time to park and check in…it gets very busy!




Do I need to tell you that I’m coming to an audition?


Yes! Please complete the relevant online registration form prior to the audition – this can be found in the ‘Members’ Area‘.




How do I sign in at auditions?


On arrival, join the queue at the box office in the foyer. You’ll be given a numbered sticker, which you need to wear during the audition (so we can easily make notes about you). Please arrive in plenty of time to check in as it may be busy!




What will I need to do at an audition?


This depends! Most auditions are improvisation and workshop based and you will take part in tasks similar to those that you will participate in during a normal Playbox Theatre workshop, and so won’t require you to prepare anything…just come with a great attitude and ready to work hard! People at auditions are scored in a number of ways…often this will include your voice, your physical work, your attitude, ability to take direction, ability to listen and be patient…as well as ability to work as part of a team. All of these are vital to being a part of a Playbox production.




Do I need to prepare?


If you do need to prepare something special e.g. a song, Shakespeare speech etc, this information will be provided on the Casting Spotlight. If you are asked to prepare in advance, make sure that you do this really thoroughly, as there will be lots of competition.




What do I wear to an audition?


It is so important that you are suitably dressed for an audition. This means comfortable, practical clothing and shoes. The auditions will often be physical, so please change out of your school uniform and into something that you are more relaxed in, and is suited to physical work. Skirts are really not suitable.




Do you need to be a member of Playbox to audition?


Absolutely! Only registered members of Playbox Theatre are eligible to audition for our productions and we double check this when casting is taking place.




Do I need to have been at Playbox a long time before attending an audition?


No! You can start auditioning for productions the moment you are a fully paid up member of the company. We do explore people’s audition histories in detail when we are casting, so if you are very new, and there is a lot of competition in your ‘casting bracket’ then it might take several auditions before you are cast…but the sooner you leap in and start trying, the sooner that role will come along!




How many people tend to audition for Playbox productions?


Lots! For most productions, you will find that there are large numbers of young people attending auditions. The Christmas Show tends to be the most over-populated of all! Sometimes, if the project is very small-scale, or a particularly unusual piece, numbers auditioning will be much smaller…but you should anticipate the theatre being very busy and full of nervous energy!




Do I have to pay to come to an audition?


No. There are no fees to audition for our productions…although your families might like to buy a cup of tea from the café while they wait for you!




If I can’t make the audition, can I be seen at another time or still considered for a role?


Unfortunately this is rarely possible. We try to advertise auditions as far in advance as we can, to give people the chance to make arrangements to be available for the audition. If you can’t make it, there is little chance that we will be able to consider you, as priority will be given to those attending the event. You are always welcome to email our Info Desk, just in case we decide to run a second audition, or in case we can see someone individually…although we must stress that this is very rare and should not be expected.




What do parents do during the auditions?


It is much the same as a normal workshop. Parents must not attend auditions with their children…and if you are not ready to attend on your own, then you’re not ready for the pressures of rehearsals and performances. Parents can wait in the front of house area whilst you’re working, or can leave the premises and come back in time for the end (as long as they’re back promptly!).





Casting FAQS

How do I find out about auditions?


We regularly produce a newsletter called Casting Spotlight, and this tells you all about the auditions coming up, and what the rehearsal and performance commitment will be. We hand these letters out during workshops, but it is also published in the Members’ Area on our website, as well as being sent out in our monthly ‘Out Of The Box’ members’ newsletter. It is really important that you mark emails from Playbox as ‘Not Junk’, or you may miss out on really important dates that you’d love to be involved in!




Where do auditions happen?


Auditions take place at our theatre, The Dream Factory, in Warwick. There is parking on site, but very limited places, so make sure that your families have considered alternative parking options and allow lots of time to park and check in…it gets very busy!




Do I need to tell you that I’m coming to an audition?


Yes! Please complete the relevant online registration form prior to the audition – this can be found in the ‘Members’ Area‘.




How do I sign in at auditions?


On arrival, join the queue at the box office in the foyer. You’ll be given a numbered sticker, which you need to wear during the audition (so we can easily make notes about you). Please arrive in plenty of time to check in as it may be busy!




What will I need to do at an audition?


This depends! Most auditions are improvisation and workshop based and you will take part in tasks similar to those that you will participate in during a normal Playbox Theatre workshop, and so won’t require you to prepare anything…just come with a great attitude and ready to work hard! People at auditions are scored in a number of ways…often this will include your voice, your physical work, your attitude, ability to take direction, ability to listen and be patient…as well as ability to work as part of a team. All of these are vital to being a part of a Playbox production.




Do I need to prepare?


If you do need to prepare something special e.g. a song, Shakespeare speech etc, this information will be provided on the Casting Spotlight. If you are asked to prepare in advance, make sure that you do this really thoroughly, as there will be lots of competition.




What do I wear to an audition?


It is so important that you are suitably dressed for an audition. This means comfortable, practical clothing and shoes. The auditions will often be physical, so please change out of your school uniform and into something that you are more relaxed in, and is suited to physical work. Skirts are really not suitable.




Do you need to be a member of Playbox to audition?


Absolutely! Only registered members of Playbox Theatre are eligible to audition for our productions and we double check this when casting is taking place.




Do I need to have been at Playbox a long time before attending an audition?


No! You can start auditioning for productions the moment you are a fully paid up member of the company. We do explore people’s audition histories in detail when we are casting, so if you are very new, and there is a lot of competition in your ‘casting bracket’ then it might take several auditions before you are cast…but the sooner you leap in and start trying, the sooner that role will come along!




How many people tend to audition for Playbox productions?


Lots! For most productions, you will find that there are large numbers of young people attending auditions. The Christmas Show tends to be the most over-populated of all! Sometimes, if the project is very small-scale, or a particularly unusual piece, numbers auditioning will be much smaller…but you should anticipate the theatre being very busy and full of nervous energy!




Do I have to pay to come to an audition?


No. There are no fees to audition for our productions…although your families might like to buy a cup of tea from the café while they wait for you!




If I can’t make the audition, can I be seen at another time or still considered for a role?


Unfortunately this is rarely possible. We try to advertise auditions as far in advance as we can, to give people the chance to make arrangements to be available for the audition. If you can’t make it, there is little chance that we will be able to consider you, as priority will be given to those attending the event. You are always welcome to email our Info Desk, just in case we decide to run a second audition, or in case we can see someone individually…although we must stress that this is very rare and should not be expected.




What do parents do during the auditions?


It is much the same as a normal workshop. Parents must not attend auditions with their children…and if you are not ready to attend on your own, then you’re not ready for the pressures of rehearsals and performances. Parents can wait in the front of house area whilst you’re working, or can leave the premises and come back in time for the end (as long as they’re back promptly!).





For any other questions, please email info@playboxtheatre.com

The Dream Factory

Stratford Road

Warwick CV34 6LE

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1926 419555

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