Auditions for William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Leslie Halverson, will be held Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30-9:00pm and Saturday, May 20 from 3:00-6:00pm at Augustana Lutheran Church (5500 South Woodlawn).
If you’ve already been in an HPCP show, you know what to expect from auditions. For those trying out for the first time, I thought it might be useful to put together a FAQ. Each director has a somewhat different approach, but there are a few standard procedures. We also tend to get similar questions from first-time auditioners that are easy enough to answer. So…
Frequently Asked Questions about HPCP Auditions
Do you pay your actors?
No. The HPCP is a volunteer, not-for-profit, amateur organization. We don’t pay our actors, nor do we pay our directors, producers, set designers, etc. Our mission is to give people who love theater the opportunity to make it.
Do I have to be an active member of the HPCP to try out?
No. Auditions are open to everyone.
How should I prepare for an HPCP audition?
No advance preparation is necessary. You will be paired up with other people auditioning and given a short scene from the play, which you will read together for the director. You may be asked to do this with a few different scenes and with different combinations of people.
Why are there two audition dates?
We typically hold two sessions, one on a weekend afternoon and one on a weekday evening, in order to accommodate everyone’s schedules (some actors have work or family commitments over the weekend, others may be unavailable on whichever weeknight we choose). Choose whichever session fits your schedule. No casting descisions are made until after the second session.
Will I have to stay for the entire session?
No. Drop in at any point and leave whenever you like. How long the process takes depends on how many readings you do, which depends on how many parts you want to read for and what the director may ask you to do.
I’ve never acted in anything before, but I’m really interested. Should I audition?
Absolutely! Many of our members had little or no acting experience before trying out for one of our shows. Auditions take place in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and if you have questions about anything you can always ask. HPCP auditions are usually a lot of fun, and a good way to meet new people.
Should I bring a resume and/or a headshot?
It’s not necessary. We will give you a form to fill out that asks for relevant information, and someone will take your photo.
How will I find out whether I’ve been cast?
The director will send an email to the address you provide on your information sheet, typically no later than a week after the second audition date, letting you know whether you have been cast. If you are offered a part, please respond promptly and let the director know whether you accept it.
What if I don’t get a part?
Sadly, there are always more people trying out than we have parts to give them. If you’re not cast after your first audition, we encourage you to come back and try out for the next show. You can still be a part of this one, however, by joining the production team. Every show needs volunteers to help with set construction, sound and light operation, publicity, props, and various other things. You can use the information sheet to indicate whether you would be interested in a production role if you are not cast as an actor.
Good luck, everyone!