Audition tips from top casting director
With our very own in house showcase auditions around the corner at Razzamataz schools up and down the country and also Top Talent Agency auditions coming up in February half term (they also audition at summer too), we sat down with a coffee to ask Felicity French her auditions tips. Felicity is an award winning Casting Director who works for Cameron Mackintosh. Cameron produces shows such a Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Hamilton, Mary Poppins and much more, along with owning a lot of London’s theatres. Felicity trained at Laine theatre arts in Surrey before embarking on her own musical theatre career (in shows such as Singin’ in the Rain, Joesph and Buddy) before entering the world of casting, and is also the Wife of Razzamataz Barnet Principal, Michael French. Michael attended Performers College in Essex before spending 12 amazing years working in musical theatre as cast in shows such as: 42nd Street, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, My One and Only, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Babes in Arms and many more.
The casting process for any show is a very long one with lots of very intricate processes to go through before finalising a cast. Here are Felicity’s top 3 audition tips for any budding performer, Michael then adds his own personal audition and industry experience.
Felicity: BE PREPARED
Michael: If someone has sent you something to learn, learn it as best you can. Sounds obvious but the more off book you can be the easier it is to note you and see what you can bring to the material. Also – do a little research on the show, play, film, director, choreographer. It doesn’t hurt to know a little about the thing you’re auditioning for and the people you might be working with. Being keen, eager and willing to learn is only a good thing.
Michael: The panel want to get to know you as they could be working with you for the foreseeable future. Don’t lose your personality but don’t be over the top with jokes and stories etc – you can get to that in rehearsals – for now they just want to know that you’re nice and easy to work with. Remember, everybody on that panel wants you to do well, they’re on your side.
Felicity: BE ON TIME