Audition and information forms are sent to each school at the start of Term 3 for students to register their interest in auditioning for one of more of the ensembles. Application forms are then required at the CSO by the last day of Term 3.
Auditions are planned to be held in Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 4 with students informed of the outcome of their performance by the end of the school year, before the program begins the following year. All other costs are met by the CSO.
The Dance audition
The dance audition is entirely workshop-based. You will be taken through some skills-based exercises before learning some new choreography. You may have an opportunity to add your own choreography so it’s a good idea to have some ideas in your head about what you might do.
The Drama audition
The drama auditions take the form of a drama workshop comprising of a series of drama exercises in movement, voice, character work and devising (creating short scenes).
Junior Drama (Years 5-8): You will be required to prepare a short one minute monologue or an opening line. You are required to write a short one minute monologue using of the sentences below as inspiration:
- What your toothbrush thinks about you
- Unforgettble water slide
- 1 000 Christmas lights
- Banned from going to the Zoo
- The science experiment tht went wrong
- Stage fright
- Sent home from school camp
Or use one of the opening lines below:
- Why would you put that in the dishwasher
- I don't remember where I left my NAPLAN result
- Hi, I'm the tooth fairy and I have a confession
- Hey aren't they Mr Stace's keys?
- ALIENS at my house!
- Of course we're allowed to be here
- My little sister has ruined my life
Senior Drama (Years 9-11): You will be required to prepare two contrasting short one minute monologues that you must source yourself. These could be different styles: comic, dramatic, physical theatre, Shakespeare, contemporary, absurd and should show two different characters.
The Instrumental audition
All instrumental auditions are 10 minutes. You are required to prepare a short piece that you feel shows off your ability. After performing your piece for the panel you will either be given some sight reading, asked to perform some scales or asked to improvise around some chords or with another instrument.
The Vocal audition
For your vocal audition you will be placed in a group of up to 20 students of similar age. The first part of the audition will comprise learning a new song as a group and some simple movement to go with it. This allows us to see how well you pick up new music, lyrics and movement and place them together, but it should also be fun!
In the second half of the audition everyone will be required to sing the first verse and chorus of one of the 10 songs below. You will be required to sing with the backing track, a link is provided to each song so you can practice. The 2024 song list and backing tracks are:
You Belong With Me- Taylor Swift Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me (Karaoke Version) - YouTube 0:00-1:17
A Thousand Years- Christina Perri Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Karaoke Version) - YouTube 0:00-1:23
Let it Be- The Beatles The Beatles - Let It Be (Karaoke Piano) - YouTube 0:00-0:57
Runaway- Pink P!nk - Runaway (Karaoke Version) - YouTube 0:00- 1:12
Loyal Brave True (from the film Mulan) LOYAL BRAVE TRUE (Mulan)- Christina Aguilera- Karaoke Version - YouTube 0:00- 1:00
Carried Me With You (from the film Onward) CARRIED ME WITH YOU Karaoke | Disney Onward - YouTube 0:00-1:10
Shadow of the Day- Linkin Park Linkin Park - Shadow Of The Day (Karaoke Version) - YouTube 0:28- 1:40
Let Her Go- Passenger Passenger - Let Her Go (Karaoke Piano) - YouTube 0:20- 1:35
Quit Play Games (With My Heart) Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (Karaoke) - Backstreet Boys - YouTube 0:00- 1:23
Your Song- Elton John Your Song - Elton John | Karaoke Version | KaraFun - YouTube 0:40- 1:45