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 using one of the opening lines below.
- Mum, now don't freak out but I had an unfortunate incident with my hair
- Finally, I am an influencer! This morning I hit 100 followers
- The scariest thing in my life is the chicken coop
- Someone is constantly stealing my coat hangers
- Whatever you do don’t transport me to Australia
- Why hasn’t she fed me yet, I’m starving!
- I can’t play football today, my talent has disappeared overnight
- Yes ok I lied but it wasn’t on purpose….I had to do it
- I’ve finished my bucket list…..
- When I got up this morning I didn’t think I’d up lost in the woods with you
Senior Drama (Years 9-11): You will be required to prepare a 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 2022 song list and backing tracks are listed below:
The Only Exception by Paramore : Paramore - The Only Exception
I'll Be There by Jess Glynn : Jess Glynne - I'll Be There
Flames by David Guetta and Sia : David Guetta ft Sia - Flames
Tonight Again by Guy Sebastian : Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again
Cover Me in Sunshine by Pink : P!nk & Willow Sage Hart - Cover Me In Sunshine
I See The Light from Tangled by Mandy Moore : Tangled - I See The Light
Price Tag by Jessie J, B.o.B : Jessie J ft. B.o.B - Price Tag
Out of the Old from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series by Olivia Rodrigo : Olivia Rodrigo - Out of the old
I Think I Kinda, You Know from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!) by Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo : Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo - I Think I Kinda, You Know
Impossible by James Arthur : James Arthur - Impossible
Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy : Vance Joy - Fire And The Flood
I Believe in you by Michael Buble : Michael Buble - I Believe In You