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 Applicants (Year 5 – 8) need to prepare a short 1 minute monologue (see below). Senior (Year 9 upwards) students audition will be in two parts: Part 1: a half hour drama workshop during which you will be taken through a series of drama games and exercises that will look at movement, character, voice and Part 2: Each student must prepare a short one minute contemporary monologue to perform in front of the group.
The first line of the monologues are:
We played our grand final today, and at first we were losing until...
I can explain, I found it at the beach today...
I told you, the moment I woke up, that I shouldn't go to school...
I’ve been saving up all Summer and I almost have enough
Did you honestly think that a trail of breadcrumbs would help us find our way out of the forest and back to our house?
Alright I did steal your skateboard but there’s a really good reason
I am so hungry I could almost eat sprouts. Almost
This spaceship is possibly the slowest I’ve ever been on
I'm twelve. Yes, I'm only twelve. I don't know everything you do. But I need you to listen to me. Because I think I know something here..
Don’t turn around but there is a monkey with a water bomb right behind you.
Can you believe that I promised my mother I wouldn’t eat Maccas for a whole year?
I can’t do it! I can’t jump. No one told me the ten metre diving board was so high.
Can you please shut the door? You are letting all the cold air out of this fridge.
I opened my eyes and looked around. I couldn’t believe it, the world was upside down.
I have been sitting on this egg for the past month, is it ever going to hatch?
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.
2020 Song List and Backing Tracks are:
Being Alive from Company https://youtu.be/kj_HCQ3gvDI
Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg9KNP0ih2o
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbxEoFSBi90&feature=youtu.be
Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvdtB-JFJF8&feature=youtu.be
Shallow by Lady Gaga start at 1.08 https://youtu.be/BxSDKYV4Cfk?t=58
Halleujah by Leonard Cohen https://youtu.be/2F43lDBQ1fQ
Love Song by Sarah Barellies https://youtu.be/BV6OTSmsPnA
On My Own from Les Miserables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whND6od5Rd8&feature=youtu.be
Valerie the Amy Winehouse Version https://youtu.be/Ril-rJlbniE
Thank You For The Music by Abba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvZ4jnf03cQ&feature=youtu.be