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. 

  • Stuck in an elevator
  • A phone call with Siri
  • I saw the future
  • Finding my siblings diary
  • Sandcastle disasters

Or use one of the below opening lines:

  • This is the worst hiding spot in the history of hiding spots
  • As your prime minister I promise to……
  • This paint smells like dogs
  • I’m not boasting but I am an actual science genius
  • This is Lucas’ baseball cap, where did you get it


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 2023  song list and backing tracks are: 


Times Are Hard for Dreamers from Amelie -  "Times Are Hard for Dreamers" from Amélie   0:52-1:56

Cloudy Day by Tones and I -  Tones And I - Cloudy Day    0:00-1:12

We Are The Champions by Queen - Queen - We Are The Champions   0:09- 1:20

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses - SWEET CHILD O' MINE - Guns N' Roses    1:50- 2:30

Zombie by The Cranberries - The Cranberries - Zombie   0:55 - 2:07



Missing Piece by Vance Joy - Vance Joy - Missing Piece   0:10- 1:12

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day - Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams   0:15-1:25

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me     1:50- 2:53