Acting in Plays, Singing/Musical Theater Audition
Hello Mr. Martinfield,
I am a senior in high school and am currently applying to Colleges. I found a College in which I can major in Musical Theater but and I am planning to audition for a scholarship. I have to do a monologue and sing a song. I am planning to do "Journey to the past" from Anastasia. Do you think that would be a good choice for a College audition song? My vocal range is alto and mezzo-soprano by the way. Thank you.
Hi, Angie –
Thank you for the question.
Choose the song that an audience would pay you to perform.
If that is "Journey to the past" from ANASTASIA, then sing that.
The problem is, you may be standing in a line filled with young women who might also be singing "Journey to the past" or something similar, i.e., something linked with that generic Disney-type voice. And just as good as or maybe better than you. After all, everyone has been listening to the same recording, right?
If I'm on your panel, I'm going to ask you for something else.
Sing something that better demonstrates your musicianship and a broader spectrum of your alto / mezzo-soprano vocal range.
Consider any of the following:
The Miller's Son – A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Another Hundred People – COMPANY
I Had Myself A True Love – ST. LOUIS WOMAN
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – WHITE CHRISTMAS
Whatever you choose, make sure the key works for your voice. For example, check out this web site for:
"I Had Myself A True Love"
On this site you can transpose the song into the key you need.
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