Acting in Plays, Singing/Trying to find appropriate audition songs for and alto
I go to a performing arts high school so we have musical auditions constantly. I need help finding songs that will fit my vocal range from musicals. So far I have used nothing from a chorus line and there worse things I could do from grease. I am not aware of what notes I can and cannot hit and have yet to take any vocal lessons to find out but I hope you can help me with my problem according to the info I have provided.
We also are doing into the woods for our spring musical next year and I was wondering your opinion on which character would be best suited for me. I am told to be a very strong actor and to be a very animated singer although I do not have the strongest voice at my school. I am 4'11 and the shortest girl in theatre. I have mostly played little girls or old ladys so far in my acting career. I was hoping to play little red riding hood but am not sure if I am right for the role. Thanks so much for your help!!
Hello, Madison –
Thank you for the question.
The vocal range of "Nothing" from A CHROUS LINE is G3—Bb4.
The vocal range of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" from GREASE is A3—C5.
Do you keep your voice performance-ready? Have you rehearsed this material with an accompanist lately? If your agent called and said, "Get down here and sing right now!" —could you do it?
If it's YES – then that identifies you as a Mezzo, maybe one with a decent belt.
Your job at this audition for INTO THE WOODS is to prove that you have the kind of musicianship it takes to sing Stephen Sondheim. This is not easy stuff. The director may require a Sondheim piece. If so, then consider "Another Hundred People" from COMPANY. Go to the web site below:
"Another Hundred People"
Notice the key, C Major. In this key, the range extends from C4—D#5. That is too high for you. Scroll down, click on A Major. In this key, the range extends from A3—C5. Now you are within the same range as your other two songs. Listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording of COMPANY to get the best idea of how it goes.
Don't sing the song from GREASE for this audition.
"Nothing" is a good song. Be prepared in case they ask for a 16-measure excerpt.
With the Baker's Wife in mind, consider "Could I Leave You?" from Sondheim's FOLLIES. Go to this web site and consider transposing it into the key of C Major:
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