Acting in Plays, Singing/Jane Eyre Audition
I will be auditioning for "Jane Eyre" very soon, and am trying out for the part of Jane. I currently have chosen "Unexpected Song" as my audition piece, and have the usual time of 16-32 bars. I was wondering if I should start at the beginning, and cut short the song by going straight to the end after the first verse. The thing is, I am afraid I won't get to get to the showy part at the end, before they cut me off.
Ideas and and input are greatly appreciated, as this audition means a great deal to me.
Thank you so much for your time.
Hello, Sandee --
Thank you for the question. Consider these two options.
The first choice is to begin at “This is not like me at all” and sing to the end. Including the full count on High G, that gives you about 18 measures. It’s perfect. We know the song. You don’t need to set it up emotionally.
The second choice is to start right at “Now no matter where I am”, use the previous measure as the introduction. That means you’re going to give those of us on the audition panel two High Gs in less than 10 seconds. That translates to you being super ready to hit those High Gs no matter how long you’ve been waiting in line. If I’m on the panel and think you’re right for the part and am pressed for time, I might cut you off six measures later. I’ve heard all I need to hear. You will be at the call backs.
Go prepared to sing all of Jane’s material. Once you understand the totality of what she must convey, then you will know how to project that through those few measures of “Unexpected Song”.
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