Acting in Plays, Singing/Shrek Audition Song
My daughter is 9 and will be auditioning for Shrek at the local High School. They are auditioning younger performers for a few roles. She would most likely be considered for the part of Young Fiona. I would guess than she is currently a mezzo-soprano. 'I Know It's Today' is within her comfortable range. She does have experience and has performed in local youth theatres and has sung solo. We are considering 32 bars from Impossible from Cinderella. I know it is a good fit for her voice, but I want to make sure that it is a good for this audition. Or if you have an alternate suggestion that might work better,it would be appreciated. Thank you!
Hi, Christy --
Thank you for the question.
The range of “I Know It’s Today” for Young Fiona is from A3 to B4, a stretch of nine notes. The song has a number of these Low A3s. Does your daughter have a solid Low A3 that will be heard at the audition?
“Impossible” from CINDERELLA is a good song, but it only covers an octave. What key is she using?
Go to this web site: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0107297_D2
The key is F Major. You will see the first page only. The range of the song is Bb3 to Bb4. So, it sits in a range that is in-between “I Know It’s Today”. Thus, the lowest note is one-half step above, the highest note is one-half step below.
Notice that the key can be transposed. If you choose G Major, that places the high note, C5, one-half step above the highest note of “I Know It’s Today” -- which is fine, if she has a good C5. Just have her be prepared to demonstrate that Low A3 at the audition. If I’m on the audition panel, I’m going to request a few scales in that lower area between A3 and D4.
Also consider “It’s A Lovely Day Today” from Irving Berlin’s CALL ME MADAM. In the key of G Major, it is the same range as “I Know It’s Today”:
It’s a charming song and one she may want to include in her audition portfolio.
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