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Hi Mr. Martinfield!
One of my local theater companies is having an open audition for their summer series which includes Parade and Vanities the Musical. However, we are only given one song (32 bars) to audition for both shows, which obviously have two very different feels. Ideally, I need help finding an song that would work for both shows. If that isn't feasible, suggestions for each show separately would be much appreciated.
I'm 17, but look more in my 20s and a mezzo with a 3 octave range (E3-E6), but limited belt.
Thank you so much!
Anna

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Hi, Anna --

Thank you for the question.

The musical PARADE might not be right for you in terms of a role, but the part of Kathy in VANITIES THE MUSICAL may have your name written all over it.

Consider the first part of “So Much Better” from LEGALLY BLONDE. Check this website to order the sheet music on-line: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0104492&

Watch the samples available on YouTube of VANITIES THE MUSICAL. I’m sure you will see the similarities in the style.

I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I'm also a music critic for HuffingtonPost.com – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield. When you want to make an appointment, contact me at:  BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com. I am also available for sessions on Skype.

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I am a professional vocal coach in San Francisco. I have published over 3300 responses related to vocal training - particularly as it relates to Musical Theatre, Pop/Standard, and Opera. I have 30 years of experience as a personal trainer to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sang professionally for 20 years and know what it means to live the life of a musician. I can determine your voice category, i.e., Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Alto Belter, etc., and how to broaden and strengthen your range. Need an audition song for a Broadway Musical? I can assist you with your song selections and help you build an audition portfolio that demonstrates your vocal category and meets the requirements specified in the audition notice. I have created a vocal methodology, "The Belter`s Method". It will enable those in Cabaret and Musical Theatre to practice more efficiently because it focuses on the vocal demands of professional performers and will keep you performance-ready. If what you want is a better voice and more control over your career moves and choices, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com I am also a music and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. I interview internationally recognized musicians, singers, dancers, and recording artists -- particularly those who are now appearing or scheduled to perform in San Francisco.

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As a vocal coach, I work primarily with singers and actors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from absolute beginners to working professionals, from kids to senior citizens. The vast majority of my clients come to me through recommendation. I know how to identify any singer's vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, etc. I know how to muscle-up every singer's vocal range and to expand it beyond conventional definitions. I have developed a vocal methodology for those who want to know how to belt, THE BELTER'S METHOD. There are a number of major components to my work as a vocal coach. The first is to identify the client's vocal category and to strengthen and maximize the vocal range accordingly. Then it's about teaching a reliable vocal workout that will enable the client to gain better control of their musicianship. That includes scale work to expand the vocal range and to improve placement, breath control, and diction. Then we work on material for the audition portfolio, the immediate job or assignment, a recording session, etc. My task to is to better equip singers and actors who are hoping to or relying upon their performance skills and vocal endurance to maintain a career in the Performing Arts. My clients regularly appear in cabarets and musical productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have worked in New York and gone on National Tours. For more information, Contact me at: Broadwaybelters@yahoo.com

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HuffingtonPost.com Examiner.com FabulousFilmSongs.com SanFranciscoSentinel.com

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San Francisco State University – BA in Theatre Arts; graduate work in Theatre, Philosophy, and Comparative Reiligion. Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley – Graduate work in Ethics

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