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What we are looking for in your audition:

As directors, we have been asked to share information pertaining to the process of presenting a great audition. At the Palace Playhouse we look for four main items as we hold auditions for each theatre productions.


PRESENTATION: As each person presents him/herself on stage, the first 10 seconds
tells the most about the type of performer we are about to watch. We look for eye
contact, projection and enunciation while introducing him/herself and selections to
be presented. We look for stage presence, such as standing tall on both feet, eyes
engaged, confidence, and grooming.


MATERIAL SELECTION: Choosing a great song for each audition is key. It is best to
sing material that is similar in tone, mood, and personality to the musical for which
you will audition. For example, at the auditions for Newsies we heard great choices
from Matilda, Annie, and Junie B. Jones, which were more fitting than Gershwin
ballads or church songs.


ABILITY: Musical selections are required to have accompaniment. This shows
ability to match pitch, rhythm, and if the singer can produce volume. Monologues
give us the opportunity to see contrast in style and character of the one who
auditions.


ROLE PLACEMENT: Even when all the above have been met or have even excelled,
we still must look at the needs of the production. Considerations are made as to
how many to cast and costume, and how varying ages, sizes and shapes can be
utilized to fit the needs of the show.


There are many variables to consider when casting each production. Hours are spent going over the applications checking rehearsal conflicts and reviewing impressions from the audition. It is wonderful to watch children, teens, and adults participate. We are always grateful to each and every one from our talented community who choose to audition for a production at the Palace Playhouse.

Upcoming Auditins

What you should have prepared before you come to auditions:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-32 measures from a Broadway musical similar to the scheduled production.  All audition songs are expected to be memorized.  Do not plan to sing an entire verse, only 32 measures are needed.  Lengthy music introductions should be eliminated.

 

  • Musical selection should reveal character, personality, vocal quality and range.

 

  • Musical auditions must be accompanied.  A cappella auditions will not be accepted.  Accompaniment can be live, keyboard, or electronic.  An accompanist will be available if needed, but it is always wise (if possible) to bring your own.  If you use electronic accompaniment, please eliminate lengthy introductions.

  • A short 30-second memorized monologue is recommended.  A monologue is not a poem.  It is a memorized selection spoken by a character from a musical or play, performed to reveal the character’s intent.

  • Please supply a personal resume.  If you do not have a completed resume, use the following link: AUDITION FORM, to print and fill out with your personal information to be submitted at the time of your audition at the Palace.

  • Date you know you have conflicts for both the rehearsal process and shows. 

2023 Season Upcoming Auditions

Holiday Inn Auditions!

Director - Kelsey Rain

Music Director - Trudy Bidwell

Choreographer - Vanessa Grow

Show Dates: November 29th-December 23rd (all Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during those dates.)

Audition Dates: September 26th and 27th at 6:30PM-9:00PM

Character and Dance Callbacks by invitation- Saturday, September 30th at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

If you would like to send a video audition please send it to thepalacetheatrepocatello@gmail.com.

Accompanist, Aux, and iPhone hook-up will be available.

Please prepare 32 bars of music in a similar style of the show.​

Please prepare a 30-60-second contrasting monologue.

All roles are available. Casting one role 10-12 years old and all others will be 16+. No previous experience is needed, we welcome and encourage anyone from the community to come audition!

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 ABOUT THE SHOW 

 

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend Ted tries to lure Linda to Hollywood to be his new dance partner, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Cheek to Cheek," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more!

This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!

 

 CHARACTER BREAKDOWN 

CHARACTERS
Jim Hardy – a performer and singer-songwriter eager to leave showbiz behind for a simpler life on a farm in Connecticut, thirties (lyric baritone, Bb2-A4)


Ted Hanover – Jim's best friend and performing partner; a charming ladies' man looking for his big break, thirties (lyric baritone, Bb2-F4)


Lila Dixon – a determined performer and Jim's mismatched fiancée, thirties (high belt, B3-E5)
Danny – Jim, Ted and Lila's agent, thirties to fifties


Charlie Winslow – a precocious bank messenger, age 9 to 12 (Eb3-C4)


Linda Mason – a school teacher with the hidden talents of a singer and dancer, thirties (belt/mix, G3-F5)


Louise – the local fix-it woman; tough, no-nonsense and extremely perceptive, forties to fifties (belt, G#3-F5)

Ensemble:
Announcer
Nightly Dancers (Stanley, Daphne, Sawyer, Stella, Byron, Rose, Janie, Susie, Brenda, Hadley)
Radio Chorus
Radio Host
Radio Voice Over
Danny's Mother (Voice Over)
First A.D.
Director
First A.D.
Cameraman
Sound Man
P.A.
Midville townspeople
Holiday Inn guests

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