When choosing songs for your cabaret, try to pick ones that work with your theme or story. This will help to tie the act together and make it more cohesive.
This production will require strong singers for chorus parts. Diversity (all ages, races, genders, body shapes) is welcomed and encouraged.
Auditioning for a role
Auditioning for a cabaret role can be intimidating. However, if you have a positive attitude and stay focused on your goals, you can succeed. In addition, it is important to prepare by studying the show thoroughly. You can also prepare a monologue or a song to perform for the audition.
The musical is set in Berlin during Nazi Germany, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and English cabaret singer Sally Bowles. The play features a variety of characters, including the Emcee and various featured performers at the seedy Kit Kat Klub. All genders are invited to audition for the roles, and preference is given to non-binary and genderfluid actors. The role of the Emcee requires agile stage movement and dance, as well as suggestive choreography.
Auditioning for an ensemble
Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College is holding auditions for its production of Cabaret. The musical takes place in a seedy Berlin nightclub during the rise of the Nazis. The show centers on American writer Cliff Bradshaw and English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Auditioners should prepare a song that showcases their vocal range and a short monologue.
While good singing is a must for cabaret, it’s important to remember that the audience is looking for more than just technically proficient performers. They want to feel connected to the singers and the story they’re telling. So it’s a good idea to work on delivering the bigger ideas behind your songs, rather than just trying to blow the audience away with crazy high-belting.
While cabaret is often confused with burlesque, the two genres have very different audiences. While burlesque has an adult audience, the majority of people who attend cabaret shows are general theatergoers. Unlike burlesque, cabaret is more sophisticated and uses a wide range of language and humor.
Auditioning for a musical director
Auditioning for a musical can be scary, but don’t worry! If you prepare well, your audition will go smoothly. Be sure to check out the script, watch a movie or video clip, or even better, attend a live performance of the show before your audition. This will give you a sense of the characters and the storyline, and help you feel more comfortable at your audition.
It is important to arrive on time for your audition, especially if you are attending an open call. Ensure that you have your ticket, know your conflicts, and where to find the audition room. Also, be prepared to bring a resume and headshot. In addition, it is a good idea to bring character shoes and dance attire for your dance audition. Lastly, be sure to pay attention to your posture. If you slouch, it will affect how you look on stage. A good posture will help you stand tall and feel confident throughout your audition.
Auditioning for a venue
The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College is hosting auditions for its spring production of Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical, Cabaret. Featuring the decadent nightclub life of pre-WWII Germany, this heady show explores themes of change and the human struggle to survive in the face of tumultuous times.
Audition information is available at this link. Please be prepared to dance as all characters in this production will require dance skills. Wear form fitting dance clothing. Women should wear character heels and men should bring jazz shoes. Please be aware that all performers will be required to have a dance call, so please only sign up if you can commit to attending rehearsals and performances every week!
Emcee – Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub-presented as a gender-fluid character comfortable with being close to both men and women; comedic, lovable; requires agile stage movement and dance. Age range and appearance flexible.