It is audition season. Your daughter has been taking music lessons and is looking for forward to auditioning for the school musical. Your child may be going for the lead role in her audition, and many roles are being cast on audition day. Appearance is everything, but here are a few places where girls especially can go wrong.
1. Too Much Make Up
Many girls think that if they are really glamorous on audition day, they will have the winning edge above the competition. Remember, the theater is full of wigs and make up. Looking NEUTRAL is best because it means you can have many looks and it could open you up to more roles.
A neutral make up palate will allow your daughter to feel confident and pretty, while allowing the director a change to envision how she could look in a host of roles.
2. Too Bulky, Too Short, Too Low Cut
Neutral. Neutral. Neutral. Your daughter should look good and feel confident, but not be distracting. Regardless of age, too much of anything can distract from how your daughter naturally looks including jewelry.
Black has been used in auditions for ages for a reason: it is simple, classical, and neutral. I recommend wearing a classic little black dress with minimal jewelry. If your child wants a little bit of color, add a colorful scarf or accessory of some kind. But please, not too loud. Strive to have a nice neutral, non distracting look that flatters the figure.
3. Too Tall Shoes!
Tall shoes may flatter the figure, but if there are any height issues with any of the men, it can be an immediate game over if the director thinks the girl is too tall for the guy playing her opposite. Also, I’ve seen many a student stumble wearing high heels they haven’t practiced in. Traditional high heels aren’t worth the risk.
Ballet flats are cute, in fashion and perfect for auditions! You can even get them in a cute color if your daughter wants to add a little personality to her outfit. In addition, if theatre is something your child is going to be involved in longer term, it might be worth investing in character shoes, which are high heeled, but with a solid base that is also good for dancing. Your daughter can learn to walk in these in the off season so they are not new at the time of her audition.
4. Don’t Forget About the Dance Audition!
Regardless of whether or not your child is currently a dancer, there will likely be a dance portion to the audition to see if she can move. This is just a part of it, so prepare your child (dance lessons are also a great idea).
Make sure to ask about the details. Yoga pants and a tank top are usually just fine. However, more some more serious dancers might wear tights and leotards. Character shoes or jazz shoes are a must but always be prepared with TAP shoes just in case (Even if they say you don’t need them! Directors change their minds a lot!).