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Musical Theater Terms

MUST-KNOW TERMS FOR MUSICAL THEATER AUDITIONS .... ... FOR YOUR AUDITION Script Accompanist Caliback Cold reading Dance call A dance audition A piano player hired (either by you or the theater) to accompany you on your music An additional audition after the first Part of an audition in which you're given very short notice to read from a soript Headshot Monitor Monologue Open call A professional picture of yourself printed on quality photo paper, usually 8xlð, in either color or black and white A person who helps run the audition process (signing people up, calling names, etc.) A solo acting speech An open audition, meaning both non-union and union members can attend Show reel Sight reading Typecasting Video clips (usually no more than 10'minutes) of you in your favorite performances, sometimes required for an audition Part of an audition in which you must read music on the spot, without seeing it or practicing it before When actors are put in a room, and based on appearance (height, age, weight, hair color) are asked to stay and audition or leave REPERTOIRE & MONOLOGUE VOCAB TYPES OF SONGS 8-bar, 16-bar, or 32-bar cut Requirements for limiting your audition song to a specific number of measures Glassical Traditional Repertorre Music written before 1970 A cappella Singing a song with just voice, no instruments or accompanist I CLASSICAL BALLAD A slow song from an older musical Classical uptempo A fast song from an older musical ВBook Your binder of audition repertoire, which should be brought into the audition room in case they ask for additional material CONTEMPORARY REPERTOIRE Music written after 1970 Lead sheet piece of sheet music with just chords and melody J. Contemporary ballad A slow song from a modern musioal CONTEMPORARY UPTEMPO Sheet music Full piano accompaniment, with voice and lyrios included A fast song from a modern musical Novelty or comedy song A song that has aunique or oomedic slant, great for shouing off your acting skils Learn more at

Musical Theater Terms

shared by TakeLessonsTL on Aug 09
Check out this glossary of musical theater and acting terms to come across as a professional at your next audition!


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