Improv Auditions: Show Up!
We have held quite a few auditions over the last few years and we have noticed a pattern. Many people sign up for auditions, but they do not always show up for them. Please realize that when you sign up for an audition and then you do not show up for it, you have harmed someone else in a very real way. Often, audition slots fill up quickly and often there may be no slots available after a few days. If you sign up for a slot and don’t use it, you likely have blocked someone else from auditioning and their chance to be cast in the ensemble. You’ve also harmed our theater, because you may have prevented us from finding a performer that would be valuable to us.
If it sounds like I’m taking this seriously, I do. Although, most people do show up for auditions, the rate of no shows is shockingly high. It’s not uncommon for 2 or 3 people to not show up for a particular time slot. But there is a simple solution. Check in within yourself a few days before the audition. If a conflict has come up or you have decided not to audition, please remove yourself the SignupGenius. If you cannot figure out how to do that, email me at [email protected] and I will remove you from the list. This makes it possible for someone else to grab a slot.
But what if you are nervous? What if you signed up and you fear that you will do poorly? Be comforted that after a few weeks, unless you had a great audition, we will likely not remember the details of your audition. Unless you do something remarkably offensive or spectacularly bad, the audition will be long forgotten by the next time you audition for us. So there is really no down side to showing up and doing the audition. In fact, it’s a great way to get better at improv auditions, just do them whenever you can and don’t take any one audition that seriously.
If you are someone who is searching for a slot and can’t find one because they are all filled, try these steps:
- Check back every couple of days. We may add time slots, and we may expand the number of participants in some slots to 9.
- Sometimes slots open back up because people remove themselves. So, I would also check back in the last 24 hours before the audition, because often many people drop out the night before or the morning of an audition.
- Just show up, early in the audition process for the day. We will do our best to see everyone who shows up. To my knowledge, we have never turned someone away from an audition.
- Fill out this form and let us know that you wanted to sign up but couldn’t find a slot that works for you.
Here is the link to sign up for our auditions: