You’ve seen other people do it and you just know that you could do that! But you don’t know where to start! Hopefully the pointers given below will help you get started in amateur dramatics.
You can use this site to find if there are any auditions in your area. Click on EVENTS at the top of page and then SHOW ADVANCED SEARCH. Click next to CATEGORIES and select AUDITIONS/PARTS AVAILABLE. You can now search the auditions by Country, Region, County and City/Town.
You need to find a group near you. Click on GROUPS at the top of this page and then SHOW ADVANCED SEARCH. You can now search the groups by Country, Region, County and City/Town.
If there isn’t a group near you in the database, then advertise yourself! Hover on the word CLASSIFIEDS at the top of this page and then click on SUBMIT AN ADVERT.
You can also search the productions database for a group that are performing near you. Click on EVENTS at the top of page and then SHOW ADVANCED SEARCH. You can now search the groups by Country, Region, County and City/Town.
So now you’ve found a group, what happens next?
Most groups will want you to help out backstage before allowing you on the stage. Other groups will let you audition immediately and, if you’re any good, give you a part. Whatever the group’s policy is, helping out backstage is always a good way to start. You get to know the people involved with the group and backstage crew are always needed.
If you’ve never acted before then a small part or a part in a panto is the best place to start. Panto is great for newcomers as mistakes don’t matter as much as in serious plays or comedies.
However you start, you will eventually have to take part in an audition if you want to act!
Keep an eye on the website for audition notices. These can be searched for under EVENTS. If you sign up for the free weekly mailing list you will know when an audition has been added to the site as well as when one is coming up in the following week. You can sign up for the mailing list by going to Freelists.
Different Directors work in different ways. Some will give you a script a couple of weeks in advance and audition you for particular parts either in front of everyone else or in a separate room. Some groups will hand out the scripts on the night and have a read through, giving different people chances at reading different parts. However a Director works, you must remember that they know what they’re doing. If you don’t get a part, it’s probably not that your were terrible, just that someone else was better or you just weren’t suited for that role. Smile and see what backstage works need doing and wait for the next production.
Subscription fees and other fees vary from group to group. Some just charge an annual subscription fee, others will also charge a performance fee, some charge audition fees and other charge script and lib fees. Some groups will ask for a contribution each week towards the hire of the rehearsal venue. Make sure you know exactly how much something will cost before you commit yourself. Ask when contacting a group about their fees.
Whatever happens you will eventually be on that stage and loving every moment of it, including the butterflies!