Know your stuff:
· Research the drama school - Find out who the teachers are and what their backgrounds are within the theatre industry. Do some research into these people and the people who will be auditioning or interviewing you. This will help you with some conversational points
· Have a good understanding of the course - Know what will be studying, the lessons you will be taking, and the practitioners you will be studying. Understand how this course sets itself apart from others and also why you want to study there
· Attend and open day - It can be helpful to go to an open day or watch a showcase at the school. Seeing the facilities in person can help you see the atmosphere, which you won’t get from just researching online
· Research the schools graduates - This is great to see the success rate of the school, especially those who took the course you are wanting to study and see what their career path has been since graduating
· The schools satisfaction survey - It’s also a good idea to look at the school’s satisfaction survey which you can find online. This will give you an idea of what current students think of the teaching. This is great to do as you will be spending a large majority of your time studying at this school and you want to be somewhere where you are comfortable and other students feel the same
Nail the drama school audition:
If you're applying for a musical theatre course you must be able to act, dance and sing on the day of your audition. There's a lot to think about but if you follow the tips below, you'll smash the audition.
· It’s best to have a physical and vocal warm-up routine in the days leading up to your audition
· Familiarise yourself with some basic terminology that may be used in the group dance audition. They will be looking for how you respond to instructions as well as your ability to work in a group and your technique
· There is normally a dance routine you will have to learn on the day. Practise picking up steps and style by attending dance classes prior to your audition.
· You will most likely be asked to prepare two songs and they may choose which one they want to hear on the day. Make sure you practice both equally and feel confident singing both
· Choose two contrasting songs that show off your ability, but take into consideration how your nerves may affect your voice and try not to choose something too challenging. They will also be looking at how you act through song and how you portray the character
· Practise your songs with the sheet music you will bring along with you on the day, so you know the key it is set in and you are familiar with the way it sounds on the piano