Preparing for the Audition

  • The days activities should be appropriately scheduled on the day of your audition. Be well rested and fed.
  • Pre-read the play or songs for which the audition is being held if possible. Some publishers allow you to order a script. Find the publishers name listed with the play name above.
  • Rehearse your song or monologue for the audition.
  • Be aware of your needs for script, music and musical accompaniment in singing auditions.
  • Dress appropriately for dance auditions: comfortable clothing and proper dance shoes.
  • Call backs are sometimes held after auditions for the director to check voice, look, interaction or other factors that will help in casting. Callbacks do not mean that you are going to get a part and not getting called back does not mean you are not going to get the part. It is just an opportunity for the director to check something that might not have been apparent the first time around or to check dynamics of a group or pairing.

Two forms are required before you can audition, the Audition Information Sheet and the Media Release Form.  Blank forms will be available at the Theatre, or, if you click HERE, you can print out blank forms, fill them in and bring them with you to the audition.  NOTE:  This is a 'fill-in' PDF form.  Some browsers let you fill in the form fields on the form from the browser.  Or, you can download the PDF and use a PDF reader (like Adobe Reader DC) to fill out the form on your computer and print out a nice, legible form to bring with you.

If you are cast, please fill out a medical release FORM CLICK HERE
(please print and Bring with you. it is mandatory)

Social Distancing and auditioning


The Tyler Civic Theatre Center is dedicated to the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, actors, auditioners, cast, crew, patrons and visitors.

We are practicing social distancing and the instructions from experts and our state government.

This makes auditioning complicated.  Each production has its own challenges.

Some auditions might be in social-distanced in-person.  Others might use streaming technologies like Zoom.  In other cases, the director may only want audition tapes (or other media).

There will be more specific information appended to this page for each specific audition as it becomes available.

Auditions:  February 7 & 8 -  Specifics -> Call Box Office

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre - 400 Rose Park Drive

Time: 7 pm

WHAT'S THE PLAY ABOUT?

Early on a September morning the villagers of Sleepy Hollow await their new schoolmaster. When Ichabod finally arrives, his priggish correctness casts a pall over the gossipy, prank-playing townsfolk. Soon enough, though, his genteel manners and his hymn singing impress the ladies, including Katrina Van Tassel, the town belle. The menfolk are less thrilled, especially Brom Bones, Katrina's beau, and he begins plotting to rid himself of his unwelcome rival.

Matters come to a head during the Van Tassel's Halloween party, after which the superstitious Ichabod is accosted on his lonely ride home by a fiendish apparition, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

The next morning, Ichabod has disappeared - leaving behind only a song in the wind - and a new legend is born.


WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?


RIP VAN WINKLE - a polite, natural man with such a laid back demeanor that he has developed a reputation for being a shiftless layabout. A good deal of this is due to the fact that he spends so much time around his friend Brom, a true shiftless layabout. He rejoices in the use of beautiful language just as much as he does in good food, good ale, good music, and a good nap.


ICHABOD CRANE - a man who is trying very hard to be a renaissance man in a colonial American world. Schooled abroad in England, his goal is to bring culture to the good people of Sleepy Hollow. He has disappointment in the simple minds that he has to deal with. When he meets Katrina, a girl with a thirst for education and culture, he falls for her instantly.


KATRINA VAN TASSEL - a young woman years ahead of the culture she is stuck in. She finds joy in reading, singing, painting, and trekking through the dense wood surrounding her father's massive farm. She knows how to bat an eyelash just as well as how to shoe a mule.


BROM VAN BRUNT ("BROM BONES") -a shiftless layabout who would rather drink a pint of ale telling bold faced lies about his past spoils than do a true days work as the town blacksmith and owner of the livery stable. Brom is the most important - and therefore famous - person in town in his own mind.

BALTUS VAN TASSEL - Katrina's doting father and a very wealthy farmer and landowner. The life of the party, and Katrina is the apple of his eye. A colonial American version of Mr. Fezziwig. He certainly has opinions about Jacintha, but prefers to keep them just out of earshot. His family is the most important thing in his life, and he truly does love his wife...most of the time.

JACYNTHA VAN TASSEL - Katrina's mother and a very socially prominent butterball of a woman. She is as contrary as she is loud. She is very concerned with the keeping up of appearances and more so with making sure she can find the best husbands for Katrina and her less grounded daughters. Her name means Hyacinth thus the naming of her two daughters. She is as delicate as a bulldozer.

LILLY and VIOLET VAN TASSEL - Katrina's sisters. Flighty would be an understatement. The would love to read a book....someday. They are sweet and genuinely wat the 2nd best for...each other. They, like the rest of the Van Tassel's do love each other above all.



Theater Terms

Audition. A formally arranged session for an actor to display his or her talents when seeking a role in an upcoming production of a play, film or television project, usually to a casting director, director or producers.

Blocking. In rehearsals, actors practice the required movements, in a pattern or along a path, for a given scene that allows them to avoid any awkward positions, such as one actor walking in front of another actor or standing with his or her back to the audience.

Callback. A second audition where an actor is either presented to the producer and director or, in the case of commercials, is filmed on tape again for final consideration.

Call Time. The time you are supposed to report to the set.

Cold Reading. Delivering a speech or acting a scene at an audition without having read it beforehand.

Diaphragm. The lower part of the lungs, filling the abdominal space, that supports the voice when actors and singers breathe correctly on stage.

Downstage. The area of the stage closest to the audience.

Greenroom. Where actors wait to go onstage. Not necessarily green.

Hot Sheet. A notice that comes out once a week with up to date information for actors.



Monologue. A speech used by an actor to demonstrate his or her ability at an audition.

Notes. Instructions, usually regarding changes in an actor’s blocking or performance, given after a rehearsal by the director, musical director, choreographer or stage manager.

Off-book. When an actor knows his or her lines and no longer needs to carry the script.

Props. Any moveable object, from a letter to a sword, used by an actor during a performance.

Read-through. When the director and the actors sit around a table and read through the entire script to get familiar with the story, their roles, and their fellow actors.

Stage Left. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s left as he or she faces the audience.

Stage Right. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s right as he or she faces the audience.

Strike. To remove something from a set, or tear it down.

Understudy. An actor, often playing a small role, who learns another role, so as to be able to perform it if the regular actor is ill.

Upstage. The rear area of the stage farthest from the audience; also used to describe an actor’s attempt to distract audience attention from what another actor is doing.


Tyler Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that the actors who perform on our stage are everyday people who have a talent and interest in the theatre. Everyone from the novice to the most seasoned actor is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals to comedies, dramas, and children's productions, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming audition!