Well here I am the proud mother of an all entertaining and dancing boy! So heres the Mums guide to auditioning in the westend ! Yes it’s a bit daunting, this is how it went.
After having been blessed with two boys I really didn’t think I would be going down the route of ballet shoes and tap shoes. But here I am and it’s been so far a great ride.
Harry my youngest has been an entertainer from a young age, any music or stage and he would be on it. I knew he needed a bit more so he joined a fab performing arts school.
It was a big decision he goes for a whole day at the weekend I did at first think it would be a bit too much what with school as well but he absolutely loves it!
He knows the ballet will give him a good dance base so he doesn’t mind donning the ballet shoes, he’s thrived in tap and we now know he can sing!
I wasn’t sure about joining the agency but after his first performance with his arts school we new he had great potential.
So we jumped in and waited for our first audition which didn’t come much later.
So here we were faced with our first audition for Matilda. It’s a whole new world what do does he have to do? , what monologue? What will the school say?
Well first of all the school were fine and I gave them confirmation of the audition so I could whisk him off to london for the day.
The monologue was a whole other story!
Google monologues and you get a whole lot if verbal diareah! I’m sure there must be a good website out there somewhere but it would of took me years to find one that Harry would be remotely interested in.
I ended up finding an online Charlie and the chocolate factory script where Charlie tells his family about finding the golden ticket, I adapted this by taking out other characters and Harry seemed to love it.
The song was a little easier it needed to be a song from a musical but not Matilda but I soon realised that Harry didn’t really know a lot of musicals, so I played a few soundtracks and he settled on Consider yourself from oliver.
I think really it’s best for your child to love and enjoy the song and the monologue to show there potential.
Take a look a funny poems or something from a well known child author to get some ideas.
Our First time auditioning in the westend was lets say very interesting! we caught the train to london to a dance studio and were joined by lots and lots if boys about 60 all auditioning for the same parts.
They split the boys in to 3 groups and they had one go at singing in one acting and dancing in the other.
I told Harry not to expect anything and to just enjoy the experiance , so he bounced in and out of each class with great enthusiasm!
The ladies who were guiding the audition were lovely and made all the boys at ease and when it was sadly there time to go they congratulated them on the efforts and told them it was no reflection on them and they were extremely talented to be there and maybe next time.
I do feel like I was maybe getting his hopes up but to be honest it was an enjoyable day out and Harry shrugged his shoulders with a downturned smile and said never mind.
So would we do it again? Well it’s a great learning curve, and any experiance at auditioning is good.
One thing I’d say is don’t worry about what your child’s wearing comfy, casual and neat is fine . It’s not really a good idea to go if your child really does not fit the bill, they are strict on height and age really know what they are looking for. Having said that it’s good to get there faces seen if they are confident they will stand out.
Just remember the most important thing is to ensure the child wants to do it and is comfortable, no one is going to shine if they are nervous or not really enjoying it. I always say to harry to “enjoy it and don’t worry your best is good enough”, and when he doesn’t succeed a simple, “you did a great job and what fun you had!” will suffice.
So thank you for reading the Mums guide to auditioning in the westend! Here we are many auditions later doing Westend runs to and from Charlie and the Chocolate factory!