StageAgent interviews casting director Alison Franck for another perspective on casting a national tour. Alison has been casting everything from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, Television, and Film for more than 20 years. She offers some personal insights on touring and gives actors some valuable tips on the use of modern technology in auditioning.
StageAgent interviews casting director, Bob Kale, on his perspective with casting national tours. Bob has been casting theatre, television and film for more than 20 years. He answers such questions as “What, if anything, is different about casting a national tour versus casting a regional production of the same show?” and “What’s the biggest challenge in casting a tour, or really, casting anything?” You’ll be surprised at the answer.
I am of the school of thought that when it comes to being an actor, auditioning is the real work. While I continue to hone this skill, I now recognize that performing is the reward for those seemingly endless hours of work. Rather than approaching them as job interviews, I think of auditions as a unique, albeit brief opportunity to perform for a crowd of few. After all, what more does entertainment require than the actor and audience? Dare to treat them with a touch of levity and you might just find that auditioning can be rewarding and, dare I say, fun.
Whether you’re auditioning for a regional production of South Pacific or the pre-Broadway workshop of the next Hamilton (Hamilton II: Peggy’s Revenge), you need to prepare your music and be able to confidently speak to an accompanist. Remember that the accompanist is your friend. The accompanist wants you to be a fantastic singer that is a joy to collaborate with. But you will need to master a few things before embarking on the all-too-brief audition journey with your new musical collaborator.
To know your type as an actor is to understand your strengths and how others perceive them. To embrace your type is using this knowledge to power your career choices. Understanding your type is allowing yourself to be the best piece to fit in the overall puzzle. This sense of clarity and self-awareness is essential. However, we are not limited to one type over the course of our careers. There’s plenty of room for growth and discovery.