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Preparing For Your Audition

Tips for the talented performing arts student who are auditioning to participate in the Class of Cabaret program.

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Applicants for the 2024 Class of Cabaret program should prepare:

  • Either two contrasting songs ( maximum 2 minutes each)
  • Or one 2min song and one 2 min variety act (you could dance, rap, do stand-up comedy, recite poetry, clown, or perform magic or a monologue)

The two pieces should be performed off-by-heart for the panel at the live auditions and should be contrasting, in that they have a different feel, genre or reflect different sides of your personality or interests. The two pieces should also be a MAXIMUM of 2 minutes each, students should cut each piece accordingly to ensure they don’t run over the time limit.

Ideally the selected repertoire should have good story telling content that either:

  • Connects to a world event or social issue that is important/interesting to you
  • Inspires you
  • Explores a passion or interest of yours
  • Reflects an aspect of yourself
  • Showcases an ideal or value of your generation and/or community

Applicants should be able to talk about why they have chosen these particular pieces for the audition (these may be the same songs or variety act submitted with your application). Applicants are strongly encouraged to share any other skills that might complement their cabaret performance (i.e. dance, stand-up comedy, spoken word, instrumentation). Please note, to allow time to discuss repertoire choice and share additional skills during the audition, the audition panel may not need to see both pieces or may stop applicants part way through their sets to test directability.

We strongly encourage students to think about the below questions to assist with their audition preparation:

  • What Cabaret is to you (how do you define the genre)?
  • Aside from the arts, what are you passionate about (are there any causes or movements you feel strongly about)? Do you have something to “say”?
  • What is your performing arts background (how long you have been performing for, where have you performed, what type of arts are you involved in)?
  • What school subjects will you be doing next year?
  • Would you have space in your workload to do SACE Creative Arts as part of the program?
  • Do you have any other performances in the first half of the year?
  • We require a commitment to all rehearsals during Term 1 & 2, do you see any potential clashes and can you make a commitment to the program?

Date: During Term 4, Week 1 (Tuesday 17 October & Wednesday 18 October 2023), applicants will be advised of their confirmed audition date and time slot by COB Monday 25 September 2023. Students should schedule to arrive 15 minutes prior to their assigned audition time to check in.

Location: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road 5000 SA

Accompanist: We will provide a professional pianist to accompany any applicant on the day. However, music teachers, parents or fellow students are more than welcome to accompany you, if preferred. You may also accompany yourself on either keyboard (provided) or any other instrument you wish to bring).

Please Bring: Your own accompanist (if preferred), or one physical copy of easy-to-read sheet music in the correct key for our accompanist. This music must be either taped or placed in a music folder and should be marked up with your song cuts (song maximum length – 2mins). No backing tracks will be accepted for the live audition, unless agreed prior in writing. Electronic instrument use to be negotiated similarly.

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