New Member Auditions
WOW holds annual auditions for new members, either after the April or November productions. There are usually up to a dozen places available for children aged between 10 and 18 years old, although this varies from year to year depending on the number of leavers and cast requirements of upcoming productions. We may invite one or two young performers who excel during our Summer Workshop Week to audition for WOW ahead of the scheduled dates.
Those coming to audition will receive a Summary of Expectations setting out what is expected of WOW member and their parents, highlighting the level of commitment required.
At the audition workshop(s) the Musical Director teaches up to three songs, one of which must be performed at the audition. Furthermore, a member of the Creative team teaches one or two short dance routines, one of which must be performed at audition (Click to view examples from the 2019 auditions). The candidates are also asked to prepare and perform a short drama piece or monologue of their own choice lasting no more than one minute.
The Audition panel, which includes the Chairman and Creative Team from the workshops, look for a good voice, musicality and an ability to move well (they do not necessarily have to be trained dancers) and, of course, a degree of presence and potential.
How to Audition to Join
We expect to hold our next auditions later in 2021. The official dates will be confirmed in due course and announced on this website and WOW’s social media pages. There may also be a notice in the show programme for our latest production. Once applications are open, there will be a form below to register for the audition workshop.
Being involved in a WOW production is a huge commitment, not just for the young performers but also for their parents or carers. WOW asks that families only start the process if they are confident they can match the commitment outlined below and in our Expectations Summary.
Everyone wishing to audition needs to be able to attend the audition workshop to prepare for the auditions. At the workshop, participants are taught up to three songs and a couple of dance routines. One song and one dance routine must be performed at the audition along with the applicant’s own choice of monologue, which lasts no longer than one minute.
Following the auditions, parents will be advised if their child has been selected by email and/or SMS message. WOW is always oversubscribed and any performers not selected are welcome to try again. Some members have taken up to three attempts to be offered a place and this reflects the determination and enthusiasm that we are looking for.
- Audition Workshop – to be arranged (No earlier than November 2021).
- Auditions – to be arranged (No earlier than November 2021).
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING TO AUDITION
- Unless otherwise specified, all children must be at least 10 years old by the audition date and will be required to bring to the audition a recent colour headshot (passport sized) for the Audition Form, which we ask to be completed before the auditions.
- Once confirmed as a member, there will be an annual membership due, which may be paid in one or two instalments, as well as a production fee for each show. (These are currently £130 a year for membership and £30 for each production. Please advise a committee member in confidence if these fees may present a barrier to participation.)
- Music rehearsals are generally held on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, 6.30 to 9pm and floor rehearsals to set each scene or routine take place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings.
- Not all rehearsals are full company ones but members are expected to attend those to which they are called.
- WOW expects a parent/carer of each member to obtain a chaperone licence from Dorset Council. In addition, we expect parents to join the chaperone rota for rehearsals and to volunteer to help behind the scenes.
- The decision of the audition panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We are also unable to give individual feedback.