Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre

Get the Callback

All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what’s the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? And once you’re in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight?

In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team. The book gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition.

In addition to extensively revised chapters on the audition process and how to build a repertoire book, this guide also features updated chapters on headshots, resumes, and cover letters; voice training techniques from Matthew Edward; advice from musical director Joey Chancey; and a foreword by casting director Joy Dewing. Aimed at professionals as well as young artists, this second edition of Get the Callback is a must-have for both seasoned and aspiring musical theatre performers.


    Life Change, Growth & Fiddle Fig Trees

    Major life change can turn life on its head. But hang in there. There’s hope.

    I have a fiddle leaf fig plant in my house. It’s a favorite thing for me because in the 3 years I’ve had it, it has quadrupled in size compared to the one my sister got at the same time. Competitive much?

    This morning as I waited for my frozen waffles to bake, I walked over to my back window to absorb some rolling countryside goodness. I was burdened with the heaviness that is currently weighing down my oldest daughter because of a major life change—our family moving during her senior year of high school. Cruel and unusual, huh (did not win Mom-of-the-Year this year). As the toaster bell rung, I sighed in bittersweet faith and turned back to the kitchen. My once-majestic houseplant caught my eye and began narrating a story of our life through the eyes of a fiddle leaf fig. Stay with me.

    Four weeks ago we moved from a large, affluent, metropolitan area to a spot of land in the country two hours and 200,000 people away. Internet service is sparse but morning and evening skies are glorious. The ins and outs of that decision aren’t necessary, but like any move, the uprooting from life-as-we-know-it (especially with two teenaged girls) has been a journey into the dark night of the soul.

    woman looking out window thinking about growth, life change and hope


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