NEED HELP Holiday Entertainer audition

  • Yvonne Daye

    Actor

    I have an audition next Wednesday regarding a Holiday Park Entertainer; however I am really unsure about what to prepare. They sent me an email asking me to prepare "a performance piece lasting no longer than 5 minutes. This could be singing, dancing, comparing a gameshow, presenting a quiz or simply talking on a microphone.'

    Because there's so many options I have no idea what to do. I don't feel like a dramatic monologue will cut it, however I wouldn't say I was the strongest singer so I probably wouldn't bank getting the job on singing something. Although I'm not exactly opposed to it if that's actually the best option. (Their brief said singing was not essential for the role at all as they want people who can entertain and not just by singing.)

    I was thinking if I do a monologue perhaps it could be a comedy one that's written to be addressed to the audience? One that breaks the fourth wall?

    Any suggestions would be great.

    • 23rd Jan 2020
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  • Ryan Vernel

    Actor

    Hi Yvonne,

    I've been on the other side casting for entertainer roles in the past and the big think we wanted to see was the candidates personality. I would steer away from monologues as they don't reflect the kind of duties you are likely to have. A nice idea I've seen in the past for people who didn't see themselves as strong singers or dancers was to teach the panel a party dance or to perform a children's story being really big and animated. Essentially if it's big, silly and engaging you are normally on the right lines. Hope that helps!

    • 23rd Jan 2020
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  • Yvonne Daye

    Actor

    Hi Ryan!

    Thanks for your response. I think the initial one I was thinking was one from one of those plays where things purposely go wrong and the monologue was the narrator at the beginning introducing the show and she goes on about having to turn phones off, turn crying babies off, turn loud boyfriends off etc. It's a short comedy one that I thought might work as it's more addressing an audience at the beginning of a show.

    However with what you said, I just finished a Christmas performing job where I was playing a workshop elf who had a little speech with really exaggerated gestures and expressions etc. I could possibly do that one? (Not sure if it matters that it was Christmas related and Christmas is over now?)

    The brief didn't specify whether it would be for the kids or the adults entertainment, so I'm not sure about which kind of style to go for as it seems very very open-ended.

    Thank you.

    • 23rd Jan 2020
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