Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre

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The easy-to-use handbook Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre offers practical advice on all the facets of auditioning, walking the reader step by step through the audition process, explaining what to expect, how to behave, and how to prepare for a winning audition. It also coaches the actor through the ins and outs of pursuing a career in musical theatre. Through his professional and teaching experience, Jonathan Flom presents the material in an easily accessible way. Get the Callback proceeds chronologically through the audition process, beginning with finding auditions and reading and interpreting casting calls. Flom discusses many facets of preparation, including selecting songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the directors. He gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition. The book includes valuable information on callbacks and how to field job offers, providing advice on contracts and negotiations. Further information on getting professional headshots, designing a quality resume, and writing winning cover letters is also included, each with examples. Unique to this volume is a chapter on auditioning for college training programs. The book concludes with three appendixes: a list of recommended dos and don'ts, and two lists of appropriate audition repertoire by genre and by actor type, as well as a glossary of terms.
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Editorial Reviews

Mark Olsen
You could sign in and do the auditions, one after another, hoping and wishing and spending month after month, perhaps year after year, wondering why you are getting close but no closer, running in place and not getting callbacks, not getting cast. Or, you could read Jonathan's book and start auditioning like a pro.
Lori Sessions
Jonathan Flom has put together the perfect resource for performers ready to enter the audition circuit. Whether you are a high school student ready to audition for college theatre programs, or a college student entering the professional world, this book is a must read. What a wonderful and much needed resource. It will be an integral part of my curriculum.
November 2009 Reference and Research Book News
This handbook offers practical advice on all the facets of auditioning for musical theater in high school and college students, with an entire chapter devoted to auditioning for college training programs.
January 2010 CHOICE
Those beginning a career in musical theater will be served by the discussions of preparation for, performance in, the process of, and departure from auditions. Flom provides real-world insight into this truly unique, often-neglected performance area. Recommended.
January 2010 Classical Singer
Jonathan Flom has written from his heart and vast experience an easy-to-read, user-friendly book. . . . The book offers practical and immediately usable advice on all facets of auditioning. . . . The audition tips Flom gives in the book are universal to all artists. . . . Advice and tips are offered in great detail as he takes the reader through every aspect of an audition.
Ed Linderman
Listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other. Listen to what Jonathan Flom has to say in this book. He's offering you the gifts of his own first hand experiences, education, and expertise in his field. Please read, listen, and learn from what he has carefully put down on paper and the joy of auditioning is easily yours! Well, maybe not easily. But this book is his gift to you so that you can give your gifts to audiences. And isn't that ultimately what auditioning's about?!
January/February 2010 Journal of Singing
Get the Callback offers a methodic guide to the audition process, from preparation to culmination, whether a curt 'thank you' or a contract. . . . Writes in a straightforward manner with a touch of humor. The format will not intimidate students, but is detailed enough to be useful for the aspiring professional. . . . The style is direct, the writing is economical, and the counsel. . . is practical. . . . A useful and reasonably priced reference source.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810869189
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 937,612
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Flom is assistant professor of Musical Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    An excellent book for students who plan to major in music theatre.

    Well done with much good information.

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