Auditions are essential to the production, as they determine the talent that is ultimately available for it. To that end, high-level management should be involved in the process at all times. Fazio recommends that the director or assistant director, as well as musical director or a choreographer, be present, with the stage manager and the director or casting director conducting it in the minimal case (124). These people have the competencies necessary for them to determine whether a performer is suitable for the production. Additionally, they can see whether the performers match their vision and if they would work well with the other cast members.
Before the auditions, the call is put out via advertisements, and the venue is prepared for the event. A role and part are chosen for the hopefuls, and each one’s performance is reviewed in turn. The stage manager’s task is to be familiar with the script and ensure that the audition proceeds smoothly while also considering requests for second chances (Fazio 135). After each performer’s showing, the audition staff review their performance and decide on the response that they will give.
Most people will be rejected outright, whether because they are not suitable for the role or due to some other weakness. However, the most successful performers will be invited for a callback audition or, in rare cases, given the part immediately. A callback audition aims to evaluate a smaller number of suitable performers thoroughly and choose the best fit for the position. It should be noted that star performers will generally either not need to audition or go through a special process determined by the leading staff.
Fazio, Larry. Stage Manager: The Professional Experience. 2nd ed., Taylor & Francis, 2017.