May 20th, 2019

The San Diego Performing Arts League is happy to announce that All Cities Auditions will be held on May 20, 2019.  Auditors are Artistic Directors, Artistic Staff, Casting Directors, Agents and Managers – the people in San Diego that look for talent will be in the room – you should be there too!

To be contacted if any new slots have been opened, or to join the League to be eligible for next year’s auditions, please click the Register Now button.

***IMPORTANT NOTE***The auditions are only open to current members of the Performing Arts League.  To join, or re-join the League, click the button below!

Important Information for 2019 All Cities Auditions

If you are considering requesting a time slot for the 2019 All Cities Auditions, or have already requested your time slot, here is the important information you need to know.

What Can I Do at the All Cities Auditions?

The All Cities Auditions are meant to help you showcase your best skills as a performer. While in the past, submissions have been limited to monologues and singing, this year the talent will also have the option of performing a two-person scene, or a dance routine. Be sure to select your performance intentions when requesting a time slot, as this will inform your audition time slot.

Important Dates

April 14: Deadline for All Cities Talent to request an audition slot

In order to facilitate an organized day and make the best use of auditor’s time, all talent audition requests must be received by April 14. Use the “Click Here To Request a Time Slot” link above, or visit this page to request an audition slot. ***NOTE*** You must be a member of the SDPAL to audition. You can join with the link above.

April 22: Audition Appointments Finalized & Sent to Talent

If selected for an audition at the 2019 All Cities Auditions, you will be notified of your time slot by April 22. Please note that the form to request an audition slot allows you to specify your availability on the day of the auditions, May 20. Auditions will be grouped by talent performed and union status.

April 30: Deadline for Headshot, Resume & Submission Piece Names

All auditioning talent will be required to submit files of their headshot and resume. This helps create a record of performers for the auditors to make notes and look back on. In addition, talent must submit the name of their performance pieces by April 30. This helps to remind auditors what song, monologue, scene, and/or dance number you performed, and will give them notes to reference on the day of the audition.

After Receiving Your Audition Information

All selected talent will receive notice of their designated audition time slot by Monday, April 22.

What To Do:

  • Immediately after receiving your audition time slot, be sure to login to the SDPAL portal and update your profile.
  • Email your audition piece names to with the subject line: “YOUR NAME – Audition Pieces”
    • Include the following information about submission pieces: Name, Originating Work (e.g. For a dramatic monologue: “Beatrice” from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” For a dance piece: Tap – “I’ve Got Rhythm” from Crazy for You. For a song: “She Used to be Mine” from Waitress).
    • NOTE: If you are performing a dance audition and need to send music – please do it in this email as an .mp3 and no larger than 5MB.

On the Day of the Audition

On the day of the All Cities Auditions – May 20, 2019 – arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your audition time slot.

You will be checked in by the audition monitor. Please note that there is NO practice room for warming up your singing or speaking voice, so you will have to do that inside your car, or in the parking lot.

If you are singing, bring your sheet music in non-glare sheet covers, enclosed in a binder. Be sure to specify any notes about tempo, timing, or performance intricacies on the music for the accompanist, Cris O’Bryon.

When it is your turn to audition, you will enter from the house left doors of the Cygnet Theatre, and walk down the stairs to the stage. Auditors will be seated throughout the house.

Give your music and notes to the accompanist, if needed. Otherwise, make your way to center stage. You will see a mark for where you should stand and deliver your material.

Wait a few seconds, and introduce yourself – a simple, “Hello, my name is ___” is great. Please note: you do NOT need to slate, or name your performance pieces. Your auditors will have them in front of them.

At the end of your audition program, you can simply nod your head to the auditors, or you may wish to say something like “Thank you” or “Have a wonderful day.” Your audition is over when you complete your performance pieces, or at the end of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, whichever comes first.

Notes from April 30 All Cities Info Meeting

For those who were not able to attend the info meeting on April 30th, below is a brief summary of important information that was covered:

  • ALL auditioners have 2 minutes and 30 seconds for their audition. Your time begins the moment you open your mouth to state your name (so it does not include your time of entering and exiting the audition room). Note that you do NOT need to do a full slate – the auditors will have printed booklets with your pieces to be performed in them. A simple “Hello my name is NAME” works great. Or if you want to dive right into your material, please state your name at the end of your audition before existing the stage.
  • If you are not familiar with the Cygnet Theatre, please be aware that you will be entering from one side of the theatre (through the lobby), and walking down stairs to get to the stage. When your audition is complete, you will exit the opposite side of the stage and up the opposite stairs. If you are not able to or comfortable with stairs, please send us an email ASAP and we will make accommodations for you.
  • If you have not submitted the names of your pieces yet, please do it ASAP.
  • If your audition contains more than one piece, please make best efforts to submit material in the order in which you plan to present them, in the following format.
    • Acting: “Role” from Name of Play
    • Singing: “Song” from Name of Musical
    • Dancing: Choreography to “Name of song(s)” – MP3’s of songs must be submitted by May 8th.

Important Dates and Deadlines:
May 7 – last day to withdraw from auditions
May 7 – last day to change audition pieces or to change order
May 8 – music mp3’s due for those who are dancing

Music Notes

The following notes were also shared on behalf of our accompanist, Cris O’Bryon:

  1. Make sure your sheet music is in the an O-style, 3 ring binder, preferably 1-2 inch binder thickness. Use heavy-duty, non-glare plastic sheet covers.
  2.  Please be able to give the feel and tempo of your song easily and clearly.
  3. When marking your CUTS, please only mark what needs attention. And check the bottoms and tops of your sheets – make sure the left hand part is not cut off!
  4. Assemble sheet music for FEWEST page turns.
  5. Please have the FIRST and LAST lines of your monologue printed/written on your sheet music or some other card/sheet which has the line(s) clearly printed/written.
  6. Please tell me which you are doing FIRST – song or monologue.
  7. One more helpful thing for me – if pianists tend to play your song too slow or too fast, in spite of what you have told them, or what is on the page, gently mention this, so as to alert me that I should pay extra attention to more subtle clues in the music that may actually lead the pianist astray, or otherwise make the ensemble less cohesive.
  8. If you want me to wait a beat or 2 after your monologue before beginning your song, please write that in as well.
  9. Please rehearse with live accompaniment before your audition – it is different than practicing on your own, and very different than running it in sequence with your monologue, and with an electronic keyboard, versus acoustic grand piano, on a performance stage with stage lighting.
  10. Check your shoes, that they are not loud when you move around. (The stage can make you sound fairly clunky at times.)
  11. Please have fun! I love helping you be your best. Help me help you!