Traci Kern
Helping singers find their real, natural voice.
18
Dec

The Aurora Fox Announces Auditions for GODSPELL

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The Aurora Fox Announces Auditions for GODSPELL
(auditions and performances at the PACE Center)

Aurora, CO – The Aurora Fox will be holding auditions for GODSPELL (Directed by El Armstrong ), on Thursday December 20th from 6PM-8PM and on Saturday, December 22nd from 10AM – 1 PM at the PACE Center in Parker Colorado (20000 Pikes Peak Ave. Parker, CO 80138).

Available roles include: 6 men and 4 women ages 16+
There are no Equity contracts available for this show.
All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition appointment, actors should call (303) 739-1970.
All actors should prepare a pop- rock song or a song from a pop-musical. And accompanist will be provided. Actors must provide sheet music. No recordings will be allowed. All actors should also be prepared to tell a short story. No dancing at the general audition. Dance auditions will be held at callbacks.

Rehearsals start February 18th, 2013. Performance dates are March 15 – 24, 2013 at the PACE Center.

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2
Aug

Traci Kern in the Regional Premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

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Traci joins the cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in the regional premiere at the Aurora Fox.  The show runs Friday,  September 7 through Sunday, October 28.  Purchase tickets while you can!

 

The cast:

Drums-Dusty Arndt

Henry Clay/Black Fox-Chris Arneson

Andrew Jackson-Ben Dicke

Bass Player/Bandleader-Andrew Diessner

Storyteller-Traci Kern

Female Vocalist/Ensemble-Kenzie Kilroy

Female Vocalist/Elizabeth Jackson-Cora Marsh

Rachel Jackson-Norell Moore

Martin Van Buren-Josh Nelson

John Quincy Adams-Scott Rathbun

James Monroe-Alejandro Roldan

John C. Calhoun-Steffan Scrogan

Guitar/Music Director-Jason Tyler Vaughn

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2
Aug

Performance during Littleton’s Western Welcome Week

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Traci Kern and Ryan BelinakWhatcha doin’ Saturday, August 18? Come join Ryan Belinak, Ben Wood and myself at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton for Western Welcome Week! Come down early for the awesome Western Welcome Week  parade through Historic Downtown Littleton, then come to Town Hall to hear some beautiful music.

The 3 of us will be there performing from 12:00-2:00 pm in the theater lobby. We will be showcasing songs from the THAC upcoming season.

The season includes Sweet Charity, The Sound of Music, Forever Plaid, 9 to 5 the Musical, The 39 Steps, and HAIR!

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26
Apr

Audition Tips Part 3: Choosing a Song

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The song you take to an audition must be a perfect fit from the moment you begin to the moment you finish the last word.

** Choose a song that is age appropriate. Enough said.
** Just because you “love” a song, that does not mean you should sing it.
** Choose a song that is in the style of the show and characters in the show.
** Do not pick a song that has a very difficult accompaniment. If the accompanist cannot play it, they will not look dumb, you will for bringing such a hard piece in. Again, pick something that shows you off in a good light, not something that you “love to sing”. (Do NOT take Jason Robert Brown in to any audition that isn’t for a JRB show and the same goes for Sondheim)
** Practice the song with an accompanist. I cannot tell you the number of singers I know to have thrown off by singing a song in an audition that they have never worked with just the piano. If you are used to singing the song with the soundtrack and wait to hear the violin part to help you with the rough spot…guess what…there is no violin playing in your audition. Find a piano player, pay them for a half hour of their time and record your accompaniment. You will be glad you did.
** Never sing from the show. The director may have a different take on the character that you don’t know about, and singing a song from the show may appear as if you’re “set in your ways” … or at the very least, set in singing it like the singer on the cast album. The last thing you want is to seem inflexible or un-directable.
**When they say 16-32 bars, they mean just that. Don’t try to push it. It is obvious when a singer goes over. And avoid those 16 bar cut books. Just because the editor of a songbook choose those 16 bars for a cut doesn’t mean those are the “right” 16 bars for you.
** Skip any recitative or multiple verses. You want to leave them wanting more from you. Dazzle them with your range and versatility, then wow them with your money note. Keep it short, simple and get to the point. Don’t waste time. It would suck to be cut off before you get to your wow moment because you wasted time with lots of blah blah blah.

More to come….

17
Apr

Audition Tips for Today-Dressing for an Audition Part 1

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Audition Tips for Today—Dressing for an Audition Part 1:
(These have been compiled from my years in school and the numerous audition workshops I have taken. Hope this helps…)

Dress like you are going to a casual business interview, because you are, for all intents and purposes, interviewing for a job.

Theatre people don’t hire people who look like theatre people. You know that look; people who look like they’re in costumes. COSTUMES SHOULD BE IN A SHOW, NOT AN AUDITION!

Ladies: Dress to sell your product.
If you want to sell your professional ability to perform, then dress like a professional (quick tip–if the stage floor is at eye level with the audience, women should avoid short dresses).

Casting directors are uncomfortable when they see “too much of you.” When they are uncomfortable, they look away, which is not what you want to happen in an audition.

Which would you prefer: the people at the table worrying about whether or not you are going to “fall out,” or thinking about hiring you. Save the cleavage for your hot dates.

Also, there are only 2-3 shows where it might be appropriate to wear jeans at the audition. Jeans, though considered more dressy now than they have been before, are very casual. Always remember that you are at a job interview.

Above all: Look professional. Let the directors see your abilities, not be distracted by what you are wearing.

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15
Apr

Audition Tips

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After going through my own auditions and callbacks this week, and observing others, I thought I would spend the next few days posting several audition tips. These have been compiled from my years in school and the numerous audition workshops I have taken. Hope this helps…

Audition Tips for Today:

—Prepare and warm up for your audition outside the room before you enter.
—Master your introduction! Walk in, wait until you get onto the stage, plant your feet, take a breath, then introduce yourself (first and last name) and your monologue/song. The intro is an opportunity to show who you are, your confidence and professionalism. Then take another breath and start your audition.
—You do not need to look at or nod to the accompanist to signal you are ready to begin. Simply put your head down, take a breath, think thru your song. Bring your head up with confidence which will signal to the accompanist you are ready.
—Do not set up or explain the piece, show them. Simply speak the name of the piece and the composer/playwright (hint no need to mention the playwright if it’s Shakespeare).
—Perform your audition like you’re performing in front of an audience and not a panel of directors.
—It’s recommended you don’t do accents.
—Remember this is theater not film.
—Remember to breathe.
—Do not use directors as your acting partner. Place the person you are “speaking to” behind the directors so that they can see your face clearly without you speaking to them directly. Look over them.
—Don’t use props.
—Do NOT choreograph your song.
—End your audition with “Thank you”

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9
Apr

Audition Announcement

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SWEET CHARITY Audition announcement for Town Hall Arts Center – 2450 W. Main Street, Littleton, CO 80120

Auditions will be held Saturday, May 26th from 12 noon – 5pm
Call backs will be Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
If called back, come prepared to dance and be in appropriate dance clothes.

Director and Choreographer: Nick Sugar
Music Director: Donna Debreceni
Production Stage Manager: Steven Neale

Rehearsals will begin early to mid August with an opening night of September 14th, running through October 14th. Performances are typically Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, with some Wednesday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees.
Actors with strong vocal, acting and comedic skills needed for the following roles:
Character breakdown

Charity Hope Valentine: An optimistic down-on-her-luck taxi dancer
Oscar: A shy, quiet man that falls in love with Charity
Nikki: Slightly older and wiser taxi dancer and friend of Charity
Helene: Another taxi dancer and friend of Charity
Vittorio Vidal: Italian movie star.
Ursula: Vittorio’s exotic girlfriend
Daddy Brubeck: founder of the Rhythm of Life Church
Herman: Owner of the Fan-Dango Ballroom

There are also many ensemble/character roles. These will require strong vocal, acting and dancing skills.

Prepare: 24 -32 bars of music, and a one minute comedic monologue appropriate to the show.
Provide:

Sheet music for piano accompanist in the correct key (no CD’s or a cappella singing will be accepted),
Current headshot
Theatrical resume
Must be over 18

Please be familiar with the show. All positions paid.
All auditions are by appointment only. Please contact Janet atjmurray@townhallartscenter.com (303-794-2787 x211) for an audition time.

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2
Apr

Audition Announcement

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Moby Dick! The Musical
By Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye
Musical Arrangements by Martin Koch
Directed by Kimberly Jongejan
Musical Direction by LeeAnn Scherlong
Auditions will be held for Moby Dick! The Musical, the debut production of the Northglenn Players. This is a musical production. Auditions are by appointment only. Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue, 16 bars from a contemporary comedic musical (accompanist provided; bring sheet music), headshot, and resume. Rehearsals will be held at the D.L. Parsons Theatre inside the Northglenn Recreation Center. For more information please contact Kimberly Jongejan at 303.450.8785 or visitwww.dlparsonstheatre.org
Auditions: Tuesday, June 26. Call to schedule appointment: 303.450.8800
Callbacks: Thursday, June 28, 6-9 p.m
Rehearsals: Mon./Tue./Thu., 6-9 p.m.
Performances: August 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7 p.m., August 12 at 2 pm.
D.L. Parsons Theatre inside the Northglenn Recreation Center
11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
(303) 450-8800
www.dlparsonstheatre.org

21
Mar

Common Signs of Significant Vocal Abuse

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1. Throat is tender to the touch after use.

2. Voice is hoarse at the end of singing.

3. Throat is very dry, with a noticeable “tickle” that is persistent. Check dehydration.

4. Inability to produce your highest notes at pianissimo volume.

5. Persistent hoarseness or an inability to sing with a clear voice after 24-48 hours of vocal rest.

Treat your voice and body sensibly when you feel vocally run down. This necessitates the development of accurate perceptions by the singer of why the voice is feeling tired. Accurate self-evaluation will lead one to therapeutic practices which will return you to vocal health in the shortest period of time. In doubt? seek professional help.

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1
Mar

Vocal Use Practices

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Vocal Use Practices

1. Avoid hyperfunctional use of your voice, i.e., learn to use your voice with as little effort and tension as possible. Singers in training should be able to sing for 3-4 hours per day (when healthy) without debilitating the next day’s singing activity. If one cannot sing for this length of time without some disablement, then one should consider a reevaluation of present singing or speaking habits.

2. Keep in mind that the degree of individual vocal conditioning and innate vocal capacity to endure wear and tear relate directly to the amount of singing or speaking one can do each day.

3. Avoid singing in a tessitura which is continually near the extremes of your own range (both high and low). Carefully pace the use of register extremes (such as pushing the chest voice into the upper range for effect, i.e, belting). MISUSE OR OVERUSE HERE CAN BE VOCAL SUICIDE.

4. Before singing or using the voice in unusual ways (public/dramatic speaking), do some vocal warm-ups. As in any physical activity, the warm-up should proceed from general stretching through less strenuous to more strenuous usage. Loud volume and high range are the most strenuous of usages,therefore, begin in the mid-range with easy production. At every stage along the way, evaluate your present day vocal condition, and adjust your rehearsal activity accordingly. Every voice is different, but 7-10 minutes of warm-up is usually the minimum.

5. Reduce general voice use prior to a performance. In the time prior to the program, have a quiet period when everyone can conserve energy for the task that is at hand.

6. Avoid shouting, screaming,loud laughter, and heavy throat clearing. Necessary coughing and sneezing should be as gentle and as nonvocal as possible.

7. If it feels bad, don’t do it.

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