WIP Audition Basics

General information about What If? Auditions

Often actors want to know what they can expect at an audition and what is expected of them. Below is a little bit of information that we hope you will find helpful and perhaps alleviate some of the stress of preparing for an audition.

Helpful tips for a successful audition with What If? Productions (and any other theatre):

Familiarize yourself with the shows for which you are auditioning:
You don’t have to read the script cover to cover, but it would be a good idea to at least know the characters and general plot of the show in case the director asks you some questions. It may also help you in preparing the right monologue for the role you are interested in! 

Don’t be sloppy:
Auditions dont have to be a fancy fashion show, but don’t show up in shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt. First impressions are important and you don’t want yours to be saying ‘I didn’t really care enough to dress properly.’ No matter how talented you are, your attitude and appearance are what will be seen and remembered the most at any audition.

Be polite but not overly familiar:
Confidence and friendliness are most appreciated in any audition. Do not use your moment to show off your big personality though and attempt to be buddy-buddy with those who are considering you for a role. Let your talent do the work for you, end and simply say ‘thank you’!

Bring a proper headshot and resume:
Do a resume check before you come to auditions. Your resume should be simple and easy to read. Don’t bog it down with too much information. We want to see what shows you have done starting with the most recent, the role and where you did the show. We don’t need the director’s name or any extra information. Quick and easy to read is the best along with a professional headshot of your face from your shoulders up along with your name at the bottom. If you don’t have a professional headshot, at least present  a good, clear photo of your face so we can remember you!

What will happen the day of my audition:

You will check in at the front desk (ideally at least 5 minutes before your call time) and fill out an audition form asking for basic information and role(s) interest.

You will be called in a small group and brought into the theatre and sit backstage. Each actor will be called our individually to audition on the stage. You will exit out the same way you came in following your audition.

You may be asked to stay and read directly from sides of the script you are auditioning for or you may be called back the following evening for a second reading.


Typical Rehearsal and Performance schedule for What If? shows:


Monday–Thurday: 6:00 - 8:30pm   Saturday: 1:00-3:30   Sunday: 1:00-3:30

Dress Rehearsals are from 6:00-10:00 the week leading to opening


Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm & Sunday at 6:00pm

*If a performer has more than 3 evening or weekend conflicts with the rehearsal schedule they must make special arrangements with the director and production manager.

Any other questions? Email us HERE and we can help!