Welcome to Panther Playhouse!

We are so happy that you are considering joining your own theatre company. No previous acting experience is necessary. We will all be learning together and strive to make this a fantastic experience for everyone. Below we share audition tips and options for monologues. (A monologue is a speech given by one actor. HERE is an example.) We also welcome those who want to work behind the scenes by creating the set pieces or working tech elements. We have photos of productions online so you can see what students have created previously. If you have any questions you can email the director at any time.

Tips for Auditions

The audition process is a fun experience. We will introduce ourselves, talk about the show, perform monologues and perhaps play a theatre game. Below are some tips for a successful audition. For our fall show we have a monologue practice session (not required) the week before auditions where you can work on your performance and even pick out a monologue, if you do not have one already.

  • Selecting Your Monologue:
    • Always keep your monologue at or under the time limit.
      • Under two minutes for Panther Playhouse.
    • Make certain it is school appropriate.
    • Avoid using a character from the show you are auditioning for.
    • Avoid a monologue from Alice In Wonderland, The Grinch or Wizard of Oz. (They are over-used.)
  • Creating An Engaging Monologue:
    • Memorize the monologue completely so you can be confident.
    • Make certain you are expressive, loud and move around.
    • Determine what your character wants and find new ways to get it.
    • Find a spot out in the audience/director area that you are speaking to.
  • Performance Tips:
    • You should expect a chair and nothing else when auditioning.
    • Before starting, introduce yourself and the monologue you will do.
    • Let the director see you change into that character.
    • Do not use props in an audition - the director is there to see you act.
    • Do not worry if you forget a line. Keep going - no one will know but you.
      • If you get stuck, pause (in character) and start again.
    • Do not worry if director stops you or asks you to try something.
      • That means they have confidence in you to try it.
    • If asked to sing - do not be timid. Put your voice out there!
      • Confidence and energy can overcome anything.
  • After Your Monologue:
    • At the end of your monologue, always say "thank you".
    • Return anything you used in your monologue.
    • Be a great audience member and support your fellow actors.
  • Relax, smile, be confident in yourself and have fun!

Local Performing Arts Opportunities

Studio East and Redmond Academy are wonderful organizations in our area that offer engaging performing arts education for young adults if you are considering options outside Kirkland Middle School.