Why didn’t I get cast?

We often get questions about why someone was not cast.  To answer this, we must say that casting is an incredibly complex decision process as there are many things to consider.  To name just a few, acting ability, vocal ability, dancing ability, personality/ confidence, stage presence, schedule availability, height/build for a role, availability of roles vs. auditionees that could fill that role, and chemistry with other actors to create the best show.  

Ultimately, a director’s job is to look at the show as a whole and make the best decisions possible for each role.  If you did not receive a role, it does not necessarily mean that we did not like what we saw from you or that you didn’t do well in your audition.

What can you do if you didn’t receive a role?

First of all, don’t get too down on yourself.  These things happen and getting a rejection is not the end of the world.  Everyone in theater has been turned down for a show or favorite role. It’s part of the process. Give yourself permission to take a moment to feel sad, but then pick yourself up, congratulate yourself for putting yourself out there, and try again.

Some things you can do: You can evaluate how you felt you did.  Think about what you offered to the directors and see if there was any room for improvement.  Did you choose a song that was in a challenging range for your voice?  Did you show energy and enthusiasm in your dance audition?  Did you have a lot of schedule conflicts late in the rehearsal process? Where could you go to continue to develop your skills and abilities for future auditions?

Recognize that sometimes there is nothing you could have done better. Sometimes you just don’t get the role.

Other things you can do

Of course you can always audition with us again in the future.  We love it when people try again.  Alternatively, you can sign up to help backstage (a great way to start building relationships and making connections, we might add)!  You can also check out other theater opportunities in the Treasure Valley to find other audition opportunities.      

It takes a lot of courage to audition and put yourself out there. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Keep creating art and making the world a more beautiful place!