Auditions Process

Audition Process

All prospective on-stage members have to complete an audition.  Auditions are held in an individual style and are specifically for a show, not just generally to join the society. You will be required to sing solo and perform some basic movement. The exception to this would be if a show required specific skills e.g. tap dancing whereby the workshop would be tailored to the production.

Audition materials is available (via password) to everyone who has applied to audition.

We are no longer accepting audition applications for Les Miserables – Let The People Sing.

Audition Tips

  • Allow plenty of time for travel to the venue for your audition.
  • The audition panel consists of a member from each of the four participating societies (the chairman coming from LAOS), our musical director and artistic director and an independent person. They will be joined for final recalls by Chris Key, artistic director at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, who will offer advice.
  • The Casting Committee will expect you to have prepared for the audition, know your character, understand their role in the piece and to have studied their music.
  • If auditioning for a principal role: you will have decided which role/roles you are wanting to audition for and will have prepared the pieces set by MTI and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. You can audition in ‘costume’ if preferred and use helpful Props, but will not be penalised if you don’t. The music and/or dialogue pieces can either be learned or sung/read holding the audition material, without penalty.
  • Each individual audition is carefully considered and discussed. The Casting Committee are experienced and always grateful to all those who offer to audition, realising that it is a stressful process.
  • The decision of the audition panel is final.  Due to the anticipated large number of auditions, it will not be possible to offer individual feedback on this occasion.
  • Please be aware that these are very long and stressful days for the Casting Committee as well as for the auditionees. The committee will have scheduled comfort and meal breaks, to comply with LAOS H&S Policy. Also, the committee will require discussion time.
laos rehersals
Technical crew joining for rehearsals
Learning a routine for Hairspray

From Our Members

Why I Joined Laos

The LAOS is such an amazing organisation. From start to finish from submission to auditions to the audition process and beyond, they handled everything with such professionalism and perfection. Being a performer from such a young age, I have had the pleasure of performing with many different companies but LAOS far surpasses many with their clear love and devotion to the arts. Working both as an actress and also as a film maker, I’m really excited to see where my future with LAOS is headed, particularly in our upcoming production at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, where I will be playing the principal role of Pat in Kinky Boots. Not only is everyone so friendly and welcoming, the full creative team have an awesome vision and a commitment to their craft that I really cannot wait to be a part of. I can’t thank the whole team enough for welcoming a native Geordie into their Yorkshire Musical and Dramatic society. Excited and honoured to be a part of such a brilliant company

Carly

Why I Joined Laos

“My time spent with LAOS have proven to be some of the most creatively and personally fulfilling show experiences. The scale and production value of LAOS shows (from set and lighting, to orchestra and sound design) make them incredibly rewarding to be a part of - and to do so alongside some brilliant friends, is an added privilege.”

Elliott

Why I Joined Laos

I joined Laos in 2018 after successfully audition for Cats! I found Laos members were very welcoming and incredibly supportive to someone who was very shy when performing. The productions and shows are as close to a professional performance/experience that you can get as an amateur. I can’t wait to get back on the stage and perform with this amazing community!

Jessica