Should You Sing in Character During Auditions?

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Let’s be clear: If your audition song is so tied to a region that it doesn’t make sense sung without the appropriate accent, then you need to rethink your song selection. The only time to sing in character, according to Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne, is if you’ve been brought in for that role. Otherwise, give yourself the opportunity to invent your own circumstances around the song!

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Andrew Byrne
Andrew Byrne is a voice teacher, performer, and composer-lyricist. His songs have been featured in movies, Seth Rudetsky’s “Obsessed!” series, and in many international concert venues. He has served on the University of Michigan musical theater faculty, and has taught internationally at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, The Banff Centre, and the Danish Academy of Musical Theatre.