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Final Thoughts

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...‘Hello ?’‘Darling. It’s me, Dorothy.’‘Yes …’‘Are you sitting down?’‘Yes …’‘Well, you’d better get that Press Night outfit cleaned. You got the job!’ [Image removed for copyright reasons] Of course there’s still the deal...

The Audition

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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... called Neil Rutherford to tell him I was going to be late. He’s a good friend, you know, and he said they’d wait for me.’ ‘Sorry. I’ll tell Neil you’re here.’ ‘Yep. He knows too I don’t really want to do a musical. I’m a proper, leading...

How the Audition Process Works

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

Books

1

... of bottles, cakes, chocolates, teabags with a picture of the actor on the teabag label and a note to say ‘Put your feet up, Neil; have a cuppa on me and read my CV’ ... and so on. The best was a holiday, which I didn’t accept. Lovely...

Call-Backs and Beyond

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...You sit there looking at your phone, willing it to ring. Five days have passed since your audition. Nothing. You thought you’d done all right, and went out and bought that new top as a present to yourself for doing so well. Just as you...

The Day of your Audition

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

Books

1

... And you’ll never be in the position of forgetting someone when you meet them. How lovely to hear ‘Oh hi, Neil. We met at the Wicked party. How’s South Pacific going… ?’ And always take it with you so you can write the information in straight...

Preparing For Your Audition

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor with leading roles in the West End, Neil Rutherford first became Production Associate at the English National Opera and was Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company Neil Rutherford Casting. As well as his freelance writing, composing, casting and directing, he is Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House. Neil regularly lectures at the major UK drama schools in audition technique, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist and advisor to Channel 4, BBC, ITV, the BBC Performing Arts Fund Scholarships, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. Neil is also a supporter, and ex-Board member, of the National Youth Music Theatre where he regularly gives lectures and masterclasses to the members of the company. His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting : A performer’s guide viewed from both sides of the audition table

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

Books

1

... of authors – find those others who you enjoy): something from Shakespeare something from either Ibsen, Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill or Tennessee Williams something considered classically ‘modern’: Michael Frayn, Neil Simon, Tom...