Starting this year, Spencer Community Theatre will offer a master class on auditioning.
The class is geared towards high school juniors and seniors interested in theater programs in college, though students who aren't considering the theater are also welcome to attend.
"Auditioning requires a certain skill set," SCT Managing Artistic Director Evan Hilsabeck said.
The class, taught by Hilsabeck, will focus on selecting and developing a monologue, and will include a workshop on reading without preparation, or "cold reading."
"Knowing these skills is invaluable," Hilsabeck said. "It could depend on getting the scholarship or part."
While the class is geared towards those in the theater field, Hilsabeck recommends it even for those not considering theater.
"The skills you learn doing this help improv and communication skills," he said. "They're good for any interview setting."
He continued, "They give you better public speaking and public reading skills, and they help you think on your feet."
The cost for the class is $50, and there are eight spots available. If more are interested, however, Hilsabeck will likely run a second session.
"We've been trying to get the word out," he said. "I hope to do this at least annually."
The class will meet on Nov. 11 and 18, and on Dec. 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve a place, contact the theater or email email@example.com.