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Tips for Theater Actors: Audition Songs for Young Performers

Looking for the perfect song for that next big audition? Then you have come to the right place. Choosing a song for a young performer can be tough as you’ll have to find a way to stand out while choosing an option that is age appropriate. Here are a few audition songs we suggest you use.

Audition Songs for Young Theater Performers

Audition Songs

In all honesty, selecting from thousands of audition songs can be a grueling process. Coaches and parents spend countless hours doing their research, listening to them, reading music list after list, and gathering people’s opinions about it.

To help ease out the stress it brings, this list provides audition songs any young performer can use in the future. It also includes the ones that you might want to steer clear of. Do note that this is not a surefire ticket to a successful audition as that is totally up to the casting directors. Instead, the list serves as a helpful guide to narrow down the song selection for the big day.

Uptempo Audition Songs (Girls)

  1. “A Change in the Wind” from Caddie Woodlawn
  2. “So Long Dearie” from Hello, Dolly
  3. “Not for the Life of Me” from Thoroughly Modern Millie
  4. “The Stepsister’s Lament” from Cinderella

Uptempo Audition Songs (Boys)

  1. “Me” from Beauty and the Beast
  2. “All I Ever Wanted” from Prince of Egypt
  3. “Take a Chance on Me” from Little Women
  4. “The Testimony” from Amazing Grace

Singing Children

Ballad Audition Songs (Girls)

  1. “Soldier On” from A Little Princess
  2. “Far from the Home I Love” from Fiddler on the Roof
  3. “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon
  4. “Will He Like Me” from She Loves Me
  5. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” from A Tale of Two Cities
  6. “How Could I Ever Know” from The Secret Garden

Ballad Audition Songs (Boys)

  1. “Prima Donna” from Phantom of the Opera
  2. “Now While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd
  3. “Happiness” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  4. “A Sentimental Man” from Wicket
  5. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miserables
  6. “Gliding” from Ragtime
  7. “Lost in the Darkness” from Jekyll and Hyde

Why you should avoid popular musical pieces

Theater Auditions

There is nothing that kills a performer’s spirit more than having someone else sing the same song as you, especially when they get to do it first. You can totally avoid this from happening by choosing a lesser-known song.

For reference, here are some examples of overused auditions songs:

  • “Reflection” from Mulan
  • “Part of Your World” from Little Mermaid
  • “Memory” from Cats
  • “I Dream a Dream” from Les Misérables
  • “On My Own” from Les Misérables
  • “Where Is Love” from Oliver

Other common songs used in auditions is basically everything from Sound of Music and Disney’s blockbuster hit Frozen. Surprise casting directors by choosing something that is less expected. That way, you can totally own the performance and won’t risk being compared to anyone else.

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