23rd Season Announcement

Wavestage Theatre is incubating for its 23rd Season three vibrant MainStage productions and one youth production throughout 2017-18. We aspire to produce influential works of great magnitude that open doors for performers looking to stretch their wings with exciting new opportunities. As always, we aim to create an environment in which our performers feel they have grown and have been artistically challenged from their experiences at Wavestage. With these productions, we believe each performer will have the chance to touch the hearts of many audience members with human truths.

For our audiences, we seek an experience whereby they leave the theatre feeling their hearts opened and their souls touched. After all, live theatre is not just intended for entertainment, but to make us feel something powerful. This season is about human truths, human trials and tribulations and, ultimately, love.

We begin this July 2017 at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts with Titanic, the Musical. The musical follows the historical story and real lives of its passengers. In the final hour of April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women, and children lost their lives. Based on actual people aboard the most infamous ship in the world, Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever. This production will begin rehearsals May 2017 in Toronto.

For participants in our youth programs, we will be producing a youth-only production of the classic story A Christmas Carol at Newmarket Theatre (December 2017). This production will be rehearsed in Newmarket beginning September 2017 (Term One). Registrations for our 23rd Season youth programs will be opening in February.

Continuing our MainStage season in January 2018, we are thrilled to bring a new musical to Newmarket Theatre, Big Fish. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. This beautiful musical is overflowing with heart, humour and spectacular life moments that remind us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life. This production will be rehearsed in Toronto beginning September 2017

Finally, in the spring (2018) at Newmarket Theatre we will bring our final production of the season, Billy Elliot.  Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. Set in a mining town in the north of England against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Rehearsals beginning January 2018 in Newmarket. 

We are very excited to produce shows that we know will become a part of our audiences heart and soul. Wavestage is very proud to be producing our 23rd Season of entertaining, thought-provoking theatre. We invite you to join us for one of our most ambitious seasons yet!

Auditions will begin January 2017. Please click the link below to learn more about our audition requirements and to book an audition.

Audition Notice: Shrek the Musical

 

Wavestage Theatre Company is currently auditioning for supporting roles in their November 2016 production of SHREK THE MUSICAL. Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarmingly-upended fairy tale featuring a crusty but loveable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a defiant princess, a vertically challenged bad guy and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD BY APPOINTMENT IN TORONTO on June 25, 2016. Video auditions accepted until June 30.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held in Newmarket (461 Park Ave) beginning September 10, 2016 on Saturdays between 3:30-9pm and Sunday's between 1:30-7pm. Due to the short rehearsal period (10 weeks), all rehearsals are mandatory (for scenes called). Performers will be called for rehearsal as broken down by scene. 

PERFORMANCES: This production will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from November 17-20, 2016.

Non-union. Non-paying. Performers will be required to pay a costume fee and help with painting or building a set.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITON, EMAIL info@wavestagetheatre.com

AUDITION INFO (PLEASE READ)

  1. Please prepare two selections of contrasting songs (32 bars). Bring accompaniment track on iPhone or iPad etc. (anything with an aux input).
  2. Please bring an updated resume.
  3. Please bring a printed copy of your headshot (either colour or black and white).
  4.  Currently accepting video auditions until June 30, 2016. Please email info@wavestagetheatre.com with your video (follow audition requirements detailed above), resume, and headshot.
  5. Supporting characters: many featured roles with lines, solos, dances, or action. Roles include: Humpty Dumpty (strong belter), Big Bad Wolf, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Ugly Duckling, Peter Pan, Shoemaker’s Elf, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Three Blind Mice (trio, strong harmonies), Three Little Pigs (trio, strong harmonies). 
    Ensemble: ensemble will portray tap-dancing rats, various fairytale creatures, knights, happy people, skeletons, angry mob.
 

22nd Season Announcement & Audition Info

We are thrilled to be announcing the lineup of musical productions that will fill our 22nd Season! This season we will be presenting three Main Stage adult company productions from May 2016 - April 2017. 

Our summer stock production at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts is RAGTIME (July 14-17, 2016). We are excited to be rehearsing this production at a TTC-accessible location in York Mills TORONTORagtime is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate families coping with rapid changes of the early 20th Century. History's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate are the underpinnings of intimate interactions among Anglo-American, African-American, and European immigrants.

In the fall at Newmarket Theatre, our second production is the popular fairytale hit, SHREK, The Musical (November 17-20, 2016)! Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarmingly-upended fairy tale featuring a crusty but loveable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a defiant princess, a vertically challenged bad guy and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales.

"Is there a moment quite as keen or a memory as bright as light and fire and music sweet to warm the winter's night?" On February 11, 2017 at Newmarket Theatre, we will present a Midwinter Celtic Night! An evening of song from the Wavestage Choir. Traveling through Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and England, where Yul, Hogmagog, and the Winter Solstice have uniquely interlaced over time; each finding its own way to stand on the edge of nature while she sleeps. 

You'll "get a kick" out of our final production of the season: ANYTHING GOES (April 20-23, 2017) at Newmarket Theatre. In this toe-tapping adventure on the high seas, etiquette and convention get tossed out of the porthole as two unlikely couples navigate their way to love … proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise, and some good old-fashioned blackmail!

Stay tuned for a curriculum announcement and registration opening for our Youth Programs. 

Keep reading for casting and audition information!


REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held in Toronto (2737 Bayview Ave) beginning May 1 on Saturdays 3-7pm & Sundays 2-6pm. Due to the short rehearsal period (10 weeks), all rehearsals are mandatory. Performers will be called for rehearsal as broken down by scene. 

PERFORMANCES: This production will be performed at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from July 14-17. Selections performed live on July 1. 

Auditions will be held by appointment in Toronto (2737 Bayview Ave.) on January 30 & February 6, 2016.

Non-union. Non-paying. Performers will be required to pay a costume fee. 


REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held in Newmarket (461 Park Ave) beginning September 10, 2016 on Saturdays between 3:30-9pm. and Sunday's between 1:30-7pm. Due to the short rehearsal period (10 weeks), all rehearsals are mandatory. Performers will be called for rehearsal as broken down by scene. 

PERFORMANCES: This production will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from November 17-20, 2016.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD BY APPOINTMENT IN TORONTO & NEWMARKET JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 6, 2016.

Non-union. Non-paying. Performers will be required to pay a costume fee and help with painting or building a set.


REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held in Newmarket (461 Park Ave) beginning January 2017 on Saturdays between 3:30-9pm and Sundays between 1:30-7pm. Due to the short rehearsal period (10 weeks), all rehearsals are mandatory. Performers will be called for rehearsal as broken down by scene. 

PERFORMANCES: This production will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from April 20-23, 2017.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD BY APPOINTMENT IN NEWMARKET IN OCTOBER 2016. Dates TBA.

Non-union. Non-paying. Performers will be required to pay a costume fee and help with painting or building a set.

Top 5 Theatre Resume Mistakes

Top 5 Theatre Resume Mistakes

Actors can’t help but feel a little powerless during the process of auditioning. When it comes to casting, an actors input and personal preferences are really quite insignificant in the process. So while you’re on your way to that dream role, it’s smart to leverage the opportunities at hand by presenting yourself in the best light. The first area you have control of as an actor is the manner in which you’re represented to casting directors. This starts with a quality, relevant acting resume. 

Read more to see the common acting resume mistakes that could be costing you work.

Casting Call September 2015

Casting Call September 2015

We are currently seeking performers for the following 2015-16 roles. Please double check all role requirements before applying. If you qualify for any of these roles, please get in contact with our Artistic Director through our contact form!

We rehearse in Newmarket, Ontario and our productions of COMPANY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and GYPSY will be performed at Newmarket Theatre. 

Five Ways to Ace Your Audition

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With our 21st Season auditions in full swing, we wanted to provide a few tips on how you can impress our casting panel at your audition. A great audition is achieved with more than just having a great voice.

1. Do Your Research

You should know both the plot and music for the shows you are auditioning for. Have you watched video clips from the show? If you are trying out for a specific role and you aren't familiar with their major solo, it looks like you aren't serious about the audition. Does the character you are auditioning for have an accent? If you're singing that character's song, perform with the accent. A well prepared performer is easy to spot!

2. Arrive Early, and Without An Ego

Confidence is key, but a bad attitude or big ego shows that you may be hard to work with. Arriving early shows the panel that you're organized and will be a reliable asset in the company. Integrity, respect, and reliability are all desired elements of a functional performer.

3. Be Prepared to Take Direction

The panel may ask you to stop halfway through your number or to try it again doing something different. Don't get flustered and always give it your best effort, even if what they are asking is out of your typical comfort zone.

4. Read the Audition Requirements

We post our specific audition requirements and requests for each production on our blog. Take the time to read them and look for roles that are true to your voice type/age/experience level.

5. Sing out, Louise!

We want to see confidence, energy, and embodiment of character! Don’t forget to feel your song. Good acting is vital to good singing. Give 110% and convince our panel that you could be placed in that role.

Book your audition today for our 21st Season productions of Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wizard of Oz, and Gypsy. Keep an eye out in the future for our "Musical Theatre Audition" workshop for more audition tips and critique. 

21st Season Audition Requirements

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The remaining 21st Season productions have been revealed! We will be producing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wizard of Oz, and Gypsy, and are thrilled to be sharing these productions with our audiences.

*** BOOK YOUR AUDITION ***

GENERAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Please come prepared with 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice. Song should display both acting and vocal abilities. If auditioning for specific characters, please also prepare the requested musical number (listed below). Please bring accompaniment tracts (on CD or iPod) or sing acapella. It is essential that you also bring a headshot and recent resume. You should arrive 5 minutes prior to your booked audition time.

SPECIFIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS -

Lawrence Jameson: (M, 40-60) Actor, singer, good dance/movement with distinguished, cultured physical style. Needs to be able to affect Middle European and German/Austrian accents at different points in the show (will have to sing with Austrian accent). G2 - Bb4 (Baritone/Tenor). SING: "Give em what they want" and the end of "Dirty Rotten Number"

Freddy Benson: (M, 20-37) Actor, singer, good dance/movement/physically active, high energy. This actor also plays the part of a wheelchair confined vet and Lawrence’s crazy younger brother Ruprecht. A2 - B4 (Tenor). SING: the end of "Dirty Rotten Number" and "Great Big Stuff".

Christine Colgate: (F, 20-35) Actor, singer, some dance/movement with sweet innocent look and appeal (needs both a standard American and a Brooklyn accent). A3 - F#5 (mid voice singer). SING: "Here I Am"

Andre Thibault: (M, 30-55) Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, business like persona. Needs to be able to affect a French accent. F2 - F4 (Baritenor). SING: "Like Zis Like Zat"

Muriel Eubanks: (F, 35-55) A wealthy socialite, one of Lawrence's victims, and Andre's love interest. Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, wealthy air. E3 - C5 SING: "What was a Woman to Do"

Jolene Oakes: (F, 20-40) An American oil heiress from Oklahoma vacationing on the French Riviera. New money — think of a combination of Ado Annie / Gertie (from “Oklahoma!”) having recently won the lottery. Actor/Singer/good dancer/movement, spunky high energy Southern firecracker. A3 - D5 (Alto). SING: "Oklahoma".

Lenore, Sophia & Renee: (F, 17-35) Wealthy socialites, and Lawrence's victims. Gerard: (M, 24-35) Renee’s Jealous Husband. Ensemble roles: Croupier, Conductor, Waiters, Nun, Hotel Manager, Maids, Nikos, Usherettes, Socialites.

- THE WIZARD OF OZ - 

Dorothy: (F, 13-20) Prepare Somewhere Over the Rainbow from "Someday I'll wish upon a star”

Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch: (F, any age) Archetypcial Villain. Show us you can be the witch. If auditioning for the Witch please indicate this to us so that we can send you script for a monologue.

Professor Marvel/Wizard: (M, 40+) If auditioning for the Wizard please indicate this to us so that we can send you script for a monologue.

Scarecrow/Hunk: (M, 16-30) Must be agile with strong comic skills and charismatic. SING: "If I Only had a Brain". Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

TinMan/Hickory: (M, 40-70) Sing: "If I only had a heart". Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Lion/Zeke: (M, 16-50) Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road. A gruff but loveable man with great charisma. Sing "If I were the king of the forest".

Uncle Henry: (M, 35-60). Auntie Em: (F, 40-65)

Glinda the Good Witch: (F, 15-35) prepare any soprano, ingenue-type song.

Solo Munchkins Mayor of Munchkin Three tough Ball players from Munchkin land (age 8 to 14) Three Lullabye League Ballet Munchkins (age 6-10) Coroner of Munchkin Land Two Teachers Munchkin Land Barrister of Munchkin Land Three City Fathers of Munchkin Land A Braggart in Munchkin Land

Ensemble Munchkins and Ozians will be cast from the Showbiz Academy and Showstoppers programs. Ozians, Poppies, Jitterbugs and Monkeys will be cast from StageDoor Players. Adult ensemble will be cast as Ozians and monkeys. Ensemble Jitterbugs age 11-19 Ensemble Munchkins age 5-13 Ensemble Poppies Age 11-19 Witches Monkey Army age 11-19

 - GYPSY - 

Mama Rose: (F, 40-60) Should be a Strong Mid voice singer with good low notes and belt. Sing "Everything's Coming up Roses"

Louise: (F, 18-35) Mezzo (needs a light sound for "Little Lamb" and belt for "Let Me Entertain You"). Needs to be comfortable with stripping. Sing "If Momma Was Married"

Baby Louise: (F, 8-14) Personable singer with a pretty singing voice and good speaking ability.

Dainty June: (F, 16-24) Mezzo/Alto (should be flexibile and have dance experience). Sing "If Momma Was Married". A flat to D.

Baby June: (F, 6-12) strong dance/performance skills. Sing "Let Me Entertain You"

Tulsa: (M, 18-30) High Baritone/tenor with strong dance skills. Sing "All I Need is the Girl".

Newsboys/Farm boys: (M, age 18-28) LA, Yonkers, Angie, + 2 or 3 extra ensemble Young Newsboys: (M/F, age 7-13)

Herbie: (M, 40-60) strong Baritone/tenor charismatic.

Ensemble Roles: Uncle Jocko, Georgie (Jockos assistant), Balloon girl age 8- 15, Musical boy age 8-12, Pop (age 55+, Rose's Dad), Rich man, Rich mans son (age 8- 12), Tap dance kid, Boy Scout, Weber (Theatre manager), Kringelein (Hotel manager), Mr Goldstone (program curcuit rep), Miss Cratchit (Secretary at Granzigars Palace), Hollywood girls (Agnes, Dolores, Thelma, Gail), Cigar (Theatre manager), Pastey (Stage manager), Off stage announcer, Renee (Louise's maid), Phil (Louis press agent), Bourgeon cochon, Hotel guests, Restaurant staff, Cow, Stage hands at Granzigars, Other strippers

Tessie Tura: (F, 20-40) Mid voice or Belt with Ballet (Stripper) Mazeppa: (F, 20-40) Belt, possibly with trumpet-playing ability (Stripper) Electra: (F, 20-40) Strong mid voice or belt (Stripper)

YOUTH PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

Children and teens under the ages of 18 must be registered for our 2015/16 youth programs to participate in MainStage company productions. Youth programs provide participants with the triple-threat skills to succeed in our MainStage company productions, through weekly classes that focus on a variety of skills relevant to each age group. Here is the breakdown of what each term will consist of for program participants:

SHOWSTOPPERS Term One: The Wizard of Oz (Munchkins and Ozians) Term Two: 101 Dalmatians (children's production, many role opportunities)

SHOWBIZ ACADEMY Term One: The Wizard of Oz (Munchkins and Ozians) Term Two: Audition will determine casting in either 101 Dalmatians (kids production) or Gypsy (MainStage adult production).

STAGEDOOR PLAYERS Term One: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and/or The Wizard of Oz. Term Two: Gypsy

Pricing and registration will be available beginning in January. Please audition in our general 21st Season auditions.

Now Booking Auditions for Into the Woods

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The Brothers Grimm hits the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favourite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The TONY Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.


Wavestage Theatre will be holding open auditions for the Stephen Sondheim Musical “Into The Woods” to be performed July 9 to 12, 2015 at Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. Rehearsals for this production begin May 1st, on Saturdays 3:30 to 9pm and Sundays 1:30 to 8pm. Rehearsals are mandatory.

Audition Requirements

  • Performers will each be given 5 minutes for their audition. Please arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Please bring a recent headshot and resume to your audition.
  • Please prepare one song from the show AND 16 bars of another song (not from Into the Woods) that best shows your abilities and range. Please bring accompaniment tracts on iPod/iPhone or CD. Accompaniment tracts for Into the Woods will be provided.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR AUDITION!

Into the Woods Audition Songs & Casting Requirements

CINDERELLA: A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Female, 20-35 yrs old Range: G3 - G5. Please sing ON THE STEPS OF THE PALACE.

CINDERELLA'S MOTHER: Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree. Female, 40-55 yrs old Range: E4 - F4. Please sing her solo lines from CINDERELLA AT THE GRAVE.

CINDERELLA'S PRINCE: Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. Male, 27-40 yrs old. Range: B2 - F4. Please sing AGONY.

CINDERELLA'S STEPMOTHER: The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella. Female, 30 to 50 yrs old. Range: A3 - F#5.

FLORINDA & LUCINDA: Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella. Female, 15 - 35 yrs old. Range: C4 - Ab5.

JACK: The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed. Male, 17-30 yrs old Range: B2 - G4. Please sing GIANTS IN THE SKY.

JACK'S MOTHER: Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed. Female, 50-65 yrs old. Range: Bb3 - Gb5. Please sing solo from PROLOGUE.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive. Female, 14-20 yrs old. Range: Bb3 - F5. Please sing I KNOW THINGS NOW.

NARRATOR/MYSTERIOUS MAN: A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer. Male, 30to 65 yrs old. Range: G2 - Eb4. Please sing NO MORE. 

RAPUNZEL: A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world. Female,15 to 30 yrs old. Range: B3 - A5. Please sing OUR LITTLE WORLD.

RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE: Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: C#3 - E4 Please sing AGONY.

THE BAKER: A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles. Male, 25 to 45 yrs old Range: Ab2 - G4. Please sing NO MORE.

THE BAKER'S WIFE: Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavours. Female, 25-40 yrs old. Range: F3 - G5. Please sing MOMENTS IN THE WOODS.

THE WITCH: Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. Female, 45-55 yrs old. Range: F3 - G5. Please sing LAST MIDNIGHT and PROLOGUE (Rap Sequence).

WOLF: Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. Male, 30-35 yrs old Range: Bb2 - Gb4. Please sing HELLO LITTLE GIRL.

3 LITTLE PIGS: 3 children ages 10 to 13. Dancers and singing ensemble.


 

***Please Note*** Wavestage Theatre is a volunteer based educational mandate company. 

10 Signs You Need a New Headshot

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A headshot is your first impression, whether it be seen on LinkedIn or at an audition. You might not even realize how much power a good headshot can have in your professional success. But how do you know if your headshot is really making the right impression, and how are you to know when it's time for a new one? Here are the top ten signs that it's time to retire your current headshot: 1. Your current headshot is over 3 years old and/or defining physical features have changed. Did you chop off your locks, lose 10 pounds, dye your hair, or have a growth spurt that altered your face shape? It's time for a new headshot. Similarly, if people are looking at your headshot and responding with "That's you??", then you definitely need a new headshot that accurately represents what you look like in real life.

2. Your current headshot has harsh shadows. Harsh shadows are something a professional photographer will know to avoid. They are unflattering and reflect poor knowledge of lighting, whether it's from flash or harsh daylight.

3. Your current headshot is grainy or pixelated. Grain, another sign of improper exposure and lighting for headshots, is a clear sign of an amateur headshot. Pixellation reflects over-sharpening or printing a web-resolution photo.

4. Your headshot has a distracting background. Ask three people what is the first thing they see when they look at your headshot. If it's ever a background element that they are focusing on, then you need a new headshot that directs the viewer to your face.

5. You don't actually have an official, professional headshot! The photo your mother took of you in the backyard last summer just won't do. It's time to show casting directors that you're serious, professional, and know what you're doing. An unprofessional photo says just that: amateur.

6. Part of your face is out of focus. For example, one of your eyes is in focus and the other is not. This can create weird optical illusions for the viewer, especially if it's the eye that is further away from the camera.

7. You made the mistake of not wearing proper makeup or having your hair done for your previous headshot. If you're getting your headshots done, you should seriously consider having a professional do your makeup and hair. A makeup artist will know exactly how to play up your best features without piling on pounds of makeup to cover your flaws. They will know how to prepare your face for studio lighting or natural lighting, which will greatly help to improve the quality of your images.

8. The tones are too flat. "Matte" look images are a trend in photography, but they don't present you as an individual in the most flattering way. Some photographers will choose to do this because it appears to make skin look smoother. However, proper retouching and contrast in a photo has a much more professional look.

9. Your current headshot is overexposed. Over exposure can result in a loss of detail in the image. When detail is lost, your photo looks messy and amateur.

10. You look too intimidating. While a more serious look is sometimes preferred, you shouldn't appear unapproachable or angry. The intense glare must not be pretentious, aloof, or awkward. It should be friendly, professional, and trustworthy.

Article contributed by Caileigh Kyle. Caileigh is an international lifestyle and wedding photographer based just outside of Toronto, Ontario.

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Audition for our upcoming productions of Guys & Dolls, Follies & Peter Pan!

Call for Auditions - Lead Roles Available

Wavestage Theatre Company is auditioning leading roles for Guys and Dolls (November 6-9, 2014). Rehearsals begin after labour day and will take place in Newmarket on weekends. [divider]

Nathan Detroit: Age 25-40. Audition song must shown comedic timing. (Baritone, D - High F, comic role) A not-so-smart but loveable gambler, engaged to Adelaide for 14 years.

Sky Masterson: Age 25-40. Charismatic strong singer must be able to command a stage. Should audition with "I'll Know" and "Luck Be a Lady". (Legit Baritone, B - Eb,)

Sarah Brown: Stage age 25 to 35. Soprano to High A. Should audition with "I’ll Know". This doll has the most to do in the entire show. Huge story arch where we see her play straight laced, tipsy, heartbroken and madly in love. Strong actress and singer. 

Also seeking female dancers and a substantial male chorus.

To book an audition, please send an updated resume and headshot HERE. Non-equity only.