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Petra Siniawski is the UK Associate Director of WICKED and has been for the past 7 years. She has been responsible for overseeing the casting of both the WEST END and TOURING “WICKED” productions.

I first worked with Petra on the West End production of RAGTIME. I then worked with her again on THE PRODUCERS. I have also travelled to Italy with her to conduct AMTA Master Classes in Rome.

She was at AMTA today working with our students on audition technique in general and of course was asked questions about the WICKED casting process.

She had a few general audition tips:

– Come into the audition room prepared and confident (don’t apologise).

– Don’t give tons of choices to the panel, just pick one and go with it. If they want to hear something else they will ask.

– Downfall for many actors is usually not the singing but the acting through song and connection to the material.

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Hello from sunny California.

I am at Seeber Music Productions with my good friend Eckart Seeber who is developing the orchestrations for a new project I am directing. It’s going to be huge, and did I mention it will be in Italian? I’m finally on my way to learning the language. Now I have no excuse!

I’m also with composer Marco Savaterri and project assistants Gabriel Glorioso and Viviana Zarbo, who are incidentally graduates of my musical theatre academy

My job is to manage the final development of the musical and to ensure it is in a format for international audiences. The musical is based on the ‘truth as far as we know it’ of the story of Cleopatra. The musical will be produced in Italy and then translated and re-developed for an English audience. The creative team will come from London and America, thus the reason we are in L.A. at the moment.

We will be in Italy later in the year to do preliminary auditions.

Back in London on Monday to prep for rehearsals for the Godspell UK tour. Exciting days ahead.

Here is a photo of the composer (left) with Eckart, discussing the music.



Day 5 AMTA on Broadway!

Posted: February 28, 2015 in New York
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Final day of AMTA training in NYC.

And so my blogging from NYC comes to an end, but I’m off to Los Angeles tomorrow for a week to work on orchestrations for a HUGE new musical that I will be directing. Watch this space.

I wanted to finish off the tips that students got from their dancing days and then tell you what we were up to today.


From Francesca…
Hi. my tip of the day is:
when doing a dance call use your own judgement as to whether you can mark the routine on the side when waiting for your turn. Some directors will not appreciate this, so make sure you don’t steal the focus when another group is performing – this could potentially lose you your shot at getting through to the next round! Dance wisely!

From Roddy…
TOP TIP: after performing a dance combination infront of a panel make sure you stay in the original formation that you started in until they have finished with you as they have your headshots layed out on their table in the formation you should be in so by moving you’re confusing maters for them!

Today we had the amazing and super talented (and so so funny) Michael Kostroff. He does his audition workshop all over the country and today we had him in for AMTA. It’s the second time sitting in on this and I still learned so much. I don’t audition at the moment due to my directing jobs but it actually made me WANT to audition. Check it out here and if you ever get a chance to go to one just GO!!!

Yesterday our actors were uptown working with film director Matthew Bonifacio. I promised to post a pic…



Goodbye from NYC, I have a bunch of very sad students flying back to London tomorrow who had the most amazing time.



I am pleased to announce that my drama college AMTA has been asked to be the first choir on the UK TOUR of GODSPELL in CONCERT. AMTA participated in the West End Concert last May and it was a sell out show. Get your tickets and learn more about the show here

1. Take more than 2 songs with you in case asked (your selections might not be suitable).

2. Remember it’s not a competition to see who can sing loudest or highest.

3. If you don’t know how to comb your hair, get help!