casting calls for Hoopla house teams
we are currently casting for new shows!
We are currently casting for new scene based and long-form improv shows, and also for adhoc places in existing groups.
Rehearsals will be every other Thursday from late February 2020.
The show will start of by performing on a regular basis at our Pre-Party nights to develop the show, before progressing to be one of our regular house teams at our weekly Clubhouse nights and eventually build up to our main weekend shows.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Hoopla team and rehearse and perform on a regular basis alongside our other house teams and guest groups.
who we are looking for
Remember if price is a barrier to you doing courses and building up experience we do offer lots of scholarships for our classes.
We are especially looking for people who can play as part of a team, play a wide range of characters and relationships, and support other groups and Hoopla nights in general.
Due to the high number of people who have recently completed long-form training with Hoopla we are only accepting applications from Hoopla students.
Audition details will be confirmed in the New Year and are likely to take place in mid-February.
Every other Thursday evening from late February.
Shows start as at least every other Saturday 6pm at our Pre-Party night for new acts. After a couple of months and when the show is ready for a wider audience it will progress to every other week at our Thursday 8pm Clubhouse night alongside our other new house teams.
Exact dates will be confirmed with your director during rehearsals.
The shows are free to the audience so are unpaid and to be done for fun and experience only. Hoopla will cover rehearsal room hire, teaching fees and marketing costs for the first 3 months of the show.
to apply for auditions
Please email [email protected] with:
- Your name.
- Acting/Improv CV.
- Spotlight or Casting Call Pro link (if you have one).
- Your email address and telephone number.
- 1 paragraph of your improv or acting training.
- 1 paragraph of your improv or acting performing experience.
Deadline for applications is 24th January 2020.
If your initial application is successful we will let you know by 7th February with details of audition date.
current casting opportunities
We are currently casting for new scenes based and long-form shows, and are also casting for adhoc places in many of our current teams.
We hold auditions every season to help give as many performing opportunities as possible to improvisers.
progression as an improviser at hoopla
Hoopla improv classes, with end of course shows
Auditions for House Teams or forming your own group
Performing at Pre-Party as show develops
Performing in Clubhouse regularly to build audience and show further
Performing at our Main Stage Shows
Group showcased via online film channels (in development)
Group showcased at festivals (in development)
Improv auditions vary from show to show but all tend to have some group warm games first to create a supportive environment and then lots of 2-3 people scenes.
Auditions mainly focus on improvised two person scenes from suggestion, as that’s the main thing most improv forms have in common. There are sometimes then some larger 3-4 people scenes or scenes or games specific to the show.
You aren’t in competition with the other person on stage
When you are on stage with someone at an audition you are not in competition with them. The job of an improviser is to make each other look good, and this is especially true for auditions. The basics of listen, agree, yes and are the best things to focus on in an audition and what we look for most. So being in competition with your scene partner in an audition is counter-productive.
Auditions may feel like a competition and they can feel like a difficult atmosphere because of that, but we are looking for improvisers who can see through all that and focus on supporting each other around them, helping others to relax and basically have a good time. This comes with practice so we recommend taking advantage of as many performing opportunities as possible and going to as many auditions as possible to build up experience.
Focus on the basics
At improv auditions it’s usually best to focus on the basics. Listening, agreement, yes and, who what where, building relationships. These things done well are always what we look for. Things to avoid are playing overly negative scenes or aggressive characters, as we’re looking for people who can lift the spirits of the room.
You don’t have to be perfect
You don’t have to be perfect. The show rehearsal process is where we make the show. So don’t worry about mistakes, just brush them off and get back on stage. In fact being able to laugh at mistakes is actually likely to get you into a team.
Auditions are also a great way to meet other people who are also interested in performing and many spin off groups have formed from people who initially met at auditions.
what to do if you don't get cast in the show
Don’t give up.
It’s very rare for someone to make it into a show at their first ever improv audition. The more auditions you do the more you’ll learn and the more likely you are likely to get into a later show.
We’ve got loads of other performing opportunities for you
If you don’t make a show the best thing to do is make the most of all the other performing opportunities out there. Go to jams, form your own group and basically just do as much improv on stage as you can. When people apply for shows we have huge respect for people who’ve previously started their own shows or been to lots of jams. We also have space and support for people who have formed their own groups.
Audition for future shows
We don’t forget people who audition with us. In fact quite the opposite. We have a huge amount of respect for people who put themselves forwards for auditions and keep them on a list for future opportunities.
We also have a huge respect for people who audition for multiple shows. This shows a commitment and will power that we want to work with. We recently offered a place to someone in a show who had just missed out at three previous auditions. When a place in a show opened up she was top of the list.
Going to auditions gets you known as someone who is brave and interested in performing, so even if you don’t get into that particular show it’s still a good way to meet like-minded people.
Hoopla itself started from not getting into an audition. Before Hoopla we were doing improv for fun at workshops but nobody wanted us in their shows. We tried auditions but couldn’t get in. So we started our own regular practice session, formed our own group and 14 years later we’re the UK’s biggest improv company. Badaboom badabing.
So if you don’t get in it doesn’t mean do less, it means do more. Go big.
how we choose people from auditions
The director of the show usually runs the auditions. We also have an independent person in the room to take notes, input into the selection process and to ensure all decisions are fair.
How well the cast know the director doesn’t come into selection as there is an independent person there who is responsible for making sure the audition is fair and based on what’s happened in the actual audition.
We also make sure we have a balanced diversity of genders and background across our House Teams, which we manage by having multiple places we advertise casting and independent people overseeing the process to ensure there isn’t subconscious bias when casting.
If people want notes regards the audition they are welcome to request this afterwards, we can do this on email only following notes made during auditions.