WRITER SPOTLIGHT: Carmel Dean
This September, NMT is putting a spotlight on its writers. Each day, we’ll be featuring one writer or writing team’s recommended audition songs and audition tips – and sharing a discount code for their one-day-only Spotlight Sale! Today: Carmel Dean! Carmel is a composer and music director (currently of Broadway’s If/Then). You should also read Carmel’s recent interview with NMT!
Today, September 16, only: get 20% off all Carmel Dean sheet music by entering the code CDSPOTLIGHT at checkout!
Favorite audition tip: Be yourself! I love seeing people’s personalities. Don’t try to be something you’re not, or try to sound like anyone else. Being unique in this business is a wonderful thing!
Recommended female audition song: CAMP LITTLE NOTCH
This is a great story song that is both funny and poignant. It’s fun for the actor to play both ends of this spectrum – she begins in a very frustrated and annoyed place, and the song resolves with her finding joy in seeing what makes her friend so happy.
Performed by Kate Wetherhead:
Recommended male audition song: NO ONE GOES TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK ALONE
This song gives the actor the opportunity for several different acting layers. Musically it creates a sad and plaintive tone, but the character’s challenge is to find the joy in being alone – or at least to try to convince himself that he is ok by himself.
Performed by Jay Armstrong Johnson: