The Best Audition Songs for Calendar Girls – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Calendar Girls? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Calendar Girls, broken down by character.
Since Calendar Girls is a contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition, there are lots of songs from British musicals in order to match the style of the show.
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Step 1: Read your audition details
Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.
Step 2: Get to know the show
In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis while listening to the Calendar Girls cast album➝.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.
There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.
And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!
To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!
“Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle
“My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting
“Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland
“There is More to Life” – Flowers for Mrs Harris
“All Falls Down” – Chaplin
“It’s a Woman’s World” – The Full Monty
“Life With Harold” – The Full Monty
“What Was a Woman to Do?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Chris / Cora
“Born to Boogie” – Billy Elliot
“Loud” – Matilda
“Shine” – Billy Elliot
“Zazz” – The Prom
“Grandma’s Song” – Billy Elliot
“Only One” – Elegies: A Song Cycle
“The Cake I Had” – Grey Gardens
“What They Never Tell You” – It Shoulda Been You
“Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance
“The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance
“Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance
“Hold On” – The Secret Garden
“If Mountains Were Easy to Climb” – Mrs Henderson Presents
“Look At All the People” – Chaplin
“I’m Hopeless When It Comes to You” – Stephen Ward
“Pathetic” – Matilda
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns [film]
“A Place to Come Back to” – The Wind in the Willows
“Albert’s Watch” – Flowers for Mrs Harris
“How I Am” – Little Women
“Deep Into the Ground” – Billy Elliot
“Living in a Dream World” – Mrs Henderson Presents
“Now is Not the Time” – Mrs Henderson Presents
“Here Within These Walls” – Sister Act
“Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
“Whatever Time I Have” – Mrs Henderson Presents
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“Rain on Me” – Flowers for Mrs Harris
“This Little Girl” – Matilda
“Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday
“A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden
“If I Left London” – Chaplin
“The Streets of Dublin” – A Man of No Importance
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Calendar Girls:
• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Don’t Look at Me #1” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence (Eliza)
• “Marriage” from Sweet and Twenty➝ (The Agent)
• “The Whiz” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
Final Step: Prepare for your audition
After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Calendar Girls Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Calendar Girls, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.
* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.
“Yorkshire” – Company
“Mrs. Conventional” – The Girls
“Lighting the Sunflowers” – Chris, John
“Scarborough” – Annie
“Who Wants a Silent Night?” – Cora, Company
“Very Slightly Almost” – Annie
“Spring Fete” – Company
“Girls / Hello Yorkshire” – Tommo, Danny
“Time Passing” – Company
“Sunflower” – Chris
“Dare” – The Girls
“Girls (Village Green)” – Colin, Denis, Rod
“Protect Me Less” – Jenny, Danny
“Kilimanjaro (Village Hall)” – Annie
“So I’ve Had a Little Work Done” – Celia
“What Age Expects” – Jessie
“Kilimanjaro” – Annie
“Don’t Go Out With Christine Butler” – Rod
“Dare (Conference)” – The Girls
“My Russian Friend and I” – Ruth
“For One Night Only” – The Girls
“Sunflower of Yorkshire” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Calendar Girls did you choose?
And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.