Musical Theatre Audition Requirements

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Musical Theatre is comprised of three disciplines: dance, music, and theatre. The Musical Theatre audition includes participation in a dance class, song repertoire, acting requirement and a departmental interview. 

Dance Requirements: 

Applicants will be taught a jazz combination specific to Musical Theatre and ideally, applicants should wear jazz dance attire. 

  • For women: Black leotard, black or pink tights. 

  • For men: White t-shirt, black tights.

  • Jazz shoes or bare feet.

  • If you do not have dance attire, workout clothes that are form-fitting. 

Music Requirements: 

Applicants must bring sheet music for the provided accompanist and must perform both of the following:

  • One up-tempo song from a musical written before 1970. 

  • One ballad from a musical written before 1970, or a classical piece (aria or art song in any language).

  • All applicants must sing 32 bars (or one verse and one chorus). 

  • Music must be printed with either melody and chords (as in a lead sheet), or with a piano accompaniment.

  • Music must be printed in the key in which you sing. If the published sheet music isn’t in the right key, you can order your song in your key from a site called musicnotes.com. 

  • If your song is in a printed book, the book should be broken in, so that it will stay open on the piano.

  • If the song is on printed sheets, they should be 3-hole punched and put in a binder. It is preferable to have the sheets back to back and taped on the edges for fewer page turns. Please do not use staple and avoid putting music in plastic sheets as they glare.

Suggested Sources/References for Songs

Ballad & Up-Tempo Repertoire:
Any works by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Comden and Green, Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Hermann, Cy Coleman, Harold Arlen.

Books:
The Singer's Musical Theater Anthology
Hal Leonard Corp and Richard Walters
Volumes for soprano, mezzo/better, tenor, and baritone/bass

The Teen's Music Theater Collection
Louise Lerch
Young women's and young men's editions

Classical Repertoire: 
24 Italian Songs and Arias
G. Schirmer edition
Published by Hal Leonard Corp
Medium-high and medium-low voice editions.

Acting Requirements: 

Incoming Freshman or Sophomore:

  • One Contemporary (after 1900) monologue*, one to two minutes. We suggest — but do not limit you to — one chosen from the list of recommended plays: 

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon 
The Crucible by Arthur Miller 
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansburry 
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe 
Marisol by Jose Rivera 
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen 
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice 
The Less Than Human Club by Timothy Mason 
Any work by August Wilson

  • One Shakespearean Sonnet (performance ready); you may choose any Shakespeare play. 

Incoming Junior:

  • One contemporary (after 1900) monologue* totaling one to two minutes. We suggest - but do not limit you to - one chosen from the list of recommended plays: 

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon 
The Crucible by Arthur Miller 
Our Town by Thornton Wilder 
A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansburry 
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe 
Marisol by Jose Rivera 
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen 
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice 
The Less Than Human Club by Timothy Mason 
Any work by August Wilson

  • One Shakespearean monologue* totaling two minutes; you may choose any Shakespeare play. 

*All monologues MUST be from a scripted play. No internet monologues, no original work, or poetry will be accepted. Applicants must read the entire play from which the piece has been selected. Be prepared to have the monologue(s) work-shopped by a faculty member. 

Other Requirements: 

Please bring a resume or a list of your performance and training experience, and be prepared for an interview with the department faculty.

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