Preparing A Musical Theatre Audition | Webster University

Preparing A Musical Theatre Audition

For on-campus auditions, musical theatre check-in commences promptly at 8:30 am. Students will participate in special warmups given by members of the acting faculty. No advance preparation for this activity is needed. After the warmups the student will be asked to perform the audition pieces. The student may also be asked to do various exercises and improvisations at this time, and should be prepared to discuss his or her work on the audition pieces.

Monologues and Songs
As a prospective musical theatre major, you must prepare two monologues of not more than three minutes total. The selections should be of a contrasting nature. Choose characters close to yourself in age from scripts written after 1930. Monologues must be memorized and fully prepared.

Do not plan a long and involved introduction to your scene. Simply announce the name of the play and character and begin. Do not select Shakespeare or classical pieces. Do not do extreme characterizations of body, voice, or speech (extreme age, illness, insanity, handicap, etc.). The characters should be as natural, authentic, and close to you in real life as you can imagine. Do not use a dialect or accent. Use your own speech, even if the character would normally speak with an accent.

In addition, you must present two songs of contrasting nature of not more than 32 measures each to provide substantial information on vocal quality and range. One of the songs must be taken from the "Golden Era" genre that spans from 1943 to 1964.

Props and Costumes
The fewer the props and costumes the better. We will provide you with a chair if you need it, and you should keep the number of props and costume pieces down to one or two at the most. 

Clothing
On-campus: For the audition, you should come dressed in comfortable clothes that will permit freedom of movement. You will have the opportunity to change into more suitable clothing for the presentation of your prepared audition material.

Off-campus: Auditioning students should wear clothes that are appropriate for an interview process.

Singing
On-campus: Accompanist will be provided. Following the warm-up session, you will be asked to perform the audition pieces on an individual basis. Special Note for Musical Theatre Majors: You may be requested to send a video of ballet, jazz, and/or contemporary dance that is no longer than 1 minute in length. An additional 1-minute dance video of hip-hop and/or tap is optional. Submit this video only if requested. Off-campus: You should present your vocal selections with recorded accompaniment, unless you are auditioning in Chicago, where an accompanist is provided.

Off-campus auditioners must additionally provide a digital le containing two 32-measure selections of contrasting nature. This will be submitted to the musical theatre faculty for their evaluation.

Dance
Upon request ONLY, students may be requested to send a video of ballet, jazz and/or contemporary dance that is no longer than 1 minute in length. An additional 1 minute dance video hip-hop and/or tap is optional.