Preparing A Musical Theatre Audition

For On-Campus auditions, musical theatre check-in commences promptly at 8:30 a.m. 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 not to exceed three minutes combined and present two songs of contrasting nature of approximately 16 measures of music each to provide information on vocal quality and range. Please choose at least one piece from the standard musical theatre literature, approximately from 1927 to 1968.

The monologues 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, crippled, etc.). The characters should be as natural, real, and as 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.

Props and Costumes: Costumes and props are not necessary. We will provide you with a chair if you need it.

Dance
On-campus auditioners will participate in a group dance audition.

Singing
On-campus and Chicago auditions—accompanist will be provided.

Other Off-campus sites —auditioners should present their vocal selections with a recorded accompaniment. You will need to bring your own CD, tape or mpg player.

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

Clothing
On-campus—Auditioning students should come to audition dressed in comfortable clothes that will permit freedom of movement. You will be given the opportunity to change clothes before presenting your monologues. Clothing for the monologues should present you at your best.

Off-campus—Since warmups are not conducted, auditioning students should wear clothes that are appropriate for their monologue presentations.