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AUDITIONS: Free online BFA Application*

*You do not have to be accepted to SIU Carbondale first to audition for the MT program. However, students who are accepted to SIU prior to Dec 1 are given first consideration for academic scholarship. If you have a solid GPA/SAT/ACT we highly encourage you to apply early!

  • Oct 19, Sat, 1:00pm, Carbondale, Altgeld 116, See EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL free that weekend!
  • Dec 7, Sat, 1:00pm, Carbondale, Altgeld 116, See TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD free that weekend!
  • Feb 3-5, Mon-Wed. Unified Auditions, Chicago, Palmer House
  • Feb 22, Sat, 1:00pm, Carbondale, Altgeld 116. See THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS free that weekend!

PLEASE PREPARE THE FOLLOWING:

  • SONGS: 2 contrasting musical theater selections (each approximately 60 seconds or 32 bars); often the last 32 bars of a song are the best.
  • MONOLOGUE: 1 monologue (no more than 60 seconds).
  • DANCE: Dancewear or clothing you in which you can easily move.

OTHER:

  • Prepare your music:
    • Bring sheet music well marked with cuts (copy, cut and paste to make simple for pianist). An accompanist will be provided.
    • Minimize and simplify page turns.
    • Electronic accompaniments (MP3, CD, etc) are acceptable.
    • Prepare a few questions for us!
    • Picture and resume are appreciated, but not required.

FIVE AUDITION TIPS:

  1. Place the imaginary person to whom you are singing or speaking just over the heads of the auditioners, not to the sides.
  2. Draw our attention to your eyes, face and voice; minimize excessive gestures and long stage crosses.
  3. Select songs and monologues that fit your age, gender, vocal and physical type within reason. Don’t worry if something is overdone, especially if you feel you do it well. Generally speaking, please avoid dialects, accents.
  4. Variety and contrast within songs and monologues are important. Show us where the character changes their thought process, and take time for the moments they evaluate their situation to change course.
  5. Slow down, enjoy the language, make dramatic shifts, time for transitions.

FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND IN-PERSON, PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

SIU ONLY uses a Prescreen submission for those who cannot make it for an in-person audition.

PRESCREEN SUBMISSION VIDEO:

SIU is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Prescreen for the 2019-2020 cycle (this includes international students), and our institution uses the following criteria for digital submissions.

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate "slate" video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2 contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beghinning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
  • Songs should be filmed in a a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
-MTCPS OPTION 'A'
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student's choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monlogues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).
-MTCPS OPTION 'B'
  • (2) 60-90 second constrating monologues.
  • 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monlogue should be filmed in a "close-up" shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • 1 Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monlogue should be filmed in a "full-body" shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

DANCE

For video dance audition, please prepare this link.

For more information on the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen, please visit: https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/