Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions

Overview: Audition Process for Academic Programs

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UA Theatre and Dance will hold two Audition Days this academic year in January 2021.

In order to be considered to attend Audition Day, you must submit an application and the prescreen videos by the deadline. Only those students who submit a song and a piece of dance/movement will be considered for musical theatre. Note that while auditions are not required for entrance into the Theatre (BA) program only, students may audition for scholarships.

The deadlines along with the criteria for the videos are listed below. You may pick the date you’d like to attend.

Note that entering freshmen must be admitted by December 15th during the fall of their senior year in high school in order to access the scholarship application. If you would like to apply for scholarships with The University of Alabama, make sure to apply to the university by that deadline. You can find more information about these scholarships at the Undergraduate Scholarships website.

Once videos have been reviewed, students can be invited to attend acting auditions or musical theatre auditions. More information about the audition criteria will be sent in an email if an applicant is selected for the on-campus Acting or Musical Theatre auditions.

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AUDITION FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION

Application and Video Deadline

Monday, November 9, 2020, 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time)

Applicants selected to audition on campus will be notified on/before Tuesday, November 24.

Audition Days

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

When filling out the application form, you may choose which date you’d like to attend.

Acting (BFA) Concentration Criteria

UA REQUIREMENTS

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.

Monologue

Students wishing to audition for the acting concentration should submit two contrasting monologue pieces that fit the following description:

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th century-present).
  • One 60-90 second classical monologue.
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.

Please note that the time includes your slate. Please do not submit media files longer than 90 seconds.

Musical Theatre (BA and BFA) Concentration Criteria (College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria)

The University of Alabama is a participant in the College Musical Theater Prescreen Criteria in partnership with Paper Mill Playhouse and dozens of other university and collegiate equivalent musical theater training institutions. We use Option A for both Monologue and Song requirements.

UA REQUIREMENTS FROM THE 2020-2021 CRITERIA

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.

Monologue

  • 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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.
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

Songs

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the up-tempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Dance

Students should prepare a piece of dance/movement that meets these criteria:

  • Students may be asked to execute one or both of the following options. Each institution is responsible for indicating their specified requirements.
  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

HELPFUL HINT:

Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.

Wild Card

The “Wild Card” video is optional

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

More Information

More information on the 2020-2021 College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria can be found on the Papermill Playhouse website.

Audition and Interview Day Application

To register for the Audition and Interview Day, please fill out this application form by November 9, 2020. For any queries, please email auditions@ua.edu.