BA Theatre Auditions

Theatre Audition/Scholarship Day

Audition/Scholarship Day is when the Department of Theatre & Dance holds auditions and interviews for departmental acting,  as well as auditions for admission to the Musical Theatre Track (there are no auditions for entrance into the acting track).

For those students interested in design and technical theatre scholarships, please contact our Director of Technical Production, Randy deCelle, at rdecelle@ua.edu to set up an interview. These students need not complete an Audition Day form. For that interview, if available, bring examples of your design work.  These designs can be realized work or class projects.  Drawings, sketches, models, and photos presented in an organized manner are a great way to show off your skills.  If you do not have design work prepared, do not be intimidated.  You are still encouraged to talk to our design faculty.

Auditions and interviews are held on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dates (2018-2019 Admission)

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Check-in Time: 8:30AM
Location: Lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Check-in Time: 8:30AM
Location: Lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall
Musical Theatre Registration Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5pm
Acting Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

Musical Theatre Applicants who wish to audition on January 13 must submit a pre-screen video by December 15, 2017 @ 5pm. Please read the pre-screen guidelines below.

Registration

Please fill out the online Audition Day Registration Form.  These materials must be received by the Friday prior to Audition Day.

Pre-Screen (Spring Musical Theatre Track ONLY)

Applicants participating in the Fall Audition are not required to go through the pre-screening process.

For Spring Auditions, Musical Theatre applicants must submit a pre-screen video by December 15th @ 5pm to be considered. Following the process, applicants will be notified if they have qualified for auditions and will be invited to fill out a registration form, if they have not already. Any Musical Theatre applicant who does not submit a pre-screen video by December 15th will not be allowed to attend the spring auditions in the musical theatre track, but swill still be welcome to audition for scholarships at that time.

The pre-screen video should be no more than 90 seconds and must include at least one 16 measure cut of a song and a 30 second monologue. Dance or movement is encouraged but not required. Pre-screen videos should be sent to auditions@ua.edu.

What to Expect

This is a typical schedule, subject to change based on scheduling requirements.

  • 8:30AM – Registration in the lobby of Rowand-Johnson Hall on the UA Campus.  You will be given audition numbers and a complete schedule of the day at this time.
  • 9:00AM – Welcome and Introduction, Gallaway Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall.
  • 9:30AM – Q&A for parents with Department Chair William Teague.
  • 9:45AM until finished – Audition/Scholarship Day activities.  These will include auditions and meetings with current UA Theatre majors.

Other Activities:

If you are interested in attending a campus tour, please schedule one via this link. We recommend the Friday before audition day (November 10, 2016 or January 12, 2017).

The Fall audition date (Saturday, November 11) falls during our performances of Spelling Bee and Dance Alabama! Auditioners will receive one complimentary ticket to the performance of their choice and may select it on the audition form. Additional tickets for parents/guardians and other friends or family members can be purchased at http://ua.tix.com. The performances on or around Fall audition day are: Dance Alabama! at 5:30 pm in Morgan Hall on Friday, November 10, and Spelling Bee at 7:30 pm in the Allen Bales Theatre on both Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.

How to Prepare

ALL ACTORS

Prepare a 90-second (or less) monologue of your choice (classic or contemporary) that best shows off your acting skills.  Please note that you will be cut off at the 90-second mark.

MUSICAL THEATRE

In addition to the monologue, prepare two theatre songs (16-measure audition versions, but know the complete songs): an up-tempo and a ballad.  Women who can belt should include both belt and legit.  There will be an accompanist; bring sheet music.  Do not sing a cappella or with recorded accompaniment.  There will also be a dance audition.  Bring dance clothes, and character and jazz shoes, if you have them.

CLOTHING

Standard audition attire is required.  Actors, come dressed for the acting audition.  Musical theatre applicants, come dressed to dance. You will have a time to change into audition clothing for the singing and acting audition following the lunch break. Please bring all dance shoes including tap shoes and wear appropriate dance wear.

Lunch

Lunch is not provided, but there will be a break for applicants to eat on their own. There are several dining locations around the campus and a map will be provided when the applicant checks in.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

You will be notified by the end of February 2018 if you have been selected to receive a scholarship from the Department of Theatre and Dance in the Fall of 2018.  If auditioning for the Musical Theatre Track, you will also be notified of your status by the end of February.

GUESTS/PARENTS

All auditions are private.  Performers are brought into the audition room one at a time. We find that students do their best and most honest work when parents and guests are not watching. You are welcome to wait for the auditionee in the Johnson Room (adjacent to the Marian Gallaway Theatre).

Questions?

If you any questions, please contact Stacy Alley, slalley@ua.edu

Resources & Information Sheets

  • Audition Day Registration Form (submitted online)
  • Send Pre-Screen videos (for spring audition day only) to auditions@ua.edu