2019-20 Univ. of Oklahoma – BFA Musical Theatre Audition Requirements
ALL initial auditions will be in the form of a prescreen video submission through www.getacceptd.com. This year, we’re proud to join the effort sponsored by Papermill Playhouse and other top tier Musical Theatre programs using the Common Pre-screen Requirements.
The entire OUMT faculty will review your prescreen audition to discern potential for success in our curriculum. You will be invited to make an appointment for an in-person “callback” audition based on the outcome of your prescreen submission.
The OUMT faculty will review and finalize all prescreen decisions after the December 1 deadline and notify students prior to December 15, 2019.
Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
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.
Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an up-tempo
- Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (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)
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
OUMT would like songs from OPTION A in the common requirements.
- 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.
Extra Artistic Advice for great vocal auditions.
- Consider how your songs choices will contrast: Style, Composer, Legit/Belt.
- Characterization: Don’t sing two songs where the roles you are embodying and/or stories you are telling – are identical.
· If you do it well, we are also very interested in seeing/hearing you perform a commercial music piece. It could be Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, Rock, R & B, Folk, or Country, etc. from the 1950s/60s to the present. We are looking for vocal style, and an authentic, non-theatre sound. (If this is a third song/Wild Card option – that’s fine).
- No a cappella singing and all songs should be memorized.
- Monologues 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)
OUMT would like to see monologues from OPTION B in the common requirements.
- Two, contrasting 60-90 second monologues
- 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); 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.
- 1 Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue 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.
Extra Artistic Advice for great acting auditions:·
- Consider how your monologues will contrast: Tone - one comic and one dramatic, by author, and characterization.
- Your selections should be age appropriate without dialect, costumes, or props.
*If dance is a strength and you have training in any of the following: ballet, tap, jazz or hip hop/urban street dance; you are highly encouraged to demonstrate your ability.
· The execution of the choreography should be story driven where the applicant is continuing to express a goal.
· Appropriate shoes and dance attire are required (no costumes).
· Please dance to music, not a cappella.
· Your performance is limited to one (1) minute for each style demonstrated.
· Your full body MUST be in view at all times. You may pause the video to change shoes J.
· Any or all of the following may be included in your combination(s):
o Ballet- (no barre work) – pirouette, jeté, waltz, piqué turn, battement, pas de bouree
o Tap - shuffles, flaps, buffalo, Irish, maxi-ford, time-steps, waltz clog, riffs, drawbacks, pick-ups, wings
o Jazz- (musical theatre in style, no contemporary) leaps, jumps, battements, turns, isolations, floor work
o Hip Hop/Urban – up, down, bounce screw, drop groove. Show us that you’re able to understand and execute up movement, grounded movement and door work.
OPTIONAL WILD CARD
· The Wild Card media is not required.
· 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?”.