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For college peformance auditions, students will submit a video audition.
Performance audition videos must:
- Be ninety seconds long (no longer than two minutes including slate and transition between pieces).
- Contain two contrasting pieces (one song and one monologue OR two monologues).
- Be solo presentations.
- Begin with an introductory slate: name and titles of selections being performed.
- Use a track if singing. NO a capella submisisons are permitted.
- Avoid selections with dialects, accents, or any classical material if not trained in those areas.
- Show your range -- choose selections that showcase different aspects of your skill.
- Selections should demonstrate your best work.
- Highlight your ability to create a dynamic character
- Choose a piece that allows you to tell a story -- shape, subtext, and resonance are important.
- Rehearse your full audition, including your transition between pieces.
- While your slate does not count toward your ninety seconds, you should still rehearse what you plan to say -- name and title of pieces are sufficient.
- Remember to consider your blocking and physicality in addition to your text work.
- Don't forget facial expressions!
Video Audition Tips:
- Consider your frame (how much of your body you want to show during your audition). At a minimum, make sure to show from a few inches above your head to your belly button.
- If performing a song, make sure you have a solid track to use for your accompaniment.
- Pay an accompanist to record a track for you and send you an .mp3 file. Try reaching out to your local university's music or theatre department as a start.
- Find a karaoke track online. Make sure there are no vocals on the track.
- Consider where you're placing your "scene partner." You do not need to look straight into the camera.
- You may use one straight back chair and one small table in your video; additional set pieces are not allowed.
Filming Your Audition:
- Find an effective filming location
- Area should be quiet so we can hear both you and your track (if applicable).
- Film in front of a non-distracting background. If possible, choose a solid-color wall or consider hanging a sheet behind you.
- Dress neatly, and in a contrasting color from your background. No costumes.
- Make sure you are lit enough to be clearly visible.
- Before filming, conduct a full-volume test to make sure you can be heard (and that your track can be heard).
- Ensure your blocking is effective and visible when filmed. Consider whether to decrease your movement or to adjust your camera angle.
- Shoot your video horizontally, not vertically.
- Try multiple takes and submit your strongest.
Uploading Your Video:
- Watch your video both before and after uploading to ensure it's what you want to share.
- Give your file a clear name. Consider something like FirstNameLastName_ITF Audition
- Check that the link will allow for open access to all representatives.Try playing the video in an incognito window to test privacy settings.
Students who submit a musical theatre performance audition may also consider attending dance auditions.
- Highly encouraged for all students pursuing musical theatre performance.
- Dance auditions registration is open to the first 150 students who have registered for and completed a musical theatre performance audition. There will be an opportunity to get on the waiting list if you miss the cut off.
- Dance auditionees will be taught a combination on site in a musical theatre dance style. Students may not audition with their own pre-choreographed combinations.
- Auditionees will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives.