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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.

Helpful Tips:

  • 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.
  • Reminders
    • 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.

Dance Audition

  • 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.