2020-2021 BFA Acting/Musical Theatre Audition INFORMATION
With the health and safety of our prospective students in our forethoughts, and in order to minimize risk for our entire UArizona community, BFA Acting/Musical Theatre auditions for 2020-21 will be conducted in a virtual format. We will not be attending Unifieds or holding on-campus auditions this year. Thank you for your patience and continued goodwill.
We will be implementing a Pre-Screen audition this year and will be adopting the Common Pre-Screen for Musical Theatre. The University of Arizona is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre-Screen for the 2020-2021 cycle.
Pre-Screen video due dates:
- December 1, 2020 for a priority callback with decisions by January 1, 2021
- January 1, 2021 for a callback based on remaining availability with decisions by February 1, 2021
All submissions and applications are due no later than January 1, 2021
To begin your audition, please apply to the University of Arizona then you will be prompted to apply to the Acting/Musical Theatre Program. After that, you may upload your Pre-Screen videos to your admissions portal.
***All applicants must complete the full University of Arizona and College of Fine Arts application process before a Pre-Screen review can be completed.
If you have any questions about auditions, please contact Ms. Daniela Tascarella at email@example.com or (520) 621-9303.
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song 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.
- 2, 60-90 second contrasting monologues
- 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologues 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 monologues 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.
- 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?”.
BFA Musical Theatre
Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
- 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)
- Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing.
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
We Prefer Option A:
- One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
- One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
- 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)
We Prefer Option A:
- 1, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.
- 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?”.
If you would like to be considered for both Acting and Musical Theatre degrees, please upload an additional contrasting monologue, per the Acting audition guidelines.
Live Virtual Callback Options 2021
- January 23-24
- January 30-31
- February 6-7
- February 13-14
- February 20-21
Saturday Schedule (15 minute audition slots)
- Required Program Overview with Faculty 9:00am-10:00am
- Callbacks – 10:15am-5:00pm
Sunday Schedule (15 minute audition slots)
- Callbacks -10:00am- 5:00pm
Please be aware although your callback will be scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, you will attend the program overview with faculty on Saturday.
Live online callback session will include:
- Performing callback material and participating in a work session and interview/chat.
- In addition, you will submit the required dance video (posted below).
- Everyone must perform two contrasting monologues, each approximately one minute in length, from published works.
- 1 Contemporary realism
- 1 Classical (written pre-1900)
These pieces should be age appropriate material that do not require dialects, costumes, or props. Your selections must be memorized, and should show your strengths as an actor.
BFA Musical Theatre
- Sing one 32 bar (approximately one minute) musical theatre song that shows your strongest work.
- Have a second, contrasting song ready, if asked. Each song should be 32 bars or less (or approximately one minute each).
- You may not sing acapella. You are required to provide your own accompaniment track.
- Everyone must perform a monologue, no more than one-minute in length, from a published work of contemporary realism (no stand-alone monologue collections will be accepted).
This piece should be age appropriate material that does not require a dialect, costumes or props. Your selections must be memorized.
Dance Audition (Musical Theatre applicants only)
All Musical Theatre applicants are required to submit a dance video supplement. Learn the following sequences from the YouTube Link provided here. Film each sequence separately but be sure to combine them for upload into one video. Use this WAV. file for your submission. Please submit only the requested audition material (Do not submit recorded selections from past performances). We are interested in finding a diverse group of individuals and want to see where you are in your dance training. Video should include full body and you should wear dance/exercise attire to show a clean line. You will be evaluated on technique, application of style, performance and overall potential for growth.
Applicants should wear dance/exercise wear that is comfortable to move in and flattering to the body. Can include the following:
Dance attire should consist of solid colored, fitted dance wear such as leotards and tights or jazz pants/leggings. Additional dance-wear such as single layer chiffon ballet skirts or other body warmers may be worn provided they do not obstruct the line of the body.
If you have any questions about the admissions or application process, please contact Daniela Tascarella at (520) 621-9303, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Immediately after all auditions have occurred, the Acting/Musical Theatre Division begins the process of putting together our acceptances to each major. Decision letters will be emailed throughout the month of March, provided the student has been accepted academically into the University of Arizona.