Texas State University -department of Theatre and Dance bfa musical Theatre and bfa acting Programs



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Texas State University -Department of Theatre and Dance


BFA Musical Theatre and BFA Acting Programs


Audition Information and Requirements

For questions on Musical Theatre auditions, contact Kaitlin Hopkins at KH40@txstate.edu


For questions on BFA Acting auditions, contact Michael Costello at mc37@txstate.edu
Students may audition for both the Musical Theatre and Acting Programs, but can only be accepted into one of the programs.
Application to the University does not have to be finalized in order to secure an audition slot.
Application to the BFA Acting and/or the BFA Musical Theatre program is a two step process.
PART ONE: Complete an application, enclose a written introduction, photo, resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a pre-screening audition video to Texas State University.

Download an application and follow the instructions in filling it out. A list of additional support materials and the mailing instructions are on the last page of the application. Please make sure all of the required materials are mailed in the same envelope.


If you are applying to both programs you must send in TWO separate applications with all requested materials and application fee. These must be sent in TWO separate envelopes.
BFA Musical Theatre program applications should be sent to: 

        Texas State University


  Dept. of Theatre and Dance
  Attention:  Kaitlin Hopkins
  601 University Drive
  San Marcos, Texas 78666
 

BFA Acting program applications should be sent to:


  Texas State University
  Dept. of Theatre and Dance
  Attention:  Michael Costello
  601 University Drive
  San Marcos, Texas 78666

- The DVD video must include:

Introduce yourself and the pieces you are performing. Please be sure to include your contact information on the DVD in case it get separated from your application material.
For Musical Theatre - two 32 bar contrasting songs (one contemporary and one traditional musical theatre song) and two 1 minute contrasting monologues. When submitting an audition DVD, if you are an advanced dancer, please include a minute long clip of you dancing. It can be of a previous performance or something you put together for the audition video. You can expect a response within two weeks of submitting your video.

For Acting - two 1 minute contrasting monologues


You will be notified of your status via email once the selection committee has reviewed your audition video and application packet.
PART TWO: those that pass the preliminary video audition will be invited to a call-back audition. There are two options for this call-back.


  1. Attend one of the on-campus audition dates

  2. Schedule an appointment to see us at the Chicago  Unified Auditions


BFA ACTING ON-CAMPUS CALLBACK REQUIREMENTS:
The BFA Acting callback auditions will consist of three parts:
One:

Students are required to perform 2 contrasting monologues for a total of 4 minutes. Students may also be asked to perform a third monologue and should have one prepared. One of the monologues must be a classical piece; Shakespeare is preferred.


Two:

Physical Acting, vocal skills, and ensemble work: In a group, the auditioning students will work through a series of exercises to evaluate their physical and vocal range, and their ability to work collaboratively within a company. (For this stage of work, students should bring clothes they can move in.)


Three:

Interview: This is an opportunity for the students and faculty to get to know each other, and for the faculty to answer questions the student may have about the program.




BFA MUSICAL THEATRE ON-CAMPUS CALLBACK REQUIREMENTS
HEADSHOT/RESUME
*PLEASE have a current photo.
*PLEASE state on your resume any music theory or sight singing training.
*PLEASE indicate any instruments you play, and for how long.
*PLEASE be specific about any dance training you have had.
VOCAL REQUIREMENT

Choose 2 contrasting songs from Musical Theatre repertoire, one traditional and one contemporary (ballad and up-tempo), no longer than 32-bars each. Faculty may ask for more of the song or a different song, so please bring other music with you just in case. Faculty panel will decide if you present the second song. We are looking for good story telling as well as a strong vocal instrument. Please make specific choices that communicate the stakes of the song. We suggest working on your songs as a monologue.


An accompanist will be provided for all on-campus auditions. All other cities will require a recording of the accompaniment on CD. We will supply a sound system, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. You may not sing a cappella.
***Please do not sing: Memory, Shy, Think of Me, Adelaide’s Lament, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, I Can’t Say No, Always True To You Darling in My Fashion, Gimme Gimme, Defying Gravity or anything from Spring Awakening or Jekyll and Hyde.****
ACTING REQUIREMENT FOR MUSICAL THEATRE

Two contrasting monologues that are one minute each (comedic/dramatic). Please choose age appropriate material. We are looking for simple, honest work based in truth. The faculty panel will decide if you present the second monologue.


In addition to your songs and monologues, you may be engaged in a short interview or a work session on your material.
DANCE REQUIREMENT

The dance audition will consist of a dance class (warm-up and floor work) ending with a short combination from a Broadway musical demonstrating Ballet and Jazz Technique. Candidates will dance in groups of 4. Please start to warm-up as you enter the room.

Candidates should dress in basic dancewear. Women should wear a character shoe or jazz shoe, solid colored leotard with dance pants and tap shoes, if you can. Men should wear jazz or ballet shoes, a form-fitting solid colored t-shirt or tank, jazz pant or tights, and tap shoes, again, if you can. No shorts or bulky, oversized sweat-pants/sweatshirts are permitted. Sneakers are not allowed.
AUDITION TIPS

Keep your choices grounded and simple. Let us see who you are.


*Stay away from dialects in your monologues.
* Pick monologues from plays, and read the whole play. Don’t pick monologues from anthologies that are not from plays.
*Your monologues should be distinctly different in tone and character.

*Choose songs and monologues that are age appropriate.


*Do not choose material from current hit shows on Broadway or songs that are uniquely associated with particular artists. Songs like “Defying Gravity”, “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.
* What to wear. Look your best but don’t over dress. Ladies, please do not wear extremely high heels. Choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable. This means something nice and neat but casual—something you feel free to move in, but that is also flattering to your physique.
*Rehearse your material in the shoes and the outfit you will be performing in before your auditions.
*Please have your audition music in plastic sheets in a binder so it is easy for the accompanist to read as well as turn the pages.
*Make sure your music is in your key and is clearly marked with all cuts and repetitions. Always set a tempo for the accompanist by singing the first few notes of the song for them.
*We look forward to meeting you in person and seeing your work.


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