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Musical Theatre Program Audition Information

HOW TO APPLY

STEP ONE: Apply to the university through Undergraduate Admissions. Declare your major as “Pre-Theatre.”

We recommend that you apply to the Musical Theatre Program within a week of submitting your application to the university. You must have completed your application to the university BEFORE we can schedule a callback.

We request you also apply to the Honors College upon acceptance into the university if you meet the following criteria:

  • Top 10 percent of your high school graduating class, or
  • A composite score of 27 on the ACT, or
  • A composite score of 1180 on SAT (math and critical reading scores added) Visit the Honor's College for more information.

STEP TWO: Apply to the Musical Theatre Program

All materials and applications will be submitted through Get Acceptd. Begin your application process at Get Acceptd.

Application Requirements

  • application
  • application fee
  • headshot and resume
  • desired callback date and location
  • acting/singing and dance video pre-screen (see details below)
  • written personal introduction*
  • two letters of recommendation

Please note - Letters you send to Undergraduate Admissions are not shared with us.

Prescreen Video Information:

Fall 2020 Admission Deadline: November 1, 2019

All notifications will be sent after the November 1st deadline

Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen Requirements

Dear Applicant,

Along with other programs across the country, Texas State is participating in Common Pre-Screen requirements for our applicants. We hope this makes the pre-screen process less stressful and offers clarity for our applicants. Thank you for considering Texas State.

Here is a list of other participating programs:

Carnegie Mellon University

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Elon University

Indiana University

Ithaca University 

Montclair State

Pace University 

Penn State University

Rider University 

Shenandoah Conservatory  

Syracuse University

Texas Tech

Texas State University

UNC Greensboro


Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

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 the title and show in which it appears.

The proper slate for a monologue is to share the title of the play and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • 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.
  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo

Please prepare either Option A or B to showcase what you do best:

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

Option B:

  • Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) contrasting in style.

MONOLOGUES

Students should prepare one, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play.

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

DANCE

  • 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 a Wild Card media (see Wild Card information below).
  • Please stick to vocabulary and steps you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed or a solo video of you featured in a show, competition, or other performance.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media, please.
  • Dance media should be filmed in “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • The execution of the choreography should be story driven where the applicant is continuing to express a goal.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.

OPTIONAL BALLET UPLOAD

  • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.
  • Optional Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.

OPTIONAL WILD CARD

  • The "wild card" media is not required but is recommended.
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, a Tap sample, a pop-rock song (something non-musical theater), an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, a song you have written, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.