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Musical Theatre Program Audition Information

2019/20 Auditions: 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 1270 or higher 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.


For Callback Information/Dates, click here.


Prescreen Video Information:

Fall 2020 Admission Deadline: November 1, 2019

All notifications will be sent after the November 1st deadline

Texas State  University is a participant in the 2019-2020 Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen.

For more information on participating schools visit:  https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/


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?”.