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
- 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
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
Penn State University
Texas State University
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
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.
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:
- 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
- Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) contrasting in style.
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.
- 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?”.