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 School of Theatre and Dance Audition Procedure

All Theatre Performance BFAs, Theatre Education majors, students in advanced theatre techniques classes, and intended Theatre for Youth majors are REQUIRED to audition for main-stage and Theatre for Youth–Storybook Theatre productions.


GENERAL AUDITIONS INFORMATION
Admission to the BFA Musical Theatre Degree program is by audition only. The live, on campus audition for rising freshmen or transfer students is typically scheduled for February or early March each year. Scroll down this page for updated/current audition dates.  NOTE: all live campus auditions will be by confirmed appointment only.  Those seeking to audition MUST submit an audition application form. Digital video audition samples are also requested as part of the audition process.  Click on the link below for forms, formats and further details.
Application Form and Digital Drop Box Link

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                (Photo: ECU production of Chicago)

Admission to the Musical Theatre BFA program at ECU is competitive.  Therefore, we strongly encourage high school seniors to check in with this website regularly to obtain the current BFA audition announcement and audition application procedures for each year.  Updated information is posted in September of the fall semester for each current academic year. Once an official audition date is posted, prospective students must complete an audition application to be considered for the BFA program (see link above).  As a result of this audition process, selected incoming freshmen or transfer students will secure "pre-accepted" provisional status into the BFA Musical Theatre program assuring a seat in our program.  However, all "pre-accepted" BFA freshmen and transfer students must successfully pass a progress evaluation jury at the end of his/her first year at ECU to continue in the program.

PLEASE NOTE: HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS and TRANSFER STUDENTS - The digital video audition samples must be received no later than February 20 of the year the student wishes to enter the program. These audition applications and video uploads will be considered on a rolling basis.  The earlier we receive your audition application the sooner we will evaluate it and get back with you about the results.  Likewise, the sooner the evaluation is made the better we can accommodate your schedule preferences for the invited on-site audition appointment. 

For the live audition and/or digital video samples please prepare:

  • Singing - Two songs: 1) a ballad, and 2) an up-tempo selection.  Both song selections of your choice must be from musicals.  We encourage you to demonstrate your ability/potential to sing in a historic or "legit" style and in a contemporary pop/belt style for your song selections.  Our program emphasizes the ability to skillfully transition between historic and contemporary musical theatre styles, so demonstrating this in your audition will be advantageous.
  • Acting - One monologue.  This can be from a play, film or monologue book that demonstrates your current skill level/potential as an actor.  The monologue should last no more than 60 seconds.  Choose a piece (comic or serious) that is appropriate for your age and type. 
  • Dance Sample - If you dance, and it is among your primary performance strengths, please include a simple combination of steps that shows your skill level in any or several areas of dance; jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern and/or ballet.
  • Video Interview Responses - In addition to the performance sample clips you upload as part of your application, be sure to include your responses to the video interview questions in the video upload section of the audition application.  This is an essential component of the video audition process…we want to get to know you as a performer and, most importantly, as a person!

If after reviewing all instructions you find you have questions or require further information specific to the audition process contact the Musical Theatre Program Coordinator.  *We remind you that you must also apply to ECU via Admissions.  This digital video application process is just for entrance to the BFA program.  Click on link below to complete the ECU Admissions application.

Click here for ECU Admissions link

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(Photo: ECU productions of HAIR at left and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, right)

UPDATES and DETAILS ABOUT the AUDITION PROCESS

AUDITION DATE: March 1, 2014

 Live Musical Theatre BFA Program Auditions are held by confirmed appointment times as part of the audition application process

February 20, 2014 – Audition Application Deadline

The audition for current high school seniors, transfer students or current ECU students seeking admission to the musical theatre BFA program for fall of 2014 is scheduled for March 1, 2014 This live, on site audition will be held at the Messick Theatre Center on the ECU main campus in Greenville, NC.  An appointment time and location will be confirmed via the audition application procedure.

Current ECU students who have auditioned for the musical theatre program before (currently intended Musical Theatre majors), or accepted BFA's in other concentration areas seeking to audition for fall 2014 do not need to submit the video samples (Part B), but are required to submit the Part A form of the audition application to be scheduled for an audition appointment. 

What do we look for at our live auditions and/or in the video samples? 

The Music Theatre BFA degree requires students to have skills in singing, dancing, and acting.  School of Theatre and Dance faculty with expertise in their respective disciplines come together for the audition process to evaluate prospective students in these three areas.  At ECU we strive to train "triple threat" performers who are equally skilled in singing, dancing, and acting, while at the same time recognizing that not all prospective students excel equally in each area.  We expect that students will excel in at least one of the three areas and show promise for advancement in the other two. More specifically, we look at the following:

  • Is the auditioning student singing clearly and on pitch?  Is s/he making the effort to communicate with the audience/observer?
  • Is there a contrast in character and vocal quality/style between the two songs?
  • Diction: Are the lyrics of the songs clear and easily understood?
  • Is the auditioning student singing AND acting the songs?
  • Are the acting choices effective and believable?  Has the prospective student created specific character choices in the three pieces? 
  • Is the monologue well-prepared and an appropriate selection for the actor?
  • Is the acted text easily understood? Does the actor understand the pieces and styles?
  • Is the student open to direction and/or feedback?  (This point will obviously only apply to the live audition).
  • Does the student show potential for a professional career in musical theatre?

Many of our musical theatre students audition for and are accepted into the Professional Acting-Meisner BFA program concentration.  We encourage this and will assist students in navigating the best path between the two BFA concentrations should this become an option.


Letter of Recommendation
Student applicant must provide at least one letter of recommendation with his/her application.  This can be provided with the audition application or delivered in person if confirmed for a live audition appointment for March 1, 2014.

Location
Live auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Messick Theatre Arts Center.  One way to find us is on Mapquest.com at 1001 E. 5th St., Greenville, NC 27858.  The Messick Theatre Arts Center is located where S. Eastern Street meets 5th Street.  We can also be located on the ECU campus maps on line.

You are encouraged to navigate through the ECU School of Theatre and Dance home page, especially the "prospective students" link, to explore more info about our school and facilities.  If you have further inquiry for issues not addressed in our website contact the Musical Theatre Area Coordinator.  However, please do not contact the Musical Theatre Area Coordinator directly in an attempt to schedule your audition appointment prior to the
February 20, 2014application deadline. The live audition appointments will be made following the receipt of the audition application and video submissions, so the sooner you apply the better we can accommodate your schedule.

Thank you for your interest in ECU and the School of Theatre and Dance.  We look forward to your application.  To begin your consideration for admission to the BFA Musical Theatre program click on the link located at the top of this information page.