November 2019 - April 2020
Wednesday 18 December 2019, 10am
Saturday 8 February, 3pm
At ArtsEd, we believe that you cannot truly see a person’s potential from a three-minute monologue or an extract from a song, which is why you will spend a few hours with us during your audition process. While you’re here, you will have the opportunity to see the school in action and to ask current students any questions you might have.
There are two stages to the audition for our BA/Diploma Musical Theatre. In Stage One, you will be assessed on your dancing and singing. If you are invited to stay for Stage Two auditions (held on the same day), you will have your acting skills assessed.
All BA (Hons) and Diploma candidates will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course during their audition day.
You will take part in a jazz class led by a senior member of ArtsEd and overseen by the Head of Dance or the Director of Musical Theatre.
Don’t worry if you haven’t danced before; all movements will be explained and demonstrated on the day. You will find it helpful to familiarise yourself in advance with basic dance terminology, such as plié and jeté, and to prepare yourself with daily stretches.
It is important to dress appropriately in fitted dance/sports attire with either soft jazz shoes, foot thongs or bare feet. ALL jewellery must be removed.
During this stage of the audition, we will be looking for the following:
- how well you apply the techniques you are taught to the choreography
- how well you learn, listen and respond to instructions
- your acting through dance, i.e. the characterisation, expressiveness and creativity you bring to the routine
You need to prepare two musical theatre songs in full for the audition. For Stage One, you need to prepare a section from both songs, each lasting no longer than one minute.
- Song One must be a ‘legit’ ballad, written no later than 1965 (e.g. ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel)
- Song Two must provide a contrast and be something you enjoy singing
Sheet music in the right key must be brought for both songs.
We want to hear YOUR voice, so please avoid songs which demand an extreme ‘character’ voice, e.g. ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ (Guys and Dolls) or ‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ (Avenue Q).
Around a quarter of auditionees will be invited to stay for Stage Two auditions.
You will be asked to perform your two prepared songs in full.
For Stage Two, you must also prepare and learn two monologues:
- Monologue One: A Shakespeare speech, chosen from the list supplied once your audition date is confirmed
- Monologue Two: A contemporary monologue by a British playwright written after 1990 (you will be expected to have read the play fully and to perform the monologue within the context of the piece)
Please use your natural accent regardless of the setting of the play.
Please choose material that you can relate to and that you find exciting.
Your Acting audition will be preceded by a short group workshop that will be similar to an actual ArtsEd BA class.
Each Stage Two candidate will have an interview with senior tutors.
You will also have a physical check for which you will need to wear shorts.
We aim to finish Stage Two by 5:30pm, but please be prepared to stay later if necessary.
You may find the information in our Auditions Policy helpful.