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The 2024/2025  Musical Theater Common Prescreen Guide

Song Requirements

Option A

One song written before 1970 (musical theater, Golden Age, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.).

One song written after 1970 (musical theater, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). This song should contrast the style of the first selection.

Option B

One musical theater song from any time period.

One song of your choice from any time period and in any style that best suits you (musical theater, pop, hip-hop, folk, rock, rap, soul, country, punk, etc.). This song should contrast the style of the first selection.

 

Option C

School leaves it up to the applicant to select either OPTION A or OPTION B, whichever they feel serves them best.

 

Song Tips:

Some examples of contrasting songs are fast tempo vs slow tempo, sustained melodic singing vs speech-like singing, dramatic vs comedic, belt vs head/falsetto mix.
 

Many accompaniment tracks are available on YouTube and other websites. If you do not have a way to work with a live accompanist or don’t have access to a recorded track of your music, consider using an app that will play the piano part for you. Harmony Helper is one such app that allows you to take photos of your sheet music, upload them to the app and then generate a piano track that you can use.

 

Monologue Requirements

Option A

One monologue from a published play or written by a professional writer.

A professional writer is someone whose plays have been produced, but may not have been professionally published

 

Option B

One contemporary monologue (typically written after 1950) from a published play or written by a professional writer.

  • A professional writer is someone whose plays have been produced, but may not have been professionally published.

AND

One classical monologue (typically written before 1950) from a published play or written by a professional writer.

  • Classical monologues should have heightened language. Heightened language may include works by Shakespeare, Molière, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Kyd, Aristophanes, August Wilson, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Mike Bartlett, George the Poet, Andrea Gibson, or contemporary adaptations of classical plays that still utilize heightened language.

Option C

• No monologue required.

Monologue Tips:

It is recommended to choose monologues that are age-appropriate (generally within 5-10 years of your actual age) and that feel authentic to your culture, background, and lived experience.

Active monologues are often better for auditions; an active monologue takes place in real time and focuses on what you want and puts you in direct communication with an imaginary scene partner. This is often more successful in an audition situation than pieces that are a story or remembrance. Additionally, it can be helpful to avoid monologues that rely on extreme emotions as it can be hard to believably justify those responses in a short piece.

Dance Requirements

Option A

 Show us your best version of dancing or moving. Please include at least one turn, one jump and one kick (or other suitable rotation, elevation, and extension that works for your body).

Option B

•Show us your best version of dancing or moving.

Option C

No dance required.

 

Dance Tips:

Make sure you can execute all the choreography well. It is to your advantage to choose steps and movement that highlight your strengths instead of your weaknesses.

• You may use recent videos of you from a show or concert, but it must just be you in the frame.

• Dance sample should be in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, or dance styles beyond American and Euro-western styles.

• Dance media can be “self-choreographed”, but it must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.

• Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. Fully move your body to the best of your ability.

• To assist applicants with the dance prescreen, several institutions provided the following resource videos for applicants who do not have access to a choreographed combo for the prescreen process. You may submit this choreography (or a combination of it) to any of the schools you are applying to that ask for a dance prescreen. This list will be updated as more institutions share resources, so be sure to check back.

- Abilene Christian University Dance Combo Resource

- Emerson College Dance Combo Resource

- Nazareth University Dance Combo Resource

- Texas State University Dance Combo Resource

 

Ballet Requirements

Option A

Show us your best version of ballet. Please include a brief series of plié, tendu, and grande battement, a pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and one or more grand jeté across the floor.

Option B

Ballet optional.

 

Option C

No ballet required.

 

Optional Wild Card Video

Think about the wild card section as an opportunity to show your personality or share something about you. This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” Below is a list of ideas that have been successful in the past:

• Singing a pop song

• Singing or playing an original composition/song/poem or choreographed dance.

• Performing your own Saturday Night Live-styled skit where you create a comedic character

• Sharing a hobby or activity that means something to you

• Performing in a language other than English in which you are fluent

• Playing an instrument

• Making a “how-to” video on something you are good at, baking, calligraphy, gymnastics.

• If you are a dancer and want to show us a different style you excel in: Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, etc.

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