Musical Theatre B.F.A. Requirements 2019-2020

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Penn State Musical Theatre is a participant in the 2019-2020 Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen!

After August 1, 2019:

Apply for admission online through the Common Application, the Coalition Application or Penn State's own application at HTTP://ADMISSIONS.PSU.EDU. Priority consideration for freshmen admission to University Park is given to complete applications filed by November 30. Your application must be complete to receive a prescreen decision. Log into your MYPENNSTATE account to check your application status.

TO RECEIVE MAXIMUM CONSIDERATION FOR ALL FORMS OF FINANCIAL AID, STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THEIR ACADEMIC APPLICATION BY NOVEMBER 30. THE FINAL DEADLINE TO APPLY AND AND SUBMIT PRESCREENS IS DECEMBER 31, 2019.

Auditioning for Penn State’s Musical Theatre program is a two-step process:
Step 1: All students interested in auditioning for the Musical Theatre B.F.A. must submit the following via digital upload HERE.
- Headshot/Photo
- Resume
- Video Prescreen - Penn State Musical Theatre is a participant in the 2019-2020 Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen!

Video Requirements: 

OVERALL
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 your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS (Option "A")
Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
· One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
· 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 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.

MONOLOGUE (Option "A")
· Monologue must be from a published play.
· Monologue cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
· 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. 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.
· 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
- Dance: 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary.  No barre work.  Please stick to vocabulary and steps you are familiar with and can execute well. We just want to see where you are in your dance training. Give us a minute of what will show us YOU through your dance. 

WILD CARD VIDEO - OPTIONAL
· Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
· This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

 

SUBMIT YOUR PRESCREEN

 

PRESCREEN NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE MADE ON THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:
PRESCREEN SUBMITTED AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 30 -- WILL RECEIVE DECISION BY OCTOBER 18, 2019
PRESCREEN SUBMITTED OCTOBER 1- DECEMBER 31 -- WILL RECEIVE DECISION BY JANUARY 6, 2020


Step 2: Students who are invited to audition in person should prepare the following:
- A 60-90 second monologue from a contemporary American or British script. (No dialects, please)
- Two contrasting vocal selections (no longer than one minute each) - One ballad, one uptempo. One selection must be written prior to 1970.
* This can be the same material you submitted for your video pre-screen or it can be completely different.

Students who audition in person should also be prepared to dance. All in person auditions include ballet and jazz dance components. 

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Musical Theatre B.F.A. On-Campus Audition Dates: 2019-2020 (MORE INFO)
DECEMBER 7, 2019
DECEMBER 14, 2019
JANUARY 25, 2020
FEBRUARY 1, 2020
FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Musical Theatre B.F.A. Unified Audition Dates: 2020 (MORE INFO)
New York, NY - January 18-19, 2020
Chicago, IL - February 3-5, 2020
Los Angeles, CA - February 8-9, 2030

 

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