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Production Auditions

Theatre UCF Production Auditions

The following will be cast from these auditions:

The Street of Crocodiles

Directed by Julia Listengarten
Performs: February 21-March 3, Black Box

The Last Paving Stone

Directed by Kate Kilpatrick, MFA TYA student, with faculty advisor Elizabeth Horn
Performs: March 23-24, Black Box and then at UCF Celebrates the Arts in April

Titanic

Directed by Michael Wainstein
Performs: April 5-6, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Disney Theatre at UCF Celebrates the Arts

Check back for audition information for the 2019-2020 season.

Auditions will be held in PAC-Theatre, Studio 2 as follows:

Monday, October 15

  • Individual Appointments, 5 to 10 p.m.
    Priority will be given to cast members of Of Mice and Men

Tuesday, October 16

  • Individual Appointments, 5 to 10 p.m.
    Priority will be given to cast members of Hot Mikado

Callbacks will be held Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as follows:

  • Titanic callbacks will be in Studio 1
  • The Street of Crocodiles will be in Studio 2
  • The Last Paving Stone will be in Studio 3

Important things to note:

  • If you are cast in Our Country's Good, you are not required to audition for Titanic, but you may elect to audition in order to be considered for casting in that production. You are not eligible to be cast in The Street of Crocodiles.
  • If you are a CAST MEMBER in either Hot Mikado or Of Mice and Men, you do not have to request an audition appointment. Earl Weaver will be sending you a specific audition day/time for these auditions, based on the lists he has received from stage managers from both of those productions.
  • All BFA and MFA Acting and Musical Theatre majors are required to audition, if you are returning for the Spring semester and will be taking theatre courses required for your major. It is YOUR responsibility to insure you meet this requirement by requesting an audition appointment. You will not be given an appointment automatically.
  • Audition Requirements

     
    • A TYPED bio no more than 75 words in length.
    • THREE copies of your headshot and resume. Headshots may be photocopied for this audition.
    • THREE completed copies of the "Department Audition Form", attached to your headshot and resume. The audition form can be found online at: http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/files/production_audition_form.pdf
    • BFA/MFA Performance majors ONLY need to bring two copies of the “Audition Jury Form”. The audition form can be found online at: http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/files/audition-jury-form.pdf You will need to complete the information at the TOP of the page only (Name, Semester of the Audition, Class Standing, and Audition Pieces). Please print clearly so we can read your writing.
    • PERFORMANCE PIECES TO PREPARE:
      • You will have 2 MINUTES TOTAL to complete the following:
      • One contemporary monologue
      • 16-bars of a Broadway song that demonstrates legitimate singing technique. You MAY sing from the score of "Titanic." You must bring piano accompaniment music - no vocal book parts, chord charts or guitar/choral music sheets. An accompanist will be provided for the auditions. Sheet music will be checked at the door by the Stage Managers to ensure you are fully prepared with the correct material.
    • Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your audition appointment (so you are ready to go if the Auditors get ahead of schedule.)
    • If you arrive at your audition appointment without the appropriate materials prepared, you will not be allowed to audition. You will forfeit your appointment time and will be rescheduled, if there are slots available.
  • How to Get An Audition Appointment

    If you are a Theatre Major/Theatre Minor/Minor-to-Major/Music Major: the deadline to request an audition slot is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5. Priority will be given to Theatre Majors/Minors/Minor-to-Majors/Music Majors first. After the October 5 deadline, all slots will be released on a “first-come, first-served” basis to any UCF student, regardless of their major. Audition appointments will be assigned only through e-mail requests.

    • Email Earl D. Weaver at Earl.Weaver@ucf.edu.
      NOTE: E-mail requests without all the required information WILL NOT BE ANSWERED, and you will risk losing your chance at getting an audition slot.
    • In the e-mail, include the following information:
      • Name
      • Major
      • Class Standing (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, First Year Transfer, Second Year Transfer, Third Year Transfer, Fourth Year Transfer, Grad Student)
      • Phone number where you can be reached
      • KNIGHTS EMAIL ADDRESS!(Audition appointments will be sent to Knights email accounts ONLY!)
  • Absence Due to Summer Internship

    If you are unable to attend the general auditions due to summer employment, you need to notify Earl D. Weaver as soon as possible in order to get onto the "away audition list."

    You will need to provide a YouTube link to Earl (earl.weaver@ucf.edu) no later than Tuesday, August 17.

    It is preferred that you put your package together BEFORE you leave for your job to insure your materials have been received by Earl…and you have available resources to film what you need for the directors to watch.

    Required audition material is the same as if you were going to be here in person, including copies of your headshot/resume and the Theatre Department Audition forms and bio.  You can leave these with Earl before you leave for your summer job to insure he has them.

  • Course Registration Information

    Students who get cast and participate in the summer season will be required to register for the following credits (based on their casting):

    • 1 credit – If cast in ONE PlayLab Workshop
    • 2 credits – If cast in TWO PlayLab Workshops
    • (Actors can be cast in the first and third workshops)
    • 3 credits – If cast in the mainstage production of Human Error

Tips for Auditions

  1. READ THE PLAYS!  Know the styles of the plays and select appropriate audition material.  If there are specific guidelines listed for specific plays, KNOW THEM!
  2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY!  Present yourself in the best possible manner.  Directors will make judgment about you the minute you walk into the room.  Don't let that judgment be negative.  This includes shoes ­ don't wear flip flops or shoes you can't walk in when you audition.  And, make sure your hair is combed and out of your face!!  Don't walk in looking like you just crawled out of bed!
  3. Behave in a professional manner.  Be polite to everyone you meet and encounter.  You never know who will be making casting decisions.  That includes the way you talk to Stage Managers, Accompanists, Assistants, and Directors.
  4. Be prepared and on time!  Have everything required of you for the audition.  The Stage Managers will NOT help you with making copies of your headshot/resume/music/audition forms.  Do your job and be prepared to demonstrate how professional you are.
  5. Have your sheet music prepared appropriately. 
    • Don't bring in a whole songbook or pages taped together like an accordion.  Copy the song from the book and put it into a nicely-organized notebook that will sit on the piano easily.
    • Be sure your music is from a full score or songbook.  Do not bring in music that only has chords or is from choral books or is written for guitar!
    • Be sure your song is in the correct key.  The Accompanist will not transpose on sight for you.
    • DO NOT PUT YOUR MUSIC IN PLASTIC SHEET PROTECTORS!
    • Make sure the copy of your music has ALL THE MUSIC on every sheet.  Double check to make sure the bottom line of music hasn't been cut off.
    • Make sure the title of the song is marked clearly somewhere on the first page of your music.
    • Mark your music clearly for the following:  Intro, Vocal Begins, Cuts in the Song, Repeats, Song Ends.
    • Communicate with the Accompanist what tempo you want your song.  They aren't mind readers ­ sing a little of the song for them.
  6. Be sure to "slate" clearly ­ this includes your name and the titles of the pieces you will be performing.  Slate ALL YOUR PIECES before you begin your audition.  Don't waste valuable time announcing each piece individually.
  7. If you plan to use the chair in the room, SET IT UP BEFORE YOU BEGIN!  You waste valuable seconds during your audition slot by taking time to move the chair to where you want it.  It's stronger if you act without using a chair.
  8. REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE!  And, just when you think you have it, REHEARSE SOME MORE!  Most performers kill their chances of getting cast because they aren't prepared.
  9. Breathe!  Remember ­ we WANT you to succeed!  It makes casting decisions easier when you "bring it" and deliver what we need for our shows. Part of your assessment in the department is based on your audition skills, no matter what your degree program may be!
  10. BE FEARLESS!  OWN THE ROOM!

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