College of Arts and Humanities

Production Auditions

Theatre UCF 2017 Fall Production Auditions

The following shows will be cast from these auditions:

Of Thee I Sing
Directed by Mark Brotherton
Performs: October 12-22

An Octoroon
Directed by David Reed
Performs:  November 9-19

Pentecost
Directed by Christopher Niess
Performs:  January 25-February 4
[Rehearsals for this production will begin in the Fall semester.]


General Auditions will be held in the Studio 2 as follows:

Wednesday, August 16

  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Individual Appointments

Thursday, August 17

  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Individual Appointments

Friday, August 18

  • 9:00 a.m.-Noon – Callbacks for individual shows
  • 1:30-5:00 p.m. – Callbacks for individual shows
  • 6:30-10:00 p.m. – Callbacks for individual shows

Saturday, August 19

  • 9:00 a.m.-Noon – Callbacks for individual shows
  • 1:30-5:00 p.m. – Callbacks for individual shows
  • 6:30-10:00 p.m. – Callbacks for individual shows

General auditions will be held by appointment in Studio 107 at the Performing Arts Center.  Callbacks will be held in Studios 107, 110, and 115 in the PAC.

Reminder: All BFA and MFA acting and musical theatre majors are required to audition.  It is YOUR responsibility to insure you meet this requirement by requesting an audition appointment.

NOTE:  If you have already been cast in “Iphigenia and Her Daughters” and are graduating in December, you are not required to participate in these auditions.  If you aren’t graduating until Spring, 2018, you must audition if you are a BFA/MFA performance major.

  • Audition Requirements

     
    • A TYPED bio no more than 75 words in length.
    • FOUR copies of your headshot and resume.  Headshots may be photocopied for this audition.
    • FOUR completed copies of the “Department Audition Form,” attached to your headshot/resume.  The audition form can be found online at: http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/files/production_audition_form.pdf
    • TWO contrasting monologues
    • 16 bars of a Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Berlin, or Rodgers/Hart song.  You must bring piano accompaniment music with you – no chord charts or guitar/choral music sheets.  An accompanist will be provided for the auditions.  No singing to recorded music or karaoke tracks will be allowed.
    • 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.

    • You will have 3 minutes TOTAL to complete ALL your audition pieces. NOT 3 minutes per piece!!  At the end of 3 minutes, the stage manager will call “TIME” to stop your audition.
    • Auditioners are allowed to perform their audition pieces in whatever order they wish.  HOWEVER, be advised that if you do not complete all three pieces within the allotted time, you will run the risk of not being considered for any callback auditions.  The department faculty directors are committed to seeing you being fully prepared to deliver the audition package that has been asked of you.  If you fail to follow the established guidelines for this audition, there will be consequences.
    • There will be no dance audition for the general auditions.  Dance auditions for "Of Thee I Sing" will be done at the callbacks.
    • 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

    • E-mail Earl D. Weaver at Earl.Weaver@ucf.edu
    • The deadline to request an audition slot is FRIDAY, AUGUST 11.
    • 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 prefer to be reached
      • E-mail address where you prefer to be reached
      • First and second choice for day. Audition slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. So, if you need a specific day because of work or another conflict, you need to specify that.

        Auditioners DO NOT get to select the time they want to audition! You will be given the first available slot.

      E-mail requests without all the required information WILL NOT BE ANSWERED, and you will risk losing your chance at getting an audition slot.
    • Audition appointments will be assigned only through e-mail requests.
  • Absence Due to Summer Internship

    If you are unable to attend the general auditions due to summer employment, you will need to provide a YouTube link to Earl D. Weaver (Earl.Weaver@ucf.edu) no later than Tuesday, August 15. 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.

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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