Out of health and safety concerns for our students, faculty and patrons, Theatre UCF has made the necessary decision to not present live performances this fall. Instead, we will present several virtual readings that will take place throughout the fall semester.
These four play readings will be part of a series that will highlight the urgent push for racial equality and social justice that is at the heart of the current anti-racist movement. This artistic response to current events brings to life contemporary plays that address the issues of injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against people of color. Each play in this series will be followed by a talkback with the creative team and guest speakers.
Following this series, Theatre UCF will present a virtual reading of Much Ado About Nothing with a new modern verse translation by Ranjit Bolt.
Amplify, Empower, Illuminate: Four Plays With Many Diverse Voices
Blood at the Root
by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by David Reed
Performs: September 26, 2020
Mojada by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Ana Martinez Medina
Performs: October 3, 2020
How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson
Directed by Johann Robert Wood
Performs: October 10, 2020
Kill Move Paradise by James Ljames
Directed by Be Boyd
Performs: October 17, 2020
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare Translated by Ranjit Bolt
Directed by Mark Brotherton
Performs: November 7, 2020
This translation of Much Ado About Nothing was commissioned by Play On Shakespeare and first given a reading at Classic Stage Company in New York City, June 2019, as part of a Play on Shakespeare marathon of translated plays. The translations were commissioned by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Cynthia Rider, Executive Director) and Play On Shakespeare (Lue Douthit, Artistic Director) with a grant from Dave and Ken Hitz.
There will be Video Auditions Only
Email your audition package via WeTransfer to: UCFProduction@gmail.com
- August 8-10 — Send your video submission for an audition
- Monday, August 10; 5:00 pm — Deadline for video submission
- Friday, August 14 — Callback lists are published
- Monday, August 17 - Friday August 21 — Zoom callbacks for each zoom reading
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.
Your Audition Package Must Include:
- A TYPED bio no more than 75 words in length.
- A copy of your headshot and resume.
- A filled out “Department Audition Form.” The audition form can be found online at https://forms.gle/9JFxyt5JmMU93XVc9
- Audition Pieces to Perform: two contrasting monologues: 1 contemporary monologue; 1 verse/language monologue
- Your audition pieces together including the slate cannot exceed two minutes TOTAL. NOT two minutes per piece!!
- Auditioners are allowed to perform their audition pieces in whatever order they wish. HOWEVER, be advised that if you do not complete both pieces within the allotted time, you 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.
Tips for Auditions
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- BE FEARLESS! OWN THE ROOM!