College of Arts and Humanities

Production Auditions

Theatre UCF Production Auditions

The following will be cast from these auditions:

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Directed by Mark Brotherton
Vocal Direction by Tara Snyder
Rehearsals begin September 3
Performs: October 17-27

Water by the Spoonful

Directed by David Reed
Rehearsals begin September 30
Performs: November 14-24

The Rover

Directed by Christopher Niess
Rehearsals begin November 4
Performs: January 23-February 2
Understudies for Sweat, will also be cast during these auditions.

Check back for audition information for the 2020-2021 season.

Auditions will be held in PAC-Theatre as follows:

Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21

  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Callbacks for these shows will be held as follows:

Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24

  • 9:00 a.m.-Noon
  • 1:30-5:00 p.m.
  • 6:30-10:00 p.m.

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. Directors will post callback lists and locations for their shows.

Important things to note:

  • Reminder: 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.
  • NOTE: If you have already been cast in Sweat and are graduating in December, you are not required to participate in these auditions. You MAY participate in these auditions if you want to be considered for The Rover and are willing to commit to all rehearsals and the run of the show in January-February. You will be required to register for a participation class for Spring if you are cast in The Rover.
    • 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 and resume. The audition form can be found online at: //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: //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.
      • Audition Pieces to Present (2 contrasting monologues and a song):
        • From David Reed, Director of Water by the Spoonful:
        • Please prepare a contemporary monologue. It can be either comedic or dramatic.

        • From Chris Niess, Director of The Rover:
        • Prepare a monologue that displays verbal crispness, and aptitude as well as easy physical poise and coordination will be helpful.

        • From Mark Brotherton, Director, and Tara Snyder, Vocal Director, of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder:
        • Please prepare 16-32 bars of an operetta song (Gilbert & Sullivan, Friml, Herbert, Romberg, Kern, Strauss, etc.).

      • 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 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 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will be done at the callbacks.

        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

      Email Earl D. Weaver at Earl.Weaver@ucf.edu.

      The deadline to request an audition slot is FRIDAY, AUGUST 16.

      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
        • 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.

        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 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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