Alrighty kids, we seriously have to be promoting this community and using it as well! Anybody, if you have any questions, any experiences, any advice- whatever- POST IT! A lot of people thought this would be a good idea and it think it has the potential to be an amazing resource, but only if we make it one.
Regardless, I've had a bunch more auditions since I last posted and now that I'm on winter break I have a moment to tell about them. So here goes an enormously long post:
University of Hartford- The Hartt School- Being from CT and knowing the kind of kids who graduated from my school and went to U of Hartford, I went in to this audition seriously prejudiced. I was thinking "Oh well this is my absolutely last choice and I don't really want to go here," etc. So I was plesently shocked by the experience I had at this audition. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the university and its facilities, I ended up liking Hartt a lot by the time I left. The faculty and current students were very nice and helpful. The day started off with the dance audition. For starters, we did some work at the barre. If you take a ballet class, you'd recognize it as pretty typical class-starting stuff, pleas and demis and cambres, etc. (sorry for my spelling!) Next we did some ballet-esq. floor work, mostly little ballet jumps, not even across the floor kind of stuff. Finally, we learned a jazz combination. It wasn't terribly difficult, and quite unlike my usual pathetic step memory abilities, I remembered most of it. It was to West Side Story. The dance teacher was really funny and it was pretty fun. It was, however, a full hour and we worked up quite a sweat, which was bad for when I changed in to my audition outfit and looked disgusting, tried to fix my face, and got makeup on my sweater. But what can ya do? I think I ended up looking alright. I was the second person to do my monologue/songs, so I was done almost right after the dance audition. It was a pretty casual situation. There were 2 guys watching the audition and you could do your pieces in any order you wanted.
University of Connecticut- This was a very weird experience for me because this was a drama audition instead of a musical theater audition- and what a difference! I felt like... such a poser. lol. I know that's very middle school, but that's the best way I can put it. First of all, I didn't get the proper requirements because I signed up for this audition at the last minute- which brings me to a piece of valuable advice: Don't wait till the last minute if you can help it!- So I didn't know you were supposed to bring clothes for the hour-long warmup (I had to do it in my skirt!) and I did not have a Shakespere monologue prepared because the classical monologue I use is a Chekhov, so I felt very unnerved when I found that out. But they were totally cool about it and just had me do my 2 minute contemporary monologue. This audition was also weird because there were about 5-7 teachers watching your audition. And there were 5 of us in total- all girls- auditioning that morning. Usually there are about 20-30 people at the musical theater auditions. Singing is optional at UCONN because it's just a drama program (you can do 16 bars with recorded accompaniment), but I'm glad I sang because it went well and they were amused and all that, plus after hearing my song they asked me to try some things with my monologue, which were really tough and I'm still not sure how I did. lol. It was just a weird experience in general.
Carnegie Mellon- I was actually quite nervous at this audition because it was a huge, big, long-shot audition! I was so sad that I loved absolutlely everything about the school and the program because the odds are very much in favor of getting rejected, but, hey, you can't get lucky if you don't try, ya' know? So the faculty and current students were soooo nice and it was a million times more low-key than I expected and completely unintimidating. You do all three componants at separate times there. I was put in this order: monologues, songs, dance. I kinda blew the singing portion, but not really. I sounded good once I got going, but I couldn't get the starting together on the first try with either song because I was so nervous. Plus I was in this teeny tiny office with a lady, a piano, and an acompanimist practicly in my lap, so I had a much smaller space to work with than I'm used to. But the lady was really nice and complimented my outfit and my headshot and said "cute!" after my belt song, but I still felt a little defeated after my rocky starts. I mean I usually start and find pitch extremely well. Damn nerves. And dance... it was easy enough, but I was kinda dead by that point from all of the waiting around and the singing not going as well as I'd have liked it. First we did a short ballet combination, which I did really well on, then we did a jazz combination which, despite learning just fine, my whole little group fumbled it when it really counted. More accurately, we completely fell apart. But I felt less dumb screwing up when everyone else did too. We were joking about it afterward. They were cool kids. The dance guy was a little rude to me. I look a lot different with my hair in a ponytail vs. my headshot where it's down, I guess because you can see my face better and I look so brunette with a pony, and he's looking at me funny and goes "Is that the right one?" like we're livestock or something, but I wasn't offended till I really thought about it. Oh well.
NYU- This was my personal best audition, but I don't think it had anything to do with the school itself. Two of the auditioners were really nice, but one lady- I swear- was like on crack or something and was really, really scary. They gave each of us to one auditioner, so I was praying I wouldn't be with her. I was with the guy, who was pretty nice, so I was relieved. They had a long information session beforehand, which was nice, especially in terms of hearing the studios explained a little better. I like that they let you pick alternate studios incase you're really good but they don't want you in CAP-21 (their mt program, if you aren't familiar with how Tisch works). They had you do your monologues first and then sing. They make you provide taped accompaniment, which I don't love, but it worked out alright, then they actually talk to you and try to get a sense of you as an individual, unlike most of these schools. Of course, typical actress, I think I did a much better job playing someone else than myself, but what can you do? ;D
CCM- I did a regional audition in New York instead of going all the way out to Cincinnati. The day started with dance. Now I'd heard that the dance audition for Cincinatti was brutal, but this was totally not the case. It was pretty typical, jazz style combo, no ballet stuff. And I am proud to report I reached a new personal best in both energy/flair and step memory. One thing that was really neat was they had a recent graduate who is in the Ensemble of Wicked come and assit the dance teacher in teaching the combination instead of a current student, and I got to talk to her briefly about being an actress, which was cool. One thing I loved about them was they sat you down after the dance audition and were very straightforward and honest- they said it's an incredibly difficult program to get in to. They said if you go to pretty much any show on broadway right now there is a CCM graduate involved in some capacity- and then started naming all these actors alone to back it up. I appreciated their frankness. They brought a camera with them and,when it was your turn to go in and audition, you slated to the camera, they recorded a short portion of your audition just to jog their memory when they go to evaluate you, then it was off, but I didn't notice when it went off for me personally. They also made you bring a tape or cd, but that was because it was a regional audition. One word of warning- they definately time you. I heard the beep of the timer being started after I slated, so that caused me to rush to make srue I got off in a minute because they did cut me off at my Ithaca audition, but I didn't get cut off, so I must have been fine.
So that's almost all my experiences with auditions. I was supposed to have Boston Conservatory tomorow, but I got this beyond horrible cold and can't speak, much less sing, so I had to reschedule for next Saturday. I'm fortunate they let you reschedule, I know. Some schools don't let your at all or make you pay, but it was not a big deal with them. Then a week after that I have my U of Michigan audition, so I'll keep y'all posted. If I left out anything or you have a specific question about any of the above, feel free to ask. And PLEASE- promote and post lots!
Stuck in my head:: "The Mixed Tape" by Jack's Mannequin