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Important Audition Information for Fall 2021 Applicants:  Prescreening auditions will be required for all Music Theatre and Actor Training applicants.  Prescreens will be conducted via virtual/recorded video format.  See below for prescreen requirements.

Theatre auditions and interviews are typically conducted on campus as well as in select cities around the United States, and The Hartt School accepts recorded auditions for applicants who reside more than 300 miles from campus. For applicants entering in the Fall of 2021, all auditions will be remote.

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Actor Training

 

The actor training major challenges you to expand both your craft and your creative imagination so that you can be successful in broad range of theatrical styles from the contemporary to the classical.

Select two contrasting monologues from a published source. The monologues should not be more than one minute each.

Video(s) from a staged play will not be accepted.

 

Applicants who pass the pre-screen will be invited to participate in a callback. Callbacks will be conducted as a virtual meeting with theatre faculty. Please prepare two contrasting monologues. One may be the same monologue from your pre-screen.  An interview will also be part of the meeting.

 

When selecting your monologue(s), choose material that is gender and age appropriate. Read the entire work from which the monologue originates so that you understand the character and context well.

Music Theatre

 

The music theatre major integrates comprehensive actor training with intensive instruction in singing and dance.  

The Hartt School, University of Hartford, is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre Screen for the 2020-2021 cycle. Pre-Screens must be submitted by December 15!

Audition Process

  1. Complete and upload Pre Screen video.
  2. Applicants who pass the Pre-Screen will be invited to a callback.
  3. Please see the callback information below for what to prepare.

Please upload your audition video to your University of Hartford applicant portal.

Overall:

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

Slate: 

There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Songs: 

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces: 

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds) 
  • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing.
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

Song Option: 

  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can either be the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Monologues: 

  • Monologues must be from a published play. 
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies. 
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

Monologue Option: 

  • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds. 
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

Dance: 

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times. 
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media. 
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose. 
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography. 

Dance Option: 

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary 
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable. 
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission. 
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. 
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own. 
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

Wild Card: 

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds. 
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?” 
Callback Dates

Sunday, 1/17/2021

Saturday & Sunday, 1/23-24/2021 – National Unified Auditions

Sunday, 1/31/2021

Tuesday, 2/9/2021 – National Unified Auditions

Saturday & Sunday, 2/13-14/2021 – National Unified Auditions

Saturday, 3/6/2021 – Tentative

Applicants who pass the pre-screen will be invited to participate in a callback. Callbacks will be conducted virtually.

Please be prepared to demonstrate the following during your callback:

  • Songs: You may be asked to sing the same songs from your pre-screen or choose a different song. It is possible that you will sing only one of your songs. Please be prepared for the possibility to sing a pop/rock selection.
  • You will need to provide a recorded track/accompaniment for your selections.
  • Monologue: Please prepare the same monologue from your pre-screen, or, if you would like to use a different monologue, please ensure that it is contemporary (not classical).
  • Dance: You may be asked to perform simple dance exercises; i.e. plié, relevé, développé, small jumps, body roll downs, pirouettes, or a spotting exercise, as well as a demonstration of flexibility. Please be dressed accordingly and ensure that your camera is set up to capture your entire body.

When selecting your monologue(s), choose material that is gender and age appropriate.

Read the entire work from which the monologue originates so that you understand the character and context well.

Music Theatre majors should wear basic dance or rehearsal attire (tights, leotard, jazz pants, fitted t-shirt, all in dark colors), and jazz or ballet shoes to the dance call.

Hair should be pulled off the face and neck, and jewelry removed.

Baggy clothes will impede our ability to properly assess your abilities.

Character shoes and sneakers are not recommended.

Virtual Pre- Screen Event- March 6

At the pre-screen, you will perform one song (if auditioning for Music Theatre) or one monologue (if auditioning for Actor Training) in the morning.  You can choose to audition for BOTH.   If you are called back, we will email you to schedule your appointment in the afternoon of the same day (March 6).   Callback appointments are 10 minutes long.

There will be an information session at 6:30 p.m. for all who were called back.  Parents are welcome to attend.  This will be the same link as the afternoon callback link.
 
After the callback, you will need to apply to the University. You may choose to apply before the auditions if you like.

Music Theatre applicants will need to submit a dance video/link before their callback appointment, via email, to rperkins@hartford.eduAt the callback, you will sing again, present a monologue, and be asked to do some simple movement or ear training exercises.  Please wear close-fitting clothes that show the line of your body for the movement work.

 

Actor Training applicants will be asked to re-do their first monologue and present a second monologue.  You may be asked to do a simple movement exercise or take adjustment to their monologues.

 

Stage Management

In addition to completing an interview with faculty, applicants to BFA in Stage Management must submit the following:

  • A current resume listing your theatrical experiences
  • A letter of recommendation from a director, stage manager or theatre teacher whom you have worked with.
  • A portfolio consisting of samples of a stage management production book or material that demonstrates organizational skills (prop tracking sheets, production schedules, rehearsal reports etc).  We encourage applicants to contact Hartt Admission if a portfolio is not available to submit.

Technical Theatre

In addition to completing an interview with faculty, applicants to BFA in Technical Theatre must submit the following:

  • A current resume listing your theatrical experiences
  • A letter of recommendation from a director, stage manager or theatre teacher whom you have worked with.

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