The arrival of September means that the College Audition season has truly begun.
Well, hooray! Hooray for having to explain how applying to school for musical theatre works to your non-theatre friends! Hooray for pre-screens and deadlines and fees! Hooray for a gigantic amount of stress on your shoulders! If you are picking up on the sarcasm I am throwing down, this blog post is for you. Here are the top 5 things you could do without right now:
Cuts for Pre-Screens
Okay, this school wants a 1 minute contemporary monologue and a 1 minute ballad with a sustained legato line. But this schools wants a 90 second contemporary that must be comedic and a 32 Bar cut of a pre-65 piece. Oh, yes, and this schools wants 8 bars of music. By close-up do they literally mean just my face?! Why is it impossible to think of a wild card video?! Cool, my spreadsheet has 64 tabs on it.
My friend told me to audition for *this* school on campus but my other friend auditioned at Chicago Unifieds but my Dad wants me to go to NY Unifieds but that’s when my school musical is. Looks like I could do my dance call at 10AM and make an audition at 11:02 if I run up three flights of stairs. Is it possible to do an audition in Ohio on Saturday and Texas on Sunday?!
Explaining The Process to Grandma/Non-Theatre Friend/Devoted Fan
Thank you, that’s sweet that you think I’ll “get in everywhere” but actually some of these schools have a less than 5% acceptance right. Right, like, less than Harvard. Alrighty! Well, I am going to go eat my feelings and sob over my music binder.
Begging your Guidance Counselor/Recommendation Providers
Oh, no, I’m not bringing you this plate of cookies because I am about to beg you to put me at the top of your to-do list. But while I am here…I do need all of my grades, test scores, rec letters, etc. sent in within the next week. Did I mention I have fresh baked treats?
Managing Parent Stress/Love
Completely fair: you are paying for this and somehow managing to fly me all across the US to get to my auditions. But Mom, if I have to explain how Unifieds work again I am going to explode. And also, are you crying watching my pre-screens?!
It’s okay to laugh at this crazy process. You got this, guys.
Founder/Lead Consultant of My College Audition
Chelsea is a graduate from Emerson College's Acting program and is the
Founder of My College Audition.
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