DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – Friday 27th January 2017.
Musical Theatre Audition
The panel consists of a drama and dance specialist from the staff, the Depute Head of Knightswood Secondary School, an external representative from the theatrical profession and the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre and the Artistic Director of Dance.
The audition is a two-stage process – initial and recall. This ensures that the panel of MTC staff has the best information on which to base its choice of candidates. They will have seen every candidate in a class/teaching environment as well as in a solo capacity.
Auditions for the 2017/2018 academic year will take place on Wednesday 15th February, Monday 20th February and Friday 24th February. Candidates will be notified of which date to attend by letter. Note: these are NOT open auditions. Candidates must have filled out an application form and received an invitation to attend.
Phase 1- Drama Class
A structured class moving from a series of drama games to situation improvisation.
Phase 2 – Dance/Movement Class
A structured dance class, building from warm up exercises to a short jazz routine. At the end of a class series of stretching exercises given to check potential and limitations in flexibility and body alignment.
Phase 3 – Singing Class
A short vocal class consisting of technical exercises in preparation for the candidates solo singing performances.
Phase 4 – Solo Audition and Interview
Every candidate performs his or her own choice of prepared solo song. Every candidate performs his or her own choice of prepared solo speech/monologue. The Artistic Director leads the interview with the objective of checking pupils’ academic history and their motives for attending MTC.
Final Recall Audition
The format for the final audition is the same. The classes are slightly shorter, with more advanced tasks. A different choice of monologue and/or song is preferred. Pupils will receive a medical and physiotherapy examination. Academic information will be sought, prior to audition from the pupil’s school. Final recalls for the 2016/2017 academic year are on Monday 27th March.
Some suggestions to assist candidates in preparation for solo presentation part of the Musical Theatre Course audition.
Maximum of 3mins
Choose a piece from a published play/musical, where possible, appropriate to gauge your range and experience (a monologue about yourself or written by yourself will not necessarily show you in the right way).
Ensure that you have sung/rehearsed the piece with the piano accompaniment and that it is in a suitable key Choose a song which you are comfortable vocally with and which you can present with confidence The panel would prefer minimal, effective movement in the song presentation. No dance.
You may not get to perform the whole piece.
You may be stopped at some juncture during speech/song and given direction.
You may be asked to sing some scales.
The Preparatory Course Audition
The panel consists of: Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, MTC Drama Tutor, MTC Dance Tutor, DHT Knightswood Secondary School and an External Specialist from the Performing Arts.
Auditions for the 2017/2018 academic year will take place on Saturday 25th February. Note: this is NOT an open audition. Candidates must have filled out an application form and received an invitation to attend.
Final auditions will take place on Friday 24th March.
The Artistic Director and DHT meet with all parents prior to start of audition for an information session on Knightswood Secondary School and The Preparatory Theatre Course.
Phase 1 – Drama Class
Each candidate will be sent with audition information pack a copy of a set text, which they are asked to prepare. The drama class, through a series of games and improvisations, is based on the set text.
Phase 2 – Dance/Mov Class
The candidates participate in a structured dance class, building from warm up exercises to a short, basic routine. A series of stretching exercises are given to check flexibility, and body alignment.
Phase 3 – Singing Class
A series of technical exercises and vocal games are used. This is followed by the class being taught two, short contrasting songs. The candidates sing both as an ensemble and in a solo capacity.
Phase 4 – Medical/Physio Examination
A number of pupils will be asked to remain and be examined by the medical and physiotherapy representatives.
The audition panel make the decisions on offering a place based on the information gained during the audition and from information received from medical and physiotherapy professionals.
Dependent on the number of applicants a recall audition, based on the same format, may be required.