BA Musical Theatre

Dates and Venues 

New York:
Friday 18th January: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Saturday 19th January: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Sunday 20th January: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Monday 21st January: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Chicago:
Sunday 3rd February: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Monday 4th February: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Tuesday 5th February: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Wednesday 6th February: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Thursday 7th February: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

 

Panel Members

New York Panel MembersGordon Adams, David Higham
Chicago Panel Members: Gordon AdamsAli de Souza
*Auditions may be recorded for additional review by departmental faculty/staff at RCS.

 

Audition Requirements

We kindly ask that you bring a headshot as it helps the panel keep names and faces together. It will not have an impact on the audition outcome.

The audition process is separated into four sections, designed to explore skills in acting, singing, dance, and musicality. Importance is weighted equally in these four areas. We will be looking for a strong ability in three areas and trainable potential in all four, although it should be noted that the panel will look for evidence of emotional connection and clarity of expression in all four. The initial audition will last approximately 15-20 minutes (consisting of the Singing, Acting, and Music sections).

    • Singing – you should prepare three songs for your audition. These should show vocal range, as well as the awareness and ability to use contrasting stylistic features common to Musical Theatre repertoire. The range should include three songs, one of which is not from a musical (this may be pop, rock, blues, gospel, jazz, folk, etc.). Music should be prepared clearly for the pianist and should be in the correct key. If the song is longer than three minutes, please have a cut ready. No recorded backing will be permitted and you may not accompany yourself for this element of the audition.
    • Acting – you should prepare 1 Shakespeare monologue and 1 contemporary monologue to contrast of no longer than two minutes in length. Please prepare and learn these carefully and have an understanding of the entire play, not just your monologue, as the panel may ask you to talk about your choices.
    • Music – you should bring your instrument to the audition (this cannot be voice). If do you play an instrument please prepare a short piece or section of music (no more than two minutes long) demonstrating your musicality. If you do not play an instrument please be prepared to talk about any experiences you have had with music and how this influences your choices as an actor, singer, and dancer.
    • Dance if you are recalled, you will be led through a group dance audition, likely to take place at the end of the audition day (typically 3.30pm-4.30pm, but the final dance recall times will be announced by email in advance of your audition day). The dance recall may include elements of jazz, ballet, and contemporary styles. No preparation is required for this section. Please wear suitable clothing for this part of this audition. Please note that if a dance recall is not made available for your audition, or if you have a pre-existing conflict that would prevent you from participating in the dance recall, a suitable alternative will be found with the audition panel. This often takes the form of sending in a short video demonstrating similar dance elements that were to be assessed in the recall.