MA Musical Theatre (Performance)

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 27th January: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Monday 28th January: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

 

Panel Members

New York Panel Members: Gordon Adams, David Higham
Chicago Panel Members: Gordon Adams, David Higham

*Auditions may be recorded for additional review by departmental faculty/staff at RCS.

 

Audition Requirements

The audition process is separated into four sections. The initial audition will last approximately 15-20 minutes.

  • Singing – for this section you should prepare four songs – 2 up-tempo and 2 ballads. Music should be prepared clearly for the pianist and should be in the correct key. No recorded backing will be permitted and you may not accompany yourself for this element of the audition. Three songs should be musical theatre and one should be from another genre (e.g. pop, rock, blues, jazz).
  • Acting – for this section you should prepare 1 Shakespeare monologue and 1 contemporary monologue to contrast. Both should be between 1-3 mins 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.
  • Devised Piece – applicants will be given 2 minutes to present a piece of their own devising; this can include sections of text combined, an entirely original piece, a movement piece, a devised character piece or a devised/self-written song. The key for applicants is to ensure that the devised material expresses something significant for them with the panel examining both composition and performance.
  • 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.