Evaluating your talent
Admission to the musical theatre program is competitive. Each year 16-18 students, ranging in experience level, are accepted into the program. While exceptional talent is certainly appreciated, the department is not always looking for readiness for the profession, but the readiness to train for the profession.
During your audition experience, the department encourages you to:
- Leave your ego at the door, be yourself
- Be giving to your audition colleagues
- Allow the day to be an enjoyable one.
The purpose of this audition process is to allow us to evaluate your training and our ability to educate you with respect to a career in the theatre. The process is also designed to afford you the chance to decide if this program is best suited to your goals and abilities.
The audition for the musical theatre program will include the following:
- Monologue — Prepare a monologue from a play or musical, not to exceed three minutes. These selections should be drawn from contemporary, published theatre literature and should not require props. The selections should be appropriate to your age and type, and be prepared and memorized. Review the Audition Preparation Guide for helpful suggestions.
- Songs — Prepare two songs: an up-tempo and a ballad, with 16 bars of one type and the complete song of the other. Both selections should be chosen from standard Broadway repertoire, each memorized and accompanied by sheet music. No chord charts. A pianist will be provided.
- Dance — You will be required to participate in a dance class that includes ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance. You will have time to change before the dance class. Women should wear a solid leotard and convertible tights; no skirts or shorts, please. Men should wear a solid-colored close-fitting t-shirt, tights or leggings, and a dance belt. Everyone should bring appropriate shoes, if you have them, for ballet, jazz (flat shoes only: a small heel, but no character shoes or jazz sneakers) and tap shoes. If you do not have shoes for dance, you may take the class in socks.
- Interviews — You will be interviewed by members of the faculty to discuss skills and interests. An interview will allow you to talk informally with a faculty member and discover what Missouri State University and you have to offer one another.
- Improvisation — Candidates may be asked to participate in a group improvisational session. The improvisation segment is designed to illustrate your ability to believe in imaginary circumstances, to live/respond in the moment and your participatory demeanor within a group context.
- Attire — During the monologue segment, you should wear appropriate audition attire. No hats. For the group improvisation, please have clothes that allow you to move freely and comfortably. You will have time to change between the improvisation and monologue segments.
- Parent chat — During the auditions, parents of audition candidates can meet with department faculty for a question and answer session.
- Student chat — You will have an opportunity to talk with current MSU students about student life and the department.
Additional audition considerations
Audition personnel may ask you to perform one or more of the following tasks, and may ask that some of these tasks be completed within specific guidelines or conditions:
- Briefly discuss the plays and/or characters of your audition pieces
- Perform a simple physical task without words
- Re-perform one of your audition pieces with a different set of goals and conditions
- Ask the interviewers some questions relating to the musical theatre program at Missouri State University.