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Santa Maria Arts Council

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INDIVIDUAL GRANTS
IN THE ARTS
COMPETITION

PERFORMING ARTS: DANCE/DRAMA/MUSIC
AUDITION INFORMATION


AUDITIONS AND JUDGING
1. You will have 5 to 6 minutes total performance time. Time will be called whether you are finished or not.
2. Auditions can run ahead of schedule. Arrive 30 minutes early and allow for a 30-minute delay.
3. You will introduce yourself and the work(s) you will perform.
4. The judges may ask questions or have you comment on your training, goals, the audition itself, presentation, choreography, etc.
5. Auditions are closed except for an accompanist.

WHAT TO PRESENT
Dance
• Present 2 pieces of contrasting ability, such as modern and classical. Your selections should clearly demonstrate the range of your proficiency.
• Give credit for choreography, whether it is your own or by someone else.
• Bring your music on your own portable device with a speaker, cued up and ready to go.

Drama / Musical Theatre
• Drama competitors may select either of these two formats:
Option 1: Two contrasting monologues (modern and classical, or comedy and drama) and 16 bars of accompanied music —or—
Option 2: One monologue and a contrasting scene that employs accompanied music and dance (example: “Star to Be” from Annie, or the “Frog Prince” from Honk). This is a good option if you are strong in musical theatre.
• Bring accompaniment on your own portable device with a speaker, cued up and ready to go.

Music
• Present 2 pieces of contrasting ability. Your selections (or portions thereof) should clearly demonstrate the range of your proficiency.
• Using an accompanist is preferred, but recorded accompaniment is permitted.
If recorded, bring your own portable device with a decent speaker, cued up and ready to play. Cell phone speakers are not acceptable for music auditions.
• Bring 3 xerox copies of your music for the judges. Music will be returned at the end of your audition. Make sure your name is on each copy.

PG-RATED LANGUAGE
• The use of profanity (cursing, f-bombs, expletives) in audition pieces is banned, whether danced to, spoken, or sung.
• Please remove / change any language in your selections that wouldn’t get a PG rating.
• This policy is in force for the Showcase as well as auditions.
• Failure to abide by this rule will result in disqualification or loss of the grant.

ATTIRE AND PRESENTATION
Your words, diction, and carriage leave an overall impression with the judges.
Speak clearly, be confident, and wear appropriate clothing. Plainer is usually better—it lets your hard work and talent shine.
Dark rehearsal attire is recommended. Bare midriffs, butt cracks, thongs, and stiletto heels are distractions that judges often grade less favorably.