INDIVIDUAL GRANTS IN THE ARTS COMPETITION



Auditions are about PRESENTATION. You are selling yourself to the judges, So: speak clearly, be confident, and wear appropriate clothing. Plainer is better—it lets your hard work and talent shine. Black/dark rehearsal attire is recommended. Low-riders, plumber’s cracks, bare midriffs, boxers, thongs, and stiletto heels are distractions that judges grade less favorably.

GRANTS AUDITION INFORMATION


Dance/Drama/Music



• The performing arts categories allow 5 to 6 minutes total performance time. Time will be called whether you are finished or not.
• You will introduce yourself and the work(s) you will perform. Your words, diction, carriage, and presentation leave an impression with the judges. Be prepared for this opportunity.
• Include a current head shot with your application. Bring one if you forgot to include it.
• During your audition, the judges may ask questions or have you comment on your training, goals, the audition itself, presentation, choreography, etc.
• All auditions are closed. Only an accompanist may be present with you.
• Everything that you need for a successful audition should be ready—instrument tuned, voice ready, you warmed up and prepared to perform. Auditions can run ahead of schedule, so be sure you (and your accompanist) are at least 30 minutes early for auditions, and allow for a 30 minute delay.

DANCE


• Dance auditions consist of 2 pieces of contrasting ability. Your selections should clearly demonstrate the range of your proficiency.
• Recorded music is permitted for dance auditions. Bring your music, cued-up and ready to play. A CD player will be provided.
• Give credit for choreography, whether it is your own or by someone else.

DRAMA / MUSICAL THEATER


• Drama competitors may select either of these two formats:
Option 1: Two contrasting monologues 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.
• No recorded accompaniment is permitted for auditions. You must provide an accompanist.

MUSIC


• Music auditions consist of 2 pieces of contrasting ability. Your selections (or portions thereof) should clearly demonstrate the range of your proficiency.
• No recorded accompaniment is permitted for auditions. You must provide an accompanist.
• Bring 3 xeroxed copies of your music for the judges. Music will be returned at the end of your audition. Please make sure your name is on each copy.
• Applicants will fill out a short information sheet prior to auditions.
• Depending on the number of applicants, you may be asked to provide a recording (CD) of your music for pre-screening purposes.