Musical Theatre Auditions

Individuals interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at Kent State must participate in an audition. 

How to Audition for Fall 2022 Entry to the Musical Theatre Program

 

Individuals Auditioning for the First Time

There are two options for auditioning for Fall 2022 entry to the Musical Theatre program: in-person or live virtual.

In-Person Musical Theatre Audition Option

In-Person Option

Audition Dates: March 4, 5, and 10, 2022

In-person auditions will include a meet and greet, acting component, voice component, and dance component.

In-Person Acting Component

The candidate will prepare one contemporary monologue from a published play not to exceed two minutes. The monologue must be memorized. 

In-Person Voice Component

The candidate will prepare two songs. Both songs must be from the standard musical theatre repertory and must represent a contrast of style, (i.e. one up-tempo and one ballad). Both must be memorized. Selections should not exceed thirty two bars. Vocal selections must be sung with accompaniment. A Cappella singing will not be permitted.

In-Person Dance Component

Candidates will participate in a dance/movement call.

Proper Attire

All candidates are asked to dress in dance attire and bring ballet slippers and/or jazz shoes, if available. 


Audition Schedule 

In-Person auditions will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 5, and 10, 2022. 

After completing the application via Acceptd, those auditioning will select their own audition slot. Slots will be scheduled backwards from 4:00 p.m. Following individual auditions, applicants will attend a meet and greet at 4:15 p.m. and a dance call at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will have roughly 3 minutes to present their material during the individual audition time.

 

Live Virtual Musical Theatre Audition Option

LIVE VIRTUAL OPTION

Pre-Screen Video

Prospective students who wish to audition for the Musical Theatre program must register for an audition through Acceptd and submit a video audition. Video submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis through February 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified whether they are called back for a final audition. 

Please note: A pre-screen audition is only required for those participating in the live-virtual audition. If you are auditioning in-person, please do not submit a pre-screen video.

Acting Component for Pre-Screen Video

The candidate will prepare one contemporary monologue from a published play not to exceed two minutes. The monologue must be memorized. 

Voice Component for Pre-Screen Video

The candidate will prepare two songs. Both songs must be from the standard musical theatre repertory and must represent a contrast of style, (i.e. one up-tempo and one ballad). Both must be memorized. Selections should not be an entire song. Thirty two bars are sufficient. Selections should not exceed two minutes combined. Vocal selections must be sung with accompaniment. A Cappella submissions will not be accepted.

Dance Component for Pre-Screen Video

If you have a dance reel you are encouraged to submit it with your songs and monologue. In addition, please upload the following basics. A video demonstrating these dance basics is at the link below.

Those who are accepted into the BFA Program and have advanced training will be asked to participate in an advanced level dance audition for placement purposes. This will happen once enrolled in the program.

Dance Basics Explanatory Video

  • Skill #1: A clean double pirouette on the right and left sides, either turned in or turned out, landing in any position.
     
  • Skill #2: A grand jeté on the right and left sides, with straight leg or through développé.
     
  • Skill #3: Pas de bourrée on the right and left sides.
     
  • Skill #4: Battement on the right and left sides.

Live Virtual Audition

Date: March 12, 2022

Live Virtual auditions for Fall 2022 entry to the Kent State University Musical Theatre program will take place virtually on March 12, 2022. Notifications for the Live Virtual Audition stage along with additional instructions will be sent out in February 2022.

Audition Schedule

Live Virtual auditions will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2022.

After completing the application via Acceptd, those auditioning will select their own audition slot. Slots will be scheduled backwards from 4:00 p.m. Following individual auditions, applicants will attend a meet and greet at 4:15 p.m.

Applicants will have roughly 3 minutes to present their material during the individual audition time.

How To Register for a Musical Theatre Audition

Register for Audition

Acceptd Instructions

  1. Fill out the registration form on the Acceptd website by visiting the link below.
  2. Click on the Acceptd link provided below. The link will take you to the Kent State College of the Arts landing page on Acceptd.
  3. On the left hand side of the page under "Start An Application" select School of Theatre and Dance as the program group and select BFA Musical Theatre as the program.
  4. Click "Apply to BFA Musical Theatre"
  5. Create an Acceptd account as prompted or login if you already have one.
  6. Complete the application as instructed, including uploading or providing a link to your video audition.

Prior to applying through Acceptd, please be prepared to supply the following information:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Education History 
  3. Vocal and Dance Training Histories
  4. Vocal Selections for Audition
  5. Monologue Selections for Audition
  6. Previous Theatre Experience
  7. Names and contact information for recommendation forms

Register for a Musical Theatre Audition

INDIVIDUALS RE-AUDITIONING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM

If you have already auditioned for the BFA MT program, and plan to re-audition, please contact Terri Kent, Musical Theatre Coordinator, at tkent@kent.edu for further instructions. 

Do not fill out the Acceptd application unless you are instructed to.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the BFA Theatre Program, please contact Terri Kent, Musical Theatre Coordinator, at tkent@kent.edu.

For more information about registering for an audition, please call the School of Theatre and Dance at 330-672-2082.