The Musical Theatre Division is designed to provide comprehensive training for the musical theatre actor. Courses in acting, music and dance form the basis of the program, along with performance opportunities that are specifically designed to synthesize these disciplines into one cohesive experience. During their course of study, students learn vocal technique for speech and song, dance, acting, music theory, and technical theatre. The demands placed on the student are rigorous because the goal of the program is simple: to prepare students to compete on the national level for entrance to post-secondary training programs in Musical Theatre. In order to attain this goal, the student must clearly demonstrate potential for achievement as a singer-actor-dancer.
Include with your completed application: 1) A resume, written or typed, listing the applicant's training and performance experiences. 2) A headshot or photograph of the applicant. Please make sure the photo is current, clear, and an accurate likeness of the applicant.
At the audition: (NOT for Summer Intensive, see below for Summer Intensive)
The Musical Theatre Audition consists of three elements: Acting, Music, and Dance
The ACTING element: Choose one (1) scene of your choosing from the downloadable document below; prepare one (1) character to perform in the audition. An Audition Reader will perform the lines of the scene partner. Memorization of the scene is not required; however, a firm understanding of the text and of the world of the play is essential. Applicants should be prepared to discuss the character they chose and the context of the scene. There is no additional monologue requirement.
The MUSIC element: Choose any musical theatre song to prepare and perform in the audition. The song must be from a stage production; songs from movies (that are not also stage productions) and pop songs are not appropriate. Memorize the song and bring sheet music with piano accompaniment in the correct key; a pianist will accompany you at the audition. Be prepared to discuss the plot of the musical from which the song is taken and the situation of the character. There will also be a short vocal warm-up to assess pitch and rhythm recognition.
The DANCE element: Be prepared to participate in a physical warm-up and short class designed to assess basic technique and coordination. The class may consist of "across-the-floor" exercises and/or a musical theatre-style dance combination. Wear clothing that allows flexible movement.
CALL BACKS: The Musical Theatre Faculty works hard to make the most informed decision about the applicants we see each year. To aid in these decisions, we may ask an applicant to return and participate in an additional "call back" session. The call back consists of a music and acting class, as is taught in a typical day at NOCCA. The applicant does not need to prepare anything else, just be ready to participate with an open mind. If we do not call an applicant back it is not an indication of their audition; it only means that we have all the information we need. The call back usually takes place on a week-day afternoon following the second day of auditions. The applicants will be notified for a call back by email as soon as possible after the last audition session only if they are requested to attend.
At the Audition: (FOR Summer Intensive)
Choose any musical theatre song to prepare and perform in the audition. The song must be from a stage production; songs from movies (that are not also stage productions) and pop songs are not appropriate. Memorize the song. Bring sheet music with piano accompaniment in the correct key; a pianist will accompany you at the audition. Be prepared to discuss the plot of the musical from which the song is taken and the situation of the character. There will also be a short vocal warm-up to assess pitch and rhythm recognition.