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Audition Techniques: Music Theater
Course: MUP218

First Term: 2010 Fall
Lec + Lab   1 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   2.4 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Practice in the techniques of auditioning for musical theater. Identification and illustration techniques of the vocal and acting music theater audition.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Prepare a personal resume. (I)
2. Identify the features of a professional headshot. (I)
3. Communicate personality through appropriate dress and interview response. (I)
4. Identify sources for audition material. (II)
5. Select and evaluate two contrasting audition songs and two contrasting monologues. (II)
6. Demonstrate continuity, contrasting sections, and climax by cutting audition selections to appropriate length. (II)
7. Analyze the style, spirit and point of view of audition material. (III)
8. Describe a character in audition material in terms of type, relationships, objective and obstacle. (III)
9. Practice the audition songs and monologues using appropriate rehearsal techniques. (III)
10. Create and perform an audition program consisting of a slate, two contrasting songs and two monologues. (III, IV)
11. Prepare an audition binder with resume, headshot, appropriately cut vocal selections and monologues. (IV)
12. Practice the audition song using appropriate rehearsal techniques. (III)
13. Identify the basic steps and sequences that are standard in a music theater dance audition. (IV)
14. Practice dance steps and sequences with the idea of selling it. (IV)
15. Prepare an audition notebook with appropriately cut music and representative vocal selections. (V)
16. Create, perform, and evaluate at least two audition programs consisting of an introduction, two contrasting songs per program, transition, and exit. (V, VI)
17. Develop a roster of performing arts organizations that hold open auditions. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Groundwork for Successful Auditioning
   A. Audition Standard Operating Procedures
   B. Displaying Your Ability
      1. Resume
      2. Headshot
      3. Interview, etiquette, dress
II. Selecting the Songs and Monologues
   A. Resources
   B. Criteria
   C. Standard cuttings: 16 bars, 32 bars, one minute, two minutes
III. Song and Monologue Analysis
   A. Style, spirit and point of view
   B. Character identification
      1. Type
      2. Relationships
      3. Objective
      4. Obstacle
IV. Assembling the Audition Package
   A. Presentation
   B. Evaluation
   C. Emotions
   D. Physical intentions
IV. Surviving the Movement/Dance Audition
   A. Basic steps
   B. Identifying sequences, patterns
   C. Selling it
V. Assembling the Audition Package
   A. Creating an audition repertoire notebook
   B. Finding a focus and theme
   C. Using props and costumes
VI. Performing the Audition Program
   A. Presentation
   B. Evaluation
VII. Marketing the Performance Package
   A. Identifying performing opportunities
      1. Summer stock
      2. Regional theater
      3. Touring companies
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  3/23/2010

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