Admission & Audition Procedures for BFA Musical Theatre

BFA Musical Theatre

SUNY Fredonia is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle.  https://papermill.org/musical-theater-common-prescreen/

Prescreen requirements are as follows:

OVERALL

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media.  No continuous videos.

SLATE

There should not be a separate "slate" video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.

The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.

The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing.
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

-OPTION A

  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must come from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds).                                                                                                                     -OPTION A
  • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

DANCE

  • All dance media should be filmed ina “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-drivenand connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.

We require the following Dance option:

-DANCE OPTION

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
  • No barre , a ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed, butmust be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

WILD CARD

We do not require a Wild Card video, but you are welcome to submit one.

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

For additional information, please refer to SUNY Fredonia's Acceptd Portal here

Students submitting successful prescreening materials will be invited to an on-campus audition.  Please note that an on-campus audition is required for admission to the BFA in Musical Theatre.

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