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Application Process for Music Theatre Students

Step One: Apply to Queen's

Detailed information on applying to Queen’s University through the Ontario Universities Application Centre is available on the Queen’s Admissions website.

Admission into our direct entry Music Theatre program (BMT) includes both the required application to Queen’s Music Theatre (QMT) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca) and an audition at Queen’s. Secondary School prerequisites include: Six 4U and 4M courses with an overall average of at least 78%. Must include English 4U and a minimum of one additional 4U course.

Step Two: Book Your Audition

Audition Dates for 2018:

Brockville

Saturday, February 24, 2018
St. Lawrence College, Brockville campus
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, ON K6V 5X3

Toronto

Sunday, March 4, 2018
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane (in Toronto’s Distillery District)

Kingston

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tett Centre
Morton Way, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4
(beside the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Queen’s University)

Electronic Submissions: Please see this link for more information about submitting your audition electronically.

Audition Requirements

 Be prepared to sing two songs; one ballad and one up tempo. Choose something that is appropriate to your character, personality type and age. Bring your sheet music with you. An accompanist will be provided. Please do not bring a CD, tape or instrument.

 Prepare a 1 ½ minute monologue of your choice. The monologue should be from a contemporary play that is age appropriate and not longer than a minute and a half.

 You will be taught a short dance combination in a group by our choreographer. Be sure to dress accordingly. Please note: A short musical theory assessment will be administered as part of the audition process to determine your level of music literacy.

Audition Tips

❖ The acting and singing portion of the audition is about 3-4 minutes in length. You may be waiting a long time until the panel sees you. Bring a book or something to occupy your time so you don’t increase your nerves as you wait. This is a great time to talk to the student monitors about campus life, the individual courses, or other questions about the program.

 Everyone feels nervous when they audition. Try to channel your nervous energy positively as excitement, rather than negatively as fear.

❖ We want you to succeed! The panel is on your side and will do everything we can to make you feel welcome and supported. The unknown can cause stress, so combat the fear of the unknown with proper preparation.

Preparation Tips

 Have your music in a 1 inch, round ring binder, double sided. Photocopied music is easier for the accompanist than bound songbooks.

 Try to keep your audition songs to about a minute each. 1 minute = 32 bars in length (ballad) or 64 bars for an up-tempo

 Keep your presentation simple, with little to no staging of your audition pieces. We want to focus on you, your talent, and your potential.

 Choose material you connect with and truly love to perform so you can share that excitement with the panel.

❖ Take a moment by yourself to visualize your successful performance before you go in the room, leaving the energy of the waiting room behind.

❖ Take some deep breaths before you walk in the audition room to centre yourself

 Dress neatly, as you would for a job interview, but please feel free to express yourself and show us what makes you unique. ·

❖ Practice in your shoes (especially if you are not used to wearing heels, for example) so there are no surprises on the day.

 Be prepared to chat about why you are choosing this career and how you approach your work as a student and as an artist.

 Bring appropriate clothes for the dance call. If you don’t have proper dance shoes, sneakers are fine. You should be able to move freely and feel confident and comfortable.

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Questions About the Music Theatre Program?

Please contact:

Janet Venn-Jackson

Undergraduate Assistant and Auditions Coordinator

For more information about applying to study music theatre at St. Laurence and Queen’s!

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