Who should audition or interview?
High school seniors and transfer students seeking acceptance into the Millikin B.F.A. programs in Acting or Musical Theatre must audition for consideration on one of the dates listed below. All performance auditions (Musical Theatre and Acting) must be completed on or before March 24, 2017. Consideration for Talent Awards will not be extended beyond the final audition date. Please contact the Audition and Interview Coordinator to set up your audition.
High school seniors and transfer students seeking acceptance into the Millikin B.F.A. programs in Design and Production, Stage Management or Theatre Administration must interview for consideration. For an appointment please contact the Audition and Interview Coordinator. Interviews should be completed before the end of the spring semester.
Prior to auditioning, all students must first be accepted to Millikin University. The B.A. degree does not require an audition.
When should I audition?
We hold auditions throughout the fall and spring. View our audition dates for more details.
Are auditions/interviews held anywhere else than at Millikin University?
Millikin holds off campus auditions at the Chicago Academy for the Arts the 1st weekend in February. In addition, we periodically attend in and out-of-state college audition events. Those attending college audition events that do not include a dance call may be required to attend one of our on campus auditions or our Chicago auditions in order to be considered for the B.F.A. Musicl Theatre program. For information regarding our attendance at these events, please contact our Audition and Interview Coordinator.
Why are song selections at the audition limited to 16 bars for ballad and 32 bars for up-tempo?
The auditioners are listening for the qualities of your singing voice, rather than to the song. These short selections give them ample time to evaluate your singing potential as well as your ability to act the song. Also, 16-32 bars is the basic guideline for professional auditions. We recommend being prepared to sing the entire song if asked, have alternate selections in your book, or to vocalize with our musical director should we need to hear more from your voice than your initial selections offer.
Where can I find titles of musicals and when they were written?
You can go to the website called Musicals101. Choose the link that will take you to the Chronology page. There you can see what musicals opened in what year. Click on a decade either prior or post 1960 and you'll find lists of musicals that were written in that era. Other resources include the Internet Broadway Database and Playbill Vault.
Once you find show titles you are familiar with, you can then start looking for songs. Pandora Radio, Spotify, Youtube, and Amazon.com are all good resources for finding audition songs. You will find many Broadway cast recordings on these sites.
Your library or local music store should have books that have the sheet music for the songs.
What are the qualities of a good monologue?
Choose a monologue from a full length published play. Read the whole play so that you know the context of the monologue and the character's situation. Besides picking one in your age range without a regional dialect, pick one where you character is fighting to get something from a specific person, i.e. no dreams, no talking to the audience, no telephone calls, no soliloquy or self-reflective types of monologues. Do not choose monologues that are cited as "original" or written by "anonymous". As with the song, a monologue of 30 seconds is plenty for the auditioners to evaluate your acting potential.
Where can I find monologues?
Read plays. Avoid the monologues published in the many audition monologue books or on-line databases because those monologues are overdone. You might use those books or websites as references to find interesting characters perhaps, but always find and read the full play and then choose a monologue that is not in the published monologue book or on the website. Especially, do not choose monologues that are solo interpretive pieces that are not part of a complete play. These types of monologues may be appropriate for Speech Team competitions, but they are inappropriate for audition monologues.
Why are we asked to avoid regional dialects in our monologue choices?
The auditioners need to hear and to evaluate your real speaking voice without added regional dialects.
What types of scholarships are available?
Students who are pursuing studies in theatre may qualify for either a College of Fine Arts Scholarship or the prestigious Dean's Scholarship for Excellence. These scholarships are based on talent and/or academic achievement and are awarded at the time of your audition, interview and/or portfolio review. These scholarships are renewed each year a student remains enrolled in the College of Fine Arts.
If a student receives a scholarship, is the scholarship lost if the student doesn't commit to Millikin by the deadlines given?
As is the case with many universities, Millikin's official acceptance deadline is May 1st. At the discretion of the Dean, scholarship offers may be rescinded after the official acceptance deadline.
Are there student work-study positions available in the School of Theatre and Dance?
Yes, there are many work-study positions available in the department and across the university for students. Information is available through the Career Center.
Are students able to major in musical theatre and minor in something else, business, for example?
It's possible, but only encouraged for students with exceptional academic skills, time management abilities, and discipline. Other issues are time and expense. Adding a minor, such as business, may require an additional semester and/or overload fees.
Does Millikin bring in any guest artists for the students to work with during the school year?
Yes, master classes are offered annually by a variety of artists. Many artists and companies who perform at Kirkland Fine Arts Center offer master classes for our students. In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance invites a variety of artists to campus to share their perspectives with our students. Guest artists have included: Sierra Boggess, Alice Ripley, Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), Marcia Madeira (TONY nominated lighting designer), Kari Margolis (The Margolis Method), Justin Huff (Telsy + Co Casting), Caitlyn Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting), Bob Mason (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Roberta Duchak (Chicagoland Musical Director) and many more.
Where are current students and alumni working in theatre?
Millikin alumni are working in many different venues: professionally on Broadway, on international and national tours, in regional theater companies, dinner theaters, cruise lines, TV and film. They also perform and teach with children's theatre companies.
Since admission to Millikin University is required before I can schedule an audition, how can I apply?
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