Musical Theatre

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Musical Theatre Program is a dynamic and demanding training experience for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Musical Theatre. The curriculum offers rich and intensive courses in singing, acting, dancing, musical theatre production.

Audition Instructions

WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THE MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION?

  • Sing one (1) 32-bar excerpt (no more than two minutes total) of classical musical theatre repertoire that suits your vocal range (no Pop/Hip-Hop/Rap musicals, please). Classical Musical Theatre (or Golden Age Musicals) are shows that were written before 1965. The Singers Musical Theatre Anthology is a great resource to help you select a song for your audition, and are available online or at most libraries.
  • Perform a one-minute comedic or dramatic monologue from a published play, not a musical. No monologues by D.M. Larsen, please.
  • Perform a cold reading from a monologue selected by the audition committee (no home preparation required).
  • Learn and perform a choreographed dance routine (no home preparation required).
  • Write 1-2 pages about your audition experience.
  • Briefly discuss your musical inspirations, ambitions, and goals.

WHAT WILL YOU WEAR THE DAY OF THE AUDITION?

  • jazz shoes
  • dance or comfortable clothing

WHAT WILL YOU BRING THE DAY OF THE AUDITION?

  • one (1) current photo with your name written on the back (small snapshot, school picture, or headshot)
  • one (1) copy of your music for the accompanist

WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED DURING THE AUDITION?

  • recorded music
  • self-accompaniment
  • a cappella presentations
  • outside accompanists or coaches

AUDITION ADVICE

  • Before you begin your song and monologue: introduce yourself and tell us what you’ll be performing. For example: “Hello my name is _________ and I I will be singing _____ from ______. For my second piece, I will be performing _____ from _______.”
  • Before your monologue: “I will now be doing a monologue from the play _______ by _______. My character’s name is______.”

Students will be evaluated on the singing, dancing and monologue portions of the Musical Theatre audition and enthusiasm for this field.  Evaluation criteria is based on California State Visual and Performing Arts standards.