Monday, May 31, 2010

2010 Festival News & Notes #2-college auditions

One of the best opportunities for our students at the International Thespian Festival is the opportunity to audition with colleges. In theatre, college auditions are often a must, but because of our distance from mainland colleges, our students have few chances to participate. At Festival, at least 40 different universities and colleges will be conducting unified auditions. Juniors in high school can audition in either performance or technical theatre.

A complete, interactive list of the participating colleges is on the ITS site here--just scroll down to the "auditions" list.

In addition to the schools auditioning, there are exhibitors--usually theatre-related businesses, but also some schools who have a booth or table set-up where you can get information and give information.

For your convenience, I'll try organizing the auditioners and exhibitors by state (below). But first some auditioning tips:

1. Have copies of a current resume (headshot-optional) and a business card to hand out. Have these in an accessible, neat place.

2. Look over the information about the colleges BEFORE you get to Festival, so you are informed and make a good impression. This includes knowing basic things like 1) what state the college is in; 2) what majors and degrees it offers; 3) how big it is.

3. Consider what your strongest points are, and what your weaknesses are; figure out how you can "pitch" yourself as a good candidate HONESTLY.

4. You will get information from various colleges. Figure out your organization system ahead of time--will you have a folder where you put all the information you get? Or do you want to have a binder with separate pockets for different schools? or some other method of keeping track?

5. Make a list of questions for each of the schools from whom you get call backs. DON'T ask questions about basic information that is available on their websites--you should already have checked that. DO ask questions about your concerns and interests.

NOW the colleges and universities by state :

AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy)
University of Southern California (LA)

US Performing Arts

University of Northern Colorado

University of Hartford (the Hartt School)

Dramatic Publishing
Stage Vet, LLC

University of Hartford (Hartt School)

Florida International University

University of Miami-Dep't. of theatre Arts

Savannah College of Art and Design

Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts
Southern Illinois University
DePaul University-the Theatre School

University of Evansville

University of Evansville

Cornell College

Murray State University

Loyola University

Emerson College

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota (Guthrie Theatre)

Drury University
Missouri Valley College
St. Louis University
Webster University
William Woods University

Saint Louis University

Next Step Prep-the Academy for Musical Theatre

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Heartland Scenic Studio

Rowan University

College of Santa Fe

CAP 21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21)
NY Film Academy
NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Field Studies Center of NY
The Offstage Group
Play scripts, Inc.
Samuel French

Wake Forest University

Ashland University
Ohio Northern University
Otterbein College

Costume Holiday House

University of Oklahoma (drama and musical theatre)

University of the Arts

Coastal Carolina University

SMU (Southern Methodist University)
Texas Christian University

University of Houston

Central Washington University

University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point)
Marquette University
Viterbo University

University of Wyoming

Note that most of the colleges and universities that are auditioning also have signed up as exhibitors. I didn't double-post their listings for the sake of space.

Thinking about college is really enjoyable. Don't let auditions stress you out, because the college recruiters aren't looking for great performances or perfection--they're looking for potential. Show that. And have fun!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Festival 2010-Intro and Mainstage

It's that time of year again when our students are preparing to compete in national events. Travel to the mainland US is a treat for our students, but they also must work hard, both in preparation and once they get there.

Still, it's exciting. Here's a bit about the International Thespian Festival, held in Lincoln, Nebraska at the University of Nebraska campus.

Early Show
Little Women (the musical) by Arab High School in Arab, Alabama, Troupe #7023

2010 MAIN STAGE attractions!

Urinetown, to be presented by Troupe #5869, Denver (Colorado) School of the Arts, directed by Shawn Hann
Pippin, presented by Troupe #931, Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Texas
A Piece of My Heart, presented by Troupe #899, Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas
Sympathy Jones, presented by Troupe #5029, State College Area High School North in State College, Pennsylvania
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, presented by Troupe #1649, Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, to be presented by Troupe #4982, Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be presented by Troupe #5006, Olathe South High School from Olathe, Kansas.
Fences, to be presented on the Kimball Main Stage by Troupe #2945, Sylvan Hills High School, from Sherwood, Arkansas.
Zoo Story, to be presented on the Kimball Main Stage by Troupe #4590, Randolph High School, from Huntsville, Alabama.
Working, to be presented on the Lied Main Stage by Troupe #6435 ,Tremper High School, from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Rehearsal Schedule

The rehearsal schedules for NJFL, NFL and ITS (national events) is online: here.

The ITS students are practicing also for the play; PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA by Thornton Wilder, which they will stage at the ITS Festival.