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Musical Theatre Applications and Auditions

A note about auditioning from Professor Ryan Driscoll, Head of Musical Theatre

The musical theatre audition at UNC is designed to adjudicate a student’s talent, training and potential in as unbiased a way as possible.  Resumes will not be permitted in the audition room, and headshots will be accepted but not required.  Students might be given adjustments and work with the adjudicating faculty in the room so that they may gain a better sense of potential, with the understanding that each student will not have similar training and/or past experiences.  The faculty at UNC is interested in where a student is and where they might go, not in where they have been.

Students should choose repertoire selections that show the adjudicating faculty their connection to the piece and musical theatre as a whole.  While areas such as musicality, vocal training, and other technical aspects will certainly be assessed, the most important aspect of a student’s audition should be communication.  The training at UNC focuses on the individual person by way of organic and honest communication through song, dance, and spoken dialogue.  Auditioning students should choose material that they connect with, not simply songs that are intended to impress.  Should a student find more connection with a 64-measure ballad by Irving Berlin, that is of far more interest to the faculty than a student struggling through a difficult contemporary song simply to try and execute a loud, high note.

We understand that auditions are innately stressful.  Try to the best of your ability to be yourself in the room, and know that we behind the table are rooting for each and every one of you.

Application Materials 

  • Supplementary Theatre Application
  • Statement of Interest
  • Two references
  • Photo/headshot - optional

Audition Requirements

  • Live Virtual Auditions
    • Auditions will be held in 10-minute slots. Students will be required to prepare two full songs in addition to a monologue not to exceed 60 seconds in length. The student can choose the first song they would like to sing. Should the adjudicating faculty wish to hear more, they will ask to hear a cut or all of the student's second song and the monologue. Students should also be prepared to work with the adjudicating faculty members so that they may gain a better sense of training and potential.
      • One musical theatre song selection written prior to 1970
      • One song written during or after 1970. This selection can be from any time period or era of the musical theatre repertoire or another genre entirely, such as, but not limited to, rock, pop, gospel, etc.
      • One 60-second monologue (no specific requirements)
      • There will be no dance audition requirement.
  • Video Auditions
    • Students are asked to perform two full songs and one monologue. See below for specific requirements:
      • One musical theatre song selection prior to 1970
      • One song written during or after 1970. This selection can be from any time period or era of the musical theatre repertoire or another genre entirely, such as, but not limited to, rock, pop, gospel, etc.
      • One 60-second monologue (no specific requirements)
      • There will be no dance audition requirement