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What to expect at your audition

What to expect at your audition

Junior Conservatoire Drama auditions will happen between Monday 9 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 inclusive (excluding the bank holiday Easter weekend)

Everyone who applies before the closing deadline of Friday 25 February 2018 will receive an audition.

The audition process is designed to be an informal and enjoyable experience where we get to meet you and find out your interests in the performing arts. You will perform solo in front of a panel of RCS lecturers and specialist teachers. This is your chance to express your passion, commitment and desire to be part of this programme.

For all drama courses, the selection process has three stages: a group workshop and solo audition, followed by an interview. The aim is to gather information which will give us the best possible indication of your suitability for the programme. It also gives you time to ask us questions and discover whether we are right for you.

Depending on whether you are applying for CPP, musical theatre or acting, for your audition we will ask you to prepare:

Acting

The acting audition will take the form of a one hour group workshop followed by individual auditions, each lasting approximately 20 minutes. For the individual audition you should prepare:

  • One monologue, approximately 2 minutes long, from a published play. This should be in your own accent and age appropriate (i.e. if you are 15, don’t perform a character piece for a 50 year old). Be prepared to take direction from the panel.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself – your hopes and ambitions, why you want to come to RCS Junior Conservatoire etc.

Contemporary Performance Practice

The CPP audition will take the form of a two hour group improvisation workshop. This will be followed by a short 10 minute individual interview.

Once you have applied, we will send you some images to act as a stimulus via email. You should choose one and prepare your own piece of theatre inspired by the image (maximum 2 minutes). It can include music, dance, spoken word, props, costumes anything. All we ask is that if it’s messy, you bring cleaning materials with you. The short pieces will be performed as part of the workshop.

All we ask is that if it’s messy, you bring cleaning materials with you.

Musical Theatre

As part of the musical theatre audition, you will undertake a one hour dance and improvisation workshop. In addition, you’ll have a 20 minute individual audition. For this you should:

  • Prepare two contrasting songs, no longer than two minutes each, preferably in a musical theatre style. Your songs should be from the musical theatre genre. Please bring your sheet music with you as you will be accompanied by a pianist.
  • Prepare one monologue, no longer than two minutes, preferably in your own accent and age appropriate (i.e. if you’re 15 don’t perform a piece for a 50 year old).
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself – we want to get to know your interests, inspirations and ambitions during the interview and we aim to make it as informal as possible.

After your audition and interview we aim to give you a decision within three weeks. If you are unsuccessful in your application, we will offer advice to point you in the right direction of taking the next steps in your education and career.

If you would like further information on the audition process or anything about the Junior Conservatoire, please get in touch with us on 0141 270 8271 or juniors@rcs.ac.uk