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Theatre UCF Production Auditions

Spring 2024 Auditions

All BFA and MFA acting and musical theatre majors are REQUIRED to audition and REQUIRED to accept the callback invite unless you have already received a waiver from the Artistic Director. Please make sure your schedule is clear for callbacks on October 14th, October 28th, and October 29th.

The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Roberta Emerson
UCF Black Box
February 22 – March 3, 2024
Cherry Orchard Casting Breakdown
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Book by Hugh Wheeler, Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Michael Wainstein
Music Direction by Richard Crawley
Dr. Phillips Center, Disney Theater
April 11 – 14, 2024
Sweeney Todd Casting Breakdown

Audition and Callback Schedule

Initial submissions will be VIDEO auditions.

  • Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 11:59pm: Final deadline for video submission

Callbacks will take place in person October 14, 28 and 29.

  • Saturday, October 14, 11am – 4pm: The Cherry Orchard in Studio 3
  • Saturday, October 28, 2–6pm: Sweeney Todd in Studio 2
  • Sunday, October 29, 10am – 8pm: Sweeney Todd in Studio 1

Your entire audition package must include the following:

  1. A filled out “Department Audition Form.” The audition form can be found online at:
  2. A TYPED bio no more than 75 words in length (submitted through the google form).
  3. A copy of your headshot and resume (Embedded into the YouTube link description AND brought on paper to the callback).

IMPORTANT:  You will need to upload your performance package to an unlisted YouTube link. Then, you will need to provide that link on your Department Audition Form. This link is what the directors will use to watch your audition package. Make sure that link is on your form!

Bio, headshot, and resume should be submitted by uploading to the YouTube description.

Performance Requirements for August Auditions

  1. One contemporary comedic monologue
  2. One classical monologue
  3. 32 Bars from a musical, selections from Sweeney Todd strongly encouraged, but not required.

You have 3 minutes TOTAL for your monologues and song. Not 3 minutes for each piece.

  1. READ THE PLAYS! Know the styles of the plays and select appropriate audition material. If there are specific guidelines listed for specific plays, KNOW THEM!
  2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY! Present yourself in the best possible manner. Directors will make judgment about you the minute you walk into the room. Don’t let that judgment be negative. This includes shoes ­ don’t wear flip flops or shoes you can’t walk in when you audition. And, make sure your hair is combed and out of your face!! Don’t walk in looking like you just crawled out of bed!
  3. Behave in a professional manner. Be polite to everyone you meet and encounter. You never know who will be making casting decisions. That includes the way you talk to Stage Managers, Accompanists, Assistants, and Directors.
  4. Be prepared and on time! Have everything required of you for the audition. The Stage Managers will NOT help you with making copies of your headshot/resume/music/audition forms. Do your job and be prepared to demonstrate how professional you are.
  5. Have your sheet music prepared appropriately.-Don’t bring in a whole songbook or pages taped together like an accordion. Copy the song from the book and put it into a nicely-organized notebook that will sit on the piano easily.-Be sure your music is from a full score or songbook. Do not bring in music that only has chords or is from choral books or is written for guitar!-Be sure your song is in the correct key. The Accompanist will not transpose on sight for you.-DO NOT PUT YOUR MUSIC IN PLASTIC SHEET PROTECTORS!-Make sure the copy of your music has ALL THE MUSIC on every sheet. Double check to make sure the bottom line of music hasn’t been cut off.-Make sure the title of the song is marked clearly somewhere on the first page of your music.-Mark your music clearly for the following: Intro, Vocal Begins, Cuts in the Song, Repeats, Song Ends.-Communicate with the Accompanist what tempo you want your song. They aren’t mind readers ­ sing a little of the song for them.
  6. Be sure to “slate” clearly ­ this includes your name and the titles of the pieces you will be performing. Slate ALL YOUR PIECES before you begin your audition. Don’t waste valuable time announcing each piece individually.
  7. If you plan to use the chair in the room, SET IT UP BEFORE YOU BEGIN! You waste valuable seconds during your audition slot by taking time to move the chair to where you want it. It’s stronger if you act without using a chair.
  8. REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE! And, just when you think you have it, REHEARSE SOME MORE! Most performers kill their chances of getting cast because they aren’t prepared.
  9. Breathe! Remember ­ we WANT you to succeed! It makes casting decisions easier when you “bring it” and deliver what we need for our shows. Part of your assessment in the department is based on your audition skills, no matter what your degree program may be!