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Auditions in Theater Arts

SPRING 2022 THEATER ARTS PRODUCTION AUDITIONS 

Two productions will audition on the first Thursday & Friday of the quarter (3/31 & 4/1):

THEA 151 (Valdez/Sanchez)
A Place to Belong
by Marisela Treviño Orta

A Place to Belong will be co-directed by Kinan Valdez and Vanessa Sanchez. There will be two sets of auditions for this production, one for the acting company and one for the dance company:

ACTORS will audition at General Auditions for A Place to Belong:

  • Signups: Write down your name, cell number, and email on the Auditions board in Theater Arts A building next to the Green Room in the hallway behind the Mainstage (in the hallway off of the loading dock).
     
  • Audition location: Theater Arts Mainstage / A building
     
  • Thursday, March 31, 6:30 - 10:00 pm
    and
    Friday April 1, 3:30 - 5:30 pm + 6:30 - 10:00 pm (break from 5:30-6:30 pm)
     
  • AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
    • 90 second monologue
    • 60 second movement piece
    • 30 second music piece (voice and/or instrument)
       
  • IMPORTANT INFO/SIDES **PLEASE READ - CLICK HERE** 
    (you must be logged into your UCSC Google acct)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • MUSIC PIECE: Accompanists are NOT provided. If you feel it necessary, you may play music with a portable music device, e.g. a smart phone with speakers or old-time boom-box, though this is not required (singing may be a cappella and movement pieces may be silent).
  • MOVEMENT PIECE: Unless any of the shows are a musicals, the movement piece is primarily meant to demonstrate that you are comfortable in your body on stage (or at least can act as though you are!), and that you are willing to move on stage (vs. staying in a narrow comfort zone of standing or sitting in one place). The movement section also gives an opportunity to show off any particular movement-performance skill if you happen to have any—e.g., pantomime, clowning, acrobatics, juggling, dance. Otherwise, even jumping jacks, the macarena, running back and forth, etc., can show a basic willingness to move in front of people. If one of the auditioning shows is a musical, and/or if any of the directors want to see specific pieces or skills, there will be details above the sign up sheet or instructions will be given for those invited to callbacks.
  • If you have questions about audition requirements you may ask the Student Production Liaison at studentTAucsc@gmail.com or email theater-ugradadv@ucsc.edu.
     
  • Callbacks for A Place to Belong ACTOR auditions will be Sat, April 2, 2–5:00 pm + 6–9:00 pm (break from 5:30-6:30 pm), location and details TBD.

DANCER auditions for A Place to Belong:

  • Signups: Write down your name, cell number, and email on the Auditions board in Theater Arts A building next to the Green Room in the hallway behind the Mainstage (in the hallway off of the loading dock).
     
  • Audition location: A104 dance studio in the Theater Arts Mainstage / A building 
     
  • Thursday, March 31, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
    and
    Friday April 1, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
     
  • DANCER AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (UPDATED 3/21): 

    Casting dancers with training in tap dance; additional training in Zapateado Jarocho preferred but not required. Dancers should wear clothes to move in and proper dance shoes (tap shoes and/or zapateado shoes) – if you do not have any, please note this during sign up.

    • Dancers must be at both days of auditions:
      • Day 1 of auditions: Come prepared to take an advanced beginner/intermediate level tap class. Dancers will learn audition choreography.
      • Day 2 of auditions: Dancers will perform the choreography taught the previous day (Day 1 - see above) in small groups and will given the opportunity to perform 1 minute of choreography in their preferred dance style (optional but not required – if dancers choose to do this, music must be shared in advance).
         
    • Callbacks for A Place to Belong DANCE auditions will take place during the allotted time for dance auditions. 

Students who are cast in A Place to Belong may use it to fulfill a requirement for the Theater Arts major or minor or the Dance minor. Check with the Theater Arts Academic Advisor about how to use the class toward a requirement for one of those degrees: theater-ugradadv@ucsc.edu.

THEA 151 (Weems/Boutros)
Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra
by Laura Boutros

Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra will be directed by Digital Arts & New Media MFA candidate Laura Boutros under the mentorship of Prof. Marianne Weems.

Amduat auditions will take place at General Auditions:

  • Signups: Write down your name, cell number, and email on the Auditions board in Theater Arts A building next to the Green Room in the hallway behind the Mainstage (in the hallway off of the loading dock).
     
  • Audition location: Theater Arts Mainstage / A building 
     
  • Thursday, March 31, 6:30 - 10:00 pm
    and
    Friday April 1, 3:30 - 5:30 pm + 6:30 - 10:00 pm (break from 5:30-6:30 pm)
     
  • AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
    • 90 second monologue
    • 60 second movement piece
    • 30 second music piece (voice and/or instrument)
       
  • IMPORTANT INFO/SIDES **PLEASE READ - CLICK HERE**
    (you must be logged into your UCSC Google acct)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • MUSIC PIECE: Accompanists are NOT provided. If you feel it necessary, you may play music with a portable music device, e.g. a smart phone with speakers or old-time boom-box, though this is not required (singing may be a cappella and movement pieces may be silent).
  • MOVEMENT PIECE: Unless any of the shows are a musicals, the movement piece is primarily meant to demonstrate that you are comfortable in your body on stage (or at least can act as though you are!), and that you are willing to move on stage (vs. staying in a narrow comfort zone of standing or sitting in one place). The movement section also gives an opportunity to show off any particular movement-performance skill if you happen to have any—e.g., pantomime, clowning, acrobatics, juggling, dance. Otherwise, even jumping jacks, the macarena, running back and forth, etc., can show a basic willingness to move in front of people. If one of the auditioning shows is a musical, and/or if any of the directors want to see specific pieces or skills, there will be details above the sign up sheet or instructions will be given for those invited to callbacks.
  • If you have questions about audition requirements you may ask the Student Production Liaison at studentTAucsc@gmail.com or email theater-ugradadv@ucsc.edu.
     
  • Callbacks for Amduat will be Sat, April 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, location and details TBD.

DESIGN WORK & STAGE MANAGEMENT 

If you are interested in design work and/or stage management, please check out this information and consider submitting a tech interest form. 

QUESTIONS?

Contact the Theater Arts Student Production Liaison (Paige) at studenttaucsc@gmail.com with any questions!

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MORE AUDITION INFORMATION

QUESTIONS ABOUT PRODUCTION AUDITIONS?

Contact the Theater Arts Student Production Liaison, studenttaucsc@gmail.com

BARNSTORM GENERAL INFO

To inquire about auditioning or doing technical work for Barnstorm/Barn Theater productions, contact the Barn Theater Directors. More information about Barnstorm can be found here.

SHAKESPEARE TO GO GENERAL INFO 

Information about the department's touring theater company, including basic audition information, can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook here.

RANDOM WITH A PURPOSE GENERAL INFO

Auditions for the annual student-choreographed, student-performed, student-produced dance showcase Random with a Purpose take place the quarter BEFORE the production is scheduled (separate from General Auditions). Students who are accepted via audition will enroll in the 5 unit class THEA 139.

  • Thea 139 fulfills an upper-division elective for the Dance Minor but not for the Theater Arts major or minor.
  • Please email randomdirectors@gmail.com with questions.

AUDITION & INTERVIEW STUDIO COURSES

Production auditions are different from those required for admittance into our studio courses (courses which mention "audition" or "interview" in the course description).

RELATED INFORMATION

FACULTY-DIRECTED PRODUCTION REQUIREMENT FOR THE MAJOR

One of the requirements for the major is participation in a Faculty-Directed Production (5-unit THEA 151, THEA 155, THEA 137).

  • Please see the Faculty-Directed Production Requirement for the Major section of the Undergraduate Handbook for more information on fulfilling this requirement as a performer, designer, stage manager or dramaturg. Please note that student-directed productions (THEA 45 courses and Barn Theater courses) do NOT fulfill this requirement.

TICKETING INFORMATION

The current performance season and ticketing information can be found here.