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Musical Theatre Audition Requirements

BFA in Musical Theatre

West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance does not require a Prescreen submission as part of the application process, however, we ask that all students submit a video audition rprior to taking taking part in an on-campus audition.  WVU Theatre & Dance uses digital audition submission requirements from  Musical Theatre Common Prescreen criteria, endorsed by Paper Mill Playhouse .

The pieces submitted by video should be the same pieces you intend to perform during your live audition. A live dance call may also be conducted on-campus.



Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).


INTRODUCTION (“SLATE”) for Video Submission

There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.

  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.



·         Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (This time limit includes the slate at the beginning 

          of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

·         Students must sing to musical accompaniment, which could include live or pre-recorded 

          accompaniment. No “a cappella” singing (meaning singing without music).

·         Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be 

          visible in the frame.

Song Selections

  • One song should be written before 1970. This song can be either the “uptempo” or the “ballad” (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first



·         Monologues must be from a published play.

·         Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.

·         Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate

          at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer 

          than 90 seconds)

·         1 contemporary monologue (written after 1900), 60-90 seconds in length

·         The contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of 

          the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.




 Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media. The choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.



·         30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you feel most confident. This may           include, but is not limited to jazz, ballet, tap, modern, cultural dance styles, hip hop, lyrical, or            contemporary.

·         Please do not submit “barre work”. 

·         Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can 

          execute well.

·         Dance media can be self-choreographed, but must be a solo video of you. This can include a           show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.

·         All choreography must be performed to music; please no “a cappella” dance media.


Students may be asked to execute a “Wild Card” submission. Each institution is responsible for indicating whether the “Wild Card” is accepted.

·         Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.

·         Applicants do not need to slate in any wild card media.

·         This media can be ANYTHING you want - a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”

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