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See guidelines and additional information for college auditions and thespian scholarships below.

College Auditions Guidelines

Maryland Thespians is pleased to offer Thespians in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a forum at the Maryland  State Thespian Festival where students may audition for collegiate programs of study, summer programs, and additional scholarships. Additionally, representatives from colleges and universities are given the opportunity to meet with students who audition and/or interview during the State festival independently

For MD Thespian Festival 2021, all college audition processes have gone virtual! See below for the requirements for submission, as well as requirements for video submissions. For any questions, email Kelly Carlson at kcarlson@marylandthespians.org.

ELIGIBILITY AND COST

  • Current sophomore (summer programs), junior or senior
  • Students may audition in acting, musical theatre and/or technical theatre
  • Must be registered for MD Thespian Festival 2021
  • Must pay $15 College Audition Registration Fee
  • Deadline for registration for college auditions is: Monday, March 8th, 2021, 11:59 PM
  • Deadline for video and material submissions: Monday, March 22nd, 2021, 11:59 PM

SUBMISSION LOGISTICS

  • Students must be registered for MD Thespian Festival 2021 and the troupe director must indicate on their registration that they would like to participate in College Auditions.
  • Students must pay $15 College Audition Registration Fee.
  • Once students have registered, students will use the link provided on the Maryland Thespian website to register with Open Water. Open Water will be the platform that students will use to submit all video submissions and other materials.
  • Students will complete the online application in Open Water and upload their headshot, résumé, and video submission (see requirements below).
  • Deadline for video and material submissions is Monday, March 22nd, 2021, 11:59 PM. No applications will be accepted after this date. Students must be registered in the festival online registration by March 8th in order to submit materials.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

  • All students will submit their resumes.
  • Acting/Musical Theatre students should submit their headshot.

ACTING AUDITIONS

Please prepare two (2) one-minute contrasting monologues (humorous/dramatic; contemporary/classic, etc.). Both monologues together should not exceed two minutes in length. 

MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITIONS

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and a short musical selection from the musical theatre cannon. Both the monologue and the song selection should not exceed two minutes in length. Accompaniment to musical theatre auditions must be recorded and provided by the student auditioning. Recorded accompaniment may only contain instrumentation. 

TECHNICAL / DESIGN AUDITIONS

Please prepare to speak for five (5) minutes on a prepared portfolio of designs and sketches and/or a prompt book which illustrates your expertise and skill level.

VIDEO SUBMISSION LOGISTICS

  • Students should try their best to film auditions in a location that has a neutral background that is well-lit. Avoid any additional audio distractions if at all possible.
  • Students may use one chair for auditions. Students may not use additional set pieces and the use of additional props should be avoided.
  • All auditions will be limited to a maximum of two (2) minutes for acting/musical theatre submissions and to a maximum of five (5) minutes for technical/design presentations.
  • Students may be disqualified for exceeding this time limit. Your time begins after slating.
  • Slate as you would for a Thespy (Individual Event). Introduce yourself by name. For performance based auditions introduce the audition piece(s) by title of show followed by the author, lyricist, and/or composer. 
  • For tech presentations introduce yourself by name then state that you are presenting your “Tech Portfolio.”
  • Students must wear all black clothing for their video submissions.Wear clothing that is simple and will allow for easy movement. Costumes are not permitted.
  • Performances must be shot in 1 single take. No professional editing/cutting.

DO!

DON’T!

  • Stay within time limits after slate.
  • Shoot video in a quiet place inside
  • Wear audition appropriate clothing
  • Film full body (Preferably head-to-toe, at least head-to-knee)
  • Shoot video against plain background
  • Shoot video performances in 1 take
  • Shoot video outside or in a noisy place
  • Wear bright, distracting, ill-fitting clothing
  • Film just your face, or shoulders up
  • Shoot video against a crazy background 
  • Cut or edit your performance pieces together

 

Scholarship Audition Guidelines

Maryland Thespians is pleased to offer inducted thespians in their senior year with a forum at the Maryland State Thespian Festival where students may audition for college scholarships. Additionally, representatives from colleges and universities are given the opportunity to meet with students who audition and/or interview during the State festival independently

For MD Thespian Festival 2021, all college audition and scholarship interview processes have gone virtual! See below for the requirements for submission, as well as requirements for video submissions. For any questions, email Kelly Carlson at kcarlson@marylandthespians.org.

ELIGIBILITY AND COST

  • Current Senior in High School
  • Inducted member of a Maryland Thespian High School Troupe
  • Declared theatre major (i.e. acting, musical theatre, design/tech, theatre education)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be registered for Maryland Thespian Festival 2021
  • Must pay $25 Scholarship Registration Fee
  • Deadline for registration for scholarship auditions is: Monday, March 8th, 2021, 11:59 PM
  • Deadline for video and material submissions: Monday, March 22nd, 2021, 11:59 PM

SUBMISSION LOGISTICS

  • Students must be registered for MD Thespian Festival 2021 and the troupe director must indicate on their registration that they would like to participate in Scholarship Auditions.
  • Students must pay the $25 Scholarship Registration Fee.
  • Once students have registered, students will use the link provided on the Maryland Thespian website to register with Open Water. Open Water will be the platform that students will use to submit all video submissions and other materials.
  • Students will complete the online application in the scholarship and audition platform for scholarship auditions and upload the following:
    • Headshot
    • Résumé
    • Transcri[pts
    • Troupe Director Recommendation 
    • Video submission (see requirements below) and any additional files requested.
    • Recorded responses to interview questions.
  • Deadline for video and material submissions is Monday, March 22nd, 2021, 11:59 PM. No applications will be accepted after this date. Students must be registered in the festival online registration by March 8th in order to submit materials.
  • Please let your Troupe Directors know where to upload their recommendation letter. You will be disqualified if we do not receive your recommendation by the submission deadline.
  • Scholarship recipients will be announced during the virtual festival in April 2021.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

ALL STUDENTS

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Transcript
  • Troupe Director Recommendation
  • Responses to Interview Questions

ACTING AUDITIONS

Please prepare two contrasting, age appropriate monologues that highlight your skills and talents. Do not exceed 4 minutes in total for both monologues. However, the length of either monologue may vary. For example, Monologue 1 may be three minutes and Monologue 2 may be one minute or Monologue 1 and Monologue 2 may both be two minutes. 

MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITIONS

Prepare one two-minute monologue and a brief musical selection from the musical theatre canon. Do not exceed 4 minutes in total for both your monologue and musical selection. Accompaniment to musical theatre auditions must be recorded and provided by the student auditioning. Recorded accompaniment may only contain instrumentation.   

DESIGN AND TECHNICAL THEATRE AUDITIONS

Student thespians must present a portfolio of their work and artistic accomplishments both in class and in production. Students may interview for one of the following areas of technical theatre. Students will have a maximum of 8-minutes to present their designs/portfolios. Students may reference the guide for the Thespys program guidelines for information about materials they should include in their presentations.

  1. Set Design
  2. Costume/Makeup Design
  3. Lighting Design
  4. Sound Design
  5. Theatre Marketing
  6. Stage Management
  7. Film

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

All students must answer the following questions as part of their video submission. This video interview can be of you talking, a recording of a slideshow with your voice speaking over it, photos of examples with your voice narrating over it, or a combination of these options. (Be creative!)

  1. Please give three specific examples of how you have served your school’s theatre program. What contribution are you most proud of and why?
  2. What have you done for your larger school (or local) community as far as community service?
  3. Describe an event or situation that you feel has made you a stronger person.
  4. How do you plan to contribute to the theatre community in the future?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

VIDEO SUBMISSION LOGISTICS

  • Students should try their best to film auditions in a location that has a neutral background that is well-lit. Avoid any additional audio distractions if at all possible.
  • Students may use one chair for auditions. Students may not use additional set pieces and the use of additional props should be avoided.
  • All auditions will be limited to a maximum of four (4) minutes for acting/musical theatre submissions and to a maximum of eight (8) minutes for technical/design presentations.
  • Students may be disqualified for exceeding this time limit. Your time begins after slating.
  • Slate as you would for a Thespy (Individual Event). Introduce yourself by name. For performance based auditions introduce the audition piece(s) by title of show followed by the author, lyricist, and/or composer. 
  • For tech presentations introduce yourself by name then state that you are presenting your “Design (or) Tech Portfolio” and identify which technical area (listed above) that you will be presenting. 
  • Students must wear all black clothing for their video submissions.Wear clothing that is simple and will allow for easy movement. Costumes are not permitted.
  • Performances must be shot in 1 single take. No professional editing/cutting.

DO!

DON’T!

  • Stay within time limits after slate.
  • Shoot video in a quiet place inside
  • Wear audition appropriate clothing
  • Film full body (Preferably head-to-toe, at least head-to-knee)
  • Shoot video against plain background
  • Shoot video performances in 1 take
  • Shoot video outside or in a noisy place
  • Wear bright, distracting, ill-fitting clothing
  • Film just your face, or shoulders up
  • Shoot video against a crazy background 
  • Cut or edit your performance pieces together

 

One Act Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY AND COST

Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 at 11:59pm
Submission Deadline: March 29, 2021 at 11:59pm
Entry fee: $25
Participants: Registered troupes

One acts can be submitted in either of two categories:

  1. Pre-recorded live performance: One acts in this category are filmed in person and in one location. One acts must be filmed using one continuous shot. Editing of the footage is prohibited other than the addition of title cards and end credits.
  2. Pre-recorded virtual (e.g. Zoom) performance: One acts in this category are a virtual performance utilizing a platform such as Zoom, Google Meet, etc. Limited editing is allowed to ensure continuity and understanding.

One acts are limited to one hour in length including title cards and/or end credits.

The use of special effects, including but not limited to, special lighting effects, the use of smoke, fire, candles, matches, butane lighters, haze, fog, or pyrotechnical effects are strictly forbidden.

Lighting should be kept to the use of general warm and or cool washes. You may utilize left, right, downstage, upstage, and center isolations.

The use of flats or platforms are not allowed.  The use of set pieces and props are allowed provided the following guidelines are followed: 

  • A set piece/prop is any item that will fit through a single door and can be carried by a single person.
  • Hand props are those items to be carried onstage by the actors in one hand.

Should you have any questions or need any further clarification, please contact Allen Price, Festival One Act Coordinator for more information. 

 

Freestyle Theatre Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY AND COST

Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 at 11:59pm
Submission Deadline: March 29, 2021 at 11:59pm
Entry fee: $25
Participants: Registered students
Contact: Allen Price

If you have a polished performance piece that runs between 10 and 20 minutes, then consider submitting it as a Freestyle Theatre entry. This is the perfect showcase for student created works such as short plays, scenes, mime performances, musical theatre dance numbers, puppet shows, cuttings from full-length plays or musicals, reader’s theatre, mime, comedy, long form improvisation, stand-up, short films and almost anything else that would work well in an intimate setting! Intimate, small cast productions, original works, student-written and/or directed works and experimental pieces also work well. We especially hope to showcase student-created work. In addition to showcasing your student’s work, there will be an adjudicator providing feedback on every submission.

Freestyle Theatre is open to any troupe registered for and attending the 2021 Maryland Thespian Festival. Troupes may submit more than one entry. In order to participate, complete the Freestyle Theatre application by March 8, 2021 along with your festival registration and payment. Your entry must be uploaded before the March 29th deadline.

RIGHTS & ROYALTIES

Schools producing published material are responsible for making any arrangements with the publisher for a license and paying all royalties and fees associated with the performance. This includes the necessary permission to stream the performance.