All acting applicants must present two monologues from full-length plays, one classical (pre-1910) and one contemporary (post-1910). Please choose roles in your own maturity and emotional range and from material with which you are familiar and comfortable. The monologues are to be contrasting in nature and must be from a full-length play. The audition must be memorized and may not exceed a total of five minutes. A head shot/resumé is required at the audition.
You will choose an audition date as part of the application process. You may choose to audition in Cincinnati on campus. The Cincinnati audition dates are as follows:
January 14 and 28, 2017
10:00 am-11:45 am
Participatory Acting Class/ Voice and Movement Warm-Up
12:00 noon-12:45 am
Meeting with all Prospective Students and Parents
In Cincinnati, the first portion of the audition consists of a group movement and voice warm-up class. (There are no group warm-ups at the regional audition sites.) Please bring or wear clothes which allow you to move. We work in bare feet and you may wear T-shirts and shorts or tank tops/footless leotards. There will be time to change into audition clothes.
You may also chose to audition for CCM Acting in the Unified Auditions in either New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. (2017 dates TBA) Your 15 minute audition slot will include time for monologue presentations, adjustments, and a short interview.
The performance of two contrasting monologues is the centerpiece of the audition. It is also the portion over which you have the most control. Auditionees have a total of five minutes to present both pieces. Be brave and bold in your choices, and look hard for pieces that speak to you strongly, to which you deeply connect, which you just love working on and can’t wait to perform. We love fresh pieces that you choose for yourself. In fact, during the interview later, we often ask you why you chose your pieces. Also, be sure the pieces chosen show characters in contrasting situations and emotions. (one comic, one serious) By selecting monologues that are similar you are missing the opportunity to show us the range of your abilities.
After you perform your two well-rehearsed monologues, we may ask you to do the piece again with an ‘adjustment.’ An ‘adjustment’ is merely a new direction or a different outlook given to you by one of the faculty members to apply to your monologue as you present it again. This does not mean that you performed incorrectly the first time. To the contrary, it means that we were excited by your work and are eager to try working the piece again in a new way. We then get a chance to see how well you take direction, how open you are to new ideas, how much you are willing to play.
The last portion of the audition may include a very short informal mini-interview. We are very interested in our auditionees, and usually we just want to know a little more about your background, your high school drama experience, your ideas about CCM, and your needs and desires for college training. We are interested in getting to know you as a person, however briefly, so that we can make our choices based on the whole you.