Audition Preparation

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What to Prepare (Review All Information Below)
 
The most important thing to prepare for your audition is your audition material. We recommend that you select material that you are familiar with and can perform well. We also recommend that you dress in professional audition attire.
 
Students must prepare two contrasting monologues, such as a comedic or a dramatic monologue and/or a classical and contemporary at the student's discretion
 
For those who wish to be considered for the musical production, you must also prepare a song cut of a minimum of 16 bars and up to 32 bars of music at most. We ask that you sing your song choice first before sharing your two contrasting monologues, if at all possible, the choice is yours. Please note that anyone singing at Megas must bring their sheet music in a 3-ring binder, marked appropriately as to where the accompanist starts and where they want their cut to end.
 
The total time allotted for your audition is as follows:
- Two minutes for Undergraduate Actors that are not singing
- Two minutes and thirty seconds for Undergraduate Actors that are singing
- Three minutes for all Graduate Actors 
You will be timed from the moment you finish slating your name and when you reach your time limit, you will be stopped and thanked for your audition.
 
Audition material may be from one or more shows in the UC Irvine Drama season, but you may also use material from other sources. 
 
Please note we will be taking your picture as well for display in the Drama Office at Mega Auditions as well.
 
Audition Paperwork
Each student must: 
  1. Sign up for an Audition Slot
  2. Complete a UCI Audition Form 
  3. Provide a Headshot and Resume
  4. Submit items 2 and 3 digitally on our Digital Mega Audition Form and bring hard copies to their audition (You need to be signed in with your UCI email to access the form.)

It is imperative that you prepare and label your audition paperwork clearly and professionally.

For the Auditions:
Undergraduates bring FOUR HARD COPIES of your Audition Form, Headshot, and Resume
Graduate Students bring THREE HARD COPIES of your Audition Form, Headshot, and Resume
 
You will NOT be able to audition without complete paperwork. 

Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to your scheduled audition time to check your paperwork with a stage manager. 

Please staple your materials together in the following order: 
1. Your completed Audition Form 
2. Your Resume 
3. Your Headshot, facing backwards (so that your headshot is attached to the back of your resume). 
 

To Audition for Audio Theater

To audition for Audio Theater, you must record an Audio-only Submission and submit it online on the Digital Mega Audition Form.
 
Continuing and graduate students must have their Audio-only submissions in by the end of the day on Sunday, September 19th
First-year and transfer students deadline is Wednesday, September 22nd. 
 
Audio Theater Audio-only Submission Audition Recording Information:
 
For your audio-only submission, select material from one of the audio plays, listed below:
 

Please submit your recording of no more than two minutes in length.  Your audio recording can be from two different audio plays if you like or material from just one play.

How to make your audio audition

The most important thing is to make sure you find a relatively quiet place to record.  Please slate by saying your name and what piece(s) you’ll be doing.  No need to memorize these piece(s), but do be quite familiar and practice them a few times before recording.  Please upload them as an MP3 (compressed digital audio format).  Save them as “LAST_NAME”,“FIRST_NAME”.mp3. (For example with Jake Arpaia's submission: Arpaia,Jake.mp3)

You don’t need fancy equipment to record—your phone is fine—but you’ll likely want a way to edit your submission. Information on editing is included below.

There are two typical ways of editing your work:

  • "Punch and Roll"--that's a method of editing as you go so that you end up with a clean final product by the end of your recording session.  Here's a quick tutorial for Audacity users. 
  • The other style of editing (often referred to as "Straight Record") is leaving markers (or snapping your fingers or using a clicker, etc.) where a mistake was made and make the correction and keep going.  Then when you're done, you clean it all up.  

You can do most editing right on your phone using your voice memo app. Audacity is a very good (and free!) sound editing software.  Twisted Wave is great and is available for a Mac or iPhone/iPad (30-day trial and then $100), or online (free up to five minutes!).  

Here's key technical information for your submission:

Bit Depth: 16 Bit

Sample Rate: 44,100 Hz

Mono is standard.

First save to AIFF or WAV (uncompressed form) so that you get the best quality. Then before making any edits make a copy and edit the copy. 

Next save as MP3 when you’re doing your final.  A general rule of thumb to keep under -3 DB. 

Please make sure your submission is in MP3 Format.

Have fun creating your audio audition!

 

Script Information
Below are links that will allow access to the scripts from the 2012-2022 Season set up by the UCI Library. To access these digital links you must be connected to on Campus Internet or have a UCINet ID and have the UCI VPN set up. More information on on the VPN for off campus can be found HERE.
 
 
 
 
 
Casting Show Information
Click the Show Title to see the Casting Show Information
 
Actors interested in this play, please refer to the section above labeled: To Audition for Audio Theater
 
Actors interested in this play are encouraged to audition with farcical material...and let it rip. This means finding honest actions, dropping deeply into the given circumstances, speaking and moving with great precision (not falling into the trap of yelling), and being willing to take risks.  Please feel free to use monologues from the play itself; doing so helps with casting.
Kristoffer Diaz, the playwright of Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt, has made it clear that we should open the roles in this play to a wide range of ethnicities.  As such, we will be reading and casting actors that are right for the roles, rather than leading solely with ethnic considerations in mind.  We are interested in having a diverse group of actors in the ensemble. How that diversity plays out will be determined in auditions and callbacks.
Please be aware that Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt falls into the category commonly referred to as, “Sex Farce.”  What this means is that many of the characters are motivated by the sexual pursuit of others, there is sexual behavior, and many of the characters run around in their underwear.  That said, there will be an Intimacy Coach working with this show. There is no nudity or kissing but there may be hugging and other forms of physical contact, as permitted by COVID regulations.  If you are concerned about being in a Sex Farce, we highly recommend that you do not audition for this show.
 
Actors interested in this play are encouraged to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue of language driven material or other Chekhov plays. You may use material from The Seagull as well, it is encouraged to use other translations if you do so
Actors interested in this production can either use text from the show or contemporary monologues. We will have movement in the callbacks. I’d like them to indicate their comfort level with an English accent. The two doctors would be RP. Connie and Tristan would be London.
 
Actors interested in auditioning are encouraged to sing excerpts from the show, as well as material from other Sondheim works. If your chosen selection is not Sondheim, it is highly recommended that it show off a similar musical/lyrical style. Any repertoire that is "pop/rock" in nature is not recommended. 
 
 
Direct all questions to Jake Arpaia, Audition Coordinator, at audition@uci.edu.audition@uci.edu.