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Resume - in the theatre, a one-page document outlining your training and experience in a given area or areas.
Portfolio - in the theatre, a collection of materials which demonstrate your expertise in a given area or areas.
SUGGESTIONS FOR RESUME PREPARATION
production meeting notes
copy of program
sketches of artwork
rough drafts of program
rough drafts of poster/flyer
copy of program
copy of poster/flyer
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Monologue – in the theatre, a section of dialogue written for one character to speak. In a script it will appear as a long paragraph or two.
Audition – the solo presentation of a monologue which showcases your physical, vocal, and imaginative skills as an actor. An audition will generally have a time limit which you must honor (in this case, 2-3 minutes).
One-Act Play – a script at least 20 pages long.
Full-Length Play – a script at least 70 pages long.
1. Choose a monologue from a one-act or full-length play.
- Choose a script by an established playwright to guarantee quality material (see list below).
- Pick a character that you could realistically play, who is close to your age and type.
- DO NOT use monologues that are written as stand-alone pieces (without a play).
- Avoid dialects, unless it is only for a phrase or two. Speak clearly and without an accent.
- Time your selection to be sure it is an appropriate length. If you need to shorten the speech, start later, or end sooner. Do not cut sentences out of the middle.
2. Read the play carefully to develop an understanding of the character you are portraying. (The more times you read the play, the better your characterization will be.)
- Know who the character is speaking to and why.
- Consider what the character’s goal is and how the character pursues that goal.
- Consider the character’s physical life (gestures, expression, movement, etc.).
- Consider the character’s vocal life (volume, pitch, range, tempo/rhythm, etc.).
3. Auditions usually allow the use of a chair if desired.
- If you use a chair, find creative ways to use it; don’t sit down the whole time.
- If you do not use a chair, feel free to move, but keep within a given space. (Imagine you are working in a pool of light 15 feet in diameter; stay in the light.)
- Place your imaginary listener downstage to your right or left. (This allows you to deliver your monologue facing the audience.)
3. Break the monologue up into logical units.
- Memorize and work on each unit separately; then put them together.
- Incorporate appropriate physical and vocal variety to tell the story and keep the audience engaged.
- Practice the monologue until you have it firmly in your mind and body.
4. When you are ready to present, dress nicely, as if you were going to a job interview.
- Wearing an outfit that you feel makes you look good will give you confidence.
- Arrange your hair so it does not hang in your face, and keep jewelry to a minimum.
5. Present your audition in this manner:
- Walk confidently to center stage and face front.
- Say “Hello! My name is (state your name). I will be presenting a monologue from (name of play) by (playwright’s name), playing the role of (character’s name).”
- Take a moment to position yourself and get into character.
- Perform your monologue.
- Hold still for a moment at the end of your monologue.
- As yourself, say “Thank you!”
- If your audition is live, stay and wait for instructions from the auditor.
SUGGESTIONS FOR MONOLOGUE MATERIAL:
Choose a monologue from a play by any of these playwrights
Rebecca Gilman, David Ives, Larry Shue, John Guare, George S. Kaufman, Wendy Wasserstein, Horton Foote, Barbara Lebow, Lanford Wilson, Moss Hart, Donald Margulies, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why can’t I use a monologue that was written to stand alone?
A script gives you a substantial amount of material from which to create a character, which is the actor’s job.
A stand-alone monologue uses a different set of skills than a monologue from a play.
Why do I have to give the name of the playwright when I introduce my monologue?
The playwright worked very hard to create the character you are portraying. Giving the playwright’s name respectfully acknowledges him or her for providing the material you are using for your audition.
I live far away from Lamoni, Iowa. Will you accept a video of my audition?
Yes, provided you follow the instructions above. Label your video with your name and the filming date.
I was in my high school play, and we videotaped it. Can I just send you the videotape?
No. A production is not an audition; its focus is on making everything work together.
An audition is a more useful medium for the college professor who is considering your abilities.
I really like musical theatre. Can I apply for a Music grant as well as a Theatre grant?
Yes. The Music Department has its own application process; contact the Graceland Admissions Office for information.
If I receive a Theatre Production Grant, where does the money go?
Theatre Production Grant funds are applied to the cost of your tuition. For example, a grant of $1000 would be distributed Fall semester ($500) and Spring semester ($500).
If I receive a Theatre Production Grant, what do I do next?
- Enroll in THTR2350 Theatre Production Studies.
- Attend a Theatre Orientation Meeting at the beginning of the semester.
- Participate in at least one theatre production per semester.
- Maintain a 2.8 GPA.
More specific information will be provided in a Grant Confirmation Letter from the Financial Aid office.
Once I have received a Theatre Production Grant, can I lose it?
If you fail to complete the Grant requirements for any semester that grant funds are given, your grant may be revoked.