Auditions FAQ

Do you participate in unified auditions in cities like NY or Chicago?

No we do not. We participate in NCTC and SETC, as well as our on-campus auditions.

Can I audition by video tape?

Videos are not preferred for Musical Theatre and Acting auditions, unless you live outside the continental U.S.; if you absolutely cannot attend any of our auditions you may submit a video, but auditions in person are given stronger consideration.

Is there any additional paperwork for scholarship consideration?

No. All incoming freshman students who audition/interview are automatically considered for talent based scholarships within the department.  Once in a program it is the student’s responsibility to apply for one of our scholarships every year.  Criteria for these scholarships include production participation, academics, and professionalism, and require a letter and an application which outlines the productions and theatre involvement the student has completed for that year.

Does the photo have to be a professional headshot?

Headshots are preferred; in lieu of that, any photo you have available that shows you clearly.

What happens once I apply?

We will email you that we have received your application, and to confirm your audition date.  We will include details on what to bring and how to prepare for your audition.  Approximately 1 week prior to your arrival you will receive a reminder email letting you know the exact time you should arrive and an itinerary of the day.  We will also request monologue and song titles so we have those in advance.  Also,  Please note there are 2 applications that must be turned in to complete you application process.  One is for Western Carolina University and the other is a School of Stage & Screen application.  These are two separate applications.

What time should I plan to arrive for my audition?

The check-in process typically begins at 8:30 a.m.

How long will the audition day last?

The Acting-only auditions do not typically go past 2:00 p.m. Musical Theatre and any Acting auditionees that also what to complete the Dance audition may go as late as 6:00 p.m. depending on the size of the group auditioning. If you are flying, it is safest to book your departure the next day.

What happens during a Musical Theatre and Acting audition day?

  • 8:30 check-in
  • Information session with Coordinator of Program and current students
  • Rehearsal with accompanist
  • Beginning at 9:30 we start with Musical Theatre Auditions(singing and monologues) then with Acting Auditions (2 monologues)
  • Break for Lunch
  • Beginning at 1:30 you participate in a dance class(warm-up and several combos)
  • Then at 2:00 your Dance Auditions begins
  • Once Dance auditions are complete there will be a question and answer section and closing statements

Will there be a place to warm up?

We will provide a 15 min warm-up prior to auditions.

How should I prepare my music for audition?

Please come with music prepared in a 3 ring binder and bars clearly marked start to stop to accommodate the accompanist.

How do I choose what songs and monologues to use?

Your songs should be from a standard Broadway repertoire: A ballad that shows a sustained legato line and an “up-tempo” number (One 32 bars and One 16 bars).  Monologues should be from a contemporary play or musical that last 1.5 – 2 mins in length. Here is a web site that might help you with ideas on songs and monologues:

What if I decide to change my audition materials?

Please email us at up to the day before your audition with any changes.

How should I dress for my Dance audition?

Please dress in appropriate form fitting dance attire such as leotard and tights or jazz pants and leotards. Standard rehearsal shoes (no pointe please) required for the combination. Sandals and Tennis Shoes are not considered proper attire. Hair should be tied back, away from the face. No dangling jewelry.

I am applying for the B.A. with a concentration in Design/Tech. What can I expect for my interview?

  • You may interview on our regularly scheduled auditions days or at any time during the spring semester for consideration for admittance the following fall semester.
  • You will need to bring with you (or send with your application): your resume, recent photo, 2 letters of recommendations and a short essay of “What are your top five favorite plays and/or films, and the reason(s) for two of those choices.”
  • Portfolio or a collection of your design work to show level of experience.
  • At your interview you will meet with a Design/Tech faculty member. They will conduct your interview and look over your application materials. At this time they will be able to answer any questions you may have.

What should be in my Portfolio?

Drawings, Photos of shows you have worked on and or anything that show your skills & talents.

What if I don’t have anything to show in my Portfolio?

Please apply anyway and we can discuss more during your interview. But we don’t expect all high school students to have a professional-quality portfolio, so any creative works that tells us who you are and what you’re interested in: drawings, photographs, sculptures, writing.

What if I want to audition for more than one program?

You are welcome to apply for more than one of our programs at a time (B.A., B.F.A. Acting or Musical Theater). You will need to complete a separate application for each program.

When will I hear about my audition decision?

We will make final decisions by March 30th or earlier and send the results by US mail.

Do you arrange overnight accommodations?

No, we are unable to meet these requests. There are local hotels in Sylva, Dillsboro, Waynesville, Cherokee, Franklin and Asheville.

Do you provide transportation from the airport?

No. You may contact the airport to arrange local transportation. The most convenient airport is Asheville Regional Airport, which is approximately 60 minutes away; however, it is small airport with limited airlines.  Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC or Greenville, SC airports are within 2-3 hours away and accept most flights.

How many students do you accept each year?

We focus on a quality education for all of our students. This is why we limit the amount of students accepted each year into any of our programs. Currently we accept between 10-18 students into each program.

Are my parents able to watch my audition?

The parents are not able to watch the Singing and Acting portion of the audition however they are able to watch the Dance portion.

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