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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Thank you for your interest in applying to the LACHSA Theatre Department!  Please review the following requirements for applying to our department.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The requirements below are subject to change.

  • All 2021 campus activities including tours and auditions are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines.

IMPORTANT DATES

February 5, 2021:

  • Online Application Submission Due Date

 

March 13, 2021:

  • MANDATORY Pre-Audition Intensive Workshop

March 20, 2021:

  • Final Audition

April 9, 2021:

  • Decision Letters Emailed

OVERVIEW 

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by February 5, 2021.

STEP TWO

Attend and participate in the MANDATORY pre-audition intensive workshop on Saturday, March 13, 2021.*

STEP THREE

Attend the audition on Saturday, March 20, 2021*  and perform your monologues.

Please allow ample time to upload your online application. Late or incomplete online applications will not be considered. Time and schedule for callbacks determined once all online applications have been received.  Unfortunately, we cannot take requests for callbacks on a specific day or time.

PLEASE NOTE - Interviews and callbacks are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met.

* All 2021 campus activities including tours and auditions are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines.

AUDITIONS

OVERVIEW

The LACHSA Theatre Department is an intense four-year program and is recommended for entry at the ninth grade (First Year level). However, consideration will be given to incoming tenth grade students who can demonstrate exceptional potential and first year equivalent training. Training may come from another arts high school, comparable institution or theatre training non-profit agency. If accepted, a 10th grader would begin his/her studies at the Second Year level of training. Grade-level reciprocation with schools in the Arts Schools Network is available by audition.

LACHSA Theatre looks for a student who has the potential for success in the department. This may not be the student with the most training, but the student who demonstrates a passion for performing and wants to study all aspects of theatre. The student should have a trainable voice and body, and an imagination that can make an emotional connection to characters. The student must be mature enough to handle the rigors of both the arts and academics and possess a capacity for sustained focus and concentration. The student should display a strong commitment to pursue a career in theatre or the theatrical arts.

Auditions are conducted over a two day period. APPLICANTS MUST ATTEND BOTH AUDITION DAYS TO BE CONSIDERED. Applicants who miss one of the audition days are automatically disqualified.

DAY ONE

PRE-AUDITION WORKSHOP 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Students must wear all black clothing, no logos.

  • Wear sweats or pants in which you can move freely.

  • No skirts.

  • Appropriate footwear - no flip flops, sandals or bare feet. Soft soled shoes are best.

  • No jewelry of any kind, no exceptions.

  • Hair pulled or tied back and completely out of your face for all students.

  • A bottle of water in a plastic or other reusable container.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Students should arrive at Caroline's LOFT at LACHSA on Saturday, March 13, 2021 by 9:30 am.*

  • The session will conclude at 1 pm.

  • Students will engage in a pre-audition intensive lead by LACHSA Theatre Chair and Theatre Department Student Representatives. Students will be given improvisational exercises and may be asked to perform a portion of their prepared monologues. Though students will be working together in groups, each applicant will be evaluated individually.

DAY TWO

AUDITIONS

WHAT TO BRING

  • Students must wear all black, no logos.

  • Wear sweats or pants in which you can move freely.

  • Appropriate footwear - no flip flops, sandals or bare feet. Soft soled shoes are best.

  • No jewelry of any kind, no exceptions.

  • No costumes.

  • No props

  • No theatrical make-up.

  • Hair pulled or tied back and completely out of your face for both males and females.

  • A bottle of water in a plastic container.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Students should arrive 10-15 minutes early before their audition time and wait quietly after checking in.*

  • In the audition, you will be asked to state your name, the title and playwright of your two monologues as well as the name of the character.

  • Some applicants may be asked to do a cold reading or improvisation. Some applicants may be given directions and asked to repeat all or part of their monologue, incorporating those directions. No home preparation is required for this part of the audition.

  • Following your audition, all applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators.

* All 2021 campus activities including tours and auditions are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines.

PREPARING FOR THE AUDITION:

  1. Applicants are required to attend both days of the two-day audition process.

  2. Audition dates are: March 13, 2021: mandatory pre-audition workshop and March 20, 2021: audition day. Please note this in your calendar.

  3. You are required to perform TWO contrasting monologues. (ex. Comedic & Dramatic; Classical & Contemporary)

  4. Monologues must come from published or unpublished work; such as a play, or from film or television scripts. If you choose to perform original, unpublished work as one of your monologue choices, you must bring a copy of the monologue to your audition.

  5. Each monologue must be no longer than 2 minutes in length.

  6. Choose monologues featuring a character close to your actual age. Characters should be as natural, real, and as close to you in real life.

  7. Students do not have to play "gender specific" roles. There are some universally powerful monologues that play well for both male and female.

  8. Following your audition, all applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators.

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