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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 - New admission requirements for the upcoming audition season are posted every October. The requirements below are subject to change.

IMPORTANT DATES

January (Date TBA):

  • Online Application Submission

 

February (Dates TBA):

  • MANDATORY Pre-Audition Session

February (Dates TBA):

  • Final Audition

March (Date TBA):

  • Decision letters emailed

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.

OVERVIEW 

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by the date listed above.

STEP TWO

Attend and participate in the MANDATORY pre-audition intensive workshop on the date listed above.

STEP THREE

Attend the audition on the date listed above. Bring a hard copy of your transcripts with you.

PLEASE NOTE - Auditions  are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met. The time and scheduling of auditions  is determined by the department and requests for specific audition times cannot be accommodated. 

AUDITIONS

OVERVIEW

Students auditioning for Theatre should read the following carefully:

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, 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 both males and females.

  • A bottle of water in a plastic container.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Students should arrive at Caroline's LOFT at LACHSA by 9:30 am. The session will conclude at 1 pm.

  • Students will engage in a pre-audition intensive lead by the LACHSA Theatre Chair and Theatre Department Student Representatives. Students will be given improvisational exercises on the day of the intensive 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, comfortable clothing 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.

  • A HARD COPY OF YOUR CURRENT TRANSCRIPTS.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Students should arrive 15-20 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.

PREPARING FOR THE AUDITION:

Students must prepare 2 separate monologues which are contrasting in "intention". Monologues may be chosen from the following categories:

  • DRAMATIC (serious intent)

  • COMEDIC (comic intent)

  • SHAKESPEARE (serious or comic)

Do not pick two monologues from the same category. As such, you could choose to perform a dramatic monologue and a comic monologue or you could choose to perform a comedic monologue and a Shakespearean monologue (either serious or comic).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS WHEN PREPARING YOUR MONOLOGUES:

  1. The monologue must come from a published play. Please, no original, unpublished work.

  2. Monologues must be no longer than 2 minutes in length.

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

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

  5. Make sure to read the entire play before the audition. You may be asked questions about the play during your interview.
     

SUGGESTED MONOLOGUES:

The following are suggestions only. You are not required to select from the list below and you are encouraged to find a monologue that works for you.

A Member of the Wedding - C. McCullers 

A Raisin in the Sun - L. Hansberry

This Property is Condemned - T. Williams

Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? - D. Peterson

Butterflies Are Free - L. Gershe

Crimes of the Heart  - B. Henley

Blues for an Alabama - P. Cleage

The Fantasticks - Schmidt & Jones

Blue Denim - J. Herily

‘Dentity Crisis - C. Durang

Catholic School Girls - C. Kurtti

Feiffer’s People-  J. Feiffer

Brighton Beach Memoirs - N. Simon

Star Spangled Girl - N. Simon

Our Town - T. Wilder

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds - P. Zindel

The Matchmaker - T. Wilder

A Taste of Honey - S. Delaney

The Glass Menagerie - T. Williams

Manchild in the Promised Land - C. Brown 

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs - W. Inge

No Time for Sergeants - I. Levin

Fences - A. Wilson

The Laramie Project - M. Kaufman

The House of Blue Leaves - J. Guare

Biloxi Blues - N. Simon

The Rainmaker - N. Nash

Curse of the Starving Class - S. Shepard

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown - C. Gesner

Summertree - R. Cowan 

The Amen Corner - J. Baldwin

Soldier with a Secret from The Colored Museum - G. Wolfe

A Thousand Clowns - H. Gardner

SHAKESPEAREAN MONOLOGUES:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Helena Act III, Sc. ii. Lines begin at 192 - "Lo! She is one of this confederacy"

As You Like It: Phoebe Act lll, Sc. v. Lines begin at 109 - "Think not I love him, though I ask for him"

 

The Merchant of Venice: Portia Act I, Sc.ii. Lines begin at 12 - "If to do were as easy as to know"

 

The Taming of the Shrew: Kate Act V, Sc. ii. Lines begin at 161 - "I am asham'd that women are so simple"

 

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Juliet Act ll, Sc. v. Lines begin at 1 - "The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse"

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Puck Act III, Sc.ii. Lines begin at 6 - "My mistress with a monster is in love"

 

The Tragedy of Hamlet: Hamlet Act l, Sc. ii. Lines begin at 129 - "O that this too too sallied flesh would melt"

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Macbeth Act ll, Sc. i. Lines begin at 33 - "Is this a dagger which I see before me"

The Taming of the Shrew: Petruchio Act ll, Sc. i. Lines begin at 47 - "I am a gentleman of Verona"

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