Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Emphasis in Musical Theatre
The emphasis in musical theatre prepares students with the necessary skills to work as professional actors. The BFA in theatre requires:
- An audition for entrance into the BFA program. Auditions are held in early December, January and February. In addition, Theatre TCU attends National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as CAP Unified Auditions in Atlanta, drawing a student body from around the nation.
- A yearly jury with the performance faculty. No cuts are made; the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.
- Common core theatre courses, including design, stagecraft, acting, lighting, costuming, makeup, script analysis, theatre history and directing.
Auditions for all TCU Productions
Casting is based on who is right for the role, not on class rank, emphasis or major. First-year students are eligible and often cast in their first semester.
Acting emphasis students are frequently cast in musicals; musical theatre emphasis students are frequently cast in plays.
BFA Musical Theatre Entrance Audition Requirements
All students applying for the BFA Theatre program must submit a complete a pre-screen on the Acceptd platform. TCU is currently participating in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen along with other top tier universities. Theatre TCU requires that musical theatre applicants utilize Option B in the materials required for the pre-screen.
- There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
- The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
- The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
SONGS (with Option B)
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces:
- One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
- Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
- Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
- Both songs should be from contemporary musicals (any musical written after 1970) contrasting in style.
MONOLOGUES (with Option B)
- Monologues must be from a published play.
- Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
- Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
- Two 60-90 second contrasting monologues
- One Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
- One Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
WILD CARD VIDEO
- Please check individual school websites to see if a “Wild Card” video is optional or required
- Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
- This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.
- Currently, no dance video is required for the pre-screen. You may post a dance video to the Wild Card section.
Upon pre-screen approval applicants will be scheduled for either an on-campus or National Unified audition. Applicants may use the audition material from their pre-screen submission. Requirements for BFA Musical Theatre Entrance Auditions are as follows:
- Entrance auditions require two songs — 16 bars each, one up-tempo and one ballad.
- One 90 second monologue.
- Be prepared to learn a dance combination to perform as a group.
- For on-campus entrance auditions, bring sheet music; a professional piano accompanist is provided. No one may sing with pre-recorded accompaniment or a capella.
- For National Unified Auditions, bring sheet music and a music player with your pre-recorded music. No one may sing a capella.
View the BFA in theatre (musical theatre) degree plan, course offerings and descriptions.
BFA performance classes average 12 students. Musical theatre and acting emphases students train together in the fundamental performance courses such as acting, movement and voice and speech.
BFA musical theatre emphasis students also take several courses in musical theatre performance, private voice lessons, musical theatre dance (all styles), musical theatre theory, musical theatre history and more.
When you graduate, you’ll join an impressive network of Theatre TCU alumni who work across the nation in professional and academic theatre, including graduates who have garnered roles as actors and choreographers on national tours, as voiceover actors for animated series, and as theatre educators.
The department encourages students to audition for local Dallas-Fort Worth theatres while at TCU, if their semester schedule and TCU commitments allow time for outside work. In rotation with our bi-annual co-productions with local theatres, Theatre TCU also produces a musical bi-annually at the 500-seat Scott Theatre located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Musical theatre students along with the other theatre disciplines learn what it’s like to mount a traveling show.