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HONOURS BACHELOR OF MUSIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE

Bachelor’s Degree Program Program Code: PBAMT


Trafalgar Road Campus

If you require this information in an accessible format, please contact


registrar@sheridancollege.ca

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

 One English, Grade 12 (ENG4U) plus:


 Five additional Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
 Minimum 65% overall average, or
 Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum
65% overall average. (In previous years, the actual admission average has usually been
in the 79 – 80 % range.)

Selection Process for Applicants

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of
their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and on their skill and potential
as demonstrated in a comprehensive audition. Please note we do not accept letters of reference
from applicants.

Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Mission Statement


To graduate m u sic t h e a t re artists who demonstrate courage, creativity and integrity,
who embody a well-rounded professionalism, who are engaged, who strive to realize
their full potential and who sustain a career in the music theatre industry and/or propel
themselves into collaborative or leadership roles that shape the industry internationally.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS

There are two stages to the audition process. Stage 1 requires an online submission of
specific audition portfolio components. This includes a headshot, an artist’s statement,
videos of 2 songs, a monologue and a dance sequence (4 videos in total).
Stage 1 instructions are found on page 2 of this document. The deadline for
submissions of all material is February 21, 2019 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

If successful in Stage 1, applicants will be required to attend Stage 2, a callback audition, in


person, at Sheridan College (Trafalgar Campus, Oakville, Ontario). Stage 2 details can be
found on page 6. Applicants selected for the in-person callback will be notified by their Sheridan
email account in early March 2019 in order to make travel plans. Callbacks are planned for
March 30 and 31, 2019. Applicants will be provided with a specific date for their in-person
callback audition. This information will not be released over the phone.

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Schedule for the in-person callback day:
1. Registration (begins at 7:30 am)
2. Dance warm up and dance assessment (large groups)
3. Group acting improvisation
4. Individual Panel Adjudications (anytime between 12 noon and 8pm)

For the in-person callback audition, we advise applicants to plan to spend the entire day at or
within proximity of Sheridan. Assessment of vocal and acting ability takes place between an
individual applicant and the adjudicating panel. This may result in an applicant being
adjudicated as late as 8pm. Following the dance assessment and group improvisation
assessment, we will provide each applicant with a time slot for their individual assessment so
that applicants may plan their day accordingly.

Applicants will be notified about decisions for entry into the program by their Sheridan email
account. These decisions are usually released within one month of the audition callbacks i.e.
late April, early May and will not be released over the phone. Fee, registration and
timetable information will follow.

The Music Theatre audition assesses a performer’s skills for suitability in the first year of the
Bachelor of Music Theatre program.

STAGE 1 – ONLINE SUBMISSION


Instructions for Online Submission of Additional Admission Requirements

1. LOGIN: You will be required to use your Sheridan username and password to enter the
online submission at http://cerebro.ddi.sheridanc.on.ca/PortfolioSubmission/

2. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS: Once you login you will be required to acknowledge that you
have read the instructions.

3. PAYMENT: You will be required to make a payment of $75.00 Canadian with a debit or
credit card for your portfolio to be assessed.

Watch the PROGRAM OVERVIEW video, the DANCE ASSESSMENT EXERCISES video and
the SAMPLE AUDITION video. Video files can be found at these locations:
http://night.sheridanc.on.ca/ApplicantPortfolio/TheatreProgramOverview.mp4
http://night.sheridanc.on.ca/ApplicantPortfolio/TheatreDanceAssessment.mp4
http://night.sheridanc.on.ca/ApplicantPortfolio/TheatreSampleAudition.mp4

4. UPLOAD FILES: Select “Upload Files” to remit your 6 individual files which will include:
Artist’s Statement, Photo and 4 Performance videos.

a) ARTIST’S STATEMENT (File 1): Reply to the question: Why are you applying to
the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan?
(Maximum 500 words, PDF)

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b) PHOTO (File 2): Upload a current photo of you, either black & white or colour,
headshot preferred.

c) VIDEO AUDITION COMPONENT: this must include the following:


1. A monologue from a contemporary play, no longer than one minute (a list of
suggested pieces is attached). The monologue must be memorized and
should be performed in the context of the play (File 3).

2. Two music theatre songs of at least thirty two-bars each. Both songs must be
memorized and one should be from the Golden Age of Music Theatre (1943-
1964) a list of suggested pieces is attached. Sing with recorded or live
accompaniment, not a cappella. This song portion should be no longer than 4
minutes in total (Files 4 & 5).
3. A demonstration of you performing the three dance exercises from the video
demonstration (i.e. port de bras, chainé turns and jetés). Please use the
accompaniment track provided for these exercises in your video (File 6).

Video Preparation Suggestions


The faculty realizes that making audition videos adds extra challenges to the
application process. Please know that you will not be evaluated on the quality of the
video recording itself. It is not necessary to submit a multi-camera, highly technical
studio video. The main goal is clarity, so that your work can be seen and heard.

 Dress as you would for an in-person audition.


 Avoid extreme close-ups and be sure to include full-body shots. The majority
of the shots should be medium shots (i.e. waist up).
 Try to balance the volume of the piano with your singing, but don’t sing with a
microphone or extra amplification.
 For your songs: say your name and the name of the song and the musical it is
from.
 For your monologue, say your name, the character and the play the monologue
is from.
 For dance, say your name and introduce each exercise.
 Recording on a phone device will be fine.

DIGITAL MATERIAL SUPPORT GUIDELINES

Important Notice
Submission of digital support material that does not correspond to the following guidelines
may result in an incomplete application status. Therefore, test your material before
submitting to ensure that it has been formatted correctly. It is your responsibility to ensure
that material is delivered in an accessible format.
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Do
 Label each file with this format "Title_Lastname_Number" with no
spaces. Example: "Dance_Smith_2.mp4" (Please note that those candidates
with hyphenated last names should not use a hyphen but put their two last names
together Example: Dance_LincolnSmith_2.mp4)
 Video files must be MP4, or MOV. They must be viewable with VLC media
player (for more information, consult http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
 Video files must be a maximum of 1080p (or frame size of 1920x1080)
Don’t
 Submit any type of presentation (for example, Powerpoint is not accepted).
 Submit “zipped” or other compressed files.
 Include hyperlinks to Internet sites with your images.
 Submit material that requires software, plug-ins, extensions or other
executables to be downloaded or installed.
 Submit any files by email.

TYPES OF PERMITTED FILES


Document files: PDF
Video files: MP4 or MOV. Video files must be less than 200 MB
Image files: JPG, JPEG, and PNG. Image files must be less than 1.5 MB

5. Browse and select the files that you would like to submit. When you are ready to upload,
click the “Save and Upload Files” button. Please upload one file at a time. After the upload
is complete, you will see your files listed under the “Files that have been uploaded” heading.

6. Submit for Evaluation: If you are finished selecting and uploading files, you may now click
“Submit for Evaluation” to notify Sheridan that your portfolio is complete and ready for
grading. During the grading process, your files will be locked and unable to be changed.

LOGIN HERE TO BEGIN: http://cerebro.ddi.sheridanc.on.ca/PortfolioSubmission/

Check your Sheridan email account frequently.

Many of the communications you receive from Sheridan come to you exclusively via your
Sheridan email account. Applicants selected for the program will be notified through their
Sheridan email account. These decisions may not be released over the phone.

Please review the rubric on the next page for your reference.

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BACHELOR OF MUSIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE
(Online Audition Components)
Applicant Audition Score Sheet - 2019
Student Name: | Student Number:

Final Weighted
Evaluation Criteria Acting Dance Vocal
Score
ARTIST STATEMENT 10%
Reveals a sense of curiosity, wonder and initiative 4%
Reflects on their own personal artistic journey 3%
Articulates an understanding of self 3%
ACTING 30%
Importance and Stakes 4%
Spontaneity in delivery of text 4%

LY
Clearly identified objectives and obstacles 4%
Potential to succeed in the Acting discipline 18%

N
DANCE 30%

O
Dance technique 3%
Ability to demonstrate three prepared exercises 3%
Sense of phrasing and line in movement 3%
E
C
Dance performance quality 3%
EN
Potential to succeed in the Dance discipline 18%
VOCAL 30%
Ability to sing in tune 3%
ER

Voice has a focused and resonant tone quality 3%


Ability to sing with proper breath support and expressive
musical phrasing 3%
EF

Communicate the text of song effectively 3%


Potential to succeed in the Vocal Music discipline 18%
R

Weighted Scores
R

EXPLANATION OF POINTS AWARDED ON THIS SCORE SHEET


FO

8-10 Meets the Sheridan Entrance Standard


6-7 Approaches the Sheridan Entrance Standard
0-5 Improvement Required to Meet the Sheridan Entrance Standard

WEIGHTED Is an average of the scores from the criteria in each of the three disciplines (Acting, Dance, Vocal)
SCORE: weighted at 40% and a potential score in each Discipline weighted at 60%.

Potential Score: Something beyond the talent you currently demonstrate, an ability to make something seem fresh and
exciting despite being fully prepared. It speaks to your ability to continue to grow and develop with each presentation of
your material and to surprise yourself each time, whether acting, singing or dancing.

Sheridan Music Theatre Performance Program Mission Statement


To graduate music theatre artists who demonstrate courage, creativity and integrity, who embody a well-rounded
professionalism, who are engaged, who strive to realize their full potential and who sustain a career in the music theatre
industry and/or propel themselves into collaborative or leadership roles that shape the industry both nationally and
internationally.

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STAGE 2: IN-PERSON CALLBACKS AT SHERIDAN COLLEGE

Those invited to the in-person callback audition will be required to bring: A recent 8 X 10
photo and a hard copy of your artist’s statement (the same one submitted online).

1. Dance Assessment

The dance assessment determines your aptitude for dance pertaining to music theatre. After
a physical warm-up, a routine will be demonstrated and taught and applicants will be asked
to perform it in smaller groups. In order for the auditors to assess fairly, you must wear
suitable dance attire. Women should wear jazz shoes, leotards, tights/and or dance skirts.
Men should wear jazz shoes, t-shirts, jazz pants or shorts.

Applicants are not required to have formal dance training, but it is highly recommended to
score effectively. We need to see that the applicant has some natural facility, performance
ability and is willing to try anything.

2. Group Improvisation Assessment

The improvisation exercises you will be involved in could take a variety of forms, but
anticipate a physical experience. The emphasis will be on listening to others and reacting
spontaneously with members of your group. We are watching to see how well you
collaborate and engage in the storytelling, in a group setting. A demonstrated willingness
to play is emphasized.

3. Panel Assessment

a) Two contrasting songs

Be prepared to perform the two songs from your video submission. These should be contrasting,
age-appropriate songs from the musical theatre repertoire. One song must be from the
Golden Age of Musical Theatre (1943 – 1964). Attached is a suggested list of Golden Age
songs. You must provide your own sheet music in the right key. We want to hear your true
voice. Please avoid character songs that one would perform with a manufactured voice or
accent. For example, “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls or “I’m Not That Smart” from
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Although you are allowed to move freely
in your song performances, please do not choreograph or over-stage your songs.

Please Note: An experienced accompanist will be provided and you will be expected to
perform with that accompanist. Your interaction with our accompanist is an essential part
of your audition. You may not accompany yourself. Your sheet music must be legible and
in the key in which you wish to perform it. Do not fold or bend or staple your sheet music.
If you use photocopied music, put your music in a 3-ring binder.
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b) A monologue

Perform the monologue you submitted online i.e. one contemporary, age-appropriate
monologue (not to exceed 60 seconds). Attached is a suggested list of contemporary
monologues. Applicants may also choose from other material if they wish.

c) A redirect

A member of the adjudicating panel will ask you to redo a portion of your song or
monologue with a specific change in focus. They may ask you to change the character
or relationship or even the objective (want). They may ask you to do something that
seems a bit odd, or incongruent with what you know about the play/song/character.
This is meant to give the applicant a chance to demonstrate versatility, openness and
willingness to take risks as an actor in-training.

d) Participate in a discussion with members of the faculty.

The music theatre industry is a highly social one. After your song and monologue
performance, the auditors will engage you in a brief conversation. Be yourself, breathe.
It is about human connection.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?


Someone who…
 Has intellectual curiosity, imagination, initiative, discipline and recognizable talent
as well as the potential to succeed in our program.
 Is prepared but flexible and is clearly a team-player.
 Is present in their body i.e. comfortable physically.
 Can communicate ideas in dialogue/lyrics, music and dance.
 Sings the notes, rhythms and words accurately, with a clear sense of pitch, an
understanding of musical line, and a healthy vocal approach that doesn’t push
the voice beyond your own natural vocal range.
 Is committed to acting as the basis of all music theatre training.
 Appreciates and takes pride in the artistic growth of fellow students.
 Has general interests beyond the arts, and is fully engaged in understanding the
world at large.
 Is committed to find ways in which the arts can impact and enrich modern
society.
 Has done their research about Sheridan College, the Faculty of Animation Arts
and Design and specifically the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance
Program (e.g. talk to recent alumni, attend shows and open houses)
 Is committed to an environment that integrates academic and conservatory
training.

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Separate rubrics are provided for both the online submission and in-person callback
portion of the audition process. The staff of the Admissions office and the Faculty of the
Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program are not able to provide
individual feedback from the student auditions because of the volume of candidates to
consider. We ask for your understanding, and thank you in advance for not
requesting individual feedback via phone calls or emails.

Please note: This is a highly competitive program for which the number of eligible
applications exceed the number of qualified applicants to fill the program. On
average we accept 45 students each calendar year.

Please see the next page for the in-person callback rubric.

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BACHELOR OF MUSIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE
(In-Person Callback Audition Rubric)
Applicant Audition Score Sheet - 2019
Student Name: | Student Number:

Final Weighted
Evaluation Criteria Acting Dance Vocal
Score
ACTING 30%
Importance and Stakes 3%
Spontaneity in delivery of text 3%
Clearly identified objectives and obstacles 3%
Freedom and risk taking in redirect (song or monologue) 3%
Potential to succeed in Acting 18%
GROUP IMPROVISATION 10%

LY
Ability to listen to others in the group improvisation 4%
Risk taking in the group improvisation 3%

N
Collaboration with others in the group improvisation 3%

O
DANCE 30%
Dance technique 3%
Ability to use body to communicate 3%
Sense of phrasing and line in movement 3%
E
C
Dance performance quality 3%
EN
Potential to succeed in Dance 18%
VOCAL 30%
Ability to sing in tune 3%
ER

Voice has a focused and resonant tone quality 3%


Ability to sing with proper breath support and expressive 3%
musical phrasing
EF

Communicate the text of song effectively 3%


Potential to succeed in Voice 18%
R

Weighted Scores
R

EXPLANATION OF POINTS AWARDED ON THIS SCORE SHEET


FO

8-10 Meets the Sheridan Entrance Standard 6-7 Approaches the Entrance Standard 0-5 Improvement Required to Meet Standard
WEIGHTED Is an average of the scores from the criteria in each of the three disciplines (Acting, Dance, Vocal)
SCORE: weighted at 40% and a potential score in each Discipline weighted at 60%.

Potential Score: The potential to succeed in our program, based on the willingness to grow and learn as demonstrated in the audition room,
interaction with the panel and accompanist, listening, willingness to take risks, and bravery in choices.

Sheridan Music Theatre Performance Program Mission Statement


To graduate music theatre artists who demonstrate courage, creativity and integrity, who embody a well-rounded professionalism, who are
engaged, who strive to realize their full potential and who sustain a career in the music theatre industry and/or propel themselves into
collaborative or leadership roles that shape the industry both nationally and internationally.

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Audition Material Suggestions – For Online Auditions and In-Person Call Backs

Choose songs with which you can communicate a specific situation in a clear context with
an objective (goal). Make the situation as honest and specific as possible. Even with 32-
bar cuts try to give the song a progression (an arc). Select material that is suitable for your
age and experience. Choose songs which fit comfortably within your range. Explore the
lyrics of the song as carefully as you explore the music. Be absolutely certain that you are
singing correct words, notes and rhythms.

Below is a suggested list of Golden Age songs. Applicants may also explore other
repertoire from the Golden Age of Broadway (1943-1964).

Women’s Golden-Age Songs Men’s Golden-Age Songs


Many a New Day from Oklahoma Almost Like Being in Love from Brigadoon
If I Loved You from Carousel On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady
Mr. Snow from Carousel If I Loved You from Carousel
If I Were a Bell from Guys and Dolls Something’s Coming from West Side Story
Show Me from My Fair Lady I Met a Girl from Bells Are Ringing
The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot I Believe in You from How to Succeed in Business Without
It’s a Perfect Relationship from Bells Are Ringing Really Trying
Once You Lose Your Heart from Me and My Girl Leaning on the Lamppost from Me and My Girl
Much More from The Fantasticks When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love from Finian’s Rainbow
She Loves Me from She Loves Me
Gorgeous from The Apple Tree
Tonight at 8 from She Loves Me
How Lovely To Be a Woman from Bye Bye Birdie
Try Me from She Loves Me
Far From the Home I Love from Fiddler on the Roof
Miracle of Miracles from Fiddler on the Roof

Choose monologues that are appropriate for your age and experience. Be able to discuss your
selection. It’s best to select monologues from plays, as opposed to special material written for
monologue books, or found on websites. Avoid historic styles, such as Shakespeare, and verse
or poetry. Avoid dialects. Use good judgement in selecting the monologues, avoiding pieces that
may be inappropriate because of language or situation.

Below is a suggested list of contemporary monologues. Applicants may explore other repertoire.

Women’s Monologues Men’s M onologues


Patsy from Little Murders by Jules Feiffer Owen from Melville Boys by Norm Foster
Jean from August: Osage County Paul or Rick from Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
Rainy from Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God by Miles from The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey
Djanet Sears Booth from Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
Rebecca from The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Biff from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Marie Clements Rodney or Michael from Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson
Beneatha from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Jim or Tom from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Steph from Reasons to be Pretty by Neil Labute Eugene from Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Ernestine from The Anger In Ernest and Ernestine by Robert Dale from F O B by David Henry Hwang
Morgan, Martha Ross and Leah Cherniak Starbuck from The Rainmaker by Richard Nash
Bobbi from Papers by Allan Stratton Mohammad from Relative Good by David Gow
Lise from Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay Jung from Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi
Sharmaine from Da Kink in my Hair by Trey Anthony Leon from Sucker Punch by Roy Williams
Marie-Adele from The Rez Sisters by Drew Hayden Taylor Tommy from Rice Boy by Sunil Kuruvilla
Meghan from A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar George from Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage
Esther or Mayme from Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage Rodrigo from Leo by Rosa Laborde

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