KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN
COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE FESTIVAL TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY AUDITION OR SHOWCASE!
In an effort to model the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions after professional auditions, there will no longer be a "disqualification" at any level of the Irene Ryan auditions due to time.
Time limits will be enforced, and are limited to 3 minutes at the preliminary audition, 5 minutes at the semi-final audition, and 6 minutes at the final round of auditions.
Much like a professional audition, actors will be stopped at the time limit at all levels. There will be no warnings on time, such as hand raising, paddle waving, etc. There is no grace period at any level; nor any disqualification.
Time management is a very important consideration in selecting material. While there is no longer any disqualification, actors are strongly encouraged to allow for room in their audition to fully develop the acting moments. It is a disadvantage to the actor to prepare an audition which requires the actor to rush to finish the material, or to risk having the most important moments go unseen, and is indicative of an unprofessional and ill-prepared audition. Time the performance carefully so that it is always within the required limits. The confidence, poise, and polish of outstanding auditions are the result of dedicated, concentrated rehearsal and astute coaching.
In the same manner, all musical accompaniment must now be live. No recorded accompaniment will be allowed.
Remember, if a scene in the audition incorporates singing, the scene must be in dialogue or duet with the partner. The accompanist will not count as the partner (unless the accompanist performs as a character in the audition).
It's strongly recommended that you provide your own accompanist if singing. This will allow you to prepare your audition in the most thorough fashion.
Avoid a cappella singing as it is not the standard of professional auditions and puts the actor at a disadvantage. Please check your regional website for details regarding availability of accompanists at the regional festival.
Complete details are available at: http://www.kcactf.org/KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/Irene_Ryans.html