STARS – Spotlight Theatrical Arts Repertoire School

Stars-Schedule-Spring-2019

MISSION:
To identify students that are candidates for a career in the performing arts. These students will be challenged to continually improve their skills by learning every possible aspect of the theater to a professional level.

AUDITION:
The audition process is set in accordance with American Association of Comunity Theater (AACT), Kentucky Theater Association (KTA), and Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) standards and may change slightly on an annual basis to remain relevant. Students may choose from two different audition tracts: DRAMA or MUSICAL THEATER.

Students must meet the following requirements before being considered for the audition

  1. The student is enrolled in Spotlight Acting School and actively participating. STARS is not a replacement or alternative to participating in the greater body of Spotlight.
  2. A recommendation letter from a Spotlight or Public School Theater or Music Director
  3. A 250-word Personal Short Essay

I. Drama:

After being accepted as a candidate the student audition will include the following:

  1. A personal question session on why the student thinks he or she belongs in the program and how their presence will benefit them and the program.
  2. Present a Monologue.  All monologues must be chosen from a preselected list of approved material or gain approval from the STARS director before the audition.
  3. Participate in a scene with a current student or director.  Scenes will be assigned when the monologues are chosen at least 30 days before the audition is scheduled.
  4. New material will be presented to the student to participate in an unrehearsed cold read.

The work of each student will be given an objective review by the adjudicators as to how they fulfill each of the following criteria:

Creative Choices
An ideal applicant makes original and inspired dramatic choices that enhance the performance of the monologue, scene, or ensemble work.

Accuracy
An Ideal applicant will have the material memorized accurately and do their best to present the material in a manner consistent with the authors original intent.

Voice
An ideal applicant will speak text with clear pronunciation and supported tone while effectively using their voice to create meaning

Body
An ideal applicant exhibits physicality which is true to the character and circumstance of the story. Additionally, this physicality clarifies the objectives and tactics of the character (e.g. body expresses the character’s intentions and feelings).

Dedication to Art Form, Growth, and Community
An ideal applicant demonstrates a commitment to and passion for their art form, as well as a desire and ability to grow as an artist. The applicant can thoughtfully explain why they want to attend and how they are uniquely qualified to contribute.

Ensemble Attitude
An ideal applicant works as part of an ensemble collaboratively; supporting consensus based on mutually agreed ideas; giving feedback about the group process and sequence of work. The actor supports the work process of others and exhibits an understanding of how their role is only a part of a whole.

II. Musical Theater

The Audition will include the following:

  1. A Personal question session on why the student thinks they belong in the program and how their presence will benefit them and the program.
  2. Present a Monologue.  All monologues must be chosen from a preselected list of approved material.
  3. Present Songs (two songs required)
    Perform at least 21 bars of each song, but do not exceed 32 bars; each selection must be a complete musical thought. Long verses or repeated choruses are not recommended.
    The two songs:
  • must be memorized
  • need to be suitable for family viewing
  • Must be performed with a professional track or live accompaniment
  • One song should come from a contemporary musical, 1970 or later
  • One song should come from a standard musical, written before 1970s

Vocal Health & Range
An ideal candidate sings and talks with flow and control of breath and with relaxed larynx and physical stance. Tone is resonant, balanced, and the voice moves smoothly from register to register.

Accuracy
An Ideal applicant will have the material memorized accurately and do their best to present the material in a manner consistent with the authors original intent.

Connection of Voice & Text
An ideal applicant articulates clearly and changes vocal quality in response to the text, mood, and musical transitions. They utilize these techniques to inform character development, story arc, etc.

Text/Script Analysis and Truthfulness to Character
An ideal applicant performs with an understanding of and commitment to the goal of their character, truthfully demonstrating the arc of the monologue/song. Vocal choices are connected to the use of action/movement, all of which are specific, intentional, and reinforce the character’s objective.

Dedication to Art Form, Growth, and Community
An ideal applicant demonstrates a commitment to and passion for their art form, as well as a desire and ability to grow as an artist. The applicant can thoughtfully explain why they want to attend and how they are uniquely qualified to contribute.

Musical Theatre Dance Concepts & Techniques
An ideal applicant replicates choreography with body alignment and sustains energy. They also express characterization with their body movement; moving in synchronization with others while demonstrating spatial awareness with physical expressiveness.

ACCEPTANCE or DENIAL

After the Audition process, the student can expect an accepted or denied letter within one week. If accepted the Student will be immediately enrolled. If denied, the student will be invited to have a work session with the STARS director to discuss the problem areas and receive recommendations on how to correct them. A second audition may be scheduled upon the director’s approval that all the previous issues have been addressed.

ENROLLMENT

Tuition:
STARS is funded through fundraising and tuition. The fundraising will be primarily done by performing at public schools and other venues. These traveling shows will allow the tuition costs to be lowered and make the entire experience more affordable. This program is not eligible for financial aid. Students needing assistance may apply for the volunteer assistance program to assist with tuition cost. If fundraising does not cover travel expense then additional funding will be required, but that is very unlikely. This programs tuition includes KTA membership dues, travel expenses (excluding meals and hotel expenses, free lunch can be arranged in some cases), show licensing, and costumes. 

Commitment:
Students will meet with the director two days a week for rehearsals and class instruction. An additional one on one session will be provided with a director each month or bi-weekly for personal growth and reflection. All students will learn together regardless of their audition track.

Students will be juried regularly and will be required to perform, compete, and present recitals. Gaining access to the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts will be a continued goal of achievement for every student and will, therefore, offer huge scholarship benefits up to full tuition at over 30 top rated universities. All students will be card-carrying members of KTA (The Kentucky Theatrical Association) and will compete in their festivals and participate in the annual conference. Traveling for competitions and daytime performances will be required and students must pre-arrange with their schools and employers for absences. Spotlight will provide any necessary paperwork to support the educational value of these absences.

The material learned by the students will be presented primarily at festivals and public schools, but a parents and friends presentation will be arranged at Spotlight when possible.

Additional Benefits:
After school work/study program, field trips, campus tours, arranged visits with college directors, college application and scholarship workshops, volunteer assistance program, social gatherings.  More info

STARS Application

STARS Audition Form

STARS Enrollment Form

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