Dubbed as one of the country’s flagship drama universities, Guildford School of Acting is a highly exciting place to study for your degree. The school offers a variety of different courses surrounding the performing arts, in both degree level and beyond. To find out more information please click here.
For this Audition Guide, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lucy and Tom, both of which are studying Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA). They seem to be thoroughly enjoying the course and had enjoyed the audition process too.
Distinctively, GSA appears to be an extremely welcoming and friendly place. Both Tom and Lucy commented on how warmly they were greeted to the audition; reducing nerves and increasing their overall enjoyment of the day. Lucy even commented that GSA made her feel the ‘most comfortable’ out of all her auditions, whereas Tom remembered feeling ‘super relaxed and welcomed to the school’.
Situated on the grounds of Surrey University, GSA has both a bubbly and professional environment. Students have access to some of the country’s most state-of-the-art facilities, including fully equipped sound-proof studios and a professional theatre. GSA students have the ability to ‘book out’ these studios too, allowing you to work upon your own individual development.
Depending on the course that you apply for, the audition’s content varies. For the Musical Theatre course, applicants are required to partake in a practical audition including singing, acting and dancing. The audition process is sectioned into two rounds, whereby only a select few applicants are asked along to the recall audition.
ROUND 1 AUDITIONS
The first round of auditions involves two components. Beginning with singing, auditionees will perform their pre-prepared song in front of the audition panel and everyone else auditioning at the same time (usually about 15 people). This whole process isn’t daunting and can be very interesting to hear other applicants perform.
Following the singing stage, auditionees then partake in the dance portion of the audition. This is in the format of a typical dance class, including technique exercises and corner work. Auditionees even receive ‘corrections’ from the teachers, which both Lucy and Tom found invaluable.
If you are successful in the first round auditions, you will be invited to attend a recall. This audition is deemed as being quite a bit more challenging, but is still nothing to stress about. You’ll be expected to prepare a song from a list that is sent to you before the audition day and also find and perform a dramatic monologue.
There is also a dance component in the recall audition, whereby you are taught a short dance routine. The panel are really looking for how you perform and ‘tell a story’ through your interpretation of the dance routine.
The final component for GSA’s audition process is an interview. This is relatively relaxed and just allows the interviewer to discover a little more about your personality and suitability for the course. Questions are themed around the topic of your future and motivations behind applying for the course. Lucy recommended researching the musical theatre industry before your interview, in order to appear knowledgeable too.
There is roughly a waiting time of 2 weeks before you find out whether or not you have been successful.
- Lucy commented that GSA aren’t looking for a certain ‘type’ of person. Just try to stay true to yourself and showcase your genuine personality. Try to be as bubbly and enthusiastic as possible, as this stands you in good stead of getting noticed.
- GSA are looking for diversity and try to ‘build a company of different people‘. Therefore, don’t be afraid to be different and stand out from the crowd
- Attending extra dance classes is certainly a good idea if dance is your weak point. This will help you feel more comfortable in the dance section of the audition and allow you to perform more naturally.
- Tom recommends being fully prepared before your audition. Ensure that you ‘know your song and monologue inside out’ prior to your audition. This will be you feel more confident and at ease.
A massive thank you goes to both Tom and Lucy for being such wonderful contributors towards this blog post. Audition Quest really wants to wish them both the best of luck in their studies and careers within the industry.