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re: Unified auditions? Awful?

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NerdyLawnGnome2
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Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/2/07 at 10:50pm
ive heard rumors that the unified college auditions are a nightmare, is this true?
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LiLMuNkEe22
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/2/07 at 11:37pm
hahaha! well, theyre sure as hell stressfull. are you a senior? cuz if so, then absolutely. if youre a junior, then you're very lucky. make sure you are PREPARED! u want to be one out the million they look at. :) with such a cattlecall-like audition, they make decisions usually within the first 30 seconds. :-/
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musicaltheatregurl
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 06:58am
ahh..im so excited!..lol
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ILoveWicked330
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 08:28am
For Syracuse's Unifieds in NYC, can you use a tape recording for the music? Or must you use a pianist? Thanks for any help.
erinrebecca
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:01am
ilovewicked, that's the kind of question you should be calling Syracuse directly and asking about. You don't want to take any chances on any audition details such as that by relying on what you read on a message board.
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Lavieboheme3090
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 06:07pm
If you are going for musical theater make sure you have your music on sheet paper (cut the way you want it), have it on CD (or 2) or tape for back up, and your own Boombox. Have plenty of resumes (sp?) and headshots ready. O yes and make sure you have your SS # memorized or at least writen down where you can get at it easily. Be perpared for anything and everything to go wrong, and you will be fien. :) O yes, and above all make sure you are polite, I can not tell you how many nasty looks I got from people just walking down the hall, and how many people I heard yelling at auditioners.
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SarahBeth
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 06:10pm
What exactly are unifieds? I've never been exposed to those.
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 06:29pm
What is the audition process for unified auditions like?
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LiLMuNkEe22
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:00pm
Unifieds is a collection of schools gathered in one place, basically holding a sort of cattle-call of auditions for school. they have a general two monologue, 90 second audition... and if you want to sing you have to do 2 mono's and you get an addition 30 seconds... so 120 seconds for 3 pieces.

schools such as BoCo, CCM, Ithaca, Roosevelt, Webster, USC, Michigan, SUU, Otterbein, Penn State, SMU, Evansville, and Hartford attend, and they call you back and then accept you after the day is done.

most of the larger or more competitive schools such as CCM have separate audition dates (I would check on their website)

I've gone through a Unifieds as a junior (theyre actually held at my school in vegas) plus nebraska, and then im doing unifieds again in Feb.

if you have any specific questions, feel free to PM and ask!
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:06pm
You can do them before your senior year? Junior is gr.11 right? (I'm canadian i never learnt what junnior, sophmore, ect. was in regards to years)
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dramatothemax
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:08pm
Keep in mind that if you're only a junior, the audition requirements are a little different. They actually time each monologue to make sure it's 30 seconds. They WILL call you on time. So make sure your audition is within the time limits!! But just have fun, be the 1 in 500 and don't perform overdone material...it really makes them angry haha
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SarahBeth
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:17pm
Yikes. That's a lot of pressure. I've never heard of those, but then again I live in a theatre vaccuum. bah.
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erinrebecca
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:42pm
Unifieds are a venue at which to audition for many different college theatre programs, all in one location. It's not really a 'cattle call' as someone else has said. Each audition is individual, for each college. You must apply to the individual colleges and set up auditions with each, prior to the Unifieds. Some people manage to do a few walk-ins, without prior arrangement, but these should not be counted on, as some schools may not have any open slots.

It is also not true that you will learn if you've been accepted on that day following the audition. Here is a link to the Unifieds website, but be sure to research each school for their audition requirements, in addition to how to apply. It's really late to be looking into this for THIS year, for those of you who are seniors.

http://www.unifiedauditions.com/universities.htm
Soozie
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/3/07 at 10:46pm
National Unified Auditions for SENIORS applying to BFA programs in theater doesn't quite work the way Lilmunkee described above.

These audition dates are held in NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and LA during February. Certain college BFA programs conduct their auditions at these sites as an ALTERNATIVE to on campus auditions. This is so that the seniors who wish to audition at many schools on one date or one weekend in one location can do so and not have to travel to all the separate college on campus auditions. So, you can either audition on campus on certain dates, or attend Unifieds if those colleges participate in Unified auditions. However, in either case, you need to line up your audition with the individual colleges. These colleges grant you an audition time at Unifieds and hold their own separate audition there, not mixed with all colleges at once. Thus, for example, if you are applying to four colleges attending unifieds, you have four audition appointments, not one. Also, the requirements for each audition DIFFERS and you must get the requirements from EACH college, not the way Lilmunkee desribed. The actual materials required differs, plus the length of time per piece will vary from school to school. Many schools also have a dance audition (if for Musical Theater). Some schools make you set aside a half day for their audition. You apply for the audition directly to each college. You do not get a "callback" later that day and you do not find out the result of your admissions that day either. A few schools have a "callback" within their audition block (Penn State does, for example).
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/4/07 at 12:46am
Is the acceptance rate lower at unifieds than auditioning on campus
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LiLMuNkEe22
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/4/07 at 01:36am
hm, thats really interesting soozie! maybe they do it different in different cities, cuz thats how it has been for the juniors and seniors in vegas. who knows... its probably different requirements.. i dont know how! they're really laid back here i guess.

but im not sure about acceptance rates.. if they want you then they want you, ya know?
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Lavieboheme3090
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/4/07 at 01:45am
As far as acceptance I can tell you I was the only person from the Chicago auditions into my program, and only 2 acting majors.
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/4/07 at 05:30am
The Unifieds are a great way to knock out a bunch of auditions at once (why spread the anxiety out, right?)

I did them last year for BoCo and am now a freshman in their MT program. I know of several other students in my class who got in from the various regional auditions.

I did the Chicago Unifieds and was able to audition for 5 schools in one weekend. Not bad. BoCo was my only scheduled audition. I was able to do walk-up auditions (YES, that's right! All you have to do is ask!) for Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, Oklahoma University, and Ithaca.

Definetly look into the Unifieds.
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Lavieboheme3090
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/5/07 at 04:14pm
Well the ones listed on the site require that you apply before you audition, however once you get there you there are plently of schools that take walk ins. They are all basically looking for the same thing.
erinrebecca
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/5/07 at 06:01pm
Alison,

" If you are interested, please apply directly to the institutions. For additional locations and times, please contact each institution."

That's basically what you need to know. It is quoted from the site, which gives you contact information for each school. Ideally, you will have researched colleges, made up your list of schools for which to audition, completed your applications, and made your audition appointments. Each college has their own audition scheduling arrangement, each has its own audition requirements. You need to do your research so that you have the information you require!
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dramatothemax
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/5/07 at 06:28pm
Apply to any school you're interested in (if it's at unifieds) If you're a senior. They won't accept you as a junior.

Just call admissions and see what the deal is. It seems like each city is different. The only school that made me set up a seperate audition (that I applied for) was CCM. Webster, Roosevelt, BoCo, and AMDA (only because they offered me money....haha) Sooooo just check with admissions!
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edenespinosalover
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/5/07 at 08:47pm
Unified auditions are great. I loved them. It was an excellent way to get many of your college auditions done in a short amount of time without having to travel around the US to show the schools what you got. There isn't a certain number of people who get accepted to schools at Unifieds (at least that's not the case at my school). If you got it, they take you. I had 2 other people in my dance audition that are in my class right now. And I know many others who got accepted that also auditioned at other Unified locations. It's basically just an easier way for students to be able to audition for the programs they're interested in. So don't think that you're at a disadvantage auditioning at Unifieds. Granted, you don't get to walk around on campus, but you can do that whenever. I didn't step foot on campus until 4 months after I got my letter.

I would strongly encourage going to them. You meet a lot of amazing people who might just end up being your classmates.
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nate2
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/5/07 at 09:58pm
Unifieds are different than regional auditions right?
takehomeazak06
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/8/07 at 09:09pm
I loved the Unifieds. Mine took place in Chicago and they werent a Hell-ish experience. They saved me money by not flying all over the nation to audition. Also i got most of my auditions out within the three days. That also saved me from missing alot of school. Overall i found them to be conveinent.

I heard a statistic from a thread on collegeconfidential.com that said a slightly larger percentage of students were accepted at unifieds as opposed to on campus. It gives the actual numbers on the site. I do not remember where they got the information though.
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lovelyspotlight
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/8/07 at 09:11pm
Anybody know which schools UArts is doing unifieds with? Or how you find out? Because there are other school that are going to be in Chicago Feb. 5, 6, and 7 (which is when UArts Unifieds are)...but the other schools' websites don't specify whether their auditions are unified. Ehh...
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musicaltheatregurl
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re: Unified auditions? Awful?
Posted: 1/9/07 at 04:49am
What schools do you mean? umm, you can probably call each school and ask, but normally it should be posted on their website under audition information...

like for me, im scheduled to do..
Boston conservatory,CCM and Otterbein on the 3rd and 4th of feb (NYC Unifieds)

Then Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan and Ithaca on the 5th and 6th of february (chicago unifieds)

you can call each school and ask...
KAYS "Being fearless means busting down those walls of fear & being who you are, not who someone else thinks you are. People like to put others in a box & tell them what they can & cannot do or who they can & cannot be. No one can tell you who you are & what you are made of, only you yourself know what you are made of, & only you yourself can do the work to become who you want to be."

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