This information was originally posted on the OCSA website – here.
The Music and Theatre Conservatory audition is a two-round process. Please note, not all applicants will be invited to
Round One: Application & Video Submission
Please submit a completed application and video, no more than 4 minutes in length based upon the requirements below.
At the beginning of your video, please clearly state your name and the grade you are applying to. Be sure to
indicate if you are a current OCSA student, and, if so, which conservatory you are in.
Videos should have no disruptive background noise, good lighting and be able to view ¾ of the student’s body in
Videos should be specifically produced for your OCSA audition. Do not include filmed excerpts from previous
No costumes. Do not use a handheld microphone. No electronic vocal enhancement allowed. No lip synching.
To protect your privacy, the YouTube video should be saved as “unlisted” so it cannot be publicly viewed.
YouTube video must be titled LAST NAME, FIRST NAME: Music and Theatre Audition
example: DOE, JOHN: Music and Theatre Audition
Copy and paste your YouTube video URL (web address) into an email and send to: MTAuditions@ocsarts.net
Your email subject line must be the same as your video title, as explained above.
DO NOT use the share/email function within your YouTube account because it will be blocked by
Video submissions must be sent in at the time the application is mailed in or dropped off. Applications that do not
have a completed video will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
Once your video has been submitted to OCSA, the submission is final and changes cannot be made. Failure to
follow these instructions may result in your application not being processed.
Note to all High School applicants (9th-12th grades): You must choose only one major – “Musical Theatre” OR
“Acting” for your audition.
Musical Theatre – Open to all grades: Prepare one vocal selection, uptempo or ballad (no more than 32 bars) AND one
memorized monologue (no longer than 1 – 2 minutes in length). No acapella singing will be allowed.
In addition to published works from musical scores or popular sheet music, some of the following titles are available at
bookstores, libraries, and online. Audition material is not limited to these titles but should be appropriate to the student’s
vocal range and style. Be sure to prepare one song and one monologue:
“Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology Series“ by various authors
“The Big Book of Broadway” by Hal Leonard Publishing
“Broadway Showstoppers” by Hal Leonard Publishing
Singers may also want to choose works by the following composers: Irving Berlin, Stephen Flaherty, George
Gershwin, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Alan Menken, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen
Schwartz, Charles Strouse, or Jules Styne (you are not limited to these composers).
For monologue audition material, please refer to the suggestions for “Acting” below.
Acting – Open to 9th–12th grade only: Prepare two memorized monologues – one dramatic and one comedic (no longer
than 1 – 2 minutes each). In addition to published plays and monologue anthologies, some of the following titles are
available at bookstores, libraries, and online. Audition material is not limited to these titles but should be age-appropriate
and must be from a published source – no original works:
“Monologues for Teenage Girls” by Susan Pomerance
“Winning Monologues for Young Actors” by Peg Kehret
“Audition Speeches for Young Actors 16+” edited by Jean Marlow
“Monologues for Young Actors” edited by Lorraine Cohen
“The Methuen Audition Book for Young Actors” by Anne Harvey
“Neil Simon Monologues” by Neil Simon
“Monologues From The Classics” by Shaun McKenn
Note: “The Stepsister Speaks Out,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” are overdone, you
may want to avoid them. If your monologue is about trying to send your burger back, you may want to find something
more substantial. Monologues from published plays are usually preferable, but monologues from collections are
Videos of academically approved applicants will be submitted to the Music and Theatre team for review. All
applicants will be notified via e-mail whether they have or have not been selected to move on to round two.
Round Two: On-Site Interview/Audition
Applicants that are selected from round one will be invited to an on-site interview. Additionally, some students called to the
on-site interview may be asked to perform one or both of their initial round one audition pieces live. Please be prepared.
If during your interview you are asked to perform live:
You must provide your own accompanist or accompaniment track. CD / iPod player will be available.
If you plan on using your laptop, the music must be cued up and ready to go when you enter the audition room.
For home-recorded CDs, make sure the disc will play on devices other than your computer before you enter the
Please do not use your personal phone to play your accompaniment track.
For questions concerning the audition requirements for the Music and Theatre Conservatory, please email
*This program is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Orange County School of the Arts.*