Stage Design and Production Audition Instructions

The audition will consist of four parts

1. A brief written response
2. A short drawing done on site at the school
3. Home project
4. An interview with a review of previous work that the student has brought to show

Written Response

Applicants will write a brief paragraph in response to a question.

Drawing Exercise

Applicants will be asked to do a short drawing exercise to evaluate visual skills. All materials will be provided. The drawing will be of a small object.  Students will have 5 minutes to complete the drawing.


Choose a fairy tale, folk tale, traditional story, or fable. (Suggested possible stories:  Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, Br’er Rabbit, John Henry, Tortoise & Hare, Ali Babba, Princess & the Pea, Robin Hood, Noah and the Flood, Anansi the Spider.)

Imagine you are presenting this story as a play for an audience. (Try to imagine it differently than a movie or TV show that you might have seen).  Do ONE of the following and bring it with you to the interview:

  • Make a drawing or painting in color of how the set for this play would appear
  • Make a model of how the set would appear
  • Make a drawing or painting in color of how two of the main characters would appear

The Interview

Applicants should be prepared to discuss your background and interest in the following areas:

  • Costumes
  • Set Design and Construction & Painting
  • Stage Lighting
  • Sound Recording
  • Stage Management
  • Any related skills such as: carpentry, sewing, painting, electronics, musical engineering, handicrafts, photography

Be prepared to answer the question, “Why do you want to train in this program?”

Presentation of Past Work

The school is aware that students in the 8th and 9th grades are not likely to have had extensive experience in stage, concert, or film/video production.  Applications should bring with them examples of their past work such as:

  • Drawings or photographs of scenery, props, costumes, or puppets on which the student has worked
  • Production/prompt books or cue sheets from a show
  • Craft projects
  • Tech ed Projects
  • Planning drawings for a project
  • A few examples of your best art work
  • Examples of sewing

Letters of Verification

Applicants may bring letters from teachers, directors, or supervisors which verify and describe their experience in producing the performing arts.

Students will be evaluated based on motivation, enthusiasm, the quality of previous work, and on how students have used the opportunities available to them.