TWIGS Auditions

Audition Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. For informational purposes, requirements for this year’s auditions can be found below.

TWIGS 2022-2023 Audition Information

Download the 2022-23 Audition Brochure


GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH DEPARTMENT & GENERAL INFORMATION:

DANCE

Students entering grades 2-8 in September 2022 can audition.

Develop your talents in dance. Professional dance educators will train you in the basics of ballet. Classes will be held 1–4 times a week depending upon class level. In the spring, TWIGS dancers participate in an annual production.

Dance Auditions:

Applicants will be considered in four different age groups:

  • Students entering 2nd grade in September 2022
  • Students entering 3rd grade in September 2022
  • Students entering 4th & 5th grade in September 2022
  • Students entering 6th, 7th, & 8th grade in September 2022

Dance auditions will be held in-person. Applicants will be directed by a TWIGS instructor in a brief dance movement class appropriate to the student’s age level followed by an evaluation of their physical facility. Previous dance training is not necessary to follow the instructor’s directions. The audition process typically lasts about two hours. Notification of exact audition day and time will be sent via email no later than one week prior to audition week. Masks are required at all times while in the building.


FILM & VISUAL STORYTELLING

Film & Visual Storytelling: Audition Prep

Students entering Grade 8 in September 2022 can audition.

This 8-week course is designed to prepare students for the Film and Visual Storytelling high school audition. We will explore the principles of storytelling, how to develop a character, storyboards, and still image compositions. Writing exercises are essential to this class. Classes will meet once a week from October to December. We are seeking students with passion for film and the collaborative art of movie-making.

At the core of the program are the principles of visual storytelling and an emphasis on writing.

Audition Prep Class Auditions:

Students will be asked to submit material via a Google Form and participate in a Zoom conversation. Notification of exact audition day and time will be sent via email no later than one week prior to audition week. 

Film & Visual Storytelling: Adobe Suite for Filmmakers

Students entering grades 7 and 8 in September 2022 can audition.

This 20-week course is structured around three important Adobe Creative Suite software programs for filmmakers: Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Students will learn the skills necessary to create film posters and short videos with basic visual effects and title sequences.

Shots and basic camera work will be explored. Classes will meet once a week.

Adobe Suite for Filmmakers Auditions:

Students will be asked to submit requested material via a Google Form and participate in a Zoom conversation. Notification of exact audition day and time will be sent via email no later than one week prior to audition week. 

8th graders can apply to both classes and participate in both if accepted.


MUSIC

Instrumental Music

Our program helps you improve on your instrument through ensembles (band, orchestra, jazz band, sectionals), musicianship classes, and private lessons with our esteemed faculty. Most classes are held on Saturdays but some private lessons may be scheduled on a weekday.

Students entering Grades 2-4 in September 2022 can audition for the following instruments:

Piano, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello


Students entering grades 5-8 in September 2022 can audition for the following instruments:

Strings: Violin, Viola, Harp, Classical Guitar, Cello, Double Bass, Piano

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet

Brass: Trumpet, Saxophone, Horn, Low Brass (Trombone/Tuba/Euphonium/Baritone)

Percussion

Instrumental Music Auditions:

Auditions will be in-person, and students will need to bring their instrument and sheet music. Auditioning students should be prepared to play at least one solo piece AND one or two scales. Students should choose pieces that represent their current skill set on the instrument. We are looking for students who exhibit potential and a level of proficiency, both musically and technically, regardless of the amount of experience on their instrument. Notification of exact audition day and time will be sent via email no later than one week prior to audition week. Properly fitting PPE (personal protective equipment) specific for the instrument the applicant is playing should be worn for the audition. Masks are required at all times while in the building.


Vocal Music

Students entering Grades 6–8 in September 2022 can audition.

Learn to sing and care for your voice. You will participate in a choral music program to work on components of singing including breath support, posture, note reading, and sound production.

Music Vocal Auditions:

Students may sing a song of their choice, no matter how simple, that demonstrates the quality of the voice and the clear articulation of the song’s words. Examples are patriotic songs, church hymns, or folk songs. Popular music that imitates the style of a particular singer is not helpful in determining the quality of a young voice and should be avoided. Applicants may choose to sing “The Water is Wide”—a traditional Scottish folk song (Google or go to YouTube to hear the melody). This song is recommended for students who cannot decide what to sing for their voice audition. Use of recorded accompaniment is optional and not provided.

Auditions will be in-person. Notification of exact audition day and time will be sent via email no later than one week prior to audition week. Masks are required at all times while in the building.


THEATRE

Acting

Students entering Grades 5-8 in September 2022 can audition.

Explore your imagination in acting classes and work with an ensemble in creative ways. Classes include improvisation, theatre games, and scene study. The 8th grade classes also include monologue rehearsal to develop audition material. Classes will be held once a week for one and one-half hours.

Acting Auditions:

Each applicant must prepare a memorized monologue (one character’s speech from a play) no more than two minutes in length or a poem approximately one minute long. Auditions will be in-person and held during the week of May 31- June 6, 2022. Once registered, further instructions will be sent to families via email. Notification of exact audition day and time will be made one week prior to audition week. Masks must be worn for the audition and while in the building at all times.


Stage Design & Production

Students in grades 5-8 in September 2022 can audition

Learn a variety of stage design and production skills through puppetry art and literary theatre. Create puppets, scenery, props, costumes, and rehearse and perform your stories. Classes will be held once a week for one and one-half hours.

Stage Design & Production Auditions:

Previous experience is not required. Each applicant should have examples of their artwork (drawings, paintings, collage, photographs, etc.) available to present to faculty. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their artwork as well as why they want to join the Stage Design and Production Program. Any experience working on performances, i.e., plays, concerts, dance shows, may be included in the discussion.

Students will be asked to submit their artwork through an online process. In addition to submitting their work online, rising 8th grade students will participate in a virtual interview via Zoom. Once registered, further instructions will be sent for the submission process. Zoom appointments will take place the week of May 31- June 6, 2022 Notification of exact audition day and time will be made one week prior to audition week.


VISUAL ARTS

Students entering Grades 4-8 in September 2022 can audition.

If you like to draw, paint, or work with your hands, we offer lessons with professional artists to develop skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture. 4th -7th grade classes will be held once a week for two hours. 8th grade classes will meet twice a week for two hours each.

Visual Arts Auditions:

Students will be asked to submit specific drawings and a few samples of their own work via a Google Form sent after registering for an audition. There may also be Zoom interviews for rising 8th grade students at the discretion of the Visual Arts faculty.


Please also review our curriculum offerings.