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College/Scholarship Audition Information

Application Requirements

General Requirements & Information

  • Thespian membership must be attained and on record in the International Thespian office in Cincinnati by the application deadline. Proof of Thespian membership will be checked for all applicants.
  • Students must be a senior in Kansas.
  • Students must be a full festival registrant of the Kansas Thespian Festival.
  • Students must have at least one registered sponsor or chaperone at the Kansas Thespian Festival.
  • Student must complete the audition application in Acceptd. The registration fee is paid when registering on Acceptd.
  • The application must be completed by November 1st. (Students should plan ahead as part of the application process involves information from school counselors as well.)  There are no exceptions to this deadline; i.e. illness, sponsor, counselor, technical difficulties, etc. Students, Parents, Sponsors, or Administrators should not call or email asking for exceptions.
  • Audition times will be listed in the Kansas Thespian Festival program and in Guidebook.
  • It is recommended that students participating in the auditions attend the Audition Orientation Workshop at the festival.
  • Students should arrive 10 minutes before their audition session.
  • Audition sessions are closed. No one else is allowed to watch the auditions; this includes Thespian troupe directors, chaperones, and students who are not auditioning.
  • College and university representatives are not permitted to make specific scholarship offers during the festival.
  • Some universities & colleges use this forum as a screening process. They may require a second audition.
  • Students whose names are posted at callbacks by colleges/universities are responsible for making contact with the representatives. Usually, discussions focus on campus visitations and what the college has to offer.
  • College/university representatives recommend taking the SAT and ACT tests early enough to have those scores listed in Acceptd.
  • Helpful tip – If your high school has student email accounts, we recommend that students use their personal email address instead of their high school email. Shortly after graduation, that email account is deleted and college/universities can no longer contact students via email.
  • Contact thespis@kansasthespians.com, if you have any questions.

Performance Audition Guidelines

  • Performance auditions are limited to 90 seconds. This time limit does not include a brief introduction (name and selections).
  • Time will be called if students exceed the 90 second maximum.
  • The emphasis during the auditions must be on presentation and performance.
  • A table and chair will be provided for use during auditions if needed.
  • Props and costumes are not permitted.
  • Musical auditions must be accompanied by the piano.  No prerecorded music or a cappella singing will be accepted. An accompanist will be provided, but students will need to bring their own sheet music.
  • Auditions must be solo presentations. Other students may not perform with auditionee.
  • In the performance category students may perform one selection (monologue or song) or two contrasting selections (two monologues or one monologue/one song).
  • There will be 25-40 students auditioning in each session. Auditionees will watch everyone audition in their session. They cannot be late or leave early from their session.

Technical Theatre Portfolio Interview Guidelines

  • A special session will be held for students who wish to audition in technical theatre. This session is usually held on Friday during the supper break. (Supper is provided for the students and college reps during this audition time.)
  • Tech entrants must have a display or portfolio of theatrical work. The display should include examples of the student’s own work. The student needs to show what they have created, and not just what their school has done. Student portfolios should include at least one of the following: set designs, models, costumes, costume renderings, lighting plots, sound cues or created audio, promptbooks, CAD designs, PowerPoint or short videos of your work, pictures of design work, renderings, posters, programs, etc.
  • Each student auditioning in the area of technical theatre will be assigned table space to present his or her portfolio.
  • Technical theatre auditionees will be asked to make their presentations several times to teams of college/university representatives. The representatives will visit each table for the presentations.
  • The presentation to the representatives must include an introduction (name, school, and Thespian troupe number) and should be a concise explanation of the portfolio, not to exceed 5 minutes.  (In the event of a large number of applicants, the time limit could be reduced to 3 minutes.)
  • Safeguarding the portfolio or display is the responsibility of the student and his/her sponsor.

Kansas Thespian Scholarship Requirements

(Performance, Technical Theatre & Theatre Education)

  • No more than TWO students per troupe may audition for the Thespian Scholarship. This includes applicants for the Theatre Educator Scholarship.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75.
  • Be registered at the EdTA home office in Cincinnati as an official member of the International Thespian Society by November 1st.
  • Plan to enroll in a theatre or the communicative arts program at an accredited college or university.
  • Complete a performance audition and/or technical theatre portfolio interview with the colleges in attendance.
  • Thespian applicants must complete the portion of the application requesting personal involvement in Thespian troupe activities.
    • This does NOT include participation in plays and musicals at the troupe’s school.
      • Thespian troupe activities include:
        • Drama club meetings
        • Community service
        • TOTS-EAT
        • Fundraisers
        • Troupe image projects
        • Troupe social events
        • Leadership
          • Thespian Officer
          • State Board Member
          • State Thespian Officer
        • Years attending the Kansas Thespian Festival
        • Years attending the International Thespian Festival
  • Theatre Educator Applicants must write an essay addressing two of the three following topics. The paper must be typed single-spaced on one side only of an 8 ½” X 11” sheet of paper. The topics:
    • Describe your most inspirational teacher.
    • Describe why you want to be a theatre teacher.
    • Describe what you feel is the most important issue facing high school theatre today.
  • Theatre educator applicants will participate in an interview process with a three-person panel. (This interview typically takes Thursday or Friday evening after the main stage production.) In the event of a large number of Theatre Educator applicants, the essays will be used to pre-screen and narrow the number for the interview process.
  • Theatre educator applicants also will participate in the performance and/or technical auditions.