BFA in Musical Theatre

Audition Requirements:


  • Prepare two contrasting monologues (memorized); one must be classical (pre-1900) and one contemporary (post-1900). 
  • For this audition, please perform monologues from plays. Do not audition with monologues from film scripts/movies, television shows, or musicals. 
  • Auditions are timed; monologues should not exceed 90 seconds in length, with a total of three minutes for the audition. 
  • Actors need to introduce both monologues prior to the timed part of the audition. Timing starts with the first word of the first monologue.

Please note: you must time your monologues back to back. Any transition between monologues is part of the total three minutes for the audition.


  • Prepare two contrasting songs (memorized) from the Musical Theatre repertoire.
  • Actors must sing to accompaniment and are required to bring sheet music. Do not sing to prerecorded music. Make sure the sheet music is in the correct key; the accompanist will not transpose any music. Each song should be no longer than 90 seconds. 
  • Actors have a total of three minutes for the audition; the timing of the audition starts with the first piano note. This does not include the introduction of the songs. 

Please note: You must time your songs back to back. Any transition between songs is part of the total three minutes for the audition.


  • Bring dance clothes to change into. Jazz shoes/sneakers are preferred, but gym shoes are OK. 
  • Actors auditioning for the BFA in Musical Theatre will learn a short dance combination.

Important Information:

  • If auditioning on one of the Audition Days, Drake Department of Theatre Arts will provide an accompanist.
  • If attending an individual audition appointment, Drake Department of Theatre Arts does not provide an accompanist. Therefore, actors must provide own music either in the way of an accompanist, or prerecorded music on an iPod or CD.
  • Applicants who live more than 200 miles from Des Moines may submit a video audition for consideration.

Registration Information for Audition Days

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October 27, 2017
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
October 28, 2017
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
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