Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School

Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Audition Packet 2022-23

Applications can be found on the PWCS Speciality Programs website at pwcs.edu/specialtyprograms

To Get Started

  • Click on Application Process beginning November 1
  • To receive an audition for Colgan's Specialty program you must select Colgan as First Choice
  • Online applications for Colgan High School must be submitted by December 14th before 11:59 pm

Important Note: On the application you must make Colgan Center for Fine and Performing Arts your #1 choice.

Due to the high number of applicants, we can only schedule auditions for students who make Colgan their primary choice. If you are interested in the IT program at Forest Park, you can choose that as your second choice. If you are not chosen for Colgan, your name will be still entered in the lottery for your second choice.

Applicants for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts will:

  1. Complete the online application and submit it ONLINE
  2. Students only use your PWCS email (@pwcs-edu.org) on the application
  3. Participate in an audition or portfolio overview
  4. Upload signed enrollment agreement to specialty programs county website
  5. Upload the completed qualifications form to specialty programs county website
  6. Dress appropriately for the virtual audition. Music Visual Art and Creative Writing students should dress professionally. Theatre and Dance students should dress comfortably for movement. (proper dance attire for dancers).
  7. Participate in the audition on the date and time given to you. You will receive this information in a letter in December via email after applications have been processed.

In-Person Audition for Theatre will be

Saturday January 8th, 2022

Audition letters with the audition date and time will be sent electronically by December 20th.

Audition letters will be sent electronically before Winter Break by central office along with the enrollment and qualifications forms for auditions

Prince William County Public Schools Division does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, veteran status or disability


Theatre Audition Requirements

The applicant will perform two prepared monologues from published plays that are contrasting in nature. All students should dress comfortably in non-restrictive clothing. Students may be asked to participate in improvisational activities in small groups and participate in an informal interview to discuss theatrical goals within the program.

Monologue Performances

  • Each piece should be 60-90 seconds in length.
  • Applicants who go over the time limit may be asked to stop before they finish the piece
  • The monologues should be selected to show range and contrast
    • Contrast can be shown by classical (non-Shakespeare)/contemporary, urban/rural, serious/comedic, etc.)
    • Students should be familiar with the play from which the monologue is selected
  • Do not perform with an accent. Do not use costumes or props. A chair will be provided.
  • Material should be appropriate for the applicant’s age and experience

Following the monologues, students will be called in small groups to perform improvisation activities and a brief interview.

Theatre Monologue Audition Rubric

Monologue

Purpose

Level 1

the monologue rarely reveals the thoughts, feelings, and context of the speaker

Level 2

the monologue occasionally reveals the thoughts, feelings, and context of the speaker

Level 3

the monologue interprets the thoughts, feelings, and context of the speaker

Level 4

the monologue effectively communicates the thoughts, feelings, and context of the speaker

Elements

Level 1

point of view and person are inconsistent; an implied listener is seldom evident

Level 2

point of view and person are clear and consistent; an implied listener is evident

Level 3

point of view and person are clear, focused, and consistent; an implied listener is established

Level 4

point of view and person are integrated; an implied listener is evident throughout the monologue

Physical Delivery

Level 1

lacks involvement; no movement or gestures

Level 2

behaviors, gestures, or movements do not fit the character

Level 3

gestures or movements are fine, but may have omitted obvious character behaviors

Level 4

natural gestures and movement enhance message; fit character or role

Speaking Techniques

Level 1

uses volume, tone, and pace inappropriately or ineffectively; limited use of nonverbal gestures and facial expressions

Level 2

uses volume, tone, and pace somewhat to suit the content and purpose; nonverbal gestures and facial expressions are occasionally distracting or inappropriate to the character

Level 3

uses volume, tone, and pace appropriate to the content and purpose; nonverbal gestures and facial expression suit the character

Level 4

adjusts volume, tone, and pace to achieve a special effect or for impact; nonverbal gestures and facial expression enhance characterization

Knowledge of Script

Level 1

is not able to perform without script

Level 2

needs constant prompting to perform

Level 3

is able to perform with little prompting

Level 4

is able to perform successfully with no prompting