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Ensemble and Company Auditions
Information for Students and Parents

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts offers the opportunity for all students to be involved in the Co Curricular programme.

Co Curricular Program

The Co Curricular Program is the name given to all Dance, Drama, Music and Technical Ensembles and Companies that run at the school. Entry to these ensembles are by an audition process during Week 3 to Week 5 of Term 1 2017.

icon 2017 Co-Curricula Music, Dance and Drama Audition Timetable (34.09 kB)

 

Companies and Ensembles Definition

Each Performing Arts discipline has a different meaning for these two terms:-

 

  • Drama refers to all groups as Companies usually named after the director. 
  • Music refers to all groups in terms of large Ensembles and Chamber Ensembles (smaller groups). 
  • Dance Companies and Ensembles represent the school at major International, State, Regional and local dance festivals, prestigious public performances and the School Showcase Concerts.

 

Showcase Concert Seasons

There are two major performance opportunities for ensembles and companies during the year called Showcase Concerts. Showcase Concerts occur twice a year during Term 2 and Term 4. Additional performance opportunities may occur throughout the year depending on the type of ensemble required for various occasions. 

All students at NHSPA may audition for Music, Dance, Drama and Technical Ensembles and Companies, regardless of if they have been accepted into the school as a Performing Arts student.

It is a mandatory requirement for students who have gained entry to NHSPA as an audition student in either Dance, Drama or Music to audition each year to gain entry into the co-curricular program.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are the auditions?

Auditions will take place in the Weeks 3 to 5 of Term 1 2017. A timetable of audition times and locations can be downloaded icon 2017 Co-Curricula Music, Dance and Drama Audition Timetable (34.09 kB) . Students and parents will be able to access audition information via the student news and the school website.

Can I audition for more than one Performing Arts discipline?

Yes. There is no restriction on auditioning for more than one discipline.

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

Specific requirements for each discipline are explained in the information below.

What ability level do I need to audition?

The best policy is to ‘give it a go’. If you are unsure of any specific criteria or require further audition information please see the Head Teachers Performing Arts; Leisa Munns (Dance), Daniel Kavanagh (Drama), Chris Miller (Music), David Ferguson (Technical Company) and Deborah McGowan (Performing Arts Coordinator).

What will be my commitment level be if I am successful at my audition?

It is essential that you attend all rehearsals and performance commitments - both weekday and weekends (where necessary). If there are absences that are unexplained or constant, your place in the ensemble/company will be jeopardised as will consideration for a position in future showcase companies. Students will be asked to sign an Ensembles/Companies Contract indicating that they are committed.

What cost is involved if I am successful on gaining entry into the program?

All students who are involved in the co-curricular program are required to pay $120 per semester. This rate is still the same even if you are in more than one company or ensemble.  Dance companies and ensembles will also be required to pay an annual costume fee.

How do I know I have been accepted into an Ensemble/Company?

The finalisation of the audition process will take a few weeks. Lists of successful candidates are posted outside each Performing Arts staffroom of successful candidates.

What happens if I don’t get in?

If your name does not appear on an ensemble/company list please see a member of the audition panel as soon as possible. Written and verbal feedback will be available to all students after the audition process.

When do rehearsals take place?

Music Ensembles rehearse before school at 7:30am and in the afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Drama and Dance rehearse in the afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

Closer to a performance additional weekday rehearsals and/or weekend rehearsals (especially in Drama) may be called where necessary.

Do I need to reaudition each year?

Yes. All students need to re audition for their place in the co-curricular program each year.

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Dance

When and where will the auditions be?

All dance and classical ballet auditions will take place during Weeks 4 and 5 of Term 1, 2017.  These auditions will be held in the Dance Department after school from 3:30 - 5:30pm

 

What do I need to prepare?

Students do not need to prepare anything for the dance audition. For each audition students will learn a small piece of choreography and perform it in small groups. 

What are the selection criteria for the audition?

When making their decision the dance staff will consider the following:

  • technique
  • performing quality and
  • work skills

 

What do I wear to the audition?

Suitable dancewear for girls consists of plain (colour and style) leotards, tights and bare feet (ballet/pointe shoes where appropriate). Suitable dancewear for boys consists of tights and a form fitting t-shirt or leotard. Clothing which restricts or covers movement is unacceptable.

 

What is the next step after the audition?

After the first Dance audition, selected students will be invited to attend the CALL-BACK on Thursday 16th February 2:45 - 6pm. There is no call-back for the classical ballet audition.

 

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ABOUT OUR DANCE GROUPS
Dance Companies and Ensembles represent the School at major International, State, Regional and local dance festivals, prestigious public performances and the School Showcase Concerts.

If a student elects to be considered for a Company, it signals that the student is willing to accept an increased rehearsal and commitment load, and undertake TWO additional Ballet classes at school to improve their Technique and Performance Quality. A student in an Ensemble is required to undertake ONE additional Ballet class as part of their commitment to the dance program.

Classical Ballet Companies are seen as providing students with a particular interest and ability in Classical Ballet, the opportunity to further their performance experience. Members of the Classical Ballet companies are required to meet the same general criteria for selection as members of the Dance Companies including attending TWO additional ballet classes a week.

 

Drama

When and where will the auditions be?

 

Drama is the only discipline that holds auditions twice a year - in Term 1 and Term 3. Auditions will take place during the first 4 weeks of Term 1 and again in Term 3 2017. These auditions will be held in the Drama Department, after school from 3.30-5.30pm.

 

Refer to the timetable icon 2017 Co-Curricula Music, Dance and Drama Audition Timetable (34.09 kB) for dates abd times of the auditions.  

What do I need to prepare?

 

Students need to prepare a one-minute monologue from a published play. Books of monologues are available in the school library.

 

Year 7 do not need to prepare a monologue as they will audition through a workshop.

What are the selection criteria for the audition?

 

The criteria for a good performance are as follows; a clear voice and physicality in creating character, the journey the character takes ... not all on one level. The Drama department takes great care trying to give students a variety of directors so that studetns get a broad range of directing styles while at NHSPA.

 

There are nine Drama companies at NHSPA.  Companies are mostly organised by similar age ranges - Junior and Senior groupings.

 

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The Drama Department takes great care to give students a variety of directors so that students get a broad range of directing styles while at NHSPA.

There are 9 Drama companies at NHSPA. Companies are mostly organised in similar age ranges Junior and Senior groupings.

 

Music

When and where will the auditions be?

Auditions will take place during the first few weeks of Term 1. These auditions will be held in the Music Department after school from 3.30-5.30pm. Refer to the timetable icon 2017 Co-Curricula Music, Dance and Drama Audition Timetable (34.09 kB) for dates and times of the auditions.

 

What do I need to prepare for?

 

Vocal Audition

Students do not need to prepare any material for the vocal audition. The students will be taught a song and perform it in small groups and/or individually.

Instrumental Auditions-Woodwind, Brass and Strings including Guitars

Students need to prepare one piece to perform up to 2 minutes and a scale of their choice.  Wind and Brass auditions will require the student to attempt a short unprepared sight-reading.

Keyboard/Piano

Students are to prepare a short piece in the style of their choice. Please note that the numbers of places using keyboard/piano in ensembles are limited. Students are encouraged to audition for voice, percussion or on another instrument.

WOMP

Students interested in auditing for WOMP (Weapons of Mass Percussion) are not required to prepare anything. Students will be taught several patterns in the ensemble.

Percussion and Drum Kit.

Students will need to prepare a short piece. You may also be required demonstrate different drumming patterns.

Music auditions are held in instrumental groups across all years; for example violinists from Years 7 to 12 will audition on the same day.

 

For all Music auditions, students will perform in front of the audition panel (usually two people) and other students of that instrument.  For information re audition times and venues please refer to the timetableicon 2017 Co-Curricula Music, Dance and Drama Audition Timetable (34.09 kB).

What are the selection criteria for the audition?

 

The Music staff will consider the following in selecting and placing students within ensembles:

  • Technical facility including intonation, rhythmic accuracy and general technical ability
  • Dynamics and expressive techniques including phrasing and articulation.
  • Stylistic understanding appropriate to the piece performed.
  • The panel will also consider year group, balance of ensembles and prior commitment to ensemble (where appropriate).

 

There are many large Music ensembles within the school:

  • Orchestra
  • Symphonic Wind
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Junior, Intermediate and Senior Choirs

Students must be a member of one of the large ensembles to be considered for selection into smaller chamber ensembles.   These smaller ensembles include:

  • Extension Junior, Intermediate and Senior Choirs
  • String Quartets
  • Wind and Sax Quartets
  • Junior Jazz Band
  • Senior Jazz Band
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble
  • Rock ensemble will be formed on a project basis rather than a regular ensemble format.

 

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Technical Company

The Technical Company under the direction of David Ferguson organise the sound, lighting and stage management for Showcase Concerts throughout the year. The company is open to students from Years 8 to 12. There is no audition process for this company. The audition will be held on Monday 13th February 3:15-5:15pm.

 

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