Building on our festival’s success with offering Thespys, an individual/pair/small group contest supplement to our signature One-Act Play Contest, we realized how individual Thespy performances could also serve as an audition for college/university recruiters. Therefore, this year, solo Thespy performers will have the opportunity to register for one individual performance (acting or musical theatre) to also count as an audition.
Thespy Events for Auditions
Two contrasting monologues (different in period, style, mood, etc.) of one character’s lines for each; no more than three (3) minutes in combined length. One chair may be safely used. Please review EdTA’s Thespy rules for further details.
Musical Theatre: Solo
One selection from a musical theatre score written for one individual and one character to perform; no more than five (5) minutes in length; accompanied by a pre-recorded, non-vocal, digital musical accompaniment. Dialogue may be present if included in the libretto, but the performance should be primarily sung and not spoken. One chair may be safely used. Please review EdTA’s Thespy rules for further details.
Eligibility is limited to students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade the same school year in which the festival is held, who plan to enter college to study theatre; juniors are strongly encouraged to apply. University-level theatre programs from across the upper Midwest have been invited to attend. The goal is to give students an opportunity to audition for college representatives while refining and enriching their skills. Advisors (teachers/directors) must register students in SpeechWire in the “Audition” category as well as in a solo Thespy event, as well as to upload a resume. Applications must be received by 10pm, Nov. 1. Late submissions may not be permitted. Requirements: