Hillsdale Drama Audition Information
- All applicants to Hillsdale Drama’s Advanced Class must audition.
- Current HHS Students who have passed Drama 1-2 with a C or better may directly enroll in Intermediate Drama.
- Incoming Freshmen with two or more years of performing experience (more than four shows) may audition for Intermediate Drama.
- Students with less than two years of experience may enroll directly into Beginning Drama.
For more info or to register for auditions, please contact Allison Gamlen - email@example.com or hillsdaledrama.com
Auditions will be held Monday, May 8 at 4:00pm in the Little Theater
Students enrolled in a drama class have casting priority in all shows
Perform one modern memorized monologue, one min long max in your natural voice
Monologue should be within your natural age range
Read the entire play containing the monologue so that you can demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation
Be ready to answer questions about the character’s CROW (character, relationship, objective and where)
Bring a typed resume and recent photograph to leave at the audition
Contact Ms. Gamlen at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition before May 1.
Drama Course Descriptions
Hillsdale Drama offers a sequential theater training program taught by Allison Gamlen, a theater educator who has decades of experience as a director, designer, dancer and professional actor. In addition, guest teachers from Bay Area Theater Sports, TheatreWorks and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are invited in to coach students in playwriting, improv and various acting techniques.
Acting training is Meisner, Spolin and Stanislavsky-based and incorporates techniques designed to help students explore the full potential of their own unique resources. Students interested in design and production have opportunities to join our stage crew team and receive pre-professional training in all aspects of technical theatre. When students leave Hillsdale Drama, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in any university, conservatory or professional theatre.
Beginning Drama / Drama 1-2
Beginning Drama meets the fine arts requirement for graduation. A full year of Beginning Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission. The class introduces the student to beginning acting techniques and theatre appreciation. The course is organized into five areas: Artistic Perception, using the language and skills of theatre, Creative Expression, creating theatre to communicate meaning and intent, Historical and Cultural Content, examining the key figures and historical periods of theatre and the role theatre plays culturally in the world, Aesthetic Valuing, analyzing theatre for meaning and intent as well as its ability to communicate effectively, and Connections, Relationships and Applications, developing lifelong skills such as creative problem-solving and planning for college and careers in the theatre, the arts, the communications and entertainment fields. The class includes: Team work, relaxation, concentration, movement, voice, play analysis, acting, improvisation, character analysis, performance, scene work, monologues, audition/interview skills, theatre vocabulary, theatre history and play reviews. The curriculum is aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
Intermediate Drama / Drama 3-4
Intermediate Drama is a theatre class for those students who have enjoyed and passed Drama 1-2 with a “B” or better. Incoming freshman with at least 2 years of theater experience are invited to audition for this class in May. A full year of Intermediate Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission. It is designed to build upon past theatre experiences and enhance skills. The class is aligned with the California State Standards, including the five areas listed above in the beginning class description. Intermediate Drama will cover ensemble work/team work, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on objectives, obstacles, and acting techniques, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, monologues, audition skills, career paths and theatre history.
Advanced Drama / Drama 3-4
Advanced Drama is an audition-only theatre class for those students who have enjoyed and passed Beginning or Intermediate Drama with a “B” or better. A full year of Advanced Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission. In this intensive course, actors develop a deeper understanding of theater and production from different cultural and historical perspectives and build upon past theatre experiences. The class is aligned with the California State Standards, including the five areas listed above in the beginning class description. Advanced Drama will strengthen and enhance skills in ensemble work/team work, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on character development and emotional truth, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, audition skills, career paths, designing, directing and playwriting with an emphasis on performing original work. Students participate in the Young Playwrights Project with TheatreWorks each Fall, and produce Student Directed One Acts and original musicals each Spring.