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Hello CC! I'm auditioning for CMU's musical theatre program in late Janurary, and am trying to get as much help as I can to boost my chances. I would be most grateful for any advice or guidance you'd be willing to give.
Background: I am an 18 year old senior in high school. I have a very strong voice (I'm most comfortable as a baritone, but have no problem at all switching into a tenor range). I've taken vocal lessons for 4 years. I am confident in my acting ability, as I've worked with a professional theatre company (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble) for the past 2 summers ( NOTE: these have been for summer shows where community auditions were held, but both shows were directed, and partially cast with the professional Ensemble members, and part of the company's credited seasons.) I began taking dance lessons in jazz and tap in August, and am going to take ballet as well to learn as much as I can before the audition ). I have 3 songs ( Ballad: if I cant love her Upbeat: Hello Little Girl Backup 1: So in Love ), and roughly 3 monologues ( Classic: King Lear -Edmund Stand up for Bastards, Contemporary: looking at Sam Shepard's Buried Child, but still looking for better Backup: Daisy's monologue from the baby in the bathwater) ready to perform as I write this; however, I am still searching for the perfect monologue, and I want to have at least 4 songs and monologues ready in case I am asked for more.
Improvement: What do you reccommend? Carnegie is the best of the best in my heart. I understand from what I have read / seen in other topics that my audition matters much more than my GPA ( which is fine for CMU, but that's not important. ) and that my type comes into play just as much as my talent. What can I improve on? What should I be looking for now? What can I do to be more ready?
Coaching: I have the books " I Got In!" and " Getting the Part Without Falling Apart" on auditioning, and both are told from the standpoint that I find a coach for auditions. Until now I've only been relying on my high school drama director ( an Ithaca graduate herself, and our school's acting coach ( formerly owner and performer of her own acting company). I also took a class / am currently planning to schedule two more classes with Bradley Dean, a CMU graduate currently working in NYC on broadway to enlist his help. But what else can I do? I don't have much money, to do anything else. Is it possible that anyone knows an acting coach or an audition coach near me that wouldn't cost $400+? (I live in Schuylkill County, PA if this helps).
People at my school say I'm doing enough, and that I'm gonna do fine, but I know Carnegie is the best of the best. CMU is my dream school, College Confidential, I'll do anything I can to boost my chances of reaching that dream. Please, help me in any way you can.