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Syracuse Audition

sarahlsmomsarahlsmom Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
edited September 2007 in Musical Theater Major
When browsing the Syracuse website, the info on auditions seemed to indicate that auditions were coupled, if you wanted, with the regular "Come visit us" college days, and may even be open as a walk in. Am I reading this correctly? I've tried to call the department, but only get a voice mail message. Thanks.
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  • nydancemomnydancemom Registered User Posts: 477 Member
    My daughter auditioned last year at the first fall visitation day. I don't think you can do that as a walk-in. We registered for the visitation day and then there was an option to audition on that day--I think a box you had to check on the registration form? Sorry I don't remember exactly. I'm old and the memory is fading LOL! There were not a lot of kids auditioning the day she did--it was in October, so pretty early for most kids I guess. The theater department knew who the kids were who were auditioning when we arrived at the theater building after the campus-wide presentations. They were lucky enough to be invited to a Q & A with Doris Roberts who was in town to perform at Syracuse Stage--the equity theater associated with SU. They attended that before the theater department presentation and auditions.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    I was there with my D (a junior at the time) and I think the date last year was October 20. Very few kids (maybe 5?) were auditioning that day, but as nydancemom said, they had the chance to sit in on the Doris Roberts' Q & A and a nice info session conducted by people from the Dept of Drama. As nydancemom said, I don't think anyone could just "walk in;" you had to call and register. Good luck! And remember: the fall weather in Syracuse is unpredictable. It was about 78-degrees when my D and I left our home in the Mid-Atlantic area last year and it was raining with sleet mixed in in Syracuse on Visiting Day! :)
  • onstageonstage Registered User Posts: 1,250 Senior Member
    If you are registered for the auditions, you will automatically be included in the department tour and whatever activities are going on that day. Auditions must be pre-scheduled; however, the early auditions usually don't draw a lot of students, so you might be able to get a last-minute appointment. We attended the first audition in October 2 years ago, and there were only about 15 students auditioning that day.

    Just a reminder -- if there is an on-campus football game scheduled at the time of the auditions, hotels will be sold out, so book early!
  • sarahlsmomsarahlsmom Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Thanks for the feedback. I don't think Syracuse is really on her list, so it may be a good idea to "practice" there! Does anyone remember if she needs to apply first?
  • Sarahsmom42Sarahsmom42 Registered User Posts: 955 Member
    You do not have to have your app. in if you are attending one of the fall visitation sessions that gives you that option to audition. We just checked the box and it got it right in the mail. I followed up w/a call, left a message and they called me back a day later. Be sure to bring a head shot and her resume if you go.
  • MTgrlsmomMTgrlsmom Registered User Posts: 1,034 Senior Member
    OK - confused here. Has anyone already scheduled/confirmed their audition at Syracuse? According to my D's notes and the Syracuse website it says that audition appointments are not being scheduled until September 17th. Am I missing something? Thanks for clarifying.
  • mtsmommtsmom Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    MTgrlsmom--if you check the website-it is up and running for scheduling. I just happened to check it at random and saw you could schedule now.
  • The8rMomThe8rMom Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Anyone needing info about the Syracuse area (hotels, etc.) I'm a lifelong resident and would be happy to help.
  • briansteffybriansteffy Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    Question and Clarification: Audition dates are now posted. QUESTION: Syracuse is my son's top choice (acting track). Does ED (early decision) enhance or hurt the probability of acceptance, assuming decent audition? His academic stats are not great, but they meet SU's basic requirements Late October is the last available auditioning date (Nov. 12th filled up) for ED and I do worry that the date is too soon. Nevertheless, if ED helps, we would want to 'go for it'. Would appreciate even a general opinion as to whether, on average, across most BFA programs that allow for it, ED may be a good idea.
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Registered User Posts: 4,297 Senior Member
    My daughter asked the same question of a faculty member who she had at Syracuse's MT summer program and who is involved in the audition process. The response was, "Do it only if you are very sure that you are ready and have addressed any weaknesses that you became aware of during the summer." Syracuse requires 1's and 2's (out of 5) on all audition criteria to be assured of an offered spot. That includes RD. I imagine that for ED it's skewed more towards 1's. I would think that on the academic side, meeting SU's "basic" requirements might put him at a disadvantage for ED in general but perhaps not as much so given that applicants to the BFA acting program are a more discrete pool of candidates. However, your son should also think through whether he wants his first audition to be with his #1 school. There's a definite advantage to getting a couple under your belt before your most important one.
  • briansteffybriansteffy Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    MichaelNKat: Thank you very much for the response. I am not sure what "RD' means, but you have helped me with this decision. My S is relatively new to acting - was athlete - plays football; was nationally ranked fencer. He got rave reviews at BU's summer theater institute this past summer, but if he auditioned in October, it would be, in effect, his first real academic audition/interview. Perhaps it's best to put him through the grindstone elsewhere first. We are visiting FSU in Dec. Thanks again.
  • briansteffybriansteffy Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    Oh; RD = regular decision?
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Registered User Posts: 4,297 Senior Member
    Yup as to "RD".
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