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Class of 2022 (sharing, discussing, application and audition season)

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  • DoinResearchDoinResearch Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    We are planning a few summer visits. We took a Monday Jr. year to visit a school 3 hours away, and went to a play on Sunday. The "during the school year" visits were more revealing. I think every school has a slightly different vibe created by the students. However, the reality of visiting during Jr school year - its difficult because out kids are always cast in plays, which for us means 23 hours of theater on top of schoolwork. I decided to focus our visits this summer on the financial and artistic safeties - those schools have been the hardest to determine. Its super easy to determine the reaches, but having a couple of good safeties that S would really like to attend Has been harder. Still discussing the value of a "growth" year- the ability to be able to focus on auditions without concurrent schoolwork is compelling, along with enjoying Sr. year, and actually be able to be in the spring productions that final year.
  • marg928marg928 Registered User Posts: 1,016 Senior Member
    Regarding visits what I regret was not doing a bunch of visits during Easter break of junior year. I had planned a vacation for that week so far ahead and wasn't thinking along those lines at the time. Although our trip was to Sedona and we did drive through the campus of Arizona State so I guess that counts!
  • marg928marg928 Registered User Posts: 1,016 Senior Member
    edited June 13
    @Twoboysandadog after 23 applications and around 14 in person auditions with five BFA offers my D ended up at a BA. Is Loyola Marymount on his list? Their film school is one of the top in the country and the theatre program is very flexible. And being on top of a bluff in LA near Venice Beach doesn't suck either!
  • artskidsartskids Registered User Posts: 903 Member
    I agree @DoinResearch! We are also planning a few summer visits - generally in or near cities we are visiting for other reasons. We visited all of my S campuses the year he applied; we visited only 2 of my D's (although she had been to a few others when my S was applying). We then visited schools for my D that she had not seen if she was either admitted or placed on a waitlist. It made for a REALLY crazy late March and April. It makes being in the last spring shows tough depending on your school's schedule. I will say my D viewed schools and programs with a much more critical eye post-admittance/waitlist than she had during general or audition visits. She really honed her questions and paid close attention to the feel of the program, the students and the teachers.
  • TwoboysandadogTwoboysandadog Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    @marg928 Yes, Loyola Marymount is on his list, and he's planning to do early action for either theatre or screenwriting. I'm sure your daughter will love it there!
  • ginaf1102ginaf1102 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Thank you so much for all of your kindness. I like the idea of combined college visit/vacation. Good idea. MTCA did have a ton of good advice (from this newbie's perspective). So I guess it is now or never for the visits - except for some of the on campus auditions. And I am so embarrassed about BAL - you'd think I would figure that one out! @Jkellynh17 Hi! Come on down to the Berkshires! We have lots of great shows this season - and Aaron Tveit in Company! And thank you @toowonderful - you are so right. She actually did a production of The Tempest and the director somehow included my D singing A Thousand Years. She will sing - it's in her blood.
    Do you all have children that have gone through the college audition process already? You all seem so knowledgable.
  • artskidsartskids Registered User Posts: 903 Member
    @ginaf1102 I am on my third going through the process!
  • DoinResearchDoinResearch Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    @artskids I have found the learning curve quite difficult. I find I cannot really draw from my personal experience from '83, and not being a Theater Person just really intensifies the difficult learning curve. I am so grateful for this community, I have learned so much.
  • artskidsartskids Registered User Posts: 903 Member
    @DoinResearch it's a tough process on the entire family. There are many, many gracious people on the boards who return to give advice - you will be well guided :-)
  • toowonderfultoowonderful Registered User Posts: 3,510 Senior Member
    @ginaf1102 - my D is heading into her senior year at NYU
  • marg928marg928 Registered User Posts: 1,016 Senior Member
    @Twoboysandadog LMU has an early deadline for their theater application. It was due November 1st so they really don't have Early Action per se.
  • TwoboysandadogTwoboysandadog Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    @marg928 I guess it changed for next year because the theatre website indicates there is early action and regular decision. http://admission.lmu.edu/apply/auditionsportfolios/theatreaudition/
  • FourStarsFourStars Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    @bfahopeful Wow, that is quite an impressive background. I keep talking to my D about UNCSA, because I hear only wonderful things about it. What is everyone's recommendation on visiting Theater schools? I think I will post that question...
  • FourStarsFourStars Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    What do you recommend in terms of trying to visit Theater programs? We live in NJ, and my D is going to RADA in London for five weeks this summer. She has only seen the Boston schools so far (BoCo, BU, Emerson). But for places like UNCSA, Guthrie, Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, what do you do? It is so far. Do you wait and see if they get in before visiting? I can make a FEW trips happen, meaning time/money wise we can visit a few, or make a point of auditioning on campus.
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