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Center for Creative Youth

Live Auditions

There are two parts to the audition. Applicants meet with an instructor (or one of the Directors), from the major department to which they are applying, and together they either review samples of the student's work or watch the student perform. For example, visual arts students will bring in 3-4 samples of their artwork for the instructor to review and discuss, Musical Theatre applicants will perform a monologue and a song, and Dance applicants will actually take a short dance class.

After the artistic portion of the audition is complete, applicants meet with a residential staff member (or one of the Directors) to have a conversation about who they are, their interests and activities, and to answer any applicant questions. Generally each applicant will be given time one-on-one, both for the audition part of the day as well as for the Residential/Leadership Interview, however there may be times when it is more efficient and interesting to meet with two or three other applicants for part of the process. We encourage applicants to remember that we want you to be wonderful, open, and as relaxed as possible (although a little nervous energy is not unusual). Please approach the audition as a chance for us to share work you are proud of, so come in prepared.

Requirements and Preparation Exercises

Creative Writing

Please submit three pieces of your best writing (poems, short stories, or personal essays) to the CCY office (or emailed to, and be sure to bring copies with you to your audition. Also, please come prepared to read from and/or discuss your work, and bring paper and a pen. Submitted samples must arrive at least two (2) weeks prior to audition date.


You will participate in a short ballet or modern warm-up. There may be a short verbal quiz on your knowledge of dance vocabulary. You will also be asked to do some improvisation work in the dance style of your choice. Applicants should dress as follows:
Females: Leotard and tights with no feet.
Males: T-shirt, sweats or shorts, and bare feet.


Please submit to CCY office (can also be transmitted digitally) at least ONE of the following to your audition:
1) a short film/video you have created;
2) a short (3-5 minute) film script you have written; or
3) two 60-second commercials in written form.
They should arrive at the CCY office before your audition.
It should be clear in your commercial who the audience is, the point or objective, what is being communicated, and the conclusion. Please describe any visuals that go along with your commercial – how many actors are there, what is the background? An example of a commercial might be a public service announcement geared toward college students who you want to make aware of the shrinking rain forest. How would you convince your viewers? Submitted material must arrive at least two (2) weeks prior to audition date.

Music (Instrumental and Vocal)

Be prepared to play or sing either a piece of music or shorter excerpts from two or three, particularly if you are experienced in more than one style or perform on more than one instrument. If you write music and are interested in composition, please be prepared to perform an example or bring a portfolio of scores. Please bring your own music and instrument except for piano. Percussionists should bring their own sticks and guitarists/bassists should bring their own cables. We will provide a drum set, amplifier and music stand. Vocalists may bring piano music to be played by our accompanist if appropriate for the musical selection.

Musical Theater

Be prepared to present one song from any Musical Theater show and one monologue from any show or play. Both must be memorized. Students must bring sheet music with them. Please dress in clothes and shoes in which you can easily move.


Students should present either a single 2-minute or two 1-minute monologues from a play or movie script that is memorized. Pieces written by students or their friends are not acceptable. If you choose to do two, try to choose one of a dramatic nature and one of a comedic nature. Please wear comfortable clothes.


Please bring up to four (4) black and white photographs of your best work to date. Be selective! Choose work you have done at home, school or in outside activities. One or two color photos in addition are acceptable.

Visual Arts

Please bring a selection of up to 8 (4 from observation and 4 personal choices) examples of your work that best represents what you have done in the last two (2) years. Please bring your sketch book if you have one.

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