Auditions and Interviews

All courses at Mountview are subject to entry via an audition or interview. This gives us the opportunity to meet you face-to-face, and also gives you the chance to experience Mountview life.

AUDITIONS

At Mountview we believe passionately that you can’t spot a Performance student’s real potential through just a three-minute monologue or song. You’ve taken the time to apply and prepare and we want to see you at your best.

Therefore at audition you will be with us for the full day.

At £45 Mountview’s audition fees are among the lowest nationally and we offer a number of free places for students unable to afford the cost. The fees cover the costs of the day’s workshops and panel audtions (see details below). There are no fees for interviews for Theatre Production Arts, Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site-Specific Theatre Practice, Theatre for Community and Education or Theatre Directing courses.

Mountview holds first round performance auditions in cities across the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle as well as at our studios in north London.

Foundation

Acting

You will take part in a  movement/improvisation workshop and present classical and contemporary monologues (see Undergraduate Acting/Actor Musician for monologue criteria).

There will also be an informal interview

Musical Theatre

During the morning session you’ll take part in acting, singing and dance auditions (see Undergraduate Musical Theatre for song selection and dance audition format and Undergraduate Acting/Actor Musician for monologue criteria).

You may be invited to stay on for the afternoon to take part in a further round of acting and singing workshops and an interview.

Undergraduate

Acting/Actor Musicians

Undergraduate Actors and Actor Musicians take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview. (Actor Musicians also perform on their chosen instrument/s).

Actors and actor musicians are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • Actor Musicians are also asked to prepare two contrasting pieces (of any genre) on your preferred instrument/s.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that the pieces must:

  • Last no longer than 5 minutes in total – you may cut the pieces if necessary
  • Reflect your current ability level

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre candidates take part in a dance class, starting with a full-body warm up and corner exercises before learning and performing a short jazz/modern dance routine. They also perform one of their chosen songs and speeches. We always see all three disciplines – singing, acting and dance – as we think this is imperative in order to see your potential as a musical theatre actor.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

Postgraduate

Acting

Postgraduate acting candidates will take part in a morning of movement/improvisation workshops and present classic and contemporary monologues. There is a recall audition on the same day with selected candidates invited to stay on for further workshops, monologue sessions and an interview in the afternoon.

The preparation requirements are the same as for the undergraduate Acting course.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre candidates all have a morning of singing and dance auditions. Select candidates asked to stay for second-round auditions and an interview in the afternoon.

The preparation requirements are the same as for the undergraduate Musical Theatre course.

INTERVIEWS

Theatre Production Arts

Theatre Production Arts candidates visit Mountview for a half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the Academy. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

Creative Producing/Theatre Directing/ Musical Direction/Site-Specific Theatre/Theatre, Community and Education

Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site Specific Theatre, Theatre, Community and Education, Theatre Directing and Theatre Production Arts candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. Some courses require a portfolio of work. There is no application fee.

Audition Dates 2017/18 

Acting

Foundation in Acting


Saturday 3 March 2018
Friday 20 April 2018
Saturday 12 May 2018
Thursday 7 June 2018


BA (Hons) in Performance – Acting


First Round Auditions

Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 December 2017
Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 January 2018
Saturday 17 February 2018
Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 February 2018
Sunday 4 March 2018
Sunday 18 March 2018
Sunday 25 March 2018
Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 April 2018

Recalls
Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018


MA/PG Diploma in Performance – Acting


Monday 11 December 2017
Sunday 18 March 2018
Wednesday 6 June 2018
Friday 8 June 2018

Actor Muscian

BA (Hons) in Performance – Actor Musician


First Round Auditions

Monday 11 December 2017
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Sunday 4 March 2018
Monday 9 April 2018
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Saturday 19 May 2018

Recalls
Sunday 20 May 2018

Musical Theatre

Foundation in Musical Theatre


Saturday 3 March 2018
Thursday 19 April 2018
Saturday 12 May 2018
Wednesday 6 June 2018


BA (Hons) in Performance – Musical Theatre


First Round Auditions

Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 December 2017
Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 January 2018
Saturday 3 February 2018
Saturday 10 February 2018
Saturday 17 February 2018
Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 February 2018
Saturday 10 March 2018

Recalls
Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 April 2018


MA/PG Diploma in Performance – Musical Theatre


Tuesday 12 December 2017
Sunday 25 March 2018
Thursday 7 June 2018
Saturday 9 June 2018

Theatre Production Arts

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Tuesday 30 January 2018
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Tuesday 24 April 2018
Tuesday 8 May 2018
Tuesday 5 June 2018