FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Variety acts that include singers, dancers, acrobats, specialty acts, musicians, group acts, magicians, bands and choirs. All acts must audition with material they hope to perform in the show and adhere to a 2-minute time limit. An accompanist and CD/iPod player and 2 vocal microphones will be provided.
The Festival is open to all parents, students past and present, and staff of VUSD. Group acts with VUSD members may include non-VUSD members.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Singers: Please bring sheet music in the correct key or a CD/MP3 karaoke track without vocals. 2 Mics will be provided for vocals.
Dancers: Please bring CD/MP3 with music.
Acoustic Musical Groups: Please make sure that your entire group can attend the audition. Mics will be provided if needed.
Electronic Acoustic Bands: Please submit a video audition. See information below.
Choirs: All choirs are welcome to audition by submitting a video. See information below.
SUBMITTING A VIDEO AUDITION:
For those who may not be able to attend the scheduled audition in person please submit a video of your act. We also encourage bands requiring electrical amplification and large choirs or dance groups to submit your audition via video. Audition material should be that which you plan on performing in the show. We will be accepting Video Auditions beginning February 1, 2018. DEADLINE to submit your video is Friday February 16, 2018.
How to submit a video audition:
1. Create video and file for submission (preferred formats: .MP4 or .mov)
2. Label file with band or performer’s name, school and title (e.g. song)
3. Open Dropbox folder via Link
(Note: You do not need to log in or have a Dropbox account to send your file.)
4. Drag and drop labeled video into folder.
5. Enter your first name, last name and email address as requested. Dropbox will
not upload your file with any field left blank.
6. An email will be sent to notify us that your submission has been uploaded and
7. Complete your Submission by filling out the online Audition Information Sheet.
AUDITION DOs and DON'Ts:
DON'T bring Karaoke tracks which require access to the internet as the wireless access in the theatre can be problematic.
DON'T choose material that is out of your range or difficult for you to execute.
DO choose material that you can perform with confidence and ease.
DO prepare for your audition. This means that you have rehearsed your act, know your lyrics and can present it with confidence.
DON'T show up with members of your group act missing.
Acts are judged by a panel of individuals which include FOT Director and Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, FOT Musical Director and Concert Pianist Miriam Arichea, Kiwanis Member and FOT Producer Bartley Bleuel, VEP President Madhu Bajaj and VUSD Superintendent Mr. David C. Creswell.
Each act is scored on preparedness, execution, uniqueness, selection of material and overall talent. Scores are then tallied up and evaluated in a round-table meeting with the judges and final decisions are made.
The goal of the panel is to find ways to include as many students as possible. Often, this means combining performers and making adjustments to material. For example, a dancer may be paired with a singer, solos acts may be asked to perform in a group, etc.
It usually takes about 5 business days before results are finalized and performers are contacted.
QUESTIONS? Please submit your questions via email to FOTQuestions@gmail.com.
TICKETS FOR PERFORMERS: All those participating in the show each receive one complementary ticket to the performance. These seats are located in designated areas specifically for performers. Any performer wishing to watch the show from a seat outside of the performer section is required to purchase a ticket in advance.