Audition Application

For our inaugural year, any student 9-12 grade is eligible to apply for our NHSMTA Jimmy Awards Nominees. Students should submit an online application by Friday, April 29, 2022. To complete the Initial Audition Application, please be prepared to submit the following items:

  • One-page resume
  • Required Essay
  • Bio
  • Headshot photo
  • Nominee Topic Response Video
  • Audition video: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) from a role and show on the 2021-22 Qualifying Lead Roles and Shows list.

Callbacks for the NHSMTA Jimmy Awards Nominees will be notified on May 4, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Lords at mceducation@boisestate.edu

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION MATERIALS:

Please upload one file per item. File names should include:

  • Your first and last name.
  • School name.
  • A descriptive title (e.g., Autumn Tilson_Timberline-High-School_Resume.pdf).

Please submit your Headshot in a .jpg format and your Resume, Essay, and Bio in a .pdf format.

For videos, please upload them to YouTube videos and mark them as "unlisted." Video titles should include:

  • Your first and last name.
  • School name.
  • Song title (e.g., TJ Kearney - Meridian High School - 'Santa Fe').

Headshot: Must be a high-resolution color .jpeg

Resume: One (1) page. Please see HERE for the preferred format

Essay: One (1) page, double-spaced essay describing Nominee’s experience participating in theatre or performance this year, either in-person or virtually. 

Bio: No more than 200 words, written in complete sentences in third person format.

Interview Questions Video: The Nominee should answer all the questions in complete sentences and include the question in their answers (ex. The answer to the question "What is your name?" would be "My name is Luke Lords.”) 

Please note: Selections from the Topic Response Videos may be used in the Jimmy Awards ceremony presentation. Please ensure the interviewer does not speak over or overlap with the Nominee's responses.

1. Tell us your name, regional program, age, and grade level. 

2. Describe the first time you performed on stage or your favorite memory of performing in front of an audience. How did that experience make you feel? 

3. What is one challenge in your life that you've overcome which has helped enhance your performance on stage? 

4. What is something you are passionate about besides theatre?

5. What is something that most people would be surprised to know about you?

Topic Response Video Filming Instructions and Tips:

  • Set up cameras and lighting as demonstrated in the first video on the next page. Note that the video uses a professional video camera and lighting equipment, but the same setup will work with a good/new smartphone and a ring or clip light.
  • Recruit a family member or friend to ask the questions. The "interviewer" should be positioned just off-camera, at lens level.
  • The Nominee should make eye contact with the interviewer and deliver answers directly to them. It is best to avoid looking directly at the camera. Be sure to include a pause before and after the answers to ensure the interviewer does not overlap with the Nominee's answers.
  • Frame the shot, so it is about chest up with a little room above the Nominee's head. When in doubt, err on the side of a wider frame.
  • External microphones are great if available (though not necessary), but they should not be held in the Nominee's hand. Any microphone used should be attached to the Nominee's body (if a lavalier) or placed just out of frame.
  • Record a test and play it back to make sure everything looks great. 

Example – Camera & Lighting Setup Video:

Audition Video Filming Instructions and Tips:

  • Begin the clip with the Nominee stating their name, their RAP name, and the name of the song they will be singing.
  • Start with a wide shot during introductory remarks and then go to a closer shot (mid-chest/waist) for songs.
  • Shoot Audition Video horizontally.
  • No karaoke tracks or microphones are permitted.
  • A professional accompanist is strongly recommended.
  • Be sure to check the sound quality before filming to avoid sounding tinny or
  • having an echo, and check that the piano does not overpower the singer (do NOT
  • place the recording device on or near the piano).
  • No props are allowed.