Qualified first-year students who plan to participate in the performing arts at Cedar Crest College may audition for renewable $1,500 scholarships in dance, performance, technical theatre and forensic speech. (You do not need to major in the performing arts to be considered for one of these scholarships.) Below is what is expected when you arrive for your audition.
Theatre Performance Scholarship
To audition for the theatre scholarship, you must perform a 3- to 5-minute memorized monologue. Your audition may also include a vocal selection. Singers must provide their own musical accompaniment and CD player.
The dance audition consists of center floor work in addition to a movement phrase in modern or contemporary dance style. You should come prepared with solo choreography, which should be no longer than 3 minutes and may be choreographed by you or someone else. You will also be interviewed by one of our faculty members. Music should be on a CD and should contain only the solo music. For more information on the dance scholarship requirements click here.
Technical Theatre Scholarship
Technical production or design students must provide two letters of recommendation from their high school theatre advisors and/or teachers. (Community theatre recommendations are not accepted.) Students must also provide a resume of their work and pictures or a portfolio. (Community theatre productions may be included here.)
Forensic Speech Scholarship
Those interested in a Forensic Speech Scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Must have previous speech and/or debate experience in middle or high school
- Must complete an audition for the Director of Forensic Speech
- Must be willing/able to travel to forensics tournaments a minimum of four weekends per semester
- Must be willing/able to compete in a minimum of three individual events per semester
Those who audition should prepare an 8-10 minute oral interpretation presentation (prose, poetry, or dramatic interpretation), or an 8-10 minute public address presentation (informative or persuasive). Manuscripts in binders are preferable for oral interpretation presentations. Memorization is preferable for public address presentations.
Those who audition will also complete a short interview with the Director of Forensic Speech, and may want to be prepared to discuss their past, present and intended future involvement within forensic speech. In addition, please provide one letter of recommendation from a forensic speech coach, advisor, or teacher.
Contact Admissions for more information.