Deadline for submission:  5 p.m. November 8, 2019

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The Alabama Conference of Theatre will hold auditions annually at the Trumbauer Festival for four $1000 scholarships for Alabama students (either high school seniors or junior college transfers) planning to enter a four-year Alabama college or university, majoring in Drama or Theatre. The scholarships are usually‚ but not required‚ to be three performance and one technical/design. The award will be presented to the student upon his or her registering with an accredited undergraduate college or university within Alabama with the intention of majoring in theatre. Other criteria considered are a minimum GPA of 2.5, a score of 19 on ACT or 1000 on SAT test, artistic involvement, and quality of work.

Acting/Musical Theatre Auditions may not exceed 60 seconds. Selection is up to the student. It can be one monologue over the entire time, two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a song. For the performance audition, a monologue must be presented. Technical auditions may not exceed 90 seconds.
No refunds will be given. Complete the form and follow instructions at the end of this application.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6 PM (Auditionees should check in by 5:00 p.m.)
Location: University Center, Troy University, Troy, Alabama
  • The audition process starts with Technical/Design students. Student work will be set up in a room near the auditions. When the audition begins, the students will state their name and number. Students give a 90 second presentation of their material. If necessary, additional questioning by judges/college representatives will be allowed. After that, the judges/college representatives return to the Theatre.
  • After the Tech/Design walk thru, the acting/musical theatre auditions begin.
  • This is a closed audition. This is not a performance. Only the judges and college representatives are allowed to attend the audition.
  • Performance selection is up to the student. It can be one monologue over the entire time, two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a song.
  • For the performance audition, a monologue MUST be presented.
  • Whatever format is chosen is limited to 60 seconds.
  • For musical auditions an accompanist will not be provided. Acapella singing is not allowed. A speaker with a CD player AND a 3.5 mm headphone jack will be provided for use with digital music. All digital devices must have appropriate ports available without cases interfering. No other jack will be provided. This will be a strictly ‘plug and play’ situation. A sound technician will not be available.
  • One student is asked to take the stage with student #2 waiting in the wings.
  • When student #1 finishes, they return to their seat and #3 takes their place in the wings. Once #3 is in place and #1 has sat down, #2 begins. And so forth.
  • The timer begins after the name and number of the student has been given. Students are asked to state their name and number prior to beginning, and again prior to leaving the stage. Time is called if the 60 second limit is reached.
  • A five minute break is placed between 15 and 20 students to allow movement in and out of the room and to allow for a drink/restroom visit by the judges.
  • Once the auditions are complete, the students are excused while the colleges compile their callback lists. The lists are delivered to the person conducting the session.
  • Call back lists are posted in a common area outside of the audition room once all lists are collected. Students are then able to visit with specific colleges at the College Fair.

ACT Scholarships:  2018 Scholarship Recipients Announcement

The Alabama Conference of Theatre Scholarship is an award presented to a high school senior or community or junior college transfer student at the annual Trumbauer Festival during the ACT Scholarship Audition. $1000 awards are presented to four students (three acting/musical theatre and one technical/design). The award will be presented to the student upon his or her entering an accredited undergraduate college or university within Alabama with the intention of majoring in theatre. (Other criteria considered are a minimum GPA of 2.5, artistic involvement, and quality of work.) This year we had 86 applicants, 15 in technical theatre and 71 in acting or musical theatre.  Congratulations to everyone that auditioned.

ACT  Scholarship Recipients for 2018:

  • Rebekah Pierce, Grissom High School, Sponsor: Lydia Palmes (Technical Theatre) – attending Jacksonville State University
  • Molly Culp, Huntsville High School, Sponsor: Meghan Phelps (Acting/Musical Theatre) – attending University of Montevallo
  • Trinity Ross, Booker T Washington High School, Sponsor: Heather Leyde (Acting/Musical Theatre) – attending University of Alabama

And finally, named in honor of our the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s former Executive Director: The Patricia Putman Performing Scholarship:

  • Sadie Farmer, Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance, Sponsor: Carl Dean (Acting/Musical Theatre) – attending University of Alabama at Birmingham

ACT Scholarship Alternates for 2018:

In the event that our scholarship winners are not able to accept the scholarship, we will contact these candidates in order.

Acting/Musical Theatre:

  • First Alternate: Madison Mickle of Corner High School, Sponsor: Megan Garner
  • Second Alternate: Makinley Patterson of Florence High School, Sponsor: Darren J. Butler
  • Third Alternate: Robert Armstrong of Wetumpka High School, Sponsor: Jeff Glass

Technical Theatre:

  • First Alternate: Kelsey Dunahoo of Saint James School, Sponsor: Lonny Harrison
  • Second Alternate: Marissa Councill of Lee High School, Sponsor: Bryan Comer
  • Third Alternate: Lily Farnworth of Prattville High School, Sponsor: Blair Dyson

ACT  Open Jar Scholarship Winner for 2018:

We thank Angelique Ilo of Open Jar Institute for leading several master classes and holding auditions.  The Open Jar Institute provides over $25,000 in talent-based scholarships to select students each year. We are pleased to present the Open Jar Institute $600 Scholarship to attend the 2019 Broadway Summer Intensive to:

Mallie Lyons of Baker High School, Sponsor: Eric Browne

Note to Scholarship Winners:  In order to receive the ACT Scholarship, the student must send a copy of his or her first semester registration showing intended major and school name and the contact information for the departmental secretary. Please also include student contact information. The award will be sent directly to the departmental secretary to be applied to the student’s balance.


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