The PVA Teachers are always excited to meet our new applicants and we want you to know that our auditions and interviews are supportive and friendly environments.  We want you to feel at home when you enter our school and classrooms.  Feeling excited and nervous for this process is normal!  We see that you made a decision to challenge yourself in high school and we believe that creativity takes courage, and commend you for starting that journey with us.

Successful PVA Students are…

  • Open-minded & Knowledgeable
  • Creative Risk-takers & Original Thinkers
  • Communicators & Reflective
  • Balanced & Organized
  • Students who want to grow, stretch, and invest in their learning potential

Your learning with us begins in the audition and/or interview with PVA teachers.  Arriving prepared and ready to showcase who you truly are and what you want from this specialized program is the first learning curve of many.  Please ensure that you take a good amount of time to prepare for your audition and/or interview. We do not invite students into the program solely based on their skillset or talent. We believe in the whole person, which means that how you speak about what you hope to learn, what you hope to contribute to our community, and why you love learning in your area of the arts is equally as important to us as what you showcase.

Preparation

Theatre Arts applicants will be required to sign up for one (1) Audition/Interview time.

We prefer if a parent/guardian attends the interview portion with you but wait outside in the hallway while you audition.

The Audition will require you to prepare a memorized monologue of your choice that is approximately 1-minute long. While we prefer monologues that are from full-length or one-act plays, you may instead choose to find a ‘stand alone’ monologue or write one yourself. Please do not choose monologues from movies or television shows.

We encourage you to:

  • Consider the character’s story and immediate circumstances (who are you speaking to, what is the obstacle or conflict that makes your character speak this way, what are you trying to achieve by saying what you are saying)
  • Make physical choices (how does the character move, how does the character sound, what is their posture like)
  • Ensure that you practice with projected volume and articulated sentences so that we can clearly hear and understand what you are saying from a distance.

We will not ask you to sing anything at your audition!  Please know, we do a few units of study in the year that involve singing and dancing as an ensemble class, and we do require that applicants are open to learning these areas, even if they are outside of your current comfort zone. 

The Interview will follow your audition and we ask that a parent/guardian to be present for this portion. We will ask you about why you love performing in theatre, what you hope to learn with us, and what performing arts has previously taught you. We love teaching students who are open and ready to learn more. You can have limited experience and begin this journey with us, or you can have a long theatrical resume and still have even more to learn with us.  

Main-stage Productions

Students in PVA Theatre Arts are eligible to audition for a main-stage musical or play each year. This is not a requirement for being a PVA Theatre Arts student. Our rehearsal schedule takes place after school and some Saturdays each semester and being in a production requires strong time-management and study skills in order to keep up with the rehearsals and all other classes at Central. We hope that our students will participate in a main-stage production at some point in their 3 years with us, but do not require this as part of their commitment to the program. Students will audition for the productions each year and those who are in the cast will receive 5-credits in Advanced Acting 15-25-35 and will keep up with course content, attendance, and expectations for professional production etiquette.

Production rehearsal time commitments do not allow for Young Canadians to participate due to significant overlap between schedules.

Production rehearsal time commitments do not allow for PVA Music students to also participate main-stage productions due to significant overlaps in rehearsal and final performance scheduling.

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