Acting/Irene Ryan Scholarship

Dear Irene Ryan Candidates and Faculty Coaches of Region IV,

Congratulations to each of you for your Irene Ryan nomination!   We look forward to
seeing you at the KCACTF Region IV Festival 49 in Statesboro, Georgia hosted by
Georgia Southern University February 7-11, 2017. The audition process was
changed last year . . . so read to the bottom of this letter to make sure you remember
how it works now!

The Irene Ryan Candidates need to fill out one Irene Ryan Information Form. (Partners do not need to complete an Irene Ryan Form.)

Please fill out the form online; it makes setting up the Irene Ryan Preliminaries much
easier if you register in advance. If you miss the deadline you can email it to me as
an attachment (tatom@southalabama.edu). Please make sure it is completely filled
out.

Please note that you also have to complete an additional and separate Festival
Registration form and pay the registration fee.
Please check with your KCACTF
faculty liaison to see if your school is doing this for you.

Orientation for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions will be on TUESDAY
EVENING, February 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM.

You MUST be present at the Tuesday orientation to participate in the Wednesday, February 8 preliminary round auditions. Time and location assignments for the preliminary round will be given during this orientation session, followed by a question and answer session.

The semi-final round will be held Thursday afternoon, February 9, 2017 and
the final round will be on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Please NOTE: This year, Region IV will continue to advance 48 Candidates to
the Semi Final Round.

In addition to the regional scholarships, our Region IV finalist and their partner will be
invited (all expenses paid) to the Kennedy Center in April for the National KCACTF
Festival. (The week of April 17, 2017.) Region IV also gives two regional awards
sponsored by the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). SETC gives two
awards of $150 each for Best Partner Award and a Comedy Acting Award.
Additionally we have a Classic Acting Award, a VASTA Award (vocal expertise) and
the Region IV Marvin Sims Diversity Award to an Irene Ryan finalist or semi-finalist
who best exemplifies and celebrates the rich diversity of our culture.

Candidates must comply with the following performance guidelines:

Rules and Criteria

  • Round One: A maximum of three minutes in the regional preliminary round to present a two-person scene and a monologue.   Only one selection may include singing.
  • Round Two: A maximum of five minutes in the regional semifinal round to
    perform the preliminary round scene AND a contrasting two-person scene (which may or may not incorporate singing) using the same partner for both scenes.
  • Round Three: A maximum of six minutes in the regional final round to present semi-final round audition scenes plus the monologue or solo musical number from the first round.

All Ryan rules are also posted on the national site at: http://www.kcactf.org/KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/Ryan_Rules.html

Reminders!

  1. There will no longer be a disqualification at any level of the Irene Ryan
    auditions. Time limits will be enforced, and are limited to 3 minutes at the
    preliminary audition, 5 minutes at the semi-final audition, and 6 minutes at the
    final round of auditions. Much like a professional audition, actors will be
    stopped at the time limit at all levels. There will be no warnings on time, such as hand raising, paddle waving, etc.  There is no grace period at any level, nor any disqualification. Time management is a very important consideration in selecting material. While there is no longer any disqualification, actors are strongly encouraged to allow for room in their audition to fully develop the acting moments. It is a disadvantage to the actor to prepare an audition that requires the actor to rush to finish the material, or to risk having the most important moments go unseen and is indicative of an unprofessional and ill-prepared audition. Time the performance carefully so that it is always within the required limits. The confidence, poise, and polish of outstanding auditions
    are the result of dedicated, concentrated rehearsal and astute coaching.
  2. All musical accompaniments must be live. No recorded accompaniment will be allowed. If a scene in the audition incorporates singing, the scene must be in dialogue or duet with the partner. The accompanist will not count as the partner (unless the accompanist performs as a character in the audition).
  3. On editing: Performers should seriously consider that when internal cuts and
    the realignment of text are made to scenes or monologues, there is the risk of significantly altering the interpretation of the dramatic idea of the play and the author’s intent. Most authors would not support such an action, even for an audition. Both coaches and students are reminded that they assume the liability if the rights holder chooses to formally complain about the way the material is used.

Auditions will be evaluated using the following criteria at every level of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions and are of particular importance in the regional preliminary round:

  • Ability to urgently pursue strong, clear, objectives.
  • Ability to partner.
  • Ability to make varied, specific, and bold acting choices.
  • Mastery of an expressive and flexible vocal and physical instrument.
  • Demonstration of facility with language and a clear understanding of the text.
  • Demonstration of range and contrast.

Given the above criteria, actors are strongly encouraged to select and prepare material for auditions that will demonstrate the above competencies, and to avoid material designed to demonstrate the actor’s cleverness as an end in and of itself.

Nominees are strongly urged to visit the KCACTF Irene Ryan site http://www.kcactf.org/KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/Irene_Ryans.html to become familiar with its detailed information on rights, royalties, awards, and rules for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.

Don’t hesitate to contact me or the Regional Chair, Annie-Laurie Wheat at wheata@winthrop.edu if you require assistance with any of the guidelines.

Thanks to all of the Region IV students and coaches who make the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions such an exciting part of our Festival. I look forward to working with all of you in February. Have a great year!

Lars Tatom
Irene Ryan Chair, Region IV

tatom@southalabama.edu