NSA Admissions

Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

 

ART

 

ALL GRADES

 

Candidates must bring a selection of their art to the interview. This MUST include the following:

  •  Pencil drawing of a wooden chair from life*.
  • A design, for any purpose, in colour (eg. pattern for fabric/tile etc. or a poster).
  • A painting - such as a landscape, portrait or still life.
  • A self-portrait from life* at least 50 x 30 cm: you may use pencil, colour pencils, paint, etc.
  • A recent selection of the candidate's own work, including Art if done at school.
  • A one page essay, in English – Why I would like to study at the NSA

Please note that all work must be the unaided original work of the candidate and may not be copies of other artwork.

Candidates must bring their own pencils, colour pencils and erasers to the auditions.

*”From life” Please do not copy from a photo, drawing off the internet.  Put an actual object in space and draw it.  For a portrait, please draw yourself in the mirror.
 


 

DANCE

 

ALL GRADES

 

At the NSA all learners will be trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Spanish Dance. The standard of the dance training in the Dance Department is very high and learners must have sufficient background of technical dance forms before attending dance auditions.

 

The Dance Department does not offer any training in Freestyle, Hip Hop, Kwaito or Funk as these forms are not offered as formal subjects. We do not consider these dance forms as formal dance training for aspiring dancers.

 

Learners auditioning for Grades 8 and 9 must have recent formal training and an aptitude for Classical Ballet.  For Grades 10 and 11, candidates must have a very strong background of the dance form to be taken as a Major as well as strong basics in Classical Ballet.

 

Prospective dance candidates must attend an audition at which they must wear tights and a leotard. Jeans and sneakers are not acceptable. All candidates (who are on/have done Pointe) must bring pointe shoes for Classical Ballet in addition to their ballet shoes.

 

All candidates auditioning for Dance Studies will do a Ballet Class ONLY.

Please indicate on the Audition Registration Form the type of Dance CURRENTLY taken by the Candidate.

 

  

DRAMA 

 

The candidates must be skilled and prepared in the following deliverables:

 

Believable, and authentic character performance, without script, from one of the prescribed monologues available from the administration office. The performance must demonstrate that the candidate has the ability to:


  • transform into a believable character other than the self
  • visualize clearly the setting where the scene is happening
  • know whether the monologue is addressed to another character or to the self or to the audience
  • sustain focus and energy
  • Improvisation demonstrating the ability to follow directorial instructions.
  • Cold reading a script that will be provided on the day of the audition.

  • GRADE 8 & 9 MONOLOGUES (Choose only 1 option)

     
    FEMALE
    MALE
    INVISIBLE FRIENDS
    by Alan Ayckbourn    
    TROUBLE AT HOME
    by Penny Phillips   
    RANDOM THOUGHTS IN A MAY GARDEN
    by James Saunders 
    WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
    by Mary Hayley Bell
    JANE EYRE
    adapted by Jacqueline Emery 
    P’TANG YANG KIPPERBANG
    by Jack Rosenthal
    WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
    by Mary Hayley Bell   
    KING JOHN
    by William Shakespeare

    GRADE 10 & 11 MONOLOGUES (Choose 1 option only)

    FEMALE
    MALE
    HELLO AND GOODBYE
    by Athol Fugard 
    COLD BLOODED MURDERER
    by Elise Thompson
    ABNORMAL LOAD
    by Paul Slabolepszy    
    THE FACULTY LOUNGE
    by Michael Schulman
    AN IDEAL HUSBAND
    by Oscar Wilde 
    BLACK DOG
    by Barney Simon
    CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS
    by Casey Kurtti  
    HALLY FROM ‘MASTER HAROLD’.. AND THE BOYS
    by Athol Fugard

     
     


     

     MUSIC


      ALL LEARNERS WHO AUDITION FOR GRADE 9 – 11 MUST BE ABLE TO READ SHEET MUSIC IN STAFF NOTATION.

     

    Prospective candidates must attend an audition. Candidates must bring their own instruments to the audition venue. The only instruments available in the audition venue are a piano and a drum kit. If the candidate plays drums, they must bring their own drumsticks.

     

    PLEASE INDICATE ON THE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM THE INSTRUMENT ON WHICH THE CANDIDATE WILL DO THE AUDITION.

     

    AUDITION PROCESS:

    • One prepared piece on their chosen instrument which can be any Western instrument or voice. A copy of the sheet music of the piece to be performed must be handed in to the panel.
    • An aural test consisting of recognizing rhythms and pitch.
    • A short sight reading exercise.
    VOICE LEARNERS ONLY

     

    Voice learners must choose and prepare one of the following pieces:

     
    BOYS GIRLS
    All of me – John Stephens     Angel – Sarah McLachlan
    Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen  Beautiful – Linda Perry
    Make you feel my love – Bob Dylan    Piece by Piece – Katie Melua
    Your song – Elton John     The Rose –Bette Midler

    The song will be handed to the applicant once the completed Audition Registration Form (with all the relevant documents) has been received timeously by the school. The NSA produces a CD for the accompaniment.


    Learners must return the copy of the song and the CD during the Audition process.


    DRUM KIT LEARNERS ONLY


    Learners must prepare one of the pieces and rudiments provided by the school. The piece will be handed to the applicant once the completed Audition Registration Form (with all the relevant documents) has been received timeously by the school. The NSA produces a backtrack for the accompaniment.