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AAA Magnet Application Information

Steps to Apply for AAA:
  1. Apply online during the application window (and save your application confirmation page). Applicants for rising grades PreK—5 stop here and wait for the lottery run. Applicants for rising grades 6—8 will wait for their “Next Steps” email.
  2. Receive “Next Steps” email with interview/audition days and times.
  3. Come to the school to the Theatre Lobby on one of the days for your interview/audition
Additional Info for Interviews/Auditions:

Now that you have received your next steps email, you are ready to prepare for an interview/audition as part of your middle school application to the Academy for Academics and Arts.

Interview/Audition Dates and Times:

Specified in the “Next Steps” Email received from Magnet Office.

When You Arrive:
  1. You may come to AAA on date/time to be announced. You do not have to call ahead nor make an appointment. It’s first come, first interview/audition like an open call. Late arrivals for interviews/auditions may have to come back second day of interviews/auditions if no openings are available on the Sign-In Sheet when they arrive. We are preparing to take 80 auditions each day.
  2. Applicants will interview/audition alone with 1-2 minutes of any talent that he/she cares to share for our panel (see below for more information). Each applicant needs to be prepared to answer the four questions listed with our Interview/Audition Rubric.
  3. When you arrive, please come into the theatre lobby and SIGN-IN. We are hoping that each individual audition will run about 5-8 minutes. No accompanists allowed in the interview/audition and none provided. Bring recorded music as mp3 or CD.
  4. Names will be called in order from the SIGN-IN sheet in small groups. If you miss your call, your name will be moved to the next group and so on.
The Interview/Audition

Applicants should be prepared to interview/audition to show their interest and experience in the arts with a one-to-two minute performance in an area of strength. Those interested in showcasing visual arts or technical theatre may bring work samples and/or talk about their interests and experiences. The following are some suggestions for applicants:

  1. Bring work samples to show the committee and/or speak about why you are interested in visual arts and how you express that interest.
  2. A one-to-two minute monologue or musical theatre piece.
  3. A one-to-two minute piece of choreography from a previous performance or an original created for the audition. Applicants may bring their own music.
  4. Bring work samples to show the committee and/or speak about why you are interested in photography and how you express that interest.
  5. Sing one-to-two minutes of a song with which you are comfortable. No accompanist or recorded music will be provided.
  6. Bring your own instrument and play one-to-two minutes of a song with which you are comfortable. No accompanist will be provided.
  7. Bring work samples and/or talk about your interests and experiences with theatre.
  8. Recite an original poem or read a poem or other piece of creative writing.

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. What do you know about our school?
  2. Why do you want to come to school here? What courses do you want to take while you are here?
  3. What experiences have you had in the arts inside and outside of school?
The Audition Rubric
 

SCORE

Standard 1-
Interest

Standard 2-

Commitment

Standard 3-

Experiences

4

Student expresses a strong interest and has a detailed understanding of the program theme.

Student expresses an evident eagerness to participate in the program theme.

Student shares a variety of past arts/creative achievements and experiences that support the theme.

3

Student expresses a clear interest and understanding of the program theme.

Student expresses some eagerness to participate in the program theme.

Student shares some past arts/creative achievements and experiences that support the theme.

2

Students expresses some interest and some understanding of the program theme.

Student expresses little eagerness to participate in the program theme.

Student shares limited arts/creative achievements and experiences that support the theme.

1

Student expresses little or no interest or understanding of the program theme.

Student does not express an eagerness to participate in the program theme.

Student does not share any arts/creative achievements and experiences that support the theme.