For students in the School of Theatre at USC, the first week of classes every semester is crazy! The School of Theatre (SOT) does around 8 or 9 shows every semester and they all audition in the first week. In addition, there are also Independent Student Productions (ISPs) that are auditioning as well. So most theatre students are going crazy running around to auditions in that first week.
I didn’t audition for any SOT shows this semester, but I did audition for the Shakespeare REP Company and for an ISP – The Importance of Being Earnest. I got called back for both of them and I had a lot of fun at the auditions. So this semester I’m going to be a director for the Shakespeare REP Company. If you want to read about the REP Company or The Importance of Being Earnest, you can here: http://www.slanderoustongues.com/
In previous years, I’ve auditioned for other shows too. Freshman year I was in an SOT show, which you take as a 2-unit class. The show was The Alcestiad by Thornton Wilder. All shows rehearse Monday through Friday from 6-10PM. So it’s a big time commitment, but it’s worth it to meet new people, have fun at rehearsal, and get to perform in a fully designed show.
Even though I’m not a theatre major anymore, I still enjoy performing in shows and I love being able to do Theatre and Engineering!