PCCA Shadowing and Application Information

  • Are you a current 8th or 9th grader interested in Dance, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Musical, Performance or Technical Theatre/Design Technology?

     NOW IS THE TIME TO SHADOW!

    Shadowing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April.

    7:15am – 1:30pm – Please bring a bag lunch.

    SCHOOL TOURS ARE AVAILABLE!

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to schedule a tour of the campus.  Please give us a call for an appointment. 

    To schedule Shadowing or a Campus Tour, please contact Mrs. Cassandra Ventura in the magnet office, at 727-893-5452 ext. 2029

     
    The PCCA Application and Audition Process

     

     
    How to Apply to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts:
    • Obtain a Parent PORTAL User ID and Password before you apply. If you already have a PORTAL ID and Password it is not necessary to get another. If you do not already have a PORTAL User ID and Password, you must go to a nearby school and ask to get one. You must bring photo ID with you.
    Students may apply for more than one arts area, but no more than three auditions are possible.

     

    AUDITION PERIOD:
     
    Once you have applied at http://reservation.pcsb.org/, you may choose any of the audition dates and times listed below to audition for the program:
                     
    2020 Audition Dates:
    • TBA
      • Check-in for auditioning students at Gibbs High School will be in the lobby of the Grande Theater.  Parents will be able to wait in the Theater while their student is auditioning in classrooms.
      • See below for specific audition requirements for each major.
      • Because each major has different requirements, the length of auditions may vary.  Dance, Visual Art, and Design Technology auditions will last at least an hour and a half.
      • Students who apply for more than one major can typically audition for 2-3 majors in one day.  Please let the staff know when you check in the day of the audition so arrangements can be made.

    ACCEPTANCE PERIOD:

    For more information please contact the PCCA office at 893-5452 Ext. 2029 or 2031.

    You may also email us at gilbertla@pcsb.org

     


    Audition Requirements

    Dance

     
    Dance A formal audition is required for admissions for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Dance Department. The entrance audition has two major components.

    Part I: Pre Audition Procedure
    • County Application Process
    • Solo Preparation (not to exceed two minutes)
    • Resume/Biography
    Part II: Audition Date
    • Audition Check In and Orientation Meeting
    • Introduction to the Dance Department, Organization for the Dance Audition, Audition Paperwork
    • Ballet Audition Class
    • Modern Contemporary Audition Class
    • Solo Performance and Interview
    All dancers should be prepared to perform a solo dance or variation of their choice, not to exceed two minutes. The choreography may be your own or by someone else. Dancers should bring a CD if they wish to use musical accompaniment.

    Other important information:
    • Observation and Recording is not permitted during the audition.
    • Proper dancewear is expected for auditions:
    • Women for Ballet - We recommend that female applicants wear black leotards and black or pink convertible tights for the audition. Ballet slippers and pointe shoes (if pointe work is performed) Hair in a bun.
    • Men for Ballet - Male students should wear black tights with feet and a white t-shirt. White socks and black ballet shoes should be worn.
    • Modern Contemporary: Close-fitting appropriate dancewear, bare feet
    Note: If you do not have a leotard and tights, shorts and a tight fitting t-shirt are acceptable. Please remove all jewelry and wear your hair up and off the neck. The judges must be able to see the body’s line, so please do not wear baggy sweats and oversized t-shirts. Please wear your dance clothes under your street clothes, to allow time for application paperwork and activities prior to your audition dance class.

    Criteria for Acceptance
    • Talent
    • Level of Training
    • Musicality
    If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Patricia Paige at paigep@pcsb.org.

    Instrumental Music

    Music The audition for instrumental music consists of the following:

    • Woodwind/Brass/String Instruments
    • Percussion
    • Piano

    Band & String Instruments

    If you play a “band” instrument, prepare a solo from the FBA Solo and Ensemble list. A grade 3 (or higher) solo is sufficient. String players should prepare a piece of quality literature by a name composer. All instrumentalists should avoid pop or show tunes, or parts from their band or orchestra music. Please do not bring an accompanist. If you have a solo that you have played or are working on from Solo and Ensemble Festival, you may play that. At your audition, the judges will probably not listen to the whole solo, and they may have you skip to different spots within it. Please bring an extra copy of the music for the judges to look at.

    • You will also be asked to play 2 major scales. Band instruments will play from the following group of concert pitch scales: Ab, Eb, Bb, F, and C. String instruments will play from this group: F, C, G, D, and A.
    • The playing portion of the audition concludes with sight reading. This is typically an 8 measure piece of moderate difficulty.
    • Finally, the judges will do a short interview with you in which they will ask a few questions about, for example, your artistic drive, whether or not you take private lessons, etc.

    Percussion

    For your solo piece, you may play an FBA Solo and Ensemble piece on either snare, mallets, or timpani. Your sight reading will consist of a short snare excerpt. In addition, percussionists will be asked to tune the timpani to a note given from the piano.

    Piano

    The Piano Audition consists of four components:

     

                • Scales and Skills

    You will be asked to play two scales from the following keys: C, G, D, F and B-flat.  Play your scales hands together or separately in two octaves with the corresponding major arpeggio (LH cross-over or individual hands with thumb under).

     

                • Sight-Reading

    We will provide a short piece for you to sight-read.

     

                • Performance

    Prepare two contrasting selections from memory. Pieces should be from the four major periods of piano literature (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary).  Pieces can be chosen from these collections: “First Lesson in Bach” – Schirmer Edition, “Sonatina Album” – Schirmer Ed., “Preludes” by Chopin, “Album for the Young” by Schumann, “24 Pieces for Children” Opus 39 by Kabalevsky, or “Progressive Pieces, Op. 100” by Burgmüller.  More advanced pieces are also welcome. Bring your sheet music with measures numbered.  

     

                • Brief Interview

                    This will be your chance to ask any questions you may have about our program as well as a chance for us to hear about your music goals.  

     

    If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate audition music or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Andre Dubas at dubasa@pcsb.org.

     

    Vocal Music

    The Vocal Music audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

    Prepared Selection:
    One prepared selection is required for the audition. This selection should be an art song, folk song, sacred song or spiritual. If you are participating in FVA Solo and Ensemble MPA, we encourage you to use this song for your audition. Songs may be in a foreign language, but it is not required.

    Some examples of suggested songs:
    • Amazing Grace, arranged by Jay Althouse (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 1, published by Alfred)
    • All Through the Night, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram (from Folk Songs for Solo Singers, vol. 2, published by Alfred)
    • Caro Mio Ben by Giuseppe Giordani (from Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, published by G. Schirmer)

    Most middle school choral teachers have access to these books and other appropriate selections.

    Pop music is not recommended for this audition. We strongly discourage a cappella auditions or singing with a prerecorded accompaniment track. An accompanist will be provided for the audition so please have copies of your music available for them. While it is preferred, the selection does not need to be memorized.

    If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate audition song or have any other questions about the audition, Please contact Matthew Clear at clearm@pcsb.org.
     

     
    Performance Theatre

    To insure a successful audition, it is very important that all students note the following; previous report cards are required, if an audition requirement states that material be memorized, it must be fully memorized. No exceptions are made. Your arts area teacher in middle school or any person you believe knowledgeable is able to assist you in material selection and preparation for the audition. Should you need further assistance please call the PCCA program for advice at (727) 893-5452.

    Your local library, bookstore, and the internet are excellent sources for audition information and material.
     
     
    The Performance Theatre audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

    • The student should memorize two monologues for their audition (two minutes maximum per piece). The monologues must come from published one, two, or more act plays. (Make certain that the book credits the monologue as having come from an actual play.) The characters portrayed should be of contrasting nature and the material should be appropriate to the students experience and understanding. Two good examples for women would be Bonnie from What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney and Millie from William Inge’s Picnic. For men an excellent audition might consist of a monologue of Eugene’s from Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon and one from Our Town as George. All of these are examples of auditions, you should take a look at these plays and get a better idea of what is required. Monologue books are a good resource for material but you should read the entire play from which the monologue originates to completely understand its context. What is important is for us to see you attempt to make your characters different, one from the other, physically, vocally, and emotionally.
    • Students should also prepare a one minute pantomime which tells a story. Only one chair may be used.
    • Applicants will participate in a class of directed movement exercises and are requested to wear suitable clothes and shoes.
    Note: Performance material must be memorized. Original monologues, written by the student or prose and poetry (i.e., works of writers such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.) are not acceptable.
     
    If you have difficulty obtaining appropriate audition material or have any other questions about the audition, Please contact Keven Renken at renkenr@pcsb.org.

      
    Musical Theatre

    To insure a successful audition, it is very important that all students note the following; previous report cards are required, if an audition requirement states that material be memorized, it must be fully memorized. No exceptions are made. Your arts area teacher in middle school or any person you believe knowledgeable is able to assist you in material selection and preparation for the audition. Should you need further assistance please call the PCCA program for advice at (727) 893-5452.

    Your local library, bookstore, and the internet are excellent sources for audition information and material.

     
    The Musical Theatre audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

    • The student should prepare two musical selections:
                      -Sixteen bars (up to 40 seconds) of an up-tempo song (from a Broadway Musical) and,
                      -Sixteen bars (up to 40 seconds) of a ballad (from a Broadway Musical)
    • Applicants will participate in a class of directed movement exercises and are requested to wear suitable clothes and shoes.
    • The student should prepare one monologue (two minutes maximum). The monologue must come from published one, two, or more act plays. (Make certain that the book credits the monologue as having come from an actual play.) The characters portrayed should be appropriate to the students experience and understanding. Good examples for women would be Bonnie from What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney and Millie from William Inge’s Picnic. For men an excellent audition might consist of a monologue of Eugene’s from Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon or one from Our Town as George. All of these are examples of auditions, you should take a look at these plays and get a better idea of what is required. Monologue books are a good resource for material but you should read the entire play from which the monologue originates to completely understand its context. What is important is for us to see you attempt to make your characters stand out one physically, vocally, and emotionally.
    Note: Students must have copies of the material to be performed. Music should be clearly copied and contained in a three ring binder. An accompanist will be provided. No prerecorded music or a capella singing will be permitted. Performance material must be memorized. Original monologues, written by the student or prose and poetry (i.e., works of writers such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.) are not acceptable.
     
     
    If you have difficulty obtaining appropriate audition material or have any other questions about the audition, Please contact Dustin Hinzman at hinzmand@pcsb.org.

    Theatrical Design & Technology
     
    Technical Theater

    Theatrical Design and Technology students create all the scenery, lighting, sound costumes and props, as well as stage manage all of the PCCA productions. Previous experience in these areas is not a requirement for auditioning for Theatrical Design and Technology.

    For your audition please bring 3 examples of any of the following that you have created:

    2-D or 3-D artwork, artistic photography, small carpentry projects or photos of larger carpentry projects, costumes and/or costume designs, sewing examples, photos of makeup designs, prompt books, lighting designs, sound designs or any other examples of theatre production work you may have done.  If you have a portfolio, please it as well.

    If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Siobhan Archard at archards@pcsb.org.
     
     

    Visual Art

     
    Visual Art The Visual Arts audition will include an interview with the student, the portfolio and on-site audition.

    Portfolio
    Your full name, address, phone number, school and grade should be printed on all work submitted
    in the portfolio. The portfolio should contain a maximum of 6 pieces of art work.

    A. Required work:
    1. Drawing of shoes
    2. Self-portrait from a mirror
    3. Still life of 3 or more objects from observation.

    B. Additional Work:
    Not more than three additional pieces of original art work that best demonstrates the student’s abilities. These may include two and three-dimensional works. Works created prior to middle school should not be included.

    C: On-site Audition:
    Students will be given a studio assignment during the audition with materials provided.
     
     If you have any questions, please contact Visual Art Department chair: Yoko Nogami  nogamiy@pcsb.org