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10 Perfect College Audition Packages

Written by Leryn Turlington

November 10, 2016

For season or college auditions, you likely have 90 seconds to determine the next few months or years of your life. The best you can do is be yourself! These monologues and songs are paired to compliment your personality and theatrical type so that you can be your most comfortable and expressive self in the audition room. Every perfect pair will go excellent alongside a second contrasting song or monologue depending on your acting and vocal range. We feature 5 male-identifying pairs and 5 female-identifying pairs so you can choose which is best for you!

1. James from Carl aka Karl by DT Arcieri and “What Do I Need with Love?” from Thoroughly Modern Millie by Scanlan and Tesori.

These characters know exactly what they want, or at least they think they do. Show off your sense of style and confidence but give a little heart, too.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

2. Cal from Housing to Share by Lhota and Milstein and “Sara Lee” from World Goes ‘Round by Kander and Ebb

These characters march to the beat of their own drum, to say the least. If you give off a quirky, Breakfast Club vibe, these pieces are sure to let your freak flag fly.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

3. Chekov from Emotion Memory by Don Nigro and “Try Me” from She Loves Me by Bock and Harnick

These pieces showcase an over-achiever who is passionately defending their work. If you can walk the delicate balance between enthusiasm and aggression with a bit of humor, this pair would suit you well.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

4. Tommy from Cowbirds by DT Arcieri and “Sante Fe” from Newsies by Feldman and Menken

Both of these characters have an inkling of what a real family is, even if they’ve never experienced it. They find their inspiration and happiness instead by dreaming of the places they’d rather be.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

5. Chip from The Sunken Living Room by David Caudle and “Say It To Me Now” from Once by Glen Hansard

If you can pull of a leather jacket and can’t wait to show off your guitar skills, these pieces could give the right impression.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

6. Tracy from Seascapes with Shark and Dancer by Don Nigro and “Woman” from The Pirate Queen by Claude-Michel Schönberg

These characters are hungry for independence and will not take “no” for an answer. A great package for those who read older and speak with a power and conviction.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

7. Claire from Friendlyville by Kevin Drzakowski and “Pulled” from The Addams Family by Andrew Lippa

This packages highlights a good demand of serio-comedic ability and would be great for any actor whose niche is just left of center.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

8. Candy from Cutting Remarks by Barbara Lhota and “History of Wrong Guys” from Kinky Boots by Cyndi Lauper

From school, to work, to romance, these characters can’t catch a break. These two pieces are great for someone who can swiftly turn heartfelt complaining into comedy gold with their timing and endearing personality.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

9. Elizabeth from Catholic School Girls by Casey Kurtti and “Live Out Loud” from A Little Princess by Lippa and Crawley

For those lucky few who will play teenagers well into their thirties, these two pieces capitalize on a youthful charm that often gets away with a little impertinence.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.

10. Miriam from Romance by Barbara Lhota and “The Winner Takes It All” from Mamma Mia by Johnson, Andersson, and Ulvaeus

Two pieces for women with mature age ranges who know they are too good for the men they find themselves with.

Get the monologue here.
Get the full sheet music here.



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Leryn Turlington is an interdisciplinary artist living in Chicago, IL. She has appeared on stage at the Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre and has participated in collaborative projects such as HybridSalon and cabarets around the city. She is represented by Paonessa Talent and is a proud graduate from Florida State University’s Musical Theatre program.