Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!


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Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:13 pm

Announcing Fall 2017 auditions for UCBTLA’s Harold and Mess Hall Teams!

Please read this in its entirety. All pertinent information should be answered below, so read thoroughly before asking questions.

***First round auditions will be held Thursday 9/7, Friday 9/8, Saturday 9/9, and Sunday 9/10, and callbacks will be held on Tuesday 9/12 and Wednesday 9/13 (and, tentatively, on Thursday 9/14). These are the only audition dates.***

***Only questions answered by the Artistic Director or Artistic Assistant on boards.ucbcomedy.com will be considered official answers.***

***Please do not ask questions about eligibility or auditions on Facebook groups, via email, or to any UCB Theatre or Training Center employees.***

IN SIGNING UP FOR A HAROLD / MESS HALL TEAM AUDITION YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING UCB TEAM EXPECTATIONS:

Harold and Mess Hall Teams perform the improv form known as the Harold. Team members must show an understanding of the Harold and a dedication to using the Harold structure as a tool in creating improvised comedy.

Harold and Mess Hall Teams are expected to rehearse at least once a week.

Harold and Mess Hall Teams must be a priority for team members. This is demonstrated by attending rehearsals and performances. Team members with a pattern of poor attendance or lateness will be removed.

Harold and Mess Hall Teams will be assigned a coach by the UCBTLA Artistic Director. Coaches will be periodically rotated to expose team members to a variety of viewpoints. Team input will be considered in coach assignment. Harold and Mess Hall Team members are expected to compensate the coach a reasonable coaching fee. This fee is set by a discussion between the coach and the team.

Every Harold and Mess Hall Team member is expected to boldly bring their unique voice and sense of humor to shows.

As a team member, you are expected to perform at a high level and demonstrate commitment to improving, but you are NOT expected to be perfect. Team members must show they are open to notes from their coach and the Artistic Director and be willing to work at implementing those notes.

Harold and Mess Hall Team members are expected to continuously develop their comedic voice through opportunities at UCB, including (but not limited to) sketch shows, bit shows, specialty improv shows, Spanks and stand-up. Team members are encouraged to find new ways to express their unique comedic voice.

Mess Hall Teams perform the Harold in the Inner Sanctum on Sunday nights. The express purpose of Mess Hall Teams is to provide promising improvisors a chance to practice the Harold in front of an audience. This round of Mess Hall Teams will exist for six months.

If you agree with these expectations, read on!

WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?

***You must have availability during the following audition times to be considered. NO EXCEPTIONS.***

FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS
Thursday September 7th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday September 8th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday September 9th, 10:30am - 10:30pm
Sunday September 10th, 10:30am - 4:30pm

CALLBACKS
Tuesday September 12th 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday September 13th, 5:00 pm - 11:00pm

TENTATIVE SECOND CALLBACKS
Thursday September 14th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We anticipate that teams will be announced by Friday, September 15th.

WHERE ARE AUDITIONS?

Auditions will be held in the Inner Sanctum at UCB Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Harold and Mess Hall Teams will be cast from the same audition. Eligibility is the same for both Harold and Mess Hall Teams. All auditioners will be auditioning for Harold Teams, but you can opt out of Mess Hall consideration and it will not affect your eligibility for a Harold Team.

Current and former Mess Hall Team members ARE eligible to be placed on a Harold Team or a NEW Mess Hall Team. Mess Hall Teams will exist for 6 Months.

Everyone meeting at least ONE of the following three requirements will receive an audition:

1) You have been accepted in the UCB Advanced Study Improv Program and have taken any multi-week improv course at the UCB Training Center in LA/NY that had/has its final class between August 31, 2016 and October 1, 2017.

-OR-

2) Are a current or former Harold / Maude / Digital / Characters Welcome Team member that has taken a multi-week improv course since August 31, 2015 that had/has its final class before October 1, 2017.

-OR-

3) Were on a Mess Hall Team since October 2016.

ELIGIBILITY EXCEPTIONS
Exceptions will be granted to the above eligibility on a very limited basis. No one should expect to get an exception. Below is a link to a separate form for those seeking exceptions to the above eligibility requirements. This includes anyone not in Advanced Study who is in a class that has its final session close to the sign-up deadline or a class that has its final session after the sign-up deadline of August 27 but before October 1. You can find the exception form here: https://goo.gl/forms/jGkBccV3JvwUl9CD2

Exceptions will be granted based on space available. If you are granted an exception, you will receive an email with your audition time.

AUDITION SPECIFICS

-PLEASE ARRIVE THIRTY MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME.

-You must bring a headshot and resume STAPLED, NOT CLIPPED, together. If you do not have a headshot, bring a recent photo that clearly shows your face.

-There will be a room to warm-up with your audition group. Current Harold Team members will run the warm-up.

-On the day of the audition, improvisers will be seen every 20 minutes in groups of 8.

First round auditions will last about 20 minutes and follow this format:
-A suggestion.
-A short, true personal monologue off a suggestion
-Monologists are encouraged to tell stories from their adult life, rather than childhood anecdotes. Monologists will be asked to stop at 60 seconds.
-Four two person FIRST BEATS.
-Four SECOND BEATS. Second beats should be initiated by the improvisors who were in the first beat -- both improvisers from the first beat should step out for the second beat and either improviser can speak first.
-No groups games, but second beats should have an emphasis on “on-game” group support.
-We will edit all scenes.

Callbacks will consist of a Harold.

Harold and Mess Hall Teams are formed at the discretion of the UCBTLA Artistic Director in consultation with the Harold Committee, a collection of experienced coaches, teachers and performers who love improv.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION.

Before clicking the Google Form link below, have answers to these questions ready to go:

1) Your name, email and phone number.
2) Your availability. PLEASE BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR AVAILABILITY.
3) The instructor and start/end dates of your most recent UCB Training Center class.
4) Why, in less than 50 words, you want to be on a UCB Harold team.
5) Whether or not you'd like to be considered for a Mess Hall Team.

Once you have all of that ready, click the below link and only fill out this form one time. You will NOT receive a "confirmation email" after submitting. If you're not sure whether your submission went through or you need to update availability, you can email laharold@ucbcomedy.com.

You will be contacted by September 6th with an audition time only if you meet the audition requirements.

***Please note: Do not fill this form out if you are not eligible***

***Please also note: Do not fill this form out till you know your audition availability. There is not an easy way for us to adjust the availability of 600 people***

Sign-ups will be open until 11:59pm, Sunday, August 27th.

2017 UCBTLA Harold / Mess Hall Team Audition Sign-up Link (by clicking on the link below, you confirm that you understand and agree with all of the above requirements, expectations, etc.):
https://goo.gl/forms/EFyHtohKLfNh6ith2

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Beth Appel
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UCB Theater LA
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:18 pm

All questions can be asked in this thread. Questions asked elsewhere will not be answered.
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bemarshall » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:21 pm

Where does Character 101 or 201 fall on the Improv class spectrum, especially if taken by someone accepted into Advanced Study Improv? In class it's mostly improv then performing written characters, often based off of class improv.
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:42 pm

bemarshall wrote:Where does Character 101 or 201 fall on the Improv class spectrum, especially if taken by someone accepted into Advanced Study Improv? In class it's mostly improv then performing written characters, often based off of class improv.

ANSWER: Character classes are not improv classes.
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby Tiffany7 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:36 am

Musical Improv counts as an improv class taken right?
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:58 pm

Tiffany7 wrote:Musical Improv counts as an improv class taken right?

ANSWER: Yes, musical improv is improv. Improv & musical improv ARE improv. Sketch, storytelling, character are NOT improv.
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby Gldiek8 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:47 pm

please clarify:
i have been recently accepted into Advanced but have not taken advanced class yet
just completed 401 in June
am i eligible ?
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:26 pm

Gldiek8 wrote:please clarify:
i have been recently accepted into Advanced but have not taken advanced class yet
just completed 401 in June
am i eligible ?

ANSWER: Please re-read the original post for the answer to this question.
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby veronicagruba » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:49 pm

Do we have to have availability for the tentative second callback to apply? I have time available every other round but not that evening (at the moment)
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Re: Announcing: 2017 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:15 pm

veronicagruba wrote:Do we have to have availability for the tentative second callback to apply? I have time available every other round but not that evening (at the moment)

ANSWER: It's not required, but it would be helpful for people to try to keep that evening free.
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