Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!


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Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:24 pm

Announcing Fall 2018 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 9/6, Friday 9/7, Saturday 9/8, and Sunday 9/9, and callbacks will be held on Tuesday 9/11, Wednesday 9/12 and Thursday 9/13. These are the only audition and callback dates.***

***Only questions answered by the Artistic Director or Artistic Assistant on this thread 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 regularly in order to improve and maintain the quality of performances.

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 an initial coach by the UCBTLA Artistic Director, but are free to switch coaches at any point pending the approval of the Artistic Director. Harold and Mess Hall Team members are typically 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 UCBTLA, 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. The next round of Mess Hall Teams will NOT include a musical team.

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 6th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday September 7th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday September 8th, 10:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday September 9th, 10:30am - 5:30pm

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

SECOND CALLBACKS
Thursday September 13th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We anticipate that teams will be announced by Friday, September 14th.

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.

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

1) You were accepted in the UCB Advanced Study Improv Program before January 25, 2018 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, 2017 and October 1, 2018.

-OR-

2) You have been accepted into UCB Academy 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, 2017 and October 1, 2018.

-OR-

3) You have been a member of a Harold Team, Maude Team or Characters Welcome and have taken a multi-week improv at the UCB Training Center in LA/NY that had/has its final class between August 31, 2016 and October 1, 2018.

-OR-

4) You have been on a Mess Hall Team since October 2017 and have completed Improv 401 at UCB.

ELIGIBILITY EXCEPTIONS (DEADLINE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH)
Exceptions will be granted to the above eligibility on a 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 accepted into UCB Advanced Study after January 25, 2018. You can find the exception form here: https://goo.gl/forms/UDDnT6xbfb1NT3vR2

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

The exception request form will be open until 11:59pm, Sunday, August 19th.

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 (DEADLINE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH)

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 end date 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) In less than 50 words, which current Harold Team is your favorite, and why.
6) 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 August 31st 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 hundreds of people***

Sign-ups will be open until 11:59pm, Sunday, August 26th.

2018 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/7ZdKWjyX231yKJcz1

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Beth Appel
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UCB Theater LA
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby JustAQ » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:58 pm

When you ask for favorite Harold team are you referring to UCBLA, or is UCBNY acceptable?
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby LaurenChappa » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:28 pm

If called back, do those auditioning need to be available for both first round callback days (Tuesday, Sept 11 and Wednesday, Sept 12) ? Or are there two days just to accommodate everyone?

Thank you!
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:24 am

JustAQ wrote:When you ask for favorite Harold team are you referring to UCBLA, or is UCBNY acceptable?

ANSWER: Preferably UCBTLA, but UCBTNY is "acceptable."
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:16 pm

LaurenChappa wrote:If called back, do those auditioning need to be available for both first round callback days (Tuesday, Sept 11 and Wednesday, Sept 12) ? Or are there two days just to accommodate everyone?

Thank you!

ANSWER: The more availability the better, but if only one is available, that's okay.
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby Sbrennan23 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:26 pm

If we need to update our availability who can we contact? Thanks!
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:04 pm

Sbrennan23 wrote:If we need to update our availability who can we contact? Thanks!

ANSWER: Per the original post: "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."
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby JohnDurango » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:09 pm

Are we still in consideration for Mess Hall, if we did not receiver a callback?
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Re: Announcing: 2018 Harold & Mess Hall Auditions!

Postby bethappelUCB » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:39 pm

JohnDurango wrote:Are we still in consideration for Mess Hall, if we did not receiver a callback?

ANSWER: It is possible people who weren't called back will be placed on Mess Hall teams, but Mess Hall will primarily (or possibly entirely) be made up of people who were called back.
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