Prairie Repertory Theatre is a wonderful educational experience which immerses students in the theatre experience by providing intense training in both the performance and technical components of theatre. This summer’s season is sure to be one of great excitement and opportunity, and the staff thanks you for your interest in auditioning for our 2018 company. Our season: Father of the Bride, Beehive, Insane with Power, and The Wizard of Oz.
On-site auditions for PRT 2019 will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 in the South Dakota State University Performing Arts Center from 9am to 5pm. Auditions will consist of a prepared song and monologue, dancing and readings from the scripts. If you are cast, you will be contacted via email to let you know of your roles and position in the company. If you are not cast you will be informed via email, as well. Agreement forms will be mailed to company members and must be returned prior to the beginning day of PRT on Monday, May 13. Those wishing to submit audition videos may do so. Those materials should be received by Monday, March 12, in order for all directors, music directors and choreographers to have ample time to view them. Youtube videos seem to work best. Please keep your video audition at 2-3 minutes. Our online application form is available at the link below:
PRT operates seven days a week from May 13 – July 31, 2019. The PRT day is divided into 3 sections: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1 p.m. –4 p.m., and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. These hours change somewhat as the four productions are up and running. After the opening of our fourth show, we will take a few days off for the July 4th holiday. Company members are required to attend all sessions. Sessions are dedicated to rehearsals and technical work. Company members not in rehearsal will be working in their designated Tech or Business work area and vice versa. On Sundays, PRT does not begin work until 1:00 p.m.
All students participating in PRT are assigned a work area. This is in addition to any roles you may play. While most company members will work in more than one area throughout the summer, each student will have a primary work area. These areas include: scene shop, lights/sound, costumes, properties, and box and publicity offices. On your application form you will be asked to indicate which you would like to be your primary work area. We will try to honor your request as best we can.
Registering for Credits
All students participating in Prairie Repertory Theatre will need to register for credit in THEA 480 at SDSU. Students should not register for their credits until after the cast list has been posted.
The approximate cost of one credit is around $248 for in-state undergrads, $269 for Minnesota residents, and $361 for out-of-state undergrads. (These fees are subject to SD Board of Regents change or increases). Those expenses are deducted from your scholarship. Students not seeking a degree at SDSU need to complete additional paperwork and will receive these forms via e-mail. Student from other institutions may wish to make inquiries as to whether the summer credits will transfer to their home institutions. Single-credit registration for non-SDSU students will be arranged for you. This all may sound complicated, but it is fairly simple.
As with any SDSU course, students must be in favorable academic standing in order to register for courses, and thus, participate in PRT. All students will be required to respond to a midseason survey and to respond to a survey at the end of the season. Graduate students will be required to submit a portfolio of his or her work for the summer company. This portfolio is also due on the last day of PRT.
Company members enrolled in THEA 480 are normally awarded a scholarship for the summer. Visiting students will also receive a basic scholarship of $2500. Once the cost of the credit(s) is deducted from the scholarship award, the balance is distributed to each student. Those distributions happen in two equal amounts, at the end of May and the end of June. Summer scholarship recipients are responsible to pay for their on-campus housing.
PRT does not provide housing for company members. Each member is responsible for their own housing. There are numerous housing options for the summer, as many student renters will sublet at reduced rates.
However, the university has been kind enough to offer dorm space at a discounted rate. This rate is $40/week, and the accommodations are very nice. Most company members take advantage of the dorm opportunity. The overall cost for a company member’s housing is approximately $440.