January 26-February 2, 2024

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Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts provides an exciting opportunity for artistically talented high school students of Lee County. Once selected, students will become part of an artistic environment designed to develop their talents to the highest possible level while fostering an appreciation and love of the arts which will serve them well in the pursuit of the next step in their educational training and chosen careers.

Admission to the Center for the Arts program is by audition only.  In addition to the Center for the Arts application, a zone school application must also be completed according to the published timeline if changing schools or if the student is new to the School District of Lee County.  Should a student be accepted into the arts program following the audition, that student will be released from the school assigned by Student Assignment in order to attend the Center for the Arts.  All students enrolling in the Center for the Arts must complete four semesters in the program to be considered for a waiver should they choose to leave the arts program. (School District of Lee County Administrative Regulation 1.63)

Theatre Arts

Students selecting a concentration in the theatre arts will have the opportunity to obtain intensive training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. The course of study will include opportunities in acting, voice and diction, mime and movement, improvisation, directing and playwriting, stage make-up, theatre technology, theatre history, vocal techniques, dance, musical theatre and other classes. Students’ talents will be polished and displayed in live play and musical theatre productions, some of which will be interdisciplinary efforts with other departments. The quality and visibility of the talent and artistry produced by students in this program will serve them well in the pursuit of the next phase of their formal education or professional training.

Audition Requirements

Each student will participate in a live audition to include the following:

Applicants are expected to arrive at the beginning of the audition time block to sign in and complete paperwork.  All students will be taken into the audition room as a group.  Parents and guardians will NOT be allowed in the audition room.  Applicant's will participate in a group warm-up and complete a questionnaire  lasting approximately 20 minutes.  Applicants will then audition individually, after which the students will be asked to participate in small group cold reading.  Once the applicant has completed all of these elements they are free to leave.

Audition Attire

     Students are to dress as they would for a professional audition but be able to move freely. Flat, closed-toe shoes that cover the entire foot are suggested.  Students wearing sandals, flip-flops or other inappropriate footwear will NOT be permitted to audition.  Hair is to be secured away from the face.  Ladies are asked to please NOT wear skirts or dresses.

***Applicants should bring a current headshot and resume (if applicable/available) to their audition. This is by no means a requirement but simply a helpful tool.