Today I sent out an e-mail to all our US Performing Arts theater, dance and musical theater students who are currently working with their parents and counselors deciding where to apply for college in the fall of 2008. I planned to send a letter to tell them about UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s Ray Bolger Program. It is a unique musical theater program and the only one of its kind on the west coast. As I began to write the letter I realized that unless they applied by the November 30th deadline they wouldn’t be able to audition for the program. That prompted the e-mail. Applying is a simple online process. Transcripts and other materials can follow at a later date but the application must be timely.

I decided that the message was important enough to share it with my blog readers. So here is the e-mail I sent today to 12th grade students.

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO STUDENTS APPLYING TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FOR ADMISSION IN FALL OF 2008

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TOMORROW

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th

In order to be eligible to audition for UCLA’s nationally renowned Theater Department you must apply to the university by the deadline date. You may apply online to the University of California at https://www.ucapplication.net/ucap. Again, applications are due by this Friday, November 30th. Please visit the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television website, www.tft.ucla.edu, for audition information.

For those of you who do not know about this exciting program we are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce you to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program. Ray Bolger Program

The Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program was founded in 1998 with a generous donation from the Gwen and Ray Bolger Fund. It is a full musical theater, undergraduate program within a major research university. Students in the program receive all the training available in a conservatory as well as the necessary liberal arts and humanities courses that are required for a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program has been designed to replicate the profession: the teachers are all well-known professional artists in their field; the classes are as rigorous and uncompromising as any rehearsal on Broadway; and each student learns a work ethic that reflects the great traditions of the theater.

What sets UCLA apart from other programs across the nation is a highly successful, professional faculty. Unlike other programs, UCLA’s emphasis is on the actor, who can sing and dance. Finally, access to world caliber archives in film, music and television enriches the program.

As you are weighing your options for this next school year this is definitely a program that should be part of your consideration. The online application process is simple and it’s not too late.

We wish you well.

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