"I chose to move forward and learn my craft" – Tony O'Rourke

What's involved in Applying?

To audition for a place in EXCEL, here's what you need to do:

Apply online or download an Audition Form and Reference Form.

Once you have downloaded the Audition form, fill it out (making sure all fields are completed) and return it to the EXCEL office - PO Box 15357, New Lynn Auckland 0640.  EASY AS THAT!

We will then contact you to confirm an audition date, time and venue. We will then send a confirmation letter with information about what you need to prepare.

EXCEL Auditions are held throughout the country in October and November, so your audition will be held in the nearest town or city to the address on your application form - This means you don't need to come to Auckland, we'll come to you!!

Applicants are also required to have a Reference Form completed by a community or a Christian leader.  References are not seen by applicants and are mailed directly to the EXCEL office.  All information contained in the reference is held in confidence.

Video Audition

As you are aware, entry into EXCEL is by an audition.  EXCEL understands that circumstances can prevent potential students attending an audition, therefore we are willing to consider applications made via video/ DVD or You Tube etc. 

There are a number of requirements for a video audition that will help us make a fair assessment of your abilities. 

Video audition requirements are as follows:

  • For your chosen major subject, you will need to perform two pieces of contrasting styles that are each approximately two minutes in length.
  • If you chose a minor subject (e.g. music, drama, dance etc) – you will also need to perform one piece for around two minutes.
  • Interview process:  Please talk to us about yourself for a least two minutes in English and tell us what experience you’ve had and any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.  You can include in your video audition any performance footage you may have done. If this footage is of you performing with a number of people, please be sure to identify which person is you.

We ask that your video audition does not exceed 15 minutes.

Please enclose with your video audition, the audition/ interview form and a recent photograph.  Please also make sure that you have passed on the reference form to someone who is able to fill this in for you and return to our school office.