Brutus Tryouts 2014 - 2015
You are trying out to be apart of the Bru Crew. We call it the Bru Crew because saying that anyone is Brutus takes away the mystique and curiosity that comes with creating a character.
You should understand that being apart of the Bru Crew is an amazing experience but that secrecy within the program is held at a premium, because no one should know that you play Brutus. If selected, Brutus must be your top priority only 2nd to your academics at Ohio State. To tryout you must be a student currently enrolled at The Ohio State University Main Campus & must be at least freshman status during the semester of your tryout. You must be in good academic standing, which means that by the NCAA/Big Ten Standard cumulative GPA must be a 2.0 or higher. Upon selection as mascot, a mascot may not make below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to stay as mascot. All Bru Crew members must make themselves available during the summer unless the coaching staff has made arrangements with you prior to. The same goes for the regular school year. The students who served as mascots the previous year are eligible to serve as mascot the following year, with a maximum of up to four years of service.
Regardless of how many years you have served in the past, you are REQUIRED TO TRYOUT EVERY YEAR. You may petition for a 5th year so long as the same time commitment or more may be given to the program throughout the eligible year. Becoming Brutus is no easy task. The tryout process is very structured and is designed to develop the best fit as a member of the Bru Crew. To tryout, you
MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION SESSION AND A TWO DAY CLINIC. In addition, you may attend a Skit Workshop, but this is optional.
Brutus Pre Tryout Information
Orientations (must attend at least one dates listed below)
Orientation is an info session about the Brutus tryout process. In it, we will discuss all aspects of the tryout process, including:
- Requirements and commitments needed to become a Bru Crew member
- Opportunities associated with it.
You must attend at least one orientation session to try out.
Skit Workshop - (Optional)
The skit workshop is a brief tutorial on how to develop a Brutus quality skit. You will learn about the following
- Skit making
- How to develop a central theme
- Some basic prop building techniques
- The do's-and-don'ts to performing a quality skit
This workshop is optional but it is highly recommended that you attend, as skit making is an essential part of your role as a Bru Crew member
Bru Crew Clinic - (Mandatory)
Brutus Clinic is MANDATORY 9:00 AM -11:00 AM each day. Brutus Clinic will prepare you for tryouts and to be a potential Bru Crew member. You will learn the following:
- “Who is Brutus” Brutus character
- Mascot 101
- Improvisation & Impromptu exercises
- Signature Poses
- Situational response
- One-on-One time with former Bruti.
Tryouts – Dates (April 12 – April 13 2014)
Day 1 (April 12 2014) Interviews
- Will be held at Longaberger Alumni House the evening of April 12th 2014 (More details will be given out at the Brutus Clinic)
- Dress will be business professionals for Interviews
- You will sign up for interview times at the final clinic session.
- Do NOT be late to your interview. It’s important that this is treated as though you were interviewing for a career position.
Day 2 (April 13th 2014):
The second day is a very important day as this is the “Improvisation” Round. This will allow you to show off your skills in regards to Character Development & your overall “Brutusness” For 3-5 minutes each contestant is asked to display their "Brutus skills" in the following manners:
1. "Work The Camera"
- A Camera man will come out and you will have to work the camera
- This is your time to really show off your Brutus Character by doing a lot of Brutus' signature moves
2. Situational Improvisation
- Here you will be given 2 different situations
- The first situation will be explained to you by one of the tryout staffers. You must follow his/her directions and respond to the situation in the most Brutus appropriate manner that you can
- The second situation will help us evaluate your creativity on your feet. There will be a small selection of props in front of you. We will provide some sort of music & sounds and your task will be to fit those props to that situation. Improvisation is judged on each contestant's ability to emulate Brutus, prop usage, creativity and once again, overall impression.
After the improvisation round, each contestant must present a 2-minute skit. This is a very important aspect of the program as this is typically what is needed in order to compete with and win UCA national championship caliber mascots. The skit needs to have a theme.
Contestants are judged on:
- Prop usage
- Character development
- Overall impression
Skit General Rules:
- There is to be a maximum of 10 props to be used during the two minute skit and props may be no larger than 5'x5'x5'
- Each skit may be no longer than 2 minutes with an addition of 1 minute for set up and 1 minute to break down.
- There will be a maximum of 2 people allowed to help Brutus with each skit. This includes any role in setting up props, taking down props, or acting in the skit.
- Each prop will be measured before the skit competition begins. Any prop that does not meet the requirements will not be allowed on the floor.
- If any part of your uniform/costume is taken off it must be immediately put down. If you use it in your skit it becomes part of your props.
- A prop may not have any flaps or attachments that exceed the prop to more than 5 feet at any time. Props may not be stacked together or attached in any way to exceed 5 feet.
- ("Clapping Hands" or "Poms" are considered one prop.
- Each item that is thrown into the crowd will count as one prop. (Ex. If 4 t-shirts are thrown into the crowd that will count as 4 of your props.)
- The use of pyrotechnics, fire extinguishers, extension cords, and motors will be prohibited.
- You will be scored according to UCA national standards. If a violation occurs you will be penalized by those standards.
The dates for the 2014 Tryouts
(All meetings will be in Conference Room 3 at the Fawcett Center 3rd floor)
|February 17th 2014||9:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|February 18th 2014||9:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|March 3rd 2014||9:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|March 4th 2014||9:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|St. John Arena - Main Court|
|March 15th 2014||10:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|St. John Arena - Main Court|
|April 5th 2014||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
|April 6th 2014||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
- Once skits are complete, callouts will occur after. Here you will determine whether or not you have become apart of the Bru Crew.
- Following Callouts there will be a banquet at a pre-determined place to celebrate becoming a Bru Crew member
- Family members are encouraged to come to the banquet afterwards as well. Please limit the amount of people in attendance to no more than 4 guests.