Posts tagged auditions
Posts tagged auditions
The Three #Sisters!! #auditions (at Muskingum University)
One production down, two to go!Our run of Bye Bye, Birdie at the Huron Playhouse opened the season with fantastic audiences and great reviews; the energy of the cast and crew definitely carried the crowd off their feet in love of Conrad Birdie! We played to a full house every night, and the enjoyment of the audience was tangible in their laughter and cheers at the antics of small-town, Sweet Apple citizens.
I just got cast in a new show at Youngstown State University! I’ll be playing the character of Virginia in the play, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille, by Bruce Graham. I’m so grateful to my director for casting me in another one of his shows. I learned so much from him during our Streetcar experience, and I can’t wait to begin rehearsals for this next play.
For as long as I can remember, I have always appreciated watching talent. Watching it, learning from it, but most of all, being inspired by it. As I observe artists achieving successes, I rejoice for them and recognize that their artistry touches people in so many ways. But lately, I have been feeling another emotion as I watch performances, read news articles, and listen to updates about the creative world. Lately, this feeling has been rising inside of me, heating my soul until it cries out for a release of the tension. I would like to say that I’ve simply got “steam heat,” but I’ve got something much more than that. What I have is pure, fiery passion.
So. Here we are again, at the end of another year. As I look forward to the excitement that accompanies a new year, I also reflect on the things I have accomplished in the past year. It’s a great way to measure personal growth and evaluate progress on various goals.
I consider this past year significant in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone and getting the “dirty work” done so I can spend the remainder of my college career having fun. Yes, fun! Now that I have completed many major requirements for my degree, I can take a small breath of relief as I continue to take on new and exciting challenges in other areas of my life. Here is my year in review:
As of yesterday, my summer internship is officially over!
I turned in my identification badge, printed out my hours, and turned in my final seminar paper. Score.
While this gives me cause for much celebration and happy dancing, I must pause and reflect on what I have learned during my 300+ hours as a Special Events/Fundraising Intern at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley…
Today, I was cast in our university’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams; I will be playing Stella. Rehearsals begin August 22, and the production runs September 29 - October 9, 2011.
I’m both happy and anxious; this will be the most challenging role I’ve played to date. Wish me luck!
More information on the YSU 2011-2012 Theater Season:
This past week I auditioned for a seasonal performing position with Disney. Exactly 100 people auditioned; I asked the casting director if that precise number had ever occurred before, and she seemed surprised. “No, actually,” she said, “it’s never happened before! It’s really neat!”
We learned a movement combination and mimed several actions. The combo was so simple that it was challenging. Does that make any sense? When you are accustomed to doing tricky routines across the floor, simply marching in place and box stepping can feel very unnatural. Or maybe that was just my feeling.
In any case, the process for me lasted from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Randomly, we lined up with our applications and had our measurements taken. I was number 39; thank goodness I wasn’t a higher number, because I finished just in time to attend my 4:00 nonprofit class! It worked out wonderfully, thank God (I really couldn’t afford to miss my class; we were reviewing grant applications from various organizations).
I made some wonderful friends during the waiting process. Hopefully, we will see each other in Orlando this summer! Most of the auditioners were in the College Program; I just wanted a seasonal summer job, since my academic studies aren’t compatible with spending a semester in Disney.
And now we commence the 4-week waiting process. Joy. And if it doesn’t work out this time, I’ll simply give it another go in 6 months! ;)
But it really would be nice to be a Mouseketeer. Just saying. ;)
Last week, I attended auditions for the Porthouse Theatre. I got a callback!
Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised— I really hadn’t expected to be called back, so much so that I had already got a plane ticket to jet off to Florida the day of callbacks! Fortunately, my grandparents were able to change my ticket to the Monday after callbacks, so I was able to attend.
The callbacks were held today at the Kent State University Music & Speech Center; glancing at our audition card numbers, I estimated that there were about 60 people there. That stage was quite crowded; as we learned the dance routine, there was much bumping and colliding of bodies, haha. It was a very cool Fosse-eque combo, lots of isolations. Love. We performed in groups of 6, with the other 50 people looking on, plus the creative team.
Then we moved on to singing; we all sang our best 16 bars in front of a 10 person panel. Since I was #50 on the list, I had to wait a longer time than most, but I enjoyed conversing with other girls in the hallway. And I was happy to see one of my YSU classmates there as well! He and I had a lovely time discussing random topics…including the classic Carol Channing. #winning :)
When my turn came, my selection was from “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” I was rather disheartened when the guy in front of me used the same song! :( I didn’t know it was a popular audition choice, even though it is a standard. But I don’t think it mattered; he sang a different section in a different key.
After everyone had sung, about 75% were dismissed. I stayed to read for Ermagarde from Hello, Dolly!I noticed they had narrowed it down from about 7 girls to 3 girls…I was one of the three. A good sign! The other two girls were blondes and a bit taller than myself, a 5’4” brunette. Their deliveries were a bit more exaggerated than mine (the scene requires some moping/sniffling/crying from Ermagarde, who is pleading with her uncle for permission to marry her boyfriend). I wasn’t sure how far to take it with the crying; I didn’t want to make my sadness annoying, but I didn’t want to make it too subdued either. I tried for a happy medium— haha, pun!
I will find out between now and April if my approach was what they were looking for. I’m praying and hoping that the outcome will be good! Even if I don’t get the role, so many talented (and kind) people were there, and it was a wonderful educational experience.
So tired now. Must pack for my trip tomorrow! Now I can finally breathe and stop worrying…for a little while, at least.
As promised, I’m giving you updates on my audition experiences this spring! I attended the Pittsburgh CLO ensemble auditions in February:
The scariest part was actually reaching Pittsburgh; I’ve never driven to the city solo, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finally arrived!
I attended the Saturday morning dance call at a rehearsal room in the Benedum Theater building. About 40 male and female dancers were there, several Equity. I learned that quite a few were veteran members of the CLO Ensemble, and I realized my chances were rather slim. Still, it would be worthwhile to compare my abilities to those of professional dancers and learn from an experienced choreographer.
We were taught a combination from Jesus Christ, Superstar. The routine was a great reflection of the material: jazzy, disco-esque, upbeat. After practicing it a few times together, we performed the combo in groups of three.
Although I wasn’t called back, I wasn’t hugely disappointed. Many CLO Ensemble members have said in interviews that they had auditioned 2 or 3 times before getting in. Now that I know what to expect, the fear of the unknown has diminished. Always a good thing! I’m looking forward to going back next year.
Annnnnnd…here we go! Audition Schedule:
Headshots, check. Resumes, check. Monologue, check. Sheet music, check. Wowing the casting directors and getting some awesome callbacks…not quite sure of how that will go just yet, but I like to accentuate the positive. ;) As I said in my earlier post, I’m looking to gain audition experience, and even if I’m not hired (because these are highly competitive, professional auditions), I will walk away with newfound knowledge and better audition techniques. Hoping for the best!
Well, I’ve just scheduled my first audition of the season at the Porthouse Theater. One down, three to go: the Pittsburgh CLO, StrawHat, and Disney. Many people may ask, “What the heck is ‘StrawHat?’” No, it’s not a country western festival. It’s a huge open call audition, featuring about a thousand non-equity actors all competing for jobs from dozens of theatrical companies. The idea is that, through working at one of these theatres, you would get your Equity union card. This is my first year auditioning for professional summer stock companies; I’m going in with a mindset of not necessarily expecting job offers, but learning from the audition experience so that I may improve my technique in the future. In other words, I’m not going to be crushed if I don’t get in with any of these companies, I’m fine with simply attending these auditions (though a job offer WOULD be absolutely wonderful and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!) and networking along the way. Wish me luck! ;)