Monday, January 19, 2015

Things I Learned at My First Audition in 20 Years

Happy Monday and happy MLK everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying a day off. I got to work a little early so I could type up this post before people got here and started wanting stuff from me.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that part of my New Year's resolution was to be more creative and to be fearless. I decided to take both of those head on when I auditioned for Rent at one of our local theaters last Friday night.

I put down I was interested in the role of Maureen, because it's really the best fit vocally, and I'm not a 19 year old heroin addicted stripper by any stretch of the imagination.

As I was waiting to audition, a few thoughts crossed my my mind.

1. Theater kids have not changed in the last 20 years. They all still know each other, they're constantly singing something and hugging each other.

I was in a bunch of shows back in the day and I totally get it. I knew I was in trouble when I was the oldest person there by a good 15 years. I know I skew young but I can't pass for 24.

I soon realized that I would be better suited for "Rent - Where are they now, 20 years later". It would be a really small cast though, just Maureen, Mark and Joanne. I'm a terrible person... If you're laughing, you're a terrible person too. 

2. People are still really ambitious with their song choices 

I heard at least 5 people sing Let it Go. As one of my FB friends said, "It's become the new On My Own". I know everyone really wants to sing Let it Go, but realistically there are a small handful of people who should. None of those people were there....

I prepared Take Me or Leave Me and The Winner Takes it All. At least 15 people sang Take me or Leave Me. At least..,  I only got to sing the first and in hindsight I should have gone with a different song.

3. I should have prepared a resume. Honestly though, I didn't have time to make one and really, I've done 3 things since 1995. Really, 3 things. I was in 2 musical reviews that Kev directed and that movie. I guess I could have buttered it up and coming in brand new it probably would have helped. Eh, maybe next time.

So, what happened? I felt really good about my audition, my voice was good and I was still slightly buzzed from the 2 shots I took before leaving the house. Mental note, vodka wears off when you have to wait 2 hours to audition, put some in your purse.

I didn't get a call back for a lead which is totally fine. I was by far too old for the rest of the cast. The cast list will be announced on the 27th and there's still a chance I could be cast in the chorus. I'd have to look at the rehearsal schedule and decide if  I'd want to spend endless hours with a bunch of kids in high school. Part of the show experience is the cast and I'm not sure if this show is the best fit for me. I don't think I'm done just yet. There are a lot of other companies in the area and who knows, Maybe I'll give one of them a shot. We'll see what the year holds!

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  1. I think it's awesome that you auditioned! I've been feeling a great urge to get back into theater lately, but I'm in the same boat as you. I haven't auditioned for anything in 16 years or so. But then again, I don't really have time for a theater rehearsal schedule anyway. We just need to make Kevin do another musical review. ;) Bahahaha!

    You could try Raleigh Little Theater. They tend to have older casts, and hold open auditions.

  2. The rehearsal schedule is what kills me too. Honestly, I was a little traumatized after the last review Kevin did, I might have a little PTSD. I said I'd never do another. lol