so when you try out, you are given a cutting? Or do you get to choose the part yourself that you want to try out with?
Well, SarahsD It’s been my experience that when people go to audition, they
have a rough idea of the part they would like to play — so they will
put that down on their audition sheet. They may be very specific in
that they are not interested in playing any other parts. OR they may
be so determined to be cast that they will play ANY part. So when the
director starts having them read, he’ll call for all the women who are
interested in playing the part of, say “Tessie,” to go on stage, as
well as whatever other parts are in the “cutting” that is being read.
And he’ll try different combinations of actors reading that short bit
to see who can nail the characters the best and what combination of
actors produces the best overall scene. It’s really not an easy job,
and I don’t envy directors one bit … we had some FABULOUS people read
last night and he’s going to have a tough time figuring out who will be
best in each role.
There will be one actor in this play with a VERY tough role to play … actually THREE roles. The actor plays “Christina/Anytime/Honey Lake” — three different characters, but all played by the same actor. And get this — at different times, this actor will be required to speak in a normal accent, a Brooklyn accent, and a RUSSIAN accent. And amazingly, we had a woman try out last night who NAILED all of them. She was great, and if she’s not cast in that part, I will be extremely shocked. I’m anxious to see what the final decisions are regarding the cast. My daughter read last night and the night before. I think she did VERY well … the only thing going against her is that she is a little old for the part, but too young for any others in the cast. She’s already preparing herself for the possibility of not being cast — she was in the last two summer productions and knows that you don’t ALWAYS get to be the star (or part of the ensemble …)
Stranger things have happened, though. Last year she was a little too old for the part and got it anyway, and the year before she was a little too YOUNG for the part and got it anyway. She’s got incredible stage presence (IMHO) and can project her voice with the best of them. The first time I heard her do this, I almost fell over. I was in the back of the theater and when she said her lines I heard her as clear as a bell. And she was not yelling! I was very impressed. But I’m her mom, so I suppose I am a little biased.
I hope this gave you a little glimpse into the audition process … another Xangan who has vastly more theatrical experience than I is FKIProfessor. He has been extremely active in his community theater, although I’m not sure how active he is right now. He and his wife are about to embark upon a kitchen remodel and those can be somewhat time-consuming (is that an understatement, or what????)
I’ll be seeing ya’ll around later — my girl has her piano recital this evening and so I’ll be getting her ready for that and squeezing a window blind consultation in the middle of it all. No rest for the weary!