Whew, the week of auditions is over! It all started this time last week, when the senior BFA Performance majors had to audition for our showcase in May. After spending all of break going over materials, I sang a Michael Bublé song, a duet from Edges with John Gardner, a monlogue from Five Days to Friday by John Patrick, and a scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Danny Bristoll.
I'm still waiting to hear from the faculty about how they felt those pieces went, however there was no time to breathe, because the next day Main Stage callbacks began. Over the course of the week, whoever auditioned for the shows this semester would trek to Dillingham to find out their callback list for the night, pick up their sides, go to classes, learn their sides, and then later in the evening come back and take part in callbacks until 10 or 11 at night. This happened every night, culminating in the cast lists being posted friday morning. I have been fortunate enough to have been cast in Ithaca College's Main Stage production of Working by Stephen Schwartz as Frank Decker along with a variety of other roles. I'll be getting to sing my favorite song in the show, "Brother Trucker" which is very exciting! Our choreographer, Mary Corsaro, is very excited about this casting because it means she can force me to be an Indianapolis Colts fan, which will take a great deal of acting on my part.
Speaking of football, I am gearing up for this weekend! My housemate John (same John from above) is a die hard Giants fan, and the Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning talk is just going crazy right now. We're throwing a super bowl party at our house which will probably culminate in too much beer, too many wings, a very possible game of Fireball Island, and of course one of us heartbroken. I'm banking on him, since I already got my knock around courtesy of the Giants in the Super Bowl. It's their time. Plus Tom Brady is out for vengeance, and Eli Manning is too gooberish to fight back.
Those fighting words being said, it's gonna be a good game. Oh right, Auditions. After the cast lists were posted, I had little time to breathe before this weekend's combined regional auditions for Merry-Go-Round and the newly formed Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and then the Hangar Theater and Cortland Repertory Theater. On saturday, myself, John, Elizabeth, and Katie piled into my car at 820 in the morning and headed off for Auburn NY. When we arrived (half an hour before the auditions began) we were 106th on the sign-in list. I ended up getting seen around 3, had some callbacks until around 845pm and then headed home. Needless to say it was a long day. This morning I woke up and did it again, but this time for Hangar/Cortland here in Ithaca. The auditions went well, I think, all in all I'm very excited with how they turned out, and it excites me for just being a part of this business.
Now I'm waiting on hearing whether or not I received an NETC audition slot, and then will continue to hit regional auditions trying to get a summer job. This week has been just a fabulously stressful one. Between the auditions, classes picking back up, homework, and work, I've barely had time to breathe. Good things come out of stressful times, however, and I got to meet Jen Waldman who was fabulous as she did a master class at IC as well as was a director for Merry-Go-Round, so I spent some time with her on Saturday. All in all, a successful week.
This has officially been a worthless blog post, however, but since I was using it as a way to procrastinate the massive amount of homework I have, thank you for indulging me!
My best to all!
Photo by Danny Bristoll
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