Arrived yesterday for my audition with my headshots, but without a resume. I don’t have a printer set up at home at the moment. I had intended to print a resume at work and completely forgot. Things were off to a bad start.
On the bright side, Takara Upshaw was there. Takara and I were in Heidi together way back in 20o7. It was nice to see her again.
So as I am trying to remember what I have done and put a quick resume together on the back of the audition form, I was called in. They had an electronic copy of my resume I had sent them before, but not printed out. Nice of them not to worry about it, but they could not as any questions about any items on the resume with out it. They may have found something impressive on it just by holding it.
As far as who “they” were: Austin Snipes and well I did not catch the name of the casting person. Shame on me.
The first question: “What are you doing?’ My mind went blank, I could not remember what monologues I was doing. Even forgot I had them in my blazer pocket.
“OK. Not a problem. Please proceed.” So I start into my first monologue: Degas, C’sest Moi. Amazingly I did not flub over this one as nervous as I was. At the finish of this one, I paused, stepped aside for just a moment to get into character for the second monologue: Marty. This one I flubbed, badly.
My mind just went blank and I couldn’t call for line. After that fiasco, we discussed my headshots for a while. They liked them very much. Pleased about that.
As I was leaving, I ran into Lory Cox. We were in Barefoot in the Park last year. She was great. Maybe we will be working together again.
I (and a few others) received an email earlier in the week from Jeannie with the play details and character breakdowns. What I gathered (and confirmed) was that Jeannie wanted to see me audition. I know that this did not guarantee me a role, just that she wanted to see me/us audition. So I did.
There was a single adult male role. J. A. HARRISON is a 45ish, blustery irate neighbor, who tends to bully and browbeat everyone. Not that the rest of the male role are children, but I don’t think I can do an 18 year old. So J. A. HARRISON or bust.
Jeannie had me read a single scene with ANNE where J. A. HARRISON rants about a cow who is into his oats. It was a fun scene.
Candy Cain Spahr was supposed to have directed the play, but a new job is taking her away. I was in Heidi with Candy, so it would have been good to work with her again. I take that back, she will be Co-Directing while she is in town, but that is only for a few weeks.
I was mentioning to Candy about understanding the desire to do larger roles. I have done a lot of minor roles and the only lead role I have had was in A Christmas Story this past December. I have scene actors who will refuse to do a role because it is small. My thought is that at least I am doing something that I love to do. Yes I would like to be the lead, but at least with any role, I am on stage even if its just for part of a play.
I know that I am not guaranteed a part in Anne of Avonlea, but I was the only adult male who auditioned last night. There are more auditions on Saturday with callbacks, if necessary, on Saturday afternoon.
Heidi opened the weekend of May 26th. On that Sunday, I went on vacation immediately after the 2 PM show. St. Augustine, Florida if you want to know. Friday I drove all the way back to Atlanta for this audition Friday night, June 1st. Long drive. I needed to be back anyway for Heidi on Saturday and Sunday.
Audition went well enough, five guys auditioned for 3 roles. I as called today by Tanya Carroll who indicated that, yes, indeed I had too many conflicts. Rehearsals at Lionheart Theatre Company were on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and would start while I am in rehearsals for Breaking Legs. Although the run dates do not overlap, I would miss too many rehearsals. Oh well.
Tanya did invite me back for the next 2 auditions at Lionheart
Just received a call from Jeannie Hinds at Kudzu Playhouse. I got the part of Frankie in Breaking Legs. Jeannie was telling me I played the part perfectly during auditions.
Our first read through is next Wednesday. For me that will be after rehearsal for Heidi.
I had been not acting to build a business and it was pure torture not to act. I have had the best time and have been so excited to be back on stage. Now to have two plays back to back is just, well, I am speechless.
I went to audition for Breaking Legs last night at Kudzu Playhouse. I met some people I know who are currently rehearsing for Kudzu’s Family Theatre production of Heidi. They were looking for someone to play MR. SESEMAN and well I accepted.
Rehearsals have been going on for a while, with just 7 more rehearsals before opening day. MR SESEMAN is only in Act III and Act IV. I should be able to have all the lines memorized by opening day.
I was planning on vacation starting opening day, but looks like my vacation will be cropped the first and second weekend. Still 5 days will be fine.
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