Shows I want to audition for have been scarce. Well, there have been shows that sounded interesting, but were in Marietta. And that is just too far for me to drive. I live in Buford and work in Norcross. Norcross to Marietta is not too bad, but Marietta to Buford can be a very long drive when you have rehearsals 4 nights a week.
Drive from Buford to Norcross (19 miles) for work. Norcross to Marietta (25 miles) for dinner and rehearsal. Then Marietta to Buford (41 miles). That’s 85 miles round trip.
I need to move closer back towards town. I would love to live in Norcross or Dunwoody. I like Norcross better. Norcross would not be too bad for the play houses in Decatur, Dunwoody, Roswell, Marietta and downtown Atlanta.
I will, however, audition for Funny Money at Polk Street Players in Marietta, because Lane Teilhabe is directing.
Polk Street Players will hold non-equity auditions for the British farce Funny Money at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta, 30064. Auditions are Tuesday, March 7th, 7-9 pm and Wednesday, March 8th, 7-9 pm. Cold readings from the script. No appointments needed. All roles are unpaid. Seeking 2 women, ages 30-50 and 6 men, ages late 20s- early 50s. Show will run May 5th – 21st (eight performances). For additional information call Lane Teilhaber at 404-524-1311.
There were 30 people for callbacks on Thursday night. That’s 3 people for each role. Lane Teilhaber told us that there were nearly 100 people who auditioned for Play On! That’s huge for a community theatre. I knew upon arriving that I probably would not get a part.
Brink Miller, who has done many shows at Kudzu Playhouse as well as Stage Door Players, was also reading for HENRY. Brink looks the part age wise. I have seen Brink in 3 plays that I remember and he is very good. Remember HENRY is a 50+ character and, well, I look early 30’s.
Lane did tell us that he would only be calling those who received a role by 1 PM the next day. Already knowing that I did not receive a part, I get a phone call from Lane just before noon. I was a little shocked. Lane had called me to let me know that he could not use me in this play, but hoped that we could work together again. Lane is a great director to work for.
I am sure Lane has a superb cast for Play On! I plan on seeing it when it opens at Kudzu Playhouse.
Play On by Rick Abbot
Auditioned for Play On last night. Directed by Lane Teilhaber (who directed me in Beau Jest) with Browyn Glantzberg (who I have known from acting classes with Chris Cole Harris) as the Assistant Director. Lane has called back David Campion to do Light & Sound and Karen Rooker as Stage Manager. So I know all these people. I enjoyed working with them on Beau Jest and in acting classes.
My personality type is ISFP (Myers-Briggs typology) or Amiable (Berrett-Koehler). This I have learned from my master’s thesis in college and management training for work. My personality type is to take things personally and to be self-critical.
So, if I did not get a part in this play where I know the entire crew, then I must not be a good actor and they don?t like my ability. Maybe I am not cut out for acting and should give up on this hobby.
That may or may not be true. Most of the time the Director and crew are selecting the best group of people for the play. My style or presents may not be conducive to what the director has in mind. This has nothing to do with my ability or acting style being bad or that I simply am not any good. The Director and crew have an obligation to the playhouse to put on the best play possible with the best cast possible. There were a lot of good male actors on the night I attended auditions that I thought would be very good for the 3 male parts.
I just knew when I was dismissed with other people still reading, that I was not going to get a part. I could not sleep for worrying over not getting a part. See my personality type above.
At 10:40, my cell phone range and instantly my adrenalin began pumping. It was Lane, not offering me a part but at least having me return for callbacks. This still does not mean I have a part in the play, but does alleviate the self-critical part of my personality.
Last night I read for the part of HENRY, a 50+ year old (another 60 year old part), is the mature experienced actor who plays the Lord of the manor (LORD DUDLEY). This is a play-within-a-play.
I will read HENRY again tonight.
I suppose, they could have me just show up because the like me, but not because they want me for….
I know it has been a few months since my last entry in October, but things are beginning to pickup again. What I did not want to do during the fourth quarter of 2005 was: 1. miss out on my family vacation in December and 2. Spend the Christmas Holidays in a play. So I took November and December off.
I am so ready to do another play. I have been since October, but… see above. One of the plays I have been looking forward to auditioning for is Play On, which last I heard, is a play selected by and will be directed by Lane Teilhaber. If you remember, Lane directed Beau Jest. I would love to work with Lane again. A great director he be.