Hello again my lovelies! Welcome back to Behind the Curtain. Today I will be running you through the audition process. Right now, we are going through the auditions for the spring musical, “Legally Blonde.”
The first task to be dealt with is choosing a side and a piece of music to be sung. A dance is choreographed as well. A side is a select scene from the script that the person auditioning must act out. Sometimes the sides are monologues, but typically they are dialogues between two characters. In that case, I have to read the other half of the conversation. The song is a portion of a song from the production. This year, the girls and the boys had two different songs. The girls had to sing “So Much Better” while the boys sang “Serious.” Lastly, Mrs. Debbie will come in and choreography a portion of dance. Mrs. Debbie is a teacher at Estes Elementary school. She also teaches dance at Center Stage. She has helped the theater program during musicals for a while now. This year we have had the opportunity of using the original choreography from the Broadway production.
Once auditions actually start, we dedicate two days for singing and reading days. The other day is for a dance call where everyone is called. The last day is callbacks. My personal favorite is dance days because I love watching people dance and I think it’s so cool how people can memorize so much. This year there is also a jump roping portion. There is a whole scene in the musical where everyone is jump roping.
At callbacks, directors separate movement and character callbacks. Movement callbacks are for dancing and jump roping. Character callbacks are for one of the characters in the show. Some people get called back for one or both of these. In my opinion, there are some AMAZING dancers at the TC.
Overall, I am sooooo excited to be doing “Legally Blonde.” This musical is so fun and contemporary. I really think it is going to bring in a lot of people to see it. We had over 50 people audition which is wild and really shows how exciting this show is. My favorite part that I am looking forward to is the song “So Much Better” because it has a long 16 measure belt at the end of the piece and it is so amazing.
Well, as we say, I am going off!