Woo hoo! Got some details on my RENT callback…

Last Saturday,  I had the scary enjoyment of auditioning for one of my favorite shows, RENT.

I am always such a mess when it comes to auditioning.  It’s something that I really have to work on.  I get so nervous that just thinking about an audition, and what I have to work on that it makes me have to catch my breath and wait a moment while my heart stops pounding away in my chest.  I don’t know if I have the right look for any of the major parts, which is always what an actor wants.  However for this show, I would be happy to just be part of the cast.  It’s with a different company than I usually work with, but the director, Joe Duffy, was incredibly kind which made the audition process easier.  I worked with him when he choreographed PIPPIN for Foothill Music Theatre. and he was a blast.

But back to the audition…I walked into the room, and Mr. Duffy was out so I used this time to go over the song with the accompanist who had really scrutinized my resumé.  Now that I think about it, he could be the Vocal Director.  It was a simple little room that had a raised stage inside.  When Mr. Duffy came back it there were only the four of us inside.  I love auditions like that.  While I love to cheer on my fellow auditionees, I have a hard time auditioning in front of them.  Weird, huh?  I was really surprised because the stage had  two couches, a desk style table, and a few other odds and ends,  and Mr. Duffy said “Feel free to use the stage”, but I didn’t feel like it would have suited the song. I wonder if that was a mistake.   I sang “Pinball Wizard” from The Who’s TOMMY.  I had asked the accompanist/Vocal Director to make a big cut so that I can sing the end of the song that has a key change.  After the first half of the first stanza, he made the jump, and I wasn’t expecting it and just continued to sing what my original plan was.  Luckily, the he was able to jump back into the song with minimal confusion.  I was a wee bit worried because Mr. Duffy stopped the song before I could get there.  He didn’t say anything at first while  he wrote some notes.  He had the Stage Manager give me a couple of songs to memorize and work on this week, so that on Saturday, I would be ready to go for the callback.

Well I got my phone call today and I got my times for my callback roles and what they are expecting of me there, so I have to do some research.   My first call back is at 2:15.  That’ll give me plenty of time to get there.  I forgot to mention to you that I wasn’t too sure where the place was when I first auditioned, so I arrived right at 12:00 which was my audition time, so I didn’t really have too much time to get the shakes.  Now, I have three days to get over a panic attack.  So I am off to prepare!  Wish me luck, and to all of you who have auditions and or performances going on in your careers…Break A Leg!!

Are you preparing for an audition?  Are you currently rehearsing a production?  Let me know how things are progressing.  Email me at Jery@theactorvist.com.

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