Weird little audition last Saturday

I got this email on Wednesday, saying that the company, Three of a Perfect Pair, was going to have an audition for three one act Shakespearian style plays.  It was to take place on Saturday, which leaves not a lot of time to prepare.  The email said that there were a couple of characters that are my actual age range, however, I always seem to get cast as younger than my age.

In the hopes of trying something different, I decided that I would give this a go.  But first I had to figure out how to look older.  Since I hadn’t shaved in nearly a week, I figured…will one more day really make a difference?  I also stayed up as late as possible.  My original plan was to try and hold out til after the audition to sleep.  I only made it until around 4 AM when I began to do that thing that kids do when they fight off sleep with the bobbing heads.  I got up at 9:30 or there about, so I didn’t get a full night of sleep, but then again, I hardly ever do.

So looking like a hot mess, I get to the playwright’s house, and there are 4 other men there.  Of course they are all about a foot taller than me, so I know that the romantic lead role is probably out.  I decide that my best bet would be to shift gears and audition for a corrupt priest.  In that particular play, the priest plots to over throw the current king in order to obtain that power for himself.  In the audition side that we were given, I came to find out that this man is a really interesting part, as he identifies himself as a “devotee of debauchery”.  He is a clever character that has to play allegiances to the king to manipulate him, the queen to woe her, and the church to help carry out his plan.  Sounds like fun!  The script was well written and did indeed feel Shakespearean but slightly less confusing.

I was surprised but the director and playwright had all the men read for every part that they needed to cast.  It was fun to see how many different ways people can interpret a scene.

The final decision about the casting will be rendered within the next week and a half.  I’ll keep you posted.  Although to be honest, with looking slightly younger than my age, AND the fact that I am short, I don’t think I’ll get cast based on appearances.  I just hope that my reading did come off well.

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