Mrs. Christi expects all who do not have a previously arranged conflict at music rehearsal tomorrow. This was a previously scheduled rehearsal so we do not expect to hear about any last minute conflicts. You will get your full breakdown at that rehearsal.
To my students, I have written this letter to you regarding the cast list for the fall musical. I do expect to release it soon, but I hope you will take the time before the release to read this letter.
To the students of MVT:
As a director, I walk into the audition room hoping that every actor gives their best audition, and you did exactly that. You displayed positivity and confidence, and put all your energy into singing your heart out. I am so thankful for all of your passion for this program, and for this show. This cast list has been one of the hardest to put together to date. So many of you showed so much love and passion for this show.
As we all have anxiously awaited this cast list, let me be clear: I would never “reject” any of you and I would never want any of you to feel that way! These decisions were really, really tough. I heard a great analogy recently and I think it is the best example of what the casting process is truly like. Jess Harms (a theatre director and teacher, I truly admire) describes the casting process as such:
“Imagine that you are coloring in your brand new coloring book with your new set of 128 colored pencils. Once you choose one color, whatever the reason, there are a multitude of colors left. Now, did you choose one color, or did you reject all the others? Chances are that all the other colors will be chosen at some point, but not for this coloring page. It may not be your turn this time, and that’s okay.”
It took me a while to learn how to see things this way when I was acting myself. When I am not cast in the role I hoped for, my first reaction is to jump to the conclusion that I am not talented, that I gave a bad audition, or that the director plays favorites. Yes, I have been there, said and thought those things. However, the fact that I have thought these things as well do not make them truth.
These feelings and thoughts are pretty normal and natural, and they are not bad or wrong, they are just energy moving through you. Releasing them is everything. So, take a breath and remember, many casting decisions are not about how talented you are, but who is the right fit. As much as we love Will Ferrell, he would not be a good fit as James Bond, or Amy Poehler as Katniss.
When I don’t reach my casting goal, I take the time to review my audition and write down what I did well, and what I can work on. I turn my “rejected” feeling into motivation. I play my
favorite “get up and move” music and start focusing on the next move, the next audition. Get pumped. Set goals. Use that energy to make changes and improvements for your next audition. There is always another one, no show is ever the end. Like they say in MEET THE ROBINSONS “Keep moving forward”. If you need guidance I am here for you. Send me an email, set up an appointment, come with your list on what you think you did well and what you think you need to work on. I will honestly guide you the best that I can.
Don’t compare your journey with anyone else’s, especially if you end up measuring yourself as “less than.” You are on your glorious path, and they are on theirs. So let’s stop making someone else’s win, mean that we are somehow losing, ok?
In addition, I truly believe that there is a home for everyone in the theatre. Whether you get the part you want or not, or find your name on the cast list or not. I want you to take this journey with us. Consider applying for technical positions, if you can make the time commitment as a cast member you can as a technician as well. I believe technical work is valuable for multiple reasons. First, it gets you in the room learning and observing. Often times more is learned in the rehearsal room than can ever be taught in a classroom because it is always specialized for the needs of the show. Second, I often hear that you do not feel a part of the program or wish that the program felt more like a family. We cannot embrace you as part of the family if you are not there. More bonds are formed over the course of a production than you will be able to accomplish in the 55 minutes you have in class. Third, as much as you may want to be a performer in college and in the theatrical profession; technical work looks good on your resume and will sometimes be the manner in which you can earn a living wage or fulfill scholarship requirements if you are not cast in a show. So practically, it is a win for you. If you decide that is not the place for you, then come sit in a rehearsal. Watch the work we are doing! Take advantage to learn and absorb everything you can. We are never done learning, there is an infinite amount of knowledge out there for us and we have to use all the resources we can to obtain it. If you truly love theatre than do not let anything, especially a cast list, get in the way of being apart.
I am proud of the courage you found to give your best, and thank you for sharing your effort with me.
Be sure to check the Audition page for full info!
" 4 years at the front" to " and recereaaaaaaaaaaa"
(0 seconds to 50 seconds)
Clopin- court of miracles beginning to "get out alive" ( 35 seconds- 1:36)
Esmeralda- There are two listed you will be asked to sing Rhythm of the tambourine but be prepared to do top if the world.
Top of the World - "gazing down"- " here at the top of the world ( beginning- 1:24)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOrYpKiOdLg
Rhythm of the Tambourine "flash of the skirt" to "rhythm of the tambourine" ( 30 seconds to 49 seconds) and "Men of Paree to rhythm of the tambourine" ( 1:50-2:18) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cVGL-SLbqI
Out there - "out there among the millers" to " I'll have spent one day out there" ( 1:25-2:40)
Claude Frollo- Sanctuary from "The world is cruel" to "away in here" (45 seconds-1:22 into track)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZBbl8d5aNc
If for some reason you cannot attend the audition please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Missing all that jazz link: https://youtu.be/hwQ1FT1uFp0
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