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Casting of AHS 2017 Play- “Bye Bye Birdie”

Hailey McMillen, Junior Staff Writer

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Ever thought of joining the musical? It’s not a bad idea. Although, year after year people say, “Yeah, I’ll audition!” and never get around to it. For various reasons, people who’d like to join, just don’t.

Maybe because they never had to audition for anything before, maybe because they don’t know what an audition consists of, or maybe their nerves just got the best of them and they backed out. Personally, I’ve experienced it all myself.

Auditioning for the musical isn’t all it’s made up to be. It’s not some big scary thing where you need to know EXACTLY what your audition lines are, what part of the music to sing, or who you want to play. The audition process is just like a dry run of a few lines from the musical. Sure, you may have had a chance to look over the lines before your audition, but if not it won’t be the end of the world. The reading of lines is just to get a feel for your acting skills. And if you don’t have much talent, that’s okay because they can always find a place for you elsewhere of the spotlight. After reading a few lines as one character, they’ll have you read a few more as a different character. My suggestion? Just skim through the lines and get a feel for who the character is and how they are different from the one you just read. Don’t read the characters as the same person- make them unique! Once all of the line reading is done, you’ll move onto the singing. Now, if you aren’t a great singer, this isn’t a reason to quit. They will teach you the song and you will perform it to your best ability, adding your own energy to it. Onceagain, you don’t have to be a great actor or singer to be in the musical, you just have to be willing to learn and ready to perform.

Even with all of these reassurances, some still find it difficult to audition because they aren’t a “theatre kid”. My best advice for that is to at least give it a try. The directors understand that not everyone is going to grow up to be well known on Broadway. I myself was not a theatre kid. When I auditioned, I was shaking in my boots! I thought for sure I botched it so badly that I wouldn’t be in the musical at all. But even with my terrible audition, I was still able to participate.

Another thing about the musical you should know is how rehearsals run. In the beginning, everyone is still figuring things out and you may feel kinda lost, but don’t let this overwhelm you. Everyone starts out learning the songs together. Once we’ve spent a few days learning songs, we then begin to learn our dances. The dancing is something you are either great at, or awful at. Whichever it may be, practicing the dances over and over will always be of help to you. Our rehearsals last 2 hours every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Once we have a few dances learned, we then begin the blocking process. This is where we go over a whole act or scene and read through lines and figure out where we will be placed on the stage. It’s a tedious process, but in the end, its

worth it. One rule of thumb is to always be flexible. The directors will change their minds and the choreographer may want you placed differently. Just assume they know what they are doing and the musical could be a great place for you.

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