Audition Process

The audition process is one of the hardest things in the life of a performer. We practice, rehearse, sweat and cry over pieces of music and scenes for our 30 seconds to a minute to show a director that we are indeed the best fit for the show. But how can you truly see someones range in 32 bars? How do you see there pain, their joy and their excitement? If you are good enough, you get a call back, which in reality is just another audition because you didn’t get enough time to begin with to show the director you rock. So at this point you have had two auditions, slowly whittling down to a few.  Most of the time this is the audition that you put everything into. This is the audition that you cry, laugh, scream, beat your heart open for someone standing four feet away from you. You get this one shot, this one chance to put every thing out there.

After the call back, you wait. Sometimes days or weeks, but you wait. You bite your nails, can’t sleep, stare at your text book trying to study, but really you’re going over that last audition. Was is good enough? Did I give enough of myself? Was that line right? You do blow by blow, analyzing every moment of the call back. Hopefully, the director is nice and does final casting the next day, so you don’t have to wait to long.

But this process we have to go through every time we want to do a show. The waiting for those few moments we can blow the director away. Then wait again. Over my years in the theater I’m learning quiet quickly, that it constitutes practicing everyday for that minute you get in front of a director or competition judges.

Sometimes you get the part. Sometimes you don’t. But at the end of the day, as long as you’ve laid it all on the line, you know you have nothing to be ashamed of.

 

Just keep telling yourself that. 🙂

Advertisements

Finished Don Giovanni . . . .HEAVENLY!

DVD of Don GiovanniWeston and I finished Don Giovanni last night while eating dinner. We had gotten about 30 minutes into the Act 2 last week and got to finish it. And let me tell you, what an ending! Bryn Terfel Jones played Don Giovanni and Renee Fleming was Donna Anna, absolutely amazing! When the opera started, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, as previously stated in my last blog post. But now, I am totally 100% in love. Renee Fleming completely embodied the brushed and battered (emotionally) woman who must come to terms with a death of her father and hatred for the man who killed him. Her rage at Don Giovanni and her insistence to Don Ottavio for revenge is wonderful. In act two Donna Anna and Don Ottavio are together and she is begging him to understand why she can’t be romantic yet, or love him the way she knows he should be loved because she is still in mourning for her father. Renee Fleming sang the most majestic aria I have ever heard. She floated from note to note effortlessly. I want to be like her, wait, no I want to be her some day.

The scene near the end with the statue coming to life and taking Don Giovanni to hell was wonderful. At first I was slightly confused because I wasn’t sure what was happening, but after I got it, I was nearly gleeful. Such a great ending to the story. He got what he deserved. Character aside, Bryn Terfel Jones is one of the most commanding performers in opera today. I first saw him in the Die Walkure playing Wotan and there as with Don Giovanni, he has such a commanding presence on the stage. You can’t help but look at him. He is one that I would love to someday play against.

To sum up, watched it, loved it, I pretty sure I’m going to buy it.

 

And 6 months later . . .

Time fly’s. I know everyone knows that, but I honestly believe that as you age, time speeds up. It’s like some cosmic joke, you get older and the day’s get shorter. So much has happened in the last few months, I feel like I should just erase everything written before and start over. But I won’t.

My lesson’s with Barry have been AMAZING! I don’t think I can completely convey how happy I have been with my lessons. First, Barry is the first teacher I have had that pushes me to not just ‘rest on my laurels’ but to really push me. I had a conversation with his wife, who is also a great singer, expressing how much I enjoy Barry and how hard he pushes me, and she looked at me like I was a little crazy. “Are you sure you like it?” She asked and I laughed it off. Because I truly do like that he doesn’t let me coast like every other teacher has done since I started singing.

His background is in Opera and I’ve fallen in love with Opera. When I first started taking lessons, I really had a hard time because I was still so stuck on Musical Theater. It was a scary concept for me to move away from Musical Theater and to Opera because it was always something that us MT people didn’t understand. But Barry was very patient with me, inching me closer and closer to opera. And he succeeded in the end. I fell in love!

For my 24th birthday, my husband (the amazing, fantastic, wonderful sexy husband) took me to see Die Walkure by Wagner at the local cinema. The Metropolitan Opera does a Live in HD series where they broadcast the production to theater’s around the US. Very cool. But the performance was breath taking. Deborah Voight was phenomenal as Brunhilde! This was the first real full length Opera that I have seen, what an introduction!!! The final scene of the Opera is of Wotan and Brunhilde are saying their final goodbye’s and she is being laid to rest, I was sobbing. It was so emotional because I was imagining saying goodbye to my own father and how horrible that would be. I had never been touched like that through music before. I’m now totally hooked.

I’m watching a Met performance of Don Giovanni right now with my husband through Netflix. A whole slew of Met performances are on Netflix to check out and I’ve queued them all! We finished act one and are onto act two now. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I like it because the performances are great, but the character of Don Giovanni is such a jerk and I really want to smack him! I’ll see it through and let you know how I feel.

Pioneer Program Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Just got back from the performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir doing their Pioneer Program. It was fantastic! They are so amazing. They did all the best hits of the last 100 years including Battle Hymn of the Republic, Hallelujah Chorus, 76 Trombones, and Come, Come Ye Saints. I got really emotional on their rendition of Amazing Grace. It started with four bagpipers with the melody then the choir started in after a little while. It took me back to Scotland, my ancestors home. I so wish I could go to Scotland with my husband and do research on my family. We were the McDuffs.

The Prophet/President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints was there, President Monson. He gave a short talk about the choir and how amazing it is. I TOTALY AGREE! I hope to some day get to sing with them as a member or as a guest like Sissel.

Hairspray Auditions

I found out a local community theater here in Orem was planning on holding auditions for their upcoming production of Hairspray Thursday and Friday. Now, understand that I have been looking forward to the auditions for quiet a while and waiting for them to announce when they were being held for a least two weeks. So when they were announced, you would understand my dismay because I am still sick with a head cold. ARG!

I was first introduced to Tracy Turnblat and her hysterical mother when I was in the performing group Young Americans. They had a few signature pieces that each new member had to learn and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” was one of them. I had a very love hate relationship with that song because while I loved the song, I was miserable in the group so I didn’t appreciate the song very much.

Then when the movie came out starting Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta I had a chance to see the show unadulterated and unbiased. I LOVED IT!! I saw it with my mother and older sister (being the youngest of the family, everyone is older then me!). We laughed so hard, all three of us were gasping as we left the theater. It is one the greatest shows I had ever seen!

So when the auditions were announce, I was so bummed because my voice is horrible and I didn’t really have anything prepared. Tear! But I am definately going to be seeing it when they open!

Oh you Blue Eyes!

Okay. I’m not very familiar with Frank Sinatra. I know, I know, how can I not be familiar with Blue Eyes and be a singer? Well, somehow I managed to totally missed that gravy train! But I digress…So I was looking for music that was really popular in the 50s and 60s and he kept coming up. I went through the list and started listening to his songs and HOLY COW! I love him!!

This is my favorite song and I wanted to share that with you guys.

I’m going to be putting together a show for music from the 50s and 60s and I’m defiantly going to be using his wonderful songs!

O Mio Babbino Caro

My descent back into music has been a hard one. I haven’t had a very easy road, but it’s okay. It had me stronger. While I was still playing around with the idea of coming back into music I saw a video that, literally, changed my life. I had heard about a performer named Sissel and many people had told me before I had left music that I sounded just like her. So I decided to look her up.

For those of you who don’t know who Sissel is, here is super short background. She’s a Norwigan classical soprano that has sung all over the world as well as with many choirs including Utah’s own Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She’s beautiful and has an amazing voice!

Typing in Sissel brings up hundreds of videos on Youtube, but for some reason, maybe God or just my likeness of the color purple, I picked the video of O Mio Babbino Caro she did for a PBS special.

I was totally blown away! It was like all the emotions that I had been holding in over the past five years just came poring out and I knew that I had really been missing out on life. Now I have the song in my hot little hands and I’m working profussly to sound half as good as Sissel.

That video, that song, that singer really changed my life. God bless Sissel.

Previous Older Entries