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. 🙂

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Steal Me . . . but don’t take me to far!

My voice teacher assigned a new song for me from an opera called ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’. Its about a transient man who is looking for food and money. And he is HOT! So the maid and the mistress decided to take him in and help him out. The mistress begins to steal money to help him, from the church and from friends, to entice him to stay. He does, but the maid is very jealous and tells him that people are beginning to suspect him of being the thief. The end of the opera ends with the man leaving with the maid, leaving the mistress alone.

At first I wasn’t sure I would like the song. My voice teacher, Barry Bounouse, played it for me in our lesson and I was kind of hesitant to it. But I’ve been working on it and fallen completely in love. The music is very contemporary, so there are a lot of dissonant cords and strange resolutions. The video below is a pretty good rendition of the piece.
The song is from the maid’s view and she’s singing about how the man won’t make any moves to her. She goes through what the mistress has been doing to keep him there and he still makes no advances. It continues with her wishing he would steal her heart, her lips, her life and take it before death steals her life. Very nice.

Photo shoot

The photo shoot went great! The cloths that Heather and I had gone to get at Platos were a smashing hit. Janelle, another sister of mine, agreed to be the photographer and I must say, she did a fantastic job. We took the pictures near a lake in the small community called Daybreak. It is a beautiful area with lots of nature and nice, fun people. As you can see in some of the picture there was a bridge that we took some pictures under and it was so cool because of the wind that was coming in from the north. I felt a little like Marilyn Monroe because my skirt kept flying up. We had a CD player with us and the only upbeat CD we could find was High School Musical 2. So I got to listen to Zac Efron and Vanessa Hutchens for a few hours…over and over! I loved the pictures that we took in the grass and by the trees. Jae did a fantastic job getting interesting angles and picking great shots! Thanks so much sis!

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.

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