My Life in the Theater: After Callbacks (Waiting)

Back from the callbacks for Jeffrey. Was planning to wait until after sleep to post about it, but as the director said he would be emailing us tomorrow about our roles, I wanted to get some of my thoughts out before I heard.

Let’s start with the good news. I’ve been told I’m definitely in the show. What I’m waiting to hear about is what part (or parts, if I’m in the ensemble) I got. This is great news in and of itself. Truly, I do love the show, and being involved in any way would be great. Plus, I really like all the people I’ve met so far. The other people in the cast and the directing staff are all great people. I think it is really going to be a fun time.

And the bad news. I don’t think I got the lead. There was a guy there tonight who was at the second set of auditions earlier. While they did have me read for Jeffrey a couple of times, they definitely had him reading much more often. And after they let us all go, they asked 5 of the people to stay behind. Three of those people were ones who really only read one part, meaning it was sure they were cast. (There was a very young guy who was the only one in the age range to play Darius, the only woman at the callbacks (and only one female part), and the really hot guy who only read for Steve (no one else read Steve either.)  So my guess is that the other two were given Sterling and Jeffrey, and they told them that there, after the rest of us left. As chorus members,  they still need to divide up the various parts between us. So they need more time for us. Yeah, I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Right now, I’m feeling pretty depressed. As I said, I really wanted that part. But I’ll get over it. I’m sure the other guy will do a great job. Parts of his readings were fantastic. Other parts, not so much, but I’m sure the director can fix that. So I’ll wallow for a day or two, then move on. The readthrough is on Monday night, so I’m sure I’ll be done with the brooding by then.

And, yes, very much feeling the Natalie syndrome. The rest of the episode is that once Natalie tells the casting board that she wants the part of Nellie and gives a great audition, Tuttie gets talked into auditioning (she always got the lead, but had decided to sit this show out), and beats out Natalie for the role at the last minute. That’s exactly how I feel. It’s okay. It happens. It’s happened to me before, and it’ll likely happen again. But I really wanted that part. *SIGH*

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My Life in the Theater: After the Audition

So, I just got back from the auditions for Jeffrey, and I have to say, I’m freaking out a little. I went into this audition with absolutely no expectations. It was primarily for me to get a feel for the process they use, and to get my face seen a bit, so they recognize me next time. And, I’ll admit, it was also to get me out of the house for something other than going to a bar.

Now, I didn’t totally discount getting a part. I’m a good actor. And one of my specialties is doing a variety of parts. There are three parts in this show that do several roles. I thought I might get one of those parts. Maybe.

The director did have me read several of the parts involved in those three multi-role people. But he also had me read for Jeffrey. The lead. Which is fine, as a director myself, I often have people read for roles I’m not really considering them for, just to see what they can do.

But he also asked me to stay until the end of the audition. A number of other people were told they were done, and had already left. And the last several times I read, I was reading the part of Jeffrey. In fact, I was the only one reading the part of Jeffrey. Now, that doesn’t mean anything, really. The director could have certainly have just wanted to see me read more often because I’m an unknown quantity to him. But it could also mean that he is very interested in casting me in that role.

And that is what has me freaking out. I haven’t been on stage in over 2 years now. And Jeffrey is in almost every scene in this show (hence the show being named after him). That’s a lot of lines, a lot of blocking, a lot of acting, and a lot of memorizing. The show essentially succeeds or fails on his shoulders. That’s a lot of responsibility. Yes, I know I can do it, but still…it’s been a long time.

Then, there is what I call the “Natalie syndrome.” Did you ever see the episode of The Facts of Life where Natalie is trying out for South Pacific? She really wants the lead, but is afraid to say so for fear of tempting the fates. I love being on stage, and I don’t really care about the specific part. There are supporting roles that can be a lot of fun, sometimes more so than the lead. There are very few parts that I have ever really said, “Wow, I need to play that some day.” But this is one of them. I really want this part. I really, really, really want this part. I wouldn’t let myself say so earlier, because I didn’t think it was in the realm of possibility. But now it seems it is. Maybe. But just the possibility is making me all nervous again. I really want this part, and now I’m scared I might blow it. There are callbacks tomorrow night, which I have been told to come to. So it isn’t out of my hands yet. I gave a great read tonight, hopefully I’ll do just as good tomorrow, and land this role. If not, any of the other parts would be great as well. But I really, really, really want to play Jeffrey. I guess I’ll just have to freak out more until tomorrow night. Ugh.

Editor’s Note: I began writing this right after I came back from the audition, but got so tired I couldn’t see straight, so I continued it the next day, which is why it is posted on a different date from the last post. I am actually now about to get ready to leave for the callback. More on that tomorrow morning.

My Life in the Theater: Before the Audition

So, in about 15 minutes, I have to start getting ready to go to my first audition since I moved to Las Vegas over 2 months ago. When I lived outside of Philly, I was very active in community theater, and made a lot of friends through it. (I also got a lot of my other friends involved in it.) But since moving, I haven’t really had a chance to find somewhere to get involved.

A long time back, I had done some research into community theaters in Vegas, and ran across the Las Vegas Little Theater. Looking at their seasons in the past, they have done a lot of shows I was interested in. And this season is no exception. In fact, they are doing a show I have tried to get a couple of theaters in PA to do, and was unsuccessful: Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick. The story is a comedy about a man who decides to stop having sex because of AIDS, then finds someone who could be the love of his life – except he is HIV positive. Managing to be hysterically funny, but still deal with AIDS as a serious subject, I have been in love with this script since I first read it. So seeing the audition notice on LVLT’s website, I decided to go try out.

There are 3-4 parts I think I would be right for, including the lead. But I’m not greedy, I’ll take anything. But I haven’t gone to any kind of audition in over 2 years, and the ones before that for a long time were in front of people I knew well. This time will be in front of total strangers, without even anyone else I know auditioning. So yeah, I’m a little nervous. Okay, A LOT nervous. I’m really not expecting to get a part, but it would be nice.

And I’m figuring that if I do get a part, or even if I get another part somewhere else, I’m going to want to blog about my experiences with the show. So I may as well start here. Wish me luck!