Normally, my audition routine is audition for everything. Sometimes there is a show that I am really passionate about, that I will devote more time to, but I will still audition for other shows around it because, hey, you never know if you are going to be the right show. But then, comes “The Show.” The show that does not get done very often for whatever reason, that for whatever reason, you need to do on a personal level. For me, that show is THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
I know, I know. It is sugar on top of cotton candy on top of saccharine. It is the last Rogers and Hammerstein musical and people like to poo poo it. But for as long as I can remember, the movie has been the top of my favorite list. Growing up, I watched that movied EVERY time it was on, and when my family got a laser disc player, I rented that all the time. I honestly do not remember if my mom ended up buying it or not, but I know I chose it as my rental often.
I sang “Edelweiss” when my Grandmother died. My great-uncle got me a book that is autographed by Maria von Trapp. Heck, when I was a youngster (before I remember, but it was one of my favorites), my grandparents took me to see a community theatre production of TSoM. Right around the time they started singing “Do a Deer….” in a place different from the movie (after several other songs were in a place other than my beloved movie), I stood, in all my curly hair/frilly dress glory, and yelled at the stage; “You’re doing it WRONG!”. Yeah. I kind of had the movie version memorized. But, knowing that all I can play in the show is a nun, and knowing that lightning has been known to hit in the general vicinity of a theatre when I am a nun (ask me about EVITA someday), well……yeah, I still want to do the show.
But here is the dilemma. I am afraid that if I put all of my eggs in one basket, I will end up without a fall show. Yes, this show would make my heart happy on SO MANY different levels. BUT. The actor but. The BUT that is born out of the knowledge that the possibility is out there that you may, or may not, be the right “fit” for the cast or the directors vision. And going in, you don’t know what that fit is going to be, many times it depends on the people who are also auditioning. So, there are 2 other auditions, one that I have written off, primarily because it is Tuesday and I need to get things done.
The other audition is for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. It is being put up by a group I have been trying to get into for 3 years. I know that as a Tower, I have a shot at being a Cagelle, which would be a lot of fun. But….
And it is that gosh darn “BUT” that is making my life miserable right now. I think I have figured out what I am going to do, it scares me, but you know what, if it so happens that I don’t get a role, any role, in show A, I know there will be more auditions right around the corner.
Hi, I’m adding this after the original post: So, here is part of my quagmire. La Cage auditions first and will have their first audition that week. SoM auditions the following weekend. La Cage runs Nov 9-18. SoM runs Nov 9-Dec 9. There is a difference in travel distance, with La Cage being closer. My heart is still saying SoM, but if I don’t get it, I cold be showless for an extended period of time.