Just spent the weekend in a dark theatre, watching close to 180 actors perform nearly 360 monologues for the citywide general theatre auditions.
And guess what? There were a lot of great, new people. I’m psyched!
Hardly a one of them came off as nervous. Maybe a couple were a bit green or underprepared, but for the most part, everyone did a fine job. Many even knocked it out of the ballpark.
Here are some of the monologues we saw a lot of this time around (not necessarily a bad thing, but I’d be careful about choosing a popular piece, unless I were pretty sure that no one before or after me could do it better!):
* Henry V (Chorus)
* All’s Well That Ends Well (Helena: “I love your son…”)
* Reindeer Soup (the elephant getting shot by poachers)
* Baby With The Bath Water (Daisy confronting his mom on the fact that he’s a boy)
* Crimes of the Heart (Babe telling how she shot her husband)
* An Ideal Husband (Mabel: “Well, Tommy has proposed to me again….”)
* Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (the “dead in a box” scene)
* The Rivals (Mrs. Malaprop)
A few other plays that popped up rather frequently were:
* As You Like It
* Bright Room Called Day
* Measure for Measure
* Richard III
Overall, I was very pleased with the variety of material and the level of professionalism we saw. Well worth the auditors’ time.
This afternoon, I’m coaching a young girl I know for her audition for “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I think she’d make a fantastic Puck, although I think she’s going for one of the other roles. Too fun!