Audition process different for freshman, seniors
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 00:09
Drenched in sweat, half from the summer sun and half from anxiety, a freshman walks into the Performing Arts Center prepared to make his/her first impression in this new environment.
Walking down the hallway, a group of upperclassman are standing in the corner talking to themselves, harmonizing and doing what many unknowing passers-by may deem insane. They seem much more calm and confident than the freshmen.
The muses in the corners of the building aren’t as calm or jovial as they seem though. For this will always fill even the most experienced actor with dread.
They are filled with angst, nervousness and excitement. They are about to begin or end their college careers.
To sum it up in one word: auditions.
Anyone near the University Theatre Center or PAC may notice the people talking to the walls. They are not crazy, rather gearing up for the performance of their semester.
The semester auditions are a prime time for freshmen all the way up to seniors to truly showcase their acting chops through monologues, songs, dance calls as well as cold readings.
Theatre newcomers and veterans experience the process in same and different ways.
“I need a good amount of alone time,” freshman theatre major Savannah Lee said. “I like to pep-talk, and tell myself that I am awesome.”
A general consensus throughout both classifications discussed the importance of finding a calm place where they felt completely centered and focused. Research plays a crucial part in the understanding of the show.
Senior musical theatre major Audrey Wilson said she prefers to immerse herself into the details of the show before her turn on stage.
“I read the show and research the author, playwright and composer to see what truly influences the material,” she said.
Many say a common fear is stage fright. So when it came to confidence levels, seniors felt that they had more than freshmen.
Senior musical theatre major Danny Dyer said the experience helped him to cope with the fright and nervousness.
“By this point I’m used to the process so I’m not as nervous,” Dyer said.
With a new school and discovering the transition from high school to college, trying to balance just that can be a struggle.
“I was appropriately nervous being a freshman, you don’t truly know what to expect,” Lee said.
After the initial audition a select few will get called back for a second audition, and from there it get’s whittled down to even less until the final cast list is up. Amidst all the competition a great amount of support for fellow actors rang prevalent throughout the halls.
Megan Passano, a senior theatre major said freshman shouldn’t be overwhelmed by their peers.
“Don’t let upperclassmen freak you out,” Passano said. “Be confident. Remember that they are looking for people to fill these roles, and you are there to solve their problem.”