Ballet - I fell.
Tap - I smiled and moved my hands but nat a thing was happening with my feet. The casting peeps were laughing and pointing directly at me. Not good.
Next day - Dance class.
If you are auditioning for musicals, you should be in class - and here's a fun one.
MONDAY, MAY 24
6:00 - 10:00
Dance for Musical Theatre Workout with Shannon Levy-Heath
Ask about the DRAMA CLUB discount!
Shannon is one of our most popular teachers and a rad choreographer. Our Cabaret that we did was pretty smoking if we do say so ourselves.
Join her this Monday, May 24th for four hours of dance workout time.
If you are auditioning for musical theatre, this type of class is a MUST.
Here's some info...
A GREAT song! This was my favorite of the you tube perfs. Someone hit me up with your version and we'll compare. I really like her voice (not too musical theatre) and also the tempo's nice.
She is a phenom and has spent plenty of time on each side of the desk. In fact, she was in the original auditions show A Chorus Line back in the day, creating the role of Maggie. You don't want to miss this opportunity.
DANCE, SINGING, ACTING auditions, plus filmed dvd of your work with ind. critique from Kay.
And we have a couple of scholarships available. Just shoot me back an e-mail with a note about your experience and your need for assistance.
Personally, I much preferred the concept of having fans vs. people who like us. Fans seemed so...so...Lady Gaga. Like seems so...Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (no disrespect, we loved that dude).
Anyhow, our professional, pre-professional, college program is producing this awesome Kay Cole Triple Threat Audition Workshop on Monday May 10. Currently there are about 6 slots still open. If you are a Fan/Person who Likes of DRAMA CLUB on facebook you can get $25 off the class.
It will be an awesome day - DANCE, ACTING, SINGING. The ACTING and SINGING components will be filmed professionally and you'll get a cody of the dvd. Use your footage for auditions, for your reel, for your posts.
SO, hit me up if you are in the LA area and want to improve your audition skills.
Here are more details - kay cole triple threat audition workshop
When I was a young performer, I remember thinking that whether I totally rocked or totally sucked in an audition depended on mystery. The vibe had to be right in the audition room and what made the vibe right?? I had no earthly idea.
Looking back (it's not THAT far back) I realize it wasn't such a big mystery. When I was prepared, confident and energized, I auditioned well. Simple as that.
Here's an opportunity to take a look at the process of auditioning through the eyes and brain of someone who has sat on both sides of the desk.
Kay Cole was the original Maggie in A Chorus Line on Broadway. After years of being a Broadway Triple Threat in original productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bye Bye Birdie, she got to sing the most beautiful line in the most beautiful song in the show - AT THE BALLET. "Daddy, I would love to dance..." CHILLS!!
Now she works and lives in LA, directing, choreographing, and inspiring young performers in workshops and classes.
On May 10, Kay will be taking 15 students through the audition process for musical theatre - DANCE, ACTING, SINGING. The evening will be professionally filmed and each student will be given a DVD of their work with individual critique from KAY. I would have given my right pinkie for this opportunity when I was starting my career. The cool thing - it doesn't cost a right pinkie...
Triple Threat Audition Workshop
May 10, 2010
3:30PM - 10:00PM
15 Students Only/ages 16 and UP
Produced by FLEX, our program for college and pre-professionals in Los Angeles.
Call 323.868.1352 to reserve.
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Now here is a treat - Kay in an amazing moment from when A Chorus Line was closing after being the longest running Broadway show in history. Enjoy!!
This is another NETworks non-union call. I'm sure they'll be looking for a ton of young performers...
Here's the deal...
She is a true theatre artist with bucketloads of experience on both sides of the audition table. Broadway's original Maggie in A Chorus Line, original productions of Hair, JC Superstar, Bye Bye Birdie, director and choreographer around the country and abroad. Her direction and chorography has been seen on Broadway, Los Angeles, London's West End, regional theatre across the US.
This class is a MUST for any serious musical theatre student. Come experience the audition process through the consummate professional. Dance, Acting, Singing. A DVD of your audition with critique from Kay.
Ages 16 and up.
College and young professionals
Click here for more details...
At a theatre geek party in the early mid-to-late 90's, someone asked what part this blogger would love to play. Without any thought - Tony from West Side Story. Silence fell across the room. Then laughter. Lots of laughter. I laughed too, even though I was weeping on the inside. I could never play Tony.
So many times in an audition setting, actors bring in the wrong material because they perceive themselves as something they are not. Eighteen year-olds cannot play Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and likewise, 40 year-olds cannot play Annie (unless they are unusually short and the audience is far, far from the stage).
But it goes beyond age. If you weigh 98 pounds soaking wet, you are not going to be cast in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (great monologue material, btw). If people laugh at everything you say, you might want to pick pieces that highlight your comedy.
Look, acting is amazing. You get to play parts that aren't necessarily who you are. But you have to get a part first. Once you are Meryl Streep and you are on your tenth oscar nomination, you'll have a lot more freedom to don a wig and a fake nose and play someone entirely different than yourself (though did anyone but me think Charlene Theron looked exactly like Jon Voight with her Academy award-winning prosthetics?)
So today's audition tip - know thyself.