Studying Lines

Two students study lines as they prepare for auditions.

For some of us, when we want to start something like a project or homework, it can be hard. In the end, it is satisfying, though. Right? The hardest part is deciding whether it is worth starting or not. It is the same with Theater. One of the hardest parts, for me, is deciding whether or not to audition or help backstage. For me, it is just because I am terrible at making decisions, but for others, it is a fear of trying something new, being in an unfamiliar place or simply a busy schedule.  However, for almost 40 people, that decision was made.

For the past two days, auditions have been going on for the 10-minute new or nearly new plays. There are 8 plays in this festival.  This is exciting because, as a stage manager, you never expect to see that many people show up. When I first got to the theater on Monday, I thought that people would not start showing up until 6pm. 10 minutes after I got there, people started to show up and fill out paper work.  When people first enter the theater, they come to the table where there is an audition form that they have to fill out. The person auditioning also gets their picture taken. Manning the table were my two wonderful assistant stage managers. These girls took the pictures and had everyone fill out the forms. Without them, it would have been tough.  The auditions went well despite the chaos of having so many scripts and so many directors.

Students hanging out at the stage managers table during auditions.  Prepped and ready to go.

Students hanging out at the stage managers table during auditions. Prepped and ready to go.

As a stage manager, you want it to go off without a hitch, but that does not always happen. My task each night, as the stage manager, is to make sure that everyone has at least one boy and one girl partner to ensure that they could choose a script with a boy and a girl in it. I also had to make sure that everyone had enough chances to be seen and to put people together that the directors wanted to see. That is not as easy as it sounds, but being able to work with the actors and actresses gave me a sense of who I am sure will audition many more times for Theatre Westminster. All of the actors and actresses did a great job, and, also, being able to add to the backstage crew is always a plus. Many of the people who auditioned were people that were either first years or people that have never been in a Theatre Westminster production. Seeing many familiar faces was a real joy. It is really great to see how everyone gets along so well and how everyone interacts.

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned. You always have a spot on my crew. The lists went up today, and now, the journey to the show begins!

(P.S. For those of you that do not know my actual name, this is guppy!)