Ok, so I am a GREASE freak.
Ever since elementary school, when I spent every weekend @ my grandma's house & she had a Video Disc Player & the movie choices were limited to a bunch of Elvis flicks, Grease & Zapped, I watched Grease EVERY weekend. I probably know the entire movie by heart...ok, so I DO know the whole thing.
In jr. college there was talk of doing Grease that year, but Westside Story was chosen instead. I was a "Jet". I even made my own dress/costume cause I was also in the costuming class @ the same time.
Ok fast forward....some odd years...& for the colleges 50th anniversary they are doing Grease, The Musical.
There was no doubt I was going to audition...I even finagled a few friends from church to join me...all flaked but ONE good sport.
I got the information, I knew well in advance & I did not prepare to my satisfaction enough to feel self-confident. Oh well! I dressed the part, noone else did, but I figured I needed all the help I could get...plus the fact that I am probably OVER a decade older than all the other auditioners...iykwim!
It was finally my turn to sing...ugh! I felt the nervousness take over my body as soon as I walked into the theatre...... for some reason I could not follow along w/ the pianist. I kept either starting too soon or I don't know what! It was horrible. Choked---is an accurate description. The director had me stop & stand next to the piano & do the 'scales'...which is saying ahahahahaha then the pianist hits the next note & sing you higher, then higher, then higher on & on. They were nodding their heads when I did that...like I was doing ok. My friend said I sounded much better doing that...but THAT is what they made you do if you could NOT sing!
That part was over & I was SO embarrassed cause there were a few people in there that knew me. That could possibly work in my favor. And the fact that I only wanted to be in the ensemble anyway. I just want to be IN it.....or be Patty Simcox. :o)
Ok, that part was over, time to focus on the dancing part of the audition. It seemed that most of the auditioners there @ that time were dancers more than singers...which might also work in my favor.
I felt SO clumsy & ungraceful. aarrgghh! The moves were fast, the stage was crowded. I couldn't even see the choreographer. I was turning in wrong directions...I think. I couldn't even tell. Again, I was so embarrassed.
Finally our time to audition was up. You had to go out in groups of 5, say your name, the music starts & you do the dance. It was SO bad, that when we were done, everyone started clapping in sympathy! I KNOW it was out of sympathy, because they hadn't clapped for anyone before that time. All 5 of us, in our particular group were doing something different. It was awful! IT was nice though that the others tried to be encouraging anyway, by clapping & cheering.
I was really bummed. I left feeling really bummed. My friend was proud of herself for just going for it...even though she can't sing & cares nothing about acting. She had accomplished her goal. I was happy for her.
We told each other that if we didn't make it, it wasn't God's timing & if we did...we'd invite all these young people to church. lol I said, if I dont' make it...I will accept it as God's will BUT I will be VERY disappointed & not happy about it. Just being honest.
I told her that I had wished I didn't tell people about it so then I wouldn't have to go back & tell everyone how I choked. But then...I thought & said, well I am kind of a 'balls out' kinda person...I DO get my hopes up & if I get disappointed, I get disappointed & everyone will know it. So there ya' go. No holding back, ykwim?
I obviously wouldn't be @ the school today to see the posted call-back sheet. I needed to call in. I couldn't get through....kept getting a voice-mail. Finally I got through. I pretended I was someone calling for my friend & I, instead of calling for myself.
The girl seemed to take forever. Just get that stupid LIST! Finally...the moment of truth....there was NO kt m...there was a kRt m...I guess they spelled my name wrong & the girl was SURE it was meant to be kt m!!!!!!
My friend did not get a call-back but I knew she would actually be relieved & would not mind one bit. But it would have been fun to do it w/ her.
So I got a CALL-BACK! WOOOHOOO! Which means, that I have to audition again, sing again, dance again & then 'read' (the acting part, which they don't cover the first time). It's really to assign lead roles. I am pretty sure that means I will get in no matter what, @ least an 'ensemble' part which is all I care about ....or Patty Simcox! ;o)
No matter what happens in my life----ALL is right w/ the world today cause I got a call back for GREASE!!!!!!!
hand jive baby! It's all about the hand-jive! ;o)