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Update from Divaburbia

I sang, they said "thank you," I went home. All very much as expected, up to and including the length of the line when I arrived at about 10:15. I'm sure there were people who'd gotten there at dawn and, um, no. Being number 66 after two hours of sitting on the sidewalk knitting was fine. Especially as it was a gorgeous day. (Note to self: Remember to wear leggings or jazz pants next time there is a short skirt involved, regardless of whether you think you will want to keep your trench coat on anyway. Because by about 11:00, you didn't, but there wasn't much choice.) They were running two rooms, and much to my shock we were actually getting to sing 16 bars.

I kind of feel bad about that, as they were taking people in the building in chunks of 20, so the line was cut off about 3:15 at the point past which they wouldn't get people signed in by 4. Two people I know were just past that point, including our Mabel in Pirates, who had arrived about 11:30. :-/ She said they were asking for resumes from some people, and it sounded like they were typing for a few specific looks. I'm not surprised to hear it, since I was surprised they were holding a non-required call in the first place, as I missed the required one (i.e. the Equity-monitored one they have to do twice a year) about a month ago (presumably when I was up to my eyebrows in vacation and Butterfly). Also, the required call is just for the Chicago company, and this one was for all of them. So my guess is they're short on certain types and were hoping for them to come out.

Unfortunately, Equity rules prevent them from just asking for those people in the audition listing, so this is the only way to do it. :-P It's far from the only rule that ends up hurting actors more than helping them half the time. And there are all kinds of hinky ways around it anyway, f'rinstance the standard Cats practice of having everyone do a double pirouette so they can say they asked them to do something, then only keeping the types they need to cast. "Mabel" is physically similar to me, and they didn't take her resume, so I pretty much assume they weren't even really listening to me when I was in. *shrug* Such is life.

Back in Community Theatre Land, I'm still invoking "It's a mystery," but not nearly as frantically as I was a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, there is still much stronger concern in some quarters, and last night there was a big powwow with the theatre's board, with airing of concerns and brainstorming. The upshot is that we will keep going and put up this show in the best manner we can. Which is a relief to me, and will hopefully turn out well enough to assuage the doubts of some of the more really, really worried people. At one point someone invoked the argument that, essentially, the audience they get there will be happy with a show that we might not feel too proud of. Which unfortunately wasn't as reassuring as it was intended to be. :-/

I'm of two minds -- I get where the Really Worried contingent (some of whom are on the verge of quitting) are coming from. Because I've been in shows in much worse shape much closer to opening, but that doesn't mean I enjoy being where we are. Which makes me feel that much more like like I'm being judgmental or dismissive if I reassure people that we'll get there, and thinking I must be missing something if they're that freaked out. So it's all weird and more stressful for everyone than anything we're not being paid for has a right to be. But we'll get there.

I know I keep saying this, but I really need to start concentrating on professional auditions and stop getting sidetracked. It seems like a good idea when I say "Hey, these people right down the road are doing such-and-such that would be fun," but it's such a coin toss whether the headaches are worth it.


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Mar. 26th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Well, at least you tried! :D
Mar. 27th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
{{{hugs}}} That's not going to stop any time soon, trust me. There are far worse things than making no discernible impression in that arena.
Mar. 26th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)

I hate the drama of drama. I offer much sympathy.
Mar. 26th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I so get the wish to Just Be An Actor, Dammit, and not be expected to solve the problems of Folks In Charge who are lacking resources and/or support. I share the wish, and I've had it granted so I know it can be done. But short of professional work at a much higher level than ever seems to want to hire me, you just can't consistently predict when you're going to get it.
Mar. 26th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm just proud of you that you went, whatever the result.
Mar. 27th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
{{{hugs}}} Thanks. Honestly, making no discernible impression is just what's expected in that arena. The fact that so much of it hinges on elements completely beyond my control and irrelevant to my ability is frustrating, but also weirdly freeing.
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