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Don't open that door!

Just got an email reply (with admirable promptness) from Chicago Opera Theater, saying that they were "overwhelmed" by responses to their listing for the (silent) former wives in Duke Bluebeard's Castle and therefore regret that they cannot offer me an audition but will keep my materials on file. (Yes, this means I'm back on the merry-go-round. And renewing/revising the resolution to avoid community theatre entirely, unless I'm absolutely dying to do a particular show. Which isn't true of anything going on at the moment. Not that it would have saved me from the recent disaster, of course.)

It's not surprising, since they stated right in the listing that the gig pays FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. For eight rehearsals and five performances. I mean, I know they're big-time and all, but DAYum. Do they have any idea what non-Equity actors are used to? Put that in front of us, and you're lucky to escape the feeding frenzy with all your clothes!

It's also probably just as well, as it dawned on me this morning (after sending off the email last night) that the rehearsal dates listed cover almost the entirety of my parents' upcoming visit. And at that level, I suspect being unavailable for one of the rehearsals if it's in the evening (because no way in hell am I missing the Loreena concert!) would be a dealbreaker anyway.

Still, it would have been awfully damn cool. Completely aside from the money, I love the fairy tale and have always been intrigued by what little I know about the opera. Plus, seriously, how often does a girl get the opportunity to have SAMUEL FREAKIN' RAMEY literally singing her praises??

I'm thinking I may have to check if there are any decently-priced tickets available. Anyone interested?

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iingaartist
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
When is it? (One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2007 was to get out and see more live theater.)
wiliqueen
Apr. 12th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
May 9, 13, 15, 17 and 19
All performances at 7:30pm, except Sundays at 3pm.

Ticket prices range from $15 (I'm guessing SRO) to $115. I haven't clicked further to see how they break down.
iingaartist
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I'll know my schedule better after this weekend. (I want to make sure my doctor doesn't want to schedule another follow-up before I schedule a visit home to the family.)
tytaniaherself
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Dang, I'd like to get paid $1500 to be silent. I'd even take off some clothes for that.

As it is, my gigslutting is limited to a $200 two-rehearsal gig singing a ten minute chorus. Not my fave thing to do, but I want to pay down my bills and every bit helps.
wiliqueen
Apr. 12th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Dang, I'd like to get paid $1500 to be silent.

No kidding! The listing even said dance background was "optional" -- they were just looking for "move well." And I'm thinking, um, hi, dance and Deaf theatre background, pretty much specialize in nonverbal, memememememeeeee!!

If I had seen it before it had been posted for almost a week, maybe they wouldn't have been overwhelmed yet. But that way lies madness. And pouting.

Every bit does indeed help. Another reason to swear off community theatre: It's distracting not only from pro auditions, but from completing my costume design portfolio, which still represents my best hope of phasing out the Office of Doom.
tytaniaherself
Apr. 12th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've been realizing that if I want to make money, I need to keep my calendar clear for ye olde gig-whoring. Singing for free tends to be a money-losing deal, once you factor in the gas, parking, extra items that the company doesn't provide and all the meals out you buy because there's no time to cook. I love the singing part, but I'm better off with my own projects for that.
wiliqueen
Apr. 12th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I love the singing part, but I'm better off with my own projects for that.

Which you also have more time to plan if you're not singing for free. And has its own psychological compensations to compensate for the headaches.

It doesn't take much to understand why there are so many upstart theatre companies -- at least 90% of them can be traced to actors ready to kill something if they don't cut those puppet strings!
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