Sunday, September 16, 2012

Audition nerves

It is such a gorgeous day today, a lazy Sunday with light streaming through the trees.  I have started reading Little Princes by Conor Grennan on recommendation from my friend, Jess at Teachable Moments.  Tristan is fishing with his friend Nathaniel on the lake and Claire has just chosen a monologue from Romeo and Juliet to learn for tomorrow's audition. She is going to walk Tuggles around the lake while learning her piece.

The auditions for the Penny Lane Players production of A Midsummers Night's Dream start at 10:30am.  My children are getting nervous.  Tristan has a lot of work to do.  He has about half of his monologue down.  He wants to fill his audition with crowd pleasing stunts!  But fishing, tubing and dance rehearsal are on the agenda for today.  It might be a late night.  Who can get to sleep anyway before a scary audition?

Approximately 25 homeschooled children will be preparing an audition between the ages of 7-17.  The audition pieces need to be approximately three minutes long, preferably from Shakespeare, memorized of course and performed on stage in front of every body.  I feel sick to my stomach thinking about it.  Luckily Tristan is immune to this kind of stress.  Claire on the other hand almost dies, then somehow uses that extreme discomfort to hyperfocus and pull it off.

I would just stand there wanting to do it so much, but be dumbstruck and forget every single word.

I will try and get some video of their auditions tomorrow.

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