My first audition in Ah-mer-icah! Open auditions for productions of Scapin and The Tempest with OpenStage Theatre.
Actors had to prepare a one minute monologue from any genre, and I did an adapted piece from Ali Smith’s novel Hotel World. It’s been my standard audition piece since 2007, and through PACT/ATYP/Central it has been fine-tuned into a delicious and fun monologue.
It has been drilled into me over time that at American auditions, unless you are auditioning for a character with an accent, even for Shakespeare, always do your audition in an American accent. Practised the monologue in an American accent (general American accent class, you were a godsend), and it felt fluid and natural. Phew!
Auditions were held at the Warehouse, an amazing space that is home to a scene workshop, costume store, and large rehearsal space, all of which are shared by various performing arts organizations in Fort Collins.
I was first off the bat, and I’m glad because it was damn cold, and I was close to frozen. It also meant I didn’t have time to watch the other actors and allow thoughts of “oh-god-what-am-I-doing-here-I’ve-never-even-done-a-Shakespeare” creep into my head.
The piece went well, and I got lovely feedback from the directors. If all else fails, it’s my first American audition DONE. Hurray.
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