Tori Savona They Piece Audition day. Mohon Masque’s productions are the only things that keep her sane. In front of her are the doors to the auditorium; the doors to the next chapter of her life. On the other side the director, assistant director, and musical director await. Her name is called. The name she has heard and been called all her life has an unfamiliar new ring to it. It is tantalizing her. Chills run up her spine. Slowly, she proceeds through the double doors down the ramp, heading toward the pit. With her she carries many things. Her headshot and résumé are among her nerves and racing thoughts, however she won’t let them show. She carries poise and confidence on the outside. On the inside she trembles. After subtle brownnosing, she takes center stage, something she hopes to keep. The musical director plays her first note. It resonates through every follicle under her skin. Months of preparation on one song boil down to this moment in time and it is over before it begins. All of this, just to carry center stage. She opens her mouth and sings… Among her are her friends, who also are auditioning. They all carry separate things. Mohon Masque is their life. Some are in it for the gold. Once one show is over, they begin preparing for the next. The go to voice lessons, acting lessons, dance lessons, and do major sucking up. Most of her friends like this plan on pursuing a career in theatre. Others are just in theatre for the social aspect. It’s an escape, a way to get away from the stress of school and home, while being someone else, and having a good time with friends. Michael spits on these people. For his audition, he carries a résumé comparable to the size of a novel, with a portfolio and recently taken headshots by a famous photographer. He carries his brown nose and uber
confidence. He won’t let anything stand between him and having the last bow, and everyone knows it. Jaimie carries his audition sheet, his laughter and small talk. He wants to get a good part, but won’t be completely disappointed if he doesn’t. He carries more talent then he realizes, and isn’t very confident. The newbies like Mercedes carry nerves. Some of the newbs even end up releasing their nerves, in the form of upchuck or fainting. Tyler carries his dance shoes, even though dance callbacks aren’t that day. Dance is what he loves, and he carries immense talent for it. He carries strong self confidence, and the ability to calm down others when they’re nervous. Some carry their iPods for practicing, and sing so much beforehand that they end up psyching themselves up and choking during the audition. Some carry a costume, just to get some extra kudo points with the panel. Some people carry their laziness, which is heavily apparent. But the directors don’t take crap from anyone, and the slackers don’t usually make the cut. O matter the reason for auditioning, the part they want, or how prepared they are, every person who auditions has one thing in common; the theatre is their family.