Tuesday morning, was the morning of the callback for Young Frankenstein. It was set to begin at 10am and me being my early-arriving self got there at 9:30. There were several new faces that were not there yesterday and only a few people I recognized from the day before. Apparently, getting called back from a chorus call gets you into the "Invited Dance Call" which is what other people are just invited to in the first place.
The audition starts out with tap again, only this time its the combination all the equity girls learned yesterday. I practically run to the front of the room, because I know I'm going to need to be able to see if I want to get this right, but it really didn't matter because the assistant choreographer kept making everyone switch around so we all got a chance to see. He started teaching the combination and it was fast and a little complicated. One girl left the audition before he even finished teaching it!
Have you ever studied for an exam and then when you sat down to take it realized it was nothing like you had planned? You studied straight facts, and suddenly its an essay test? That's what this was like, but just like when sitting in a surprisingly difficult exam, you have a choice. Either give up and sit there staring off into space until its over or try to get it together and make sense of what you're looking at. I literally felt my brain turn on and forced myself to take it all in. Luckily they let us go over it a couple of times before we had to do it three at a time and I made the cut!
Next we did the same ballet combination from the previous day, so my brain got a break. They didn't make a cut at this point since there were 13 people left (yes I counted!) . It was time to sing again, after doing such an awful job the day before I wanted to practice a bit before I went in but there was no where to do it. Every time I tried to practice a lovely employee from the studio would tell me not to. Ugh. I had planned on singing A Little Bit in Love again, but when I got in the room. I asked the casting director and choreographer what they wanted and they said whatever I was most comfortable with so I completely switched gears and sang Waiting for Life to Begin from Once on This Island.
Surprisingly, the casting director told me how much better this song was than yesterday's! She also took the time to give me feedback on my performance. It was the first time anyone had every taken the time to do this and I was extremely grateful. Still upon leaving I let all hope go out the window. Its better as a performer to just know you didn't get it when you leave an audition so that its a surprise when you do rather than a disappointment when you don't.
Yet somehow, the next day, I look at my phone and there's a missed call from Tara Rubin casting! I've been called back again! This time, the call back is for next week and Susan Stroman is going to be there! The woman has one FIVE TONYS!! She directed and choreographed The Producers! This is really quite the opportunity and I'm really excited. I don't know how many spots there are on the tour..I've heard two females and I don't know how many girls will be there next week. But this whole experience has been awesome! Wish me luck!
P.S. Please listen to LaChanze sing Waiting for Life to Begin and KNOW that I SOUND NOTHING LIKE THAT. She sings it a whole step higher than me and she's an icon...that is all.