At the end of my previous post, I was hoping to get a callback for Chicago. I should tell you, now that it is all said and done with, that what really happened at the end of the audition was that the casting director told me they were going to call me back in the following week to sing and dance again. I hate to jinx myself so didn't want to mention it beforehand. Anyways, the following week I was invited back in for a replacement call for Chicago. We were supposed to sing and dance in the morning and then possibly be available to sing and dance later that day for Walter Bobbie! I was super duper pumped!
The callback happened Friday morning, which also happened to be the first night of previews for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (RCCS), so I had a lot going on that day! I decided to wear the same black unitard I had worn to the previous audition, but this time I wore my hair out and put a red lip on. I arrived to the audition in the morning and there were about 25 girls there. I recognized several of them either from previous auditions or other broadway shows they had done. This was seriously the big leagues!
We went into the room to dance first and were taught the same combination I had learned previously except it had one small eight count change and they added on a little more to the end. We all got a little more into the details with the dance captain and got a chance to go over it several times. Then we did it in groups of three. They didn't make a cut then, but asked us all to go over and sing for the musical director. We ended up having to wait awhile because the boys weren't done singing just yet. Finally, after sitting around for a minute, it was my turn to go in and sing. I sang Come Down from the Tree for just the musical director and Duncan Stewart , the head of the casting office. It didn't go as well as I wanted it to, when does it ever, so I wasn't feeling all that confident afterwards. The musical director was also giving me the evil eye the entire time I sang which didn't do much to help me feel any better.
After all of that they asked us to wait around so that they could make a cut. Those who made the cut would perform for Walter Bobbie. They also stated that they had somewhat changed what they were looking for and there were only 2 slots available at this time. For both men and women! Anyways, cuts were made and, true to my intuition, I didn't make it. Boo! They kept about 5 girls out of the 25, none of whom were tall. I have to tell myself stuff like that to deal with the rejection better. I went about my merry way to have a burger and then make my debut as a Rockette! So honestly I can't really say it was a bad day and plus, its all about the small victories. Today I'm getting called back for Broadway and tomorrow, I'm booking the gig! One step at a time, one step at a time.