Chances are good that you were one of the hundreds of people that were auditioning for shows this past weekend. Omaha Community Playhouse saw over 350 hopefuls vying for a chance to be apart of Les Miserables, the epic musical about the French Revolution. Facebook was littered with photos of a line that stretched outside and around the building this past Saturday. Katie Broman, the Playhouse Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said that there were plenty of new faces at the auditions. Let's hope that those new faces keep auditioning for shows throughout the year all over town.
The day after Les Miz auditions wrapped up, young actors and actresses showed up one more time at the Playhouse, this time to audition for The Book of Mormon tours and Broadway run. While waiting my own turn to read for the show, I noticed a welcome sight, college students auditioning outside of school.
To be clear, I agree that students should be required to audition for every production at their school, but often in schools across the state, students are not allowed to audition for outside productions while enrolled at their respective programs. This policy can limit the learning experience for many young actors and actresses. An actor should take every opportunity to get work that he/she can find. Some of the best training an actor receives is through outside work. Even if someone is does not get cast in a production, it still provides incomparable audition experience for the young performers to learn from.
There are some opportunities for actual paying work this month for actors across the area. The theatre educators at R.E.S.P.E.C.T. will be holding males-only auditions on April 22nd from 3-5pm at a yet-to-be-named location. Working at R.E.S.P.E.C.T. can be some on the most difficult but rewarding work an actor can go through. The subject matter of shows can often be tough to present to students (especially when talking about abuse or bullying to young children) but what makes it all worthwhile is knowing that you impacted a child's life for the better.
The other opportunity is the auditions at The Rose Theatre for their upcoming 13/14 season on April 28th and 29th at 6pm. Actors are encouraged to bring a monologue and at least 16 bars of song. It should be noted that as opposed to most theatres in the community, The Rose performs the majority of their shows during the day.
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