Sunday, October 31, 2004

Sweeney Todd Casting Mostly Done

So, yes, there are three major roles still to be cast, but the bulk of the casting is complete.

Starring opposite James Iglehart as Sweeney will be Diana Torres Koss as Mrs. Lovett. She played the role for TheatreWorks some years back and was terrific.

I happened to go to college with Diana...we're talking more than a few years ago. The great thing about Diana is that she has acting chops to go with her voice. She played Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf" as a senior in college...and pulled it off, if you can believe it!

I'm also excited that a couple of my friends who haven't done theatre in a while are jumping back in to be in the Sweeney ensemble, including Kendra and Jon.

And it sounds like there are some Foothill newbies on the list too.

if you're freaky like me, and like to hear the cast even if you didn't audition, you can call the hotline to listen: 650-949-7414.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Auditions on to Callbacks

Auditions for Sweeney Todd were held last week, an the next step is callbacks. I hate auditioning with a passion, but I think I hate callbacks even more. I mean, there you are, surrounded by your competition, not in the abstract, but in the flesh. And you're all pretty much reading the same scenes and singing the same snippets. And while you're doing that it's hard to imagine how the people watching you (and judging you) can appreciate your true abilities.

Of course, having been on the other side of the audition table, I know that you can usually tell who's got the certain something you are looking for in a role. A lot of times it's not really about who sings this note just a little bit better or read that scene just a little more smoothly. A lot of times it's about a quality that is a part of who the actor is...a quality that mirrors what you had imagined for the role. (And yes, other directors might imagine something totally actors really arecompletely at the mercy of subjective whims.)

If you're interested, you can even call the hotline at 650-949-7414 and listen to the callback list! I know actors (and I'm not naming any names, but one of them might be me) that call and listen to the list, even when they haven't auditioned. It's always fun to hear your old Foothill friends names and picture them in the role.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, October 15, 2004

Just a reminder...

Sweeney Todd auditions are this coming Sunday and Monday. Don't miss your chance to be a part of a Sondheim masterwork.

And if you didn't hear, "Ragtime" star, James Iglehart, will be starring again in the title role. I can just imagine his rich voice attacking those haunting Sweeney arias, including "Epiphany". Should be damn cool.

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