Today we held the first round of auditions. They were pretty good, with some students distinguishing themselves. It was wonderful for me because it is thrilling to hear a voice speak poetry out loud ...especially Shakespeare, and especially from youth.
Today's auditions came from the upper grade levels, tomorrow the 4th grade. There are two, at least, from this younger pool that can easily challenge the talent level of the upperclassmen...and they are much better when it comes to discipline and true delight in doing things true to protocol.
I think everyone is enjoying this. There is true excitement as the 2 minute audition time approaches. No lack of fear, but I think the excitement part is high.
Today in the production interviews, I asked a young artist how, working within production parameters of current clothing, would he dress a male character, then I asked for his design for someone in the military. He was spot on, and surprised me how quickly he got the design concept. His ideas were original also.
Just when you think you know something more than a child...well, we don't. We might know things from life or practice, but the vision is the same and ageless. What a great day!
Oh, for the record. The staff is working just how we laid out the procedure. It is working so much better than I thought. Sometimes I start, thinking I've forgotten to do something. The reality is that the Executive Producer (EP) and the Stage Manager (SM) have done it already. It's how it is supposed to work. So thankful!
Again, what a great day!