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Last night was call backs for "Aida".
I got called back for general chorus and Pharaoh, which is a non-singing role - but everyone in the show who's not a major character will be chorus.
Anyway, it was a really long audition - everyone was in the room through the whole thing. Everyone had to dance alone in front of everyone else, and then sing.
I figured I'd sing the bad guy's song, w hich is called "Build Another Pyramid". I wasn't called back for him, but it's a damn cool, eeeevil, villainous song, and it's in my range.
None of the people who were called back for Zoser particualrly nailed it, and when I ran through the song out in the hallway - I was actually sounding pretty good. The director is notorious for liking over-the-top emoting more than anything else, and I could certainly throw a little sinister in the song. I figured there was a decent chance she might actually pick me for bad-guy-ness, which would be pretty cool since it would actually mean learning fewer songs and dances than being in the chorus.
Well anyway, I have no idea what happened, but when I got up to sing, I was totally off-key. Not flat or anything - just off key. Of all the things I can actually do on stage, always being key is one of them that I'm solid on. I mean, maybe i don't have a ton of volume, maybe I'm not terribly good at acting - other than hamming it up - and I dance in a desultory fashion. But dammit, i'm always on key. And all that sinister-evil-bad I was throwing in there? Nope, i was nervous and just sang it straight. Finally the musical director (who did Thumbelina, and knows me...) cut me off and said, "Run me some scales so I can get your upper range." This was, at least, a blessing because then I was on key, with good volume - and ran up the scales higher than any of the other tenors had done without a lot of effort. My grandfather would be proud - tenor is, according to him, "The money voice". The director stopped wincing and said, "Gary, did you hear that? That was on key." - the inference being, nothing else had been. D'oh!
The competition was really strong and there are only a few parts. I am not being modest when I say I doubt I'll get cast - but choking and singing off-key aside, there's no shame in it - based on the talent that showed up to audition, this is going to be a really, really strong show. No room for a dilettante like me!


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Dec. 11th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
You know my views.
Dec. 11th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Previously though, I was always on-key. :)
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
You know... You do enough of these auditions that you should probably take the time to put together an audition repertoire. Then you will always be prepared with something you *know* you can and will sing well every time.

Maybe Frank and Sheldon can suggest some music to prepare for various situations? I had a ballad, an uptempo, a patter song, a pop/rock piece and a 19th century song. Also, I had music from the big composers: Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sondheim and Rogers and Hammerstein. To start with, I would suggest working out a ballad and an uptempo with a vocal coach and record the accompaniment so you can rehearse them at home.
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to assist in whatever capacity I can!
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
And Dennis Parnell from SMC is a brilliant voice teacher. I learned everything I know about technique from him.
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
If I do not get cast, and there are evening voice classes, I may well sign up.
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
I have a 3 ring binder
with music in plastic sleeves so they are easy to turn...

with 5ish pieces...all I know by heart and all are different sounding to fit into different shows.

Anyway, (he/she?) has the right idea.

Dec. 13th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a 3 ring binder
Well, I suppose it DOES make sense to actually, you know, prepare something. :)
Dec. 13th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey- your friend who commented about a three ring binder? That's exactly what I had, too, just as described. And my audition coach in New York told me NEVER sing from the show you are auditioning for.

I could see you doing this song:

[via FoxyTunes / Cole Porter]

Dec. 13th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Also, there is a nice ballad in Brigadoon that doesn't get done to death. It's a pretty song, very romantic and I think in your range. It's called Come To Me, Bend To Me.
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