I’ve had some people question what happened with that bad audition, so I’m here to fill you in. It must not have been quite as bad as I thought it was, or maybe there weren’t that many adults that tried out or something. But whatever the reason, they called me back last week, and I had to go in on Thursday night. When I went there, I found out I was one of three women they were considering for the part of the Mayor’s wife. We had to learn a couple of songs from the show, sing them and read some lines, and that was about it. I was done in less than an hour, and I had my self-esteem intact!
I had to wait until Friday night to see the cast list, which was posted on their web site, and sure enough, there was my name. I am “Mrs. Mayor”, or the Mayor of Whoville’s wife.
I’ve got mixed emotions. I’m excited to be in a play again. I haven’t been in a play for quite a few years, and while it’s lots and lots of fun, it’s also a huge time commitment. How will I manage it? How will I juggle all the commitments I already have on my calendar? Well, I guess we’ll find out.
We had our first official rehearsal on Saturday morning. In fact, the cast meeting started at 9 am. I was just finishing up the race at 9 am, but I quickly drank some water and drove to the rehearsal, still in my race clothes and everything. I wish I would have gone home to shower, because the whole time I was at this read-through, I was just embarrassed that I smelled so bad. Luckily, there was another lady there who had also run the race, and she hadn’t showered or changed her clothes, either, so I didn’t feel quite as yucky as if I were the only sweaty person there.
As we read and sang through the whole script, I was impressed with the quality of the actors in this play. Just sight reading it through, these people had character, spunk, and great voices. I’m sure that the show will really turn out great. As for my part, it’s decent. It’s not a huge lead like Horton the Elephant or the Cat in the Hat. But I do get to sing a tiny bit and don’t have that many lines to memorize, but whenever the Whos are on stage, I’m pretty sure the Mayor and his wife will be there, so I’ll have some fun stage time.
I will let you know as this thing progresses how it is to be in a cast with mostly younger people (there are about 4 other people around my age, and the rest of the cast is probably 25 or younger), and how we manage with all these kids (there are a lot of little kids in the show), as well as how in the world I will do “Who Hair”. That is, if I have time to blog, I’ll tell you these things, because frankly, I don’t know when that will be.
So, stay tuned, and hang on, it will be a wild ride (for me, at least). Thankfully all the girls have friends on their softball teams, so I can pawn them off on my friends and neighbors instead of actually attending their games.
And keep July 11-21 open, because you’re going to want to come and see this show with your families.