Friday, December 4, 2009

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Gestures

My dreams of starring in a musical have been crushed. The bad news came this afternoon. Sometime between 2 and 3. In the form of an emailed audition announcement.

Allow me to share the part that dashed my dreams:

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held at the Arts United Center building on Sunday, January 3rd from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. with possible call-backs on Monday, January 4th from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Please call 422-8641 Ext. 226 to sign up to audition. Enter from the back of the A.U.C. to check in. All people auditioning should arrive no later than 6:00 pm and be prepared to dance first. Those auditioning should be prepared to perform a song (16 bars) and provide sheet music in the proper key for the pianist. Everyone should be prepared to dance and sing at the initial audition. Be prepared to stay the entire times listed above.

Emphasis mine.

I don't know what I was thinking. Did I really expect to be in a musical that didn't have dancing? Did I really expect to get off the hook that easily? For decades, local music theatre participants have humiliated themselves at the hand of silly arm gestures and synchronized twirling.Why did I ever think that the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre was the exception?

Aside from the fact that I don't have the slightest when it comes to dance preparation, the annoying truth is that because I'm the new kid, I'd be judged as though I'm supposed to be impressive. As though I'm supposed to run around like those breakdancers on GAP's Christmas commercials. While the house favorites slide by with nothing more than an exaggerated jump accompanied by a rhythmically appropriate shrug.

But they're good enough. Because they've worked with us before.

And thus the circle starts over again. Because some other unsuspecting, big-dreaming soul in the audience will think to themselves, upon seeing the Christmas production-esque choreography, I want to do that! I want to sing the lead role and walk across stage with authority and storm away in disgust only to return in absolute splendor as I'm lowered from the rafters . . . and I can. Oh yes, I definitely can.

And then they'll see the audition notice and realize that they're no Justin Timberlake. And even though they're assuming that, considering the dancing they saw on stage, the JT test mustn't be that daunting, the thought of going up there and accompanying their song with a little jig is just too much.

And the dream will die. Even if they know that they can exaggeratedly jump and rhythmically shrug and synchronically spin with the best of them, the dream will certainly die.

Farewell, dream.

I suppose I'll just stick to acting.


  1. I say that it doesn't hurt to try! I am sure they will have a time to teach you the dance when you get there. And if you do awful with the dancing you can just blame it on the nervous jitters. Then you can shock them with your beautiful voice. And then they will cast you as the lead role (hey if it's Josepb and The Technicolor Dreamcoat then the main female part is the narrator and she can get away with minimal dancing). And finally your dream would come true.

  2. well Amanda. You can learn to dance. I learned when my mother plugged me in ballet class at age 2. Then when in landed Buffalo Grove Performing arts in 1995 i just got better and better! its not hard to be in a musical with danceing In the words of Walt Disney himself "Everyone dreams can come true IF YOU HAVE THE POWER AND THE COURAGE TO PERSUE THEM"

    dont sell yourself short and give it a try!!! i believe in you amanda!!! if I can do it, and Erin can do it Heck if you did TTO, you GOT IT!!!!! i believe in you!!!!

    Mr. TUFW going in 2nd place every year next to Kyle Wallen didnt come out of no where :)

    try new things :D