Today was an absolute blast! It was my audition to be a teaching artist for Disney Theatrical Group, and it couldn’t have been more fun. It was one of those great experiences where you just get to play and laugh, make music and dance, and say “this is my job!” (or in our case, “I want this to be my job, so pleeeeease hire me!”)
There were ten of us auditioning, and the group was filled out with some of the current teaching artists on staff. Right from the start we were told to just relax and have fun, and that’s exactly what we did. I mean, what’s better than starting your day singing Disney songs for two hours, while playing theatre games and doing some improv?
We were also told not to worry if someone before us did something similar to what we were doing; since there were ten of us, all using Disney songs, it was possible to have some repeats. I was so glad they had said that as soon as one of the girls started teaching the same song I was going to do. And then another guy did a great tongue-twister warm-up. Great minds think alike, right?
For my section, I did what I was planning on when I wrote about getting ready here. I started off with the warm-up I wrote using “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” I have to admit, it’s a pretty neat, little exercise. In a matter of minutes, the group is singing in three-party harmony, and just laughing and having a great time. I’m definitely going to use it in the future.
After the warm-up, I got them moving a little with the interlude that leads into the last chorus of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” which took us right up until the buzzer went off, letting me know my time was up. Everyone was exceptional, and I learned a lot of great tips and tricks from the other guys auditioning.
I’m not sure how many people they’re looking to hire, and neither are they. We were told that there wasn’t a set number; it was all up to how many people they saw today that they thought would work well within the company.
Whether or not I get the job, this was one of those auditions where you left knowing that you gave it your all and loved every second of it!