On my list of things to do, I’ve come quite a way in the past couple of months.
- Acting class – CHECK!
- Tap dancing lessons – CHECK!
- Audition for a show – CHECK!
- Actually land a lead role – CHECK!
Late last month, River and I auditioned for a community theater production of Annie. River tried out for the part of Molly, the youngest of the speaking-part-orphans. I tried out for Miss Hannigan. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to introduce River to the basics of auditioning and theater. The people running the show are very friendly and most are good with kids. They were very inviting for River who had to go in and audition alone. We were both called back. I actually had to audition for 3 parts, although I was holding out hope for Miss Hannigan. There were 7 other ladies (at least) trying out with me.
The end result was River being cast as an orphan with no speaking part – no surprise for her first time on stage. I landed the role of Miss Hannigan! I’m so thrilled to get to try this whole acting on stage thing out. Here’s hoping I can pull it off.
River is having a blast so far. We’ve had two rehearsals to run through things, and she is embracing her part with gusto. She has already learned all of the words to “It’s The Hard-Knock Life” and knows most of the words to “Never Fully Dressed.” She’s picking it up very fast, and I can’t wait for her to get to work on choreography.
Starting January 2nd, our rehearsal schedule kicks into high gear. We have 8 weeks and then it’s time to put on a show. If you happen to want to come see us, we’ll be performing the first two weekends of March. More details will come when I have links I can point you to.