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Climbing Every Mountain: What Happens When You Get a Lead in a Musical

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Photo Courtesy of Dani Garza

Photo Courtesy of Dani Garza

Photo Courtesy of Dani Garza

Stephanie Padilla, Staff Writer

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Bravery, memorization, and determination is all you need to audition for our annual spring musical at Godinez Fundamental High School. This year’s production “The Sound of Music” will be memorable for all involved with the production.
When you walk into the audition room, you can do two things: Do better than the last person, or make them remember your audition by blowing them away with your talent. But when you’re the first to audition, your only option is to blow them away. The directors Jeanette McMahon and Richard Marting listen to you sing, watch a scene you act, and from there they decide whether your audition was good enough.
Auditioning for chorus or a small role is always easier than auditioning for a lead role. But what happens when you audition for a small role and get a lead? More lines and more complex music means more memorizing. Luckily, you usually have around two months to prepare until the big show.
Being in the musical takes dedication, especially since morning rehearsals start from 7:00 -7:53 a.m., meaning no extra sleep, breakfast must be on the go, and homework is done late at night. After school, rehearsals begin again at 3 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. so your schedule must be completely free of distractions.
The best part about joining the musical is meeting numerous people. My current best friends are people I met last year during the rehearsals of “Fiddler on the Roof.” It’s stunning how easily you click with people by doing something you love. If you don’t audition for the musical because you’re a “bad singer” or have “no acting skills,” do it to increase your skills, and you’ll get a chance to create unbreakable bonds with people.

 

When I was in last year’s musical I went from knowing one or two people, to being friends with almost the entire cast. This year is just another opportunity to meet people and get to know their experiences.
The hills will be alive with the sound of music because of people that make it so special whether you’re in chorus or have a lead role.

 

Don’t forget to come support your fellow Grizzlies as we perform the classic musical “The Sound of Music” Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee performance March 11 at 2 p.m.

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One Response to “Climbing Every Mountain: What Happens When You Get a Lead in a Musical”

  1. Arelly Ceja on May 1st, 2017 8:12 am

    I love how you explain on the roles and auditions process. Keep up with the good work!

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