So here it is....
I woke up this morning feeling optimistic about the day. As I was riding to the audition, I was going over time steps in my head. This helped me to keep the jitters away.
I arrived at the New 42nd Street Studio and rode up in the elevator with a very nice smelling, thinner than normal, Brian Dennehy, who is rehearsing Inherit the Wind. He was way nice.
I got there and it was calming to see several familiar faces: Girls I have met through auditions or classes. Everyone was really nice. I had brought all my shoes, as I was told, and noticed most gals were putting on their character shoes, so I did the same.
Right at 10 we were escorted into the space. There was Susan Stroman, her assistant choreographer, and two assistant teachers...as well as the pianist and the two casting associates.
The assistant taught us a bit of choreography-it was quite short. It was soft-shoe/musical comedy-ee. I had a really hard time with the first two sets of 8...it's like I couldn't get the first step, so I was not properly set up for any new dance moves added on to that. I started panicking a little, but then just told myself not to give up and to just have fun.
I asked one of the assistants for help, and she was so nice and patient and helpful. Soon, everything seemed to click.
Then it was time to do it for Susan. She put us in groups of two. I was in the first pairing...lucky me. I told my partner I had good luck going first, which is true (Nuvaring and TW3 were two great jobs I booked, that I went first). The first time through I did pretty good...can't complain. Once everyone had gone, the assistant choreographer reviewed a few parts, and then we lined up and did the dance by twos again, and I guess apparently this time was the REAL THING. I still did fine...no major mess-ups. This time I started really watching everyone else, and I decided that if you had to divide us in groups of good and not-so-good, I would be in the good group.
Here is the best part of the day. About midway through the 15 groups of twos, a girl with fishnets and a red leotard took the floor. About 3/4 of the way through her dance, one of her sisters popped out of the leotard...by the time she got to the ending kick, we were getting a regular old peep show. It was pretty fantastic. She didn't let it ruffle her though, just put those two ladies away, and acted like nothing happened.
As we neared the end of the line, Susan surprised us by yelling: ONE MORE TIME...so there I was dancing, having not really mentally prepared, and my third time through for her was consistently satisfactory.
Then we were all excused. Oh, the lovely waiting outside the door with all of these girls that you want to beat.
The casting associate came out and said he was going to call some names of people they wanted to stay and sing, and the rest of you THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I had no feeling at this point...but I was pretty sure if 3 names were called before I heard mine, that I would not be hearing my name, simply because I was in the first group. Both my partner and my name's were called. I was happy. I tuned out the rest of the list. I counted...there were 12 of us called.
We were asked to sing the same song from our original audition. Follow your Fart it is! They laughed...I sounded great. I felt in control. The song went well.
Then I heard these words from Susan: "Ok Kristy, I need you to go over there and tap dance for me"
THANK YOU BIG GUY UPSTAIRS FOR GIVING ME THE IDEA TO TAKE TWO PRIVATE TAP CLASSES THIS WEEK.
I learned a short little tap combo with her assistant, and once I had successfully executed it, they said THANK YOU.
And it was over.
Now we wait.