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Fear not the theater auditions; these seniors are here to help


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On a random day during the first weeks of school, a freshman looked at the audition sign-up sheet. An upperclassman approached. She said, “You should definitely apply to audition. What’s your name?” 

She didn’t even know the other girl, but she still encouraged her to give it a try. 

Turns out, that’s a real specific effort by this year's senior class: Lift up the youngest performers to build a more cohesive drama department. 

"We are working very hard to look to the freshman to pull them up and help them," senior Nick M. said. 

Perhaps that's because seniors remember their first auditions well. 

"Yes," said Cecilia M., when asked if she remembered. "I didnt make it. I was really, really nervous. My brothers were at Pius at the time; my whole family is in theater and music. They were there for me, and made sure I signed up around the same time as them. " 

Now, she's more mentally prepared, though she's had the monologue for the audition for less than a week. 

"I have been asked multiples times to listen to people," Cecilia said. "I go to a few people that I want to listen to me. They just give you critiques, like, 'The emotion here is good, but it needs to be stronger here.'" 

After two days of auditions, callbacks are next. The intensity rises a bit. The lists are narrowed, students can better tell who is in the running for which spot, and their own preparation intensifies.  

Most of the students have read through the script of the two plays this fall. They look for websites with personality information for the characters, and try to pick what fits them.  

When call backs come, they'll read for the part they've selected, with other people reading their character-specific parts.  

"Callbacks are always stressful," Nick said. "Callbacks are, well I don’t want to say they are cut-throat, because we are friends, but it is intense. And we are a drama department, so there’s always some drama." 

But the actual preparation for the play comes later.  

First, the monologues are released, and each student gets to pick one. Then you find friends, find a mentor, find someone who can give you just enough confidence to cover the 'mix of nervousness and excitement' of the audition, as Cecilia describes it. 

If a student earns a spot or doesn't earn a spot, it changes the student's afterschool schedule dramatically for the fall semester. 

This year, seniors are making a point of it to help whomever asks. 

"I get asked all the time, especially by guys, because It’s easier to get critiqued by a guy if you are a guy," Nick said. "People know I’m going be straight with them, but I’m not going to scorch them." 

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