In most auditions, the actor is auditioning to portray a character; for Midtown Live, we ask actors to portray themselves. And knowing that you will play yourself on stage changes the entire audition experience.
There are all kinds of auditions an actor might go out on: open-call auditions (these are sometimes called cattle-call auditions), where the casting team tries to see as many actors as possible; private auditions, where only a select group of actors are invited to audition; video auditions, where actors can submit a recording of an audition rather than attend in person. Whatever the type of audition, actors typically have to prepare a song, or a monologue, or a dance combination, or all three!
For Midtown Live, we asked the actors to audition with a song they thought would work in the final production. We wanted them to actually be involved in the design of the show! We also asked them to share a personal story about why they connected with their song. We heard stories of love and loss, of missed opportunities, of life changes--all honest and all real. (More about those stories in future blog posts!). Those who were cast in Midtown Live, go through a production process in which their audition song is developed into a full-scale arrangement and their story is made into a video that will play during Midtown Live. The result of highlighting actors' real-life stories in a live performance environment is both unique and familiar: We all have stories to tell, and our stories are more connected than we may think.
Don't miss your chance to hear the cast of Midtown Live tell their real stories through musical theater and commercial music performances at Midtown Live [four]!
Midtown Live [four] performs November 16-18, 2018, at the historic Rockefeller's on Washington. All performances begin at 8:00pm (with an additional 2:30pm matinee on November 18). Ticket prices range from $10-$40 and are available for purchase now at pitchmethis.com.