Getting settled into my new home in Missoula, Montana, and checking out the local theatre happenings here. I discovered that the local community theater, MCT, was having an open house. I went down and was amazed at the spaciousness of the facility. It's obvious that people in Missoula take their theater seriously. Besides the fantastic display in the lobby where they enticed us with a meat, cheese and veggie platter and local microbrews, I was able to tour the building, including the 320-seat theater, the main stage, the costume and prop rooms and the shop - and that was just the first floor!
The season for MCT looks amazing. Here is the schedule with the audition dates:
Spamalot - Sunday, September 22, 2013
Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka - Sunday, October 6, 2013
9 to 5, the Musical - Sunday, November 24, 2013
Lend me a Tenor - Sunday, January 5, 2014
Les Mise'rables - Sunday, February 23, 2014
I attended the Spamalot audition on September 22. Mike McGill, MCT's Executive Director, is also directing Spamalot. The auditions were conducted on the third floor, which also doubles as the rehearsal space.
I was impressed with the organization of the audition. Actors sign in and are assigned a number, and then wait to be called. Actors were called in groups of 16. I was in the second group called.
Our first stop involved a singing audition, as well as cold reading from the script. Once all the group had finished, we moved over to a dance audition with the choreographer. The entire process took about an hour. At the end of the audition, we were notified of who was on the call back list. I was overjoyed to be included on that list.
At the call back, there were additional cold reading, singing and dancing auditions, which lasted about an hour. The director dismissed us individually once he had seen what he needed to cast the show, and told us that the cast list would be published on Wednesday.
Over the next few weeks, we will cover the casting and rehearsal process, and a behind-the-scenes look at the production. Join us again for the next article.