Sophomore Antonio Antunez says, "The theme of bullying that this show completely embodies was the main reason I wanted to audition for this show. Bullying was something that was very prevalent in my early years, and I have an immensely strong connection to the show as a whole."
The audition process was much different for this particular play since there were no callbacks. Auditions were held within a time span of two days. On the first day, students were handed a small packet with selected scenes in which they could choose what play they wanted to audition with. If they felt that they were ready, students congregated in small groups and auditioned. If more time was needed to rehearse, students had the option of coming the next day. The audition procedure can be nerve-racking for some.
Instead of normally having callbacks, the cast list was immediately posted, but there were no roles given. A list of twenty four names identifying those officially in the play was posted. The roles were not decided until after the first read through. As a result, students were satisfied with the roles given and were excited to get started.
Ellie Aguilar, who was given one major role and three minor roles says, "The main role that I got was 'Cassie' in Here be Dragons, and it's such a fun and entertaining piece to be in. I have to act like a 7th/8th grader and it's really fun playing a younger character. I'm glad I was cast in this play, it's going to be great. It's an emotional roller coaster, so be ready!"
After a successful week of auditions for The Bully Plays, it was time for the middle school musical auditions for A Pirates Life for Me the next week. This show was also performed in 2007. Since it's a musical, the audition process requires much more than a play. It involves dancing, singing, and callbacks depending on how the auditions go.
Nancy Le, who has done two shows prior, auditioned because she thinks, "Every show is exciting and fun, especially since this musical is filled with a ton of funny moments."
If being involved in a drama production has always been something you want to do, then break those barriers, step out of your comfort zone, and come out and audition. It will give you an unforgettable experience.