The schedule was arranged differently from the original schedule, which would be during Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in one week. This time, it was held in two weeks starting on Wednesday and beginning again that Monday through Thursday.
The first day of auditions was in the choir room for character introductions and learning the songs that would be auditioned on Monday. The boys were to learn the song “Smile” which, in the play, is sung by the emcee Ted Farley. The girls sang the song “Disneyland” which is sung by the main character Doria Hudson in the play.
“I don’t know even how many girls are in here, I will only cast about 22 of you,” said the director, Kathy Paladino.
The second day started on Monday in which auditions were held in the Lyceum. This was the first type of audition they would participate in over the course of the audition process. It was a closed door audition where only the person singing and the director, choreographer, and the piano player.
After the audition, the actors and actresses were told to come the next day for the dance auditions. The girls and boys would be separated for this portion. First, the girls learned a 30 second dance to the song "Young and American" while the boys read lines outside so Paladino would not have to call them back later. After the girls, the boys learned their dance to "Smile" and the audition began.
After the dance auditions, everyone was told which girls--and boy in Eddie Villegas' case--were to be called back the next day to read lines for Paladino.
The call backs consisted of about 20 girls who were to read lines for the characters Doria Hudson, Robin Gibson, Maria Gonzales, and Brenda Freelander. The reading went until about 6 P.M. and the audition process was then over. The cast list would be posted that night an hour later.
The four leads in the play went to Hayley Smith for Doria Hudson, Adriana Rodriguez and Rachel Russel for Robin Gibson, Eddie Villegas for Big Bob Freelander, and Chris Byers for Tommy French.
The auditions ended with a read-through of the script with the cast. They were able to learn the story for the performances to come in March.
Written by: Maya Lee-Lopez