Day 1: AUDITIONS is all I have to say…
My staff and I arrived at Central Plaza on the UCO Campus at 8:15 am.. (too early for summer). We received our scripts and then the campers began to arrive. I hate speaking in front of a crowd and felt butterflies in my stomach but by 9 am butterflies or not, it was show time! All the campers gathered round, and we started with an ice breaker to get to know each other. Then it came time to discuss what was going to happen that day, and it being Monday and the first day of camp, that meant only one thing—AUDITIONS!
We were lucky to have a generous donor, Mrs. Young, who came and held an audition workshop with the campers while my staff and I went to have a production meeting about the week. Once the auditions began, we were surprised by how much talent came into camp this year. As soon as the auditions were over, we spent 45 minutes of intense discussion picking our cast and then quickly submerged our students into the bright and colorful world of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
At first, the students were very hesitant and almost seemed afraid to dive into this great music but soon they were off and learning the show like there was no tomorrow.
As Tuesday rolled around, I began to see where the “director” side of my job came into play. To see if my vision of the show was coming together, I decided to sit in on the various rehearsals. There were several times that I wanted to jump into a blocking rehearsal and rework a moment but I had to be respectful of my acting specialists and let them do their job. I sat in on some very intense music rehearsals and watched as the students grew to love this music, even singing it during breaks.
Day 3: Working out the kinks!
Wednesday was much the same as Tuesday, I watched the rehearsals and luckily got a moment to block something! We realized we glanced over an important scene in the show, so I jumped in, with script in hand, and got some work done with the kids. It felt great having that moment and seeing their eyes light up when they understood where I was going. They are following me on this journey to become “Modernized.”
Millie will soon be ready to take the stage!