Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Jun 29, 2008 10:05 PM
Well now I want to know who got cast. These videos are a terrific example for all of you pursuing musical theatre and all of you moms with kids interested in pursuing musical theatre. For one audition for a local theatre in Denver, the theatre saw over 300 people locally, then had to go to New York and have the required two days of open auditions and one day of agent appointment auditions (per Equity). Probably another 300 people to consider for roles in the show. The Denver locals were probably thinking they would not have a chance to be cast if the Director was also auditioning performers in New York. The New York performers were probably thinking there would only be a few Equity contract roles and most of the ensemble would be cast with local talent (to avoid having to pay for housing and food for New York performers). Then the Director admits that it was nicer to watch local performers he knew and had worked with before because there was that familiarity.
My point is, with any given show there are only a select number of parts. Depending on the theatre and budget, there may only be a certain number of Equity vs. non-Equity contracts available. Local actors are cheaper to hire but New York actors bring a certain level of professionalism and publicity. Then there are the performers that have worked at the the theatre or with the Director before who tend to have an upper hand, unless they mess up their audition. So, those are a lot of factors at play, leaving pretty poor odds of getting cast if you are a beginner or you can't compete with the other talent (due to lack of training).