Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Nov 22, 2008 10:07 AM
I think "Grief" hit it on the nose. I think today's music and today's singers have had a huge impact on children. If you look at Miley Cyrus or the HSM kids, you'll notice that they are less singers and more celebrity than anything else. Anyone can be made into a singer in a recording studio. Theatre, on the other hand, demands a singer who can perform live 8 shows a week, without the help of pre-recorded tracks or backup singers. Most kids new to auditioning (like those attending a non-Union audition) have little or no experience performing 8 shows a week and little or no training. I also think that kids who sing pop music have no idea how to belt or sustain a strong, high note. They don't know how to finesse a note or make it sound pleasurable to the ear, since that is not an issue in recorded music. Man of the kids of today want to grow up to be on the Disney Channel, not on Broadway.