Monday, November 13, 2006

What I Did Not Do

Sometimes an update in a blog log this consists of what I opted out of. In this case, it was a local community audition I contemplated for a week or so, but decided against.

The Fredericktowne Players, based on nearby Frederick, Maryland, had auditions a few days ago for "Amadeus". I have never worked with the FTP before, though I have tried out for them previously to no avail.

They have a slightly different philosophy on community theatre than I do. Not that this is evil, but I prefer a different approach most of the time. However, given that Amadeus was advertised as having many smaller roles, I thought perhaps I would take the chance with the FTP again. My hope was that the resume I have built since last auditioning for them, and the experience I have gained would have made at least a small part in a huge cast more likely. I have been meaning to branch out into other local theatres, after all.

But I decided that the holiday season is not the time to be getting used to whole new rules, new people, and new locations, etc. Too much to get used to at a time of year when there is a lot going on in the emotional department anyway.

I adore being in the Christmas oriented productions at my current home base, The Old Opera House. I am familiar with the place and the people. It is like a Christmas party almost once you get down to tech week. But as I mentioned before, I did not try out for the OOH's Christmas offering this year.

Perhaps if it had been a play that I was enamored with, I might have thought otherwise. But Amadeus, while a good show, is not one of those I chomp at the bit to be a part of. So, I opted out for now.

I did check the shows FTP was doing for the rest of the year. But they are doing a show that another local theatre did only months ago. In fact in the last year, I am noticing that there is quite a bit of repeating going on with the local theatres. The OOH is usually out of the main fray of that, but there seems to be a lot of the same shows making the rounds of late. Whether or not it is intentional I cannot say.

So there you have it. The only Mozart I will be dealing with in the next few weeks will be my own collection of his music.

2 comments:

Susan Abraham said...

Tell us your theatre plans for next year, Ty.
January 2007 isn't too far off.

regards

playmaker said...

This was an interesting post to me, mostly because I don't know much about community theatre - do most CT actors choose one theatre to work at, and stick there, or do they move around a lot? Are the different theatres vastly different in the way they run things?

The repeated shows thing happens professionally too, but not usually in the same town. But on a national level you see it - every year there's a top ten list that it seems like every city in the country is doing.