A sneaky peek of what our Wyrd Sisters poster will look like and a cheeky reminder that we need people to apply for audition packs, applications must be returned by April 20th.
Well audition registration has opened with a flurry of early applicants. I love this part of the procedure, it makes me feel all warm inside to see people coming back again. It’s great because then I know they had fun last time and like us enough to come back.
And I get super excited about the new people applying because I have no idea what any of them are like and they might be amazing and, like quite a few of the Mort cast, become really good friends of mine.
However, there is something that really irks me. And it’s this- emailing me, or returning the application form, with the suggestion of which part you want.
I’m sorry if any of you who have done this are reading this now and didn’t realise this was bad etiquette- but it really is. And here’s why: you will get cast in the part that suits you best. There are no loyalties in my company, if you are the best for the part you get the part. We also like to switch up the leads every time to give people a chance. And whether you are best for the part depends on how I imagine the character as the play is cast and directed to suit my own idea of it. Especially with Wyrd Sisters, as it’s my favourite. If the form asks you to choose ‘anything’, ‘small part’ or ‘crew’ please assume that by ticking ‘anything’ I know you’d like a lead.
Try to see it this way- by feeling the need to suggest to me which part you’d be good at is like saying I don’t know how to do my job. I really do. Casting is always something that comes up positively in our reviews and we take a lot of care over it. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve done it, if you’re the most suited to a part you’ll still get it, as my play comes before my own irritation.
I suppose a worry for me is that if you get a smaller part than the one you want then you’ll be resentful and may even voice opinions that you’d have been better than the chosen person- something that does, sadly, happen. When it has happened in previous productions I can assure you that that person was wrong, if they had been the best choice then they’d be playing the part. Don’t risk making yourself look petty and vain, other people in the company pick up on it and it’s not a quality that people admire.
But I guess the bottom line here is this; everyone has an equal chance of getting a lead role, roles are cast on suitability and talent- not on which part you’ve told me you’d like and I really want people to enjoy the part they have and enjoy being part of the process, being in this big friendly group of nerds, without holding onto resentment about not getting that part they wanted. The show is an ensemble, it’s not all about the leads. It is, however, about having a good time, making new friends and supporting an excellent cause. So let go of the idea that you want that certain role, embrace the part you get and have a lot of fun along the way.
Happy Birthday Terry Pratchett
Audition Registration for Wyrd Sisters at midnight! So excited to meet new people and spend all my time with the old people, and this time I get to sit in the auditions. Monstrous Productions has become my Cardiff family and it’s brilliant when we get the opportunity to expand. If you live in or…
She speaks the truth! We are, indeed, opening audition registration for Wyrd Sisters at midnight. If you email us for a pack we’ll send you all the information you need, including how to apply. Registration is open for one month and auditions are from 22nd to 25th April.
We’d love to see potential actors/crew of all ages and level of experience. And we do eat a lot of cake.
So I did this yesterday- it always takes a few weeks for those last few pounds to come in so we know our full total. This time we donated £2,075- which considering we had around £2,000 worth of costs to pay off first is pretty amazing!
So we’ve donated £5,175 to Alzheimer’s Research UK in the last 7 months and I can’t wait to add to that this coming November.
A few people have asked why we don’t keep the money we make but I kinda think ‘why do we need to?’- we get by on borrowing things and spending the bare minimum and our productions still look amazing. Why spend money unnecessarily? Also, I do think the charity element of what we do draws people in who wouldn’t normally see a Pratchett play and so many people throw in that bit extra too. We had an ARUK bucket on the desk by the exit and as people left they were throwing in five and ten pound notes! It’s nice to think that’s because they enjoyed the show so much!
But mostly, it’s because this means so much. The pleasure I get giving this money to a charity funding research to beat this awful disease is a far better feeling than being able to buy the best costumes or have the nicest props. It’s just so much more worthwhile.