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Ep 17 | Part 1: What it’s Like Auditioning

Elinor recently had theatre auditions for the local production of Frozen Jr.  This was the first time she was auditioning for a role she really wanted.  And in this episode, she talks about what it’s like to audition.  (Side note: we recommend listening to this episode because Elinor adds in a LOT of attitude and energy we just can’t convey in these show notes!)

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Elinor loves theatre and loves doing it.  The worst part is waiting to hear what your role.  She has been waiting, crying and screaming for about 48 hours.

She is currently in casting for Frozen Jr.  The way our program works, you sign up and then they notify you if you made it in via lottery.  Then they hold an audition workshop where you learn a dance.  A week later you audition with a song, the dance and sides (parts of the scripts).

At auditions, she already knows she’s in, but she doesn’t know her role.  She likes knowing that she’s in as opposed to it being open auditions.

Auditions were on a Tuesday night, and we recorded this episode on a Thursday afternoon.  Usually, we find out the following day, but there are two casts for this show so the other cast auditioned last night, which is holding things up.

Last time she had to audition early because we were on vacation.  Honk Jr., was about the Ugly Duckling, and she didn’t think about the wait because we weren’t in town.

Spoiler alert: we do let you know what role she gets at the end of this episode!

What’s it like auditioning?

Elinor says it’s fun, the worst part is singing.  This time she sang one at a time so not in front of everyone else.

She gets nervous in front of her peers but not on stage in front of everyone.

This is because of all the lights.  She can’t see anyone, it just looks black.

Do you get nervous going on stage and acting?

No!

How can parents help their nervous children?

She wouldn’t eat dinner before the audition workshop.  She was so nervous!

She says to let your kids be nervous.  They’ll go, have a great time, come home and crash.

Tell them, “you’re going to be fine.  You’re going to go there, have a good time, come home and go to bed.”  And then the kid will say, “but I don’t want to go to bed.”   And you’ll say, “fine!”

How is prepping for auditions?

It stresses her out when mom asks her to prep and practice.  Instead, parents should wait until their kid asks for help and trust that they’ll be ready.

Make sure you practice 10 times every day – that’s Elinor’s process.

She practiced the dance for Frozen Jr., at least 10 times a day.

Do you think it’s good to audition or is too hard emotionally?

She says it doesn’t matter. As long as you want to do it, do it!

About her role.

Elinor audition for Young Anna.  And they gave her Olaf sides to read as well.  She’s nervous about possibly being Olaf.  She’s afraid that she’d be a puppet and not be able to do facial expressions.

She really wants to be on Broadway someday and with all the stresses of auditions she will do it all day long.

And now we digress into how much mom sheds…. 

After recording this episode, we found out that Elinor got the role she wanted of Young Anna!!!

 

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B.E.A.T. Children’s Theatre
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Elinor (daughter) and Sami (mom) were on vacation in Phoenix in March or 2019 when the concept of the mother-daughter podcast was born.

Sami, a digital marketing strategist, was working on her own podcast, when Elinor decided she needed one of her own.  When talking about concepts, the idea of having regular chats about life and recording them came up.

And with that, Conversations with My Daughter was born.

Each week, a new topic, and possible life lesson, are brought to you with the hopes it will make you smile, remember conversations with your own mom, and hopefully inspire new conversations with your own children.