But that wasn't the woo-hoo I had to keep mum about.
On Monday surrealestate encouraged me to audition for the role of Falstaff from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor with Theater @ First, a small community theater group in Somerville. I'd been thinking for the past [indeterminate amount of time] how I should get more theater experience to enrich my acting abilities as a singer. I love Shakespeare, and Falstaff also happens to be one of the great operatic baritone roles. So I decided to audition for the part.
I really wasn't sure what I should do, since I haven't done theater since high school. I certainly didn't have any monologues prepared. So on Tuesday I downloaded the PDF script from T@F's website and skimmed through it looking for suitable material. I found a little snippet I thought I could do something with, so I copied it out. I spent that evening memorizing the lines, analyzing the text, looking up words I didn't know, figuring out how I wanted to present this mini-monologue (mini-logue?). On Wednesday after work I rehearsed it once and once only, with K watching and cueing me on missed lines, and I wasn't able to really play with the inflections I might want to use because I had to be fairly quiet … thin walls, you know. K came with me to the audition and did me the tremendous favor of copying the mini-logue onto index cards in case I suffered a memory fart.
I got up to do my mini-logue, and the performer part of me took over. It was as cold an audition as ever, and I was nervous as hell. I did have to use the index cards once and was almost cut short. As the words, "That's okay," began to come out of the director's mouth, I found my dropped line on the index card and regained control of the scene.
I was asked to read various scenes with other auditioners, including once the role of Ford. It was a lot of fun, and very challenging making the attitudinal switch between Falstaff and Ford and then back. I thought I did fairly well. K was positively gushing, and surrealestate, who came by to say hi, seemed very enthusiastic about my performance.
I was concerned when I went home, though, because I had indicated several conflicts on my audition form. I would have doubts about casting me with so many conflicts if I were the director. So, I sent her an e-mail explaining more fully which days and times I couldn't be there and which conflicts I could be more flexible with. I didn't want to seem presumptuous, but I wanted to let her know that I wanted the part and was willing to work with her if she really was considering me.
I received her response Thursday morning: the dates I can't rehearse happen to be dates that the rehearsal space is generally not available, so for once our scheduling problems seem manageable. Oh, and by the way, she'd like to offer me the role of Falstaff if I accept, but please don't tell anyone until she announces the entire cast on Friday.
Hmm… let me think. Do I want to accept? Hell yeah! Woo-hoo!!!
On a sad note, it seems surrealestate was not cast. I'm disappointed. I was really looking forward to working with her onstage, hoping she could be one of my rogues, Pistol or Nym. :( I feel kind of guilty, since I wouldn't have auditioned for this role if she hadn't told me about it.
Still, I'm thrilled to be doing theater again, especially Shakespeare and such a juicy role at that. It should be a lot of fun.