Auditions –in front of trusted teachers or in front of unknown judges – are nerve wracking. That’s when Deb Smith steps in. On Sunday, October 23, Deb “Zuke” offered a class for her vocal students so that they could learn what a “real audition” was like from two theater professionals, Kristin Reeves and Bruce Winant.
The day was not so much about vocal technique, but about meeting these two amazing adults who gave me a new perspective. Initially I thought that everything I did had to be perfect, but the Kristin and Bruce taught us that theater people are everyday people. They joked and told stories about their worst mistakes on stage, including when Mr. Winant went on a Broadway stage ten lines before his cue. I also learned that -- because they were so down to earth -- I might be able to do theater too -- through attitude and confidence.
If I had to a give a message based on Sunday’s class, I would tell other students not to be nervous before their auditions. Instead, take a deep breath and be confident in all the practice time you invested. Speak to yourself after the tryout and say, “Nailed it!”