This weekend, a veritable storm of prospective Theatre School students will descend upon Lincoln Park. The first audition day of January is always a wild one with high school seniors coming back from their winter slumbers and getting back to the very serious business of trying to figure out what in the world they will be doing when next fall rolls around. I can honestly say that I do not envy all of you out there going through that process. It certainly wasn’t a cakewalk but I am realizing now that I took a lot more from the experience than I originally thought.
At the time, overwhelmed by the task of preparing auditions, applications, and financial aid applications for several schools, all I could do was wish for the end and an answer to where I would be continuing my education. Now that I’m on the other side working in admissions for the Theatre School, I think that in many cases this process tests one for their preparedness for college just as much as the actual academic work in high school. It forces one to plan ahead, remain organized, and be able to deal with any number of curveballs that are hurled your way throughout the many months leading up to the receipt of those fateful decision letters. If you can handle all of that often-messy business, you can easily handle the demands of a collegiate academic career.
I thoroughly enjoy the winter Saturdays on which we have these auditions. It’s a very rewarding process for me because I get a chance to talk to the students auditioning one-on-one in the green rooms throughout the day. It’s also a bit bizarre because of just how recently I went through the process myself. It feels like it was just yesterday I was sweating over which tie to wear to my audition. It was a very important decision! If I could offer any advice to those of you who are planning on auditioning with us, it would without a doubt be to try to enjoy the actual audition process as much as you can. Save the worrying for when you’re at home because, take it from me, we have a lot of fun getting to work with all of you and we hope you can have just a wee bit of fun too!
On an unrelated note, with awards season upon us, I wanted to put out my film suggestions for all of you before the Oscars have snuck up on us. As those of you who have read any of my previous posts might have gathered, I am somewhat of a Francophile and am a particularly huge fan of the incomparable Marion Cotillard. I just saw her newest film Rust and Bone and liked it quite a lot. Apart from powerhouse performances by Cotillard and her counterpart Mattias Schoenaerts, it is also just a visually stunning film. It is in a limited release but definitely check the web to find the theatre showing it nearest you. I also highly recommend Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook if you haven’t seen them already. Alright, stepping off the soapbox now!
Tyler’s Hot Track of the Week:
Let’s bring out an old classic for this week’s hot track. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House has been a popular track around the admissions office this week and I thought all of you out there could use an opportunity to get it stuck in your head as well. Enjoy!