Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Little One Auditions Done [Drop Mic Here]

Well, all right, folks. Our final round of auditions for The Little One is done and it's time for Pete and I to get the sand out of our respective vaginas and buckle the fuck up. It's casting time.

We had a good (and small) crew of people come in, so we definitely have our work cut out for us. But I think with a little grit, elbow grease, and determination, we can finalize the cast in the next day or dos. As soon as we know, dear readers, so shall you.

Until then, let's all try to get through this Wednesday in one piece. It won't be easy, but I'm confident we can do it. We're a resourceful and plucky crew!

Giving you the goods,

James "Non-News-Bringer" Comtois

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Blogger DPS said...

Alright, that is the LAST TIME I'm lending you my mic.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous RLewis said...

I have enjoyed pulling out another layer of discussion from you recently, James, and hopefully others gain from an elaboration on your experiences as well. This might not be a good one, but my company is looking at a similiar situation as well, so I thought I might ask another here.

It's seems that you guys work with a lot of the same actors, and you see a lot of shows as well, so you must have a ton of actors that you want to work with, that you know what they can and can't do, and that are proven... So, why audtions?

I think we are going to do the usual, and just call up our best and brightest to offer them a role. We always try to add a few new folks to keep us growing, but we've seen so many actors that we want to work with in other shows, and we think that proves far more than any audition could.

Do you and Pete think auditions give you something that seeing an actor in an actual show doesn't? I did a ton of auditioning back in the day, and never felt that anyone saw my best work there/then. And cattle calls were soooo depressing. Did your auditions change anything from who you thought you might be casting?

And if this seems like a crappy question, feel free to ignore it. lol.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jamespeak said...

Oh, hey, Ralph. No, it's not a crappy question at all, think nothing of it!

Obviously since we're still in the thick of casting talks, I can't really get into too many specifics for this casting process, but I can speak generally about it.

Basically, Nosedive often has a lot of "the ole crew" mixed with newcomers in each show. Infectious Opportunity was actually a rare exception, as almost everyone (except for maybe my sister and Daryl Lathon) were all newcomers to Nosedive.

We often precast many roles (we've precast three for The Little One) and then we bring in some of our regulars and new folks just to see who's exactly right for what.

Basically, we audition because we have more regular actors and actors we'd like to work with that we can accommodate for any given play.

And there are some folks in Nosedive Central that have very different yet similar acting styles (if that makes sense), so we need to see them read a side or two aloud just to figure out where in the show they should go. (Bear in mind most of my plays have ensemble casts where 8-11 people are playing 20-30 roles, so this situation comes into play a lot.)

For some projects, like Entrenched, we didn't hold auditions. I knew who would star in it from the get-go, and let all the directors for each episode pick their supporting cast members.

1:47 PM  

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