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Ins and Outs of Auditions

The stage in the Bray Auditorium. (Photo/Pete Tarsi)

The stage in the Bray Auditorium. (Photo/Pete Tarsi)

By: Kaitlyn Jumpe

Drama auditions are often portrayed as a time where people sign up, say a few lines, and then go home. However, after watching auditions for a multitude of different shows, this is far from the truth.

The Drama Club offers a variety of shows, each with its own story and style. Simply reading lines on stage doesn’t make the cut.

“I feel like other students don’t know what it actually takes. They take it more as a level perspective,” said Ryan Qumiby, a freshman member of drama.

“I think a lot of people think about acting and singing. They know only what the media presents,” said sophomore and Drama Club member Delenn Martin.

“People just go on stage and read a part,” said senior Alex Wood.

What happens in auditions must go along with what the show requires. The production switches yearly from drama to comedy. This can be as simple for actors and actresses as certain actions, voice quality, or creativity on the stage.

“It’s really whether or not I can understand them, whether their voice has unique qualities to it and making sure they’re just not reading,” said AHS Physics teacher and drama director Mr. Peter Tarsi.

Before the audition starts each student practices their audition piece in their own way. Some rehearse lines with their partner, while others go over what they’re going to do on stage.

 “I’m probably more nervous after an audition than before,” said senior Alyssa Germaine, who is the secretary and treasurer of the AHS Drama Club.

The first show of the year is in the fall. From tales of sorrow like To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday to side splitting comedies like Almost Maine, actors must match the spirit of the script in order to give a truly amazing performance.

As with the fall show, the children’s show, around the same time, demands a different set of skills. The audience is made up of mostly elementary school students, so those who audition bring a different kind of energy to the stage.

Festival is what the Drama Club deems as Varsity Drama. Actors or actresses must show a high level of dedication and the capability to perform a variety of roles. Sometimes auditions are more than a one day process.

“It feels good because you get to be part of a team,” said senior and president of the Drama Club Mike Pratt.

If the actor or actress stands out, then they receive a call back to read a different part, or read a different part in a larger group, or both. The purpose of this is to match up the student with a specific role.

“It means the director wants a second look,” said Tarsi

Auditions match up a student’s traits and acting ability with a character and cast. One student may have the lead while another may be a tree. Regardless of the role, it’s a team effort and everyone in the cast gives it their all.


Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine poster created by the AHS Drama Club. (Photo/Kade Page)

Almost, Maine poster created by the AHS Drama Club. (Photo/Kade Page)

By: Kade Page

On Dec. 6 and 7, in the Bray Auditorium, the AHS drama club presented Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy written by John Cariani, and directed by science teacher Mr. Peter Tarsi.

With a cast of 19, this play contains unusual scenes that recreate the feeling of a miniature play, with two to three people per scene, and, for the most part, the actors and actresses will not return after their scene is finished.

The play is short; only showing short glimpses into each character’s life, yet can still influence the audience’s feelings, as if they are watching real people fall in and out of love in small-town America.

To prepare for this production, Tarsi had an interesting plan; to develop chemistry between the actors, by encouraging the actors who shared a scene to spend quality time together. This is reflected on the stage, making the emotional display of friendships, breaking up and falling in love, even more believable.

Keenan O’Melia (12), a member of the drama club said about his scene partner, Adena Darkstar (11), “I feel like we became a lot closer to each other during Almost, Maine, because we spent so much time together rehearsing for the production that we really got to know each other.”

“While the actors are building chemistry, it’s important to maintain the friendship rather than try to start a romantic relationship or fight with your scene partner, because the actors’ chemistry could make or break the scene,” said Kait Hull (12).

The cast of Almost, Maine will be rehearsing every day during the final week before their production, making for an intense week. Evan Laferriere (11) said, “Even though the week before the production is hard, it’s really rewarding to see it pay off when the audience finally sees what we’ve been working so hard to put together.”