Saturdays are usually days to sleep in, but not this past Saturday. I woke up at 6am to get into midtown Manhattan at 7:30 for the School Of Rock the musical open call. My brother works for the Broadway casting agency Tara Rubin who was holding this open call to start casting all of the kids in the show, and they were expecting over 500 children and parents to be lined up down the blocks in front of the Winter Garden Theater. I was asked to volunteer to help manage all of the people and escort the kids to the audition spaces. Also, since this is a new show to enter Broadway it was also a huge press event with cameras everywhere to film the excited and nervous kids before and after their auditions. The doors opened at 9am and the theater filled up fast. We started with a little over 200 kids, and as quickly as they left, their seats were filled again with a new kid.
After 8 hours of straight auditioning the casting agents, producers, and director had seen over 700 kids with a variety of talents. Watching the whole process was amazing and fascinating! Each kid had about 20-30 seconds to sing or play an instrument, and the decision was made immediately whether or not they deserved a call back. I can’t imagine how they could make that call in that sort amount of time, but I guess they know what they are looking for.
It was such a long day dealing with crazy stage parents, kids with 100 questions, limited space, and many tears when someone would not get a call back. My cheeks hurt from smiling all day in front of the kids, but it was awesome to watch so many talented kids perform. I can’t wait to see their final decisions when it comes to Broadway in November.