it was fun, albeit spooky, to see esperanza on stage with adults last month in a community theater production. now she's taking a shot at some big-time stage and screen auditions.
as a stage father, i'm pretty much useless offering help or advice on the auditions. in fact, i was completely baffled by this announcement:
YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING READING
[theater] seeks non-union young actors who sing well between the ages of 9 and 20 for a reading of a new musical based on “Little House on the Prairie”. Big commitment 26th February thru 3rd March 2008 (students will need to miss some school hours). Audition Wednesday, 28th November. Girls sign in between 5-5:30 PM. Girls be prepared to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Boys sign in between 7:30-8 PM. Boys be prepared to sing “The Star Spangled Banner”. PLEASE NOTE that those auditioning may not sing the entire song. Bring photo (snapshot ok) and resume. ... Be prepared to stay for a few hours. Modest gratuity offered. EEO/AA Employer. NO CALLS PLEASE!
my girl can sing just fine and i don't mind her missing a li'l school, but am i naive to ask why they want "somewhere over the rainbow" and "the star spangled banner" for a production of little house on the prairie? and what's the non-union thing mean? my knowledge of little house on the prairie is limited to my frequent drives through walnut grove, mn and the old tv show, but i don't recall somewhere over the rainbow being prominently featured in any episode. i suppose the song must provide some sort of standard metric for evaluating young voices. oh well, i'll just recommend that she study up on sarah vaughan's version and let the chips fall where they may.