We didn’t tell anyone, but Elly and I decided to go to the College Program’s only character auditions for the spring semester this morning!
The auditions started at 9am and were held at my park, Animal Kingdom! The site is actually in the same building as costuming so I am very familiar with how to get there and where to go.
I woke up at 6:45am, and Elly and I were out the door by 7:45am. We got there at 8:15am and the line was already out the door and along the entire length of the building! Guess no one else read the part in the email that said “do not come before 8:30am”! Haha. We waited in line for about an hour and a half until we got into the audition room.
It’s a big room with a gym floor and wall-to-ceiling mirrors! We just waited until we got to the front and signed our name into an iPad spreadsheet, we were given stickers with our number on it, and then a guy took our height. I measured 65.75 inches and Elly was 67.5 inches.
Then we had to sit around as they called in around 50 people at a time into the next room for the dancing part.
It was around 11am before we got to go in. Even though we showed up early, we were still the very last group to audition! I was #502 and Elly was #501. The total amount of people (all current DCPs) who came to audition was 593! That’s like 1/5 of the entire DCP fall program!
Because we were in the last group, we just stayed in that room and learned our dance. It was 16 counts. 4 steps marching, 4 counts jazz box step, 4 counts skipping, 4 counts step forward/pivot with jazz hands. Omg. If you think that would be easy, you’re wrong!
We practiced it twice as a group with the instructor as she taught us, then twice as a whole group across the length of the audition room. Then we immediately had to do it in front of judges.
We got in four rows based on our numbers so Elly and I were in the same row. We were only the third group to go! We had to do this routine across the floor, three times in a row in front of two judges.
I think I did great. I had a smile on, I laughed a little and I’m pretty sure I didn’t make any mistakes. Elly said the same thing! We both made eye contact with the judges and I was just so happy it was over!
Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how I did. And that it was over. Lol. We had to wait until the entire room finished their audition and I got to watch most of them. Omg. Were they even there when we learned the steps??? I literally saw people just straight up walk across the floor as the others were dancing. What???!!!
Then, once everyone had gone, we all sat on the floor and the judges thanked us and called out the numbers that could continue on to the next round of auditions. They called #493 and then #512, so we knew neither of us made it. 😦 In our group, #492-593, they called back 7 girls and 1 guy. And that was the largest callback we knew of since, when the other groups were cut, they would say that only 3 or 4 girls got called. Everyone else was thanked and told to leave.
I saw the girls that got called and they were all 5ft3″ and size 4. None of this “up to 5ft7” business! So I think that’s why many, including us, didn’t get called back because they were actually looking for really short, tiny girls.
That was pretty disappointing because I had some high hopes and I thought it had gone well. Oh well! I did the best I could and I can’t be sad about that! It was fun!!!
**We brought our resumes and a photo, but no one wanted them, so don’t bother.
**There are some things online about shoes, don’t bother. Just wear sneakers and you’ll be fine.
**Wear exercise shorts and a shirt. Everyone is dressed really casual, so you’ll look out of place if you wear something nicer.
**95% of the girls there did their hair and makeup.
**Eat breakfast because we didn’t get out until after noon and we were starving! Also bring a snack and water bottle for while you’re waiting!
**Just relax and smile. Especially through the dance routine.
**Practice the dance in your head while you’re waiting. The hand moves can throw you off if you don’t think them through before you go in front of the judges.
**Have fun! It’s corny, but it’s true. If you’re all stressed out about it, you won’t have a good time and this shouldn’t be a bad experience!
Afterwards, we went out to Panera Bread because we were a little sad and STARVING!
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
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