May 29, 2006

Freaks, Geeks, & Bad Boys

The Vampire has already auditioned for, and gotten a part in, a musical at a theater that is new for him.

We found out about the auditions on the Monday following the last weekend of Little Shop of Horrors. He auditioned on Tuesday; without time to prepare, he ended up doing an a capella version of 'Suppertime' from LSoH. On Wednesday they called to let him know that he got a part. One of the main roles, actually.

Could be really cool, great experience. Hooray! etc...

Our only two issues with this scenario:

1. Of the four main male roles, two are baritenors (one highish, one medium), one is bass-baritone, and one is tenor.

If you are familiar at all with the part of the plant "Audrey II" in LSoH, you are aware that this calls for bass-baritone, with some nice big bass lines. Which (Chris will hopefully verify) the Vampire was well able to provide.

The role he got for this new production is the tenor part. It's a tenor part that also includes a rock-style song that makes use of *falsetto*.

The Vampire's voice hasn't 'settled' yet (in men that often doesn't happen until the early-to-mid twenties), and vocal chords are more prone to damage at that immature stage.

Something to keep an eye on.

2. The audition tested voice only, not movement or acting skills. And they didn't have time to chat or assess the auditioner's personality.

On that particular day we updated the V's resume, and took a quick snap of the kid's face per the audition notice. I just happened to take the shot from slightly above that day, and the angle made the V look a bit more cynical than is typical of him...

He also wore black jeans (Vampire uniform) and a black t-shirt with a stylized flaming skull on it (it's the logo for some band or other, the V just thought it looked cool).

This, combined with the hair and the bad mood he was in at the time (still tired from LSoH) obviously left the director with the impression that the V fit the role's "chief bad boy" description.

The problem being that the V is a klutz and self-confessed Geek. He is the true descendent of a long line of people who got beaten up on the playground. A lot.

They think they're getting James Dean, and instead they're getting Jim Carrey.

The Vampire loves playing the Bad Guy, but his experience is more along the lines of Snidely Whiplash than [pick just about any character played by Kiefer Sutherland].

This is going to be a Challenge. It's going to take a lot of training... and a lot of luck and support. Send your Good Acting vibes this way, please!

PS - Bravo for an excellent job as Nana in Velveteen Rabbit, LadyBlue... Encore!


Blogger Chris said...

Congrats to the Vampire!! Sounds like he will definitely have to expand his skill set - and is that a bad thing??

4:40 PM  
Blogger mE said...

Only if it causes damage to his vocal chords... nodes can ruin a career, and it would be a shame to see his stopped before it begun, if he continues to want to pursue the drama/voice path that he currently strongly prefers.

We'll try to be careful...

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

listen to frankie valli for some tips and techniques...congrats!!!

12:27 AM  

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