I auditioned for The 1940s Radio Hour – I don’t recall if I ever mentioned that to you, my readers, but I did. I auditioned to be Clifton or Stanley. Here are their character descriptions:
- Clifton Feddington: The announcer and general manager (head of everything at WOV). He has ulcers from it all and is sometimes hysterical.
- Stanley: Lugs cable and runs around a lot and otherwise lives in the control booth.
(Thank you Wikipedia)
These roles are generally reserved for me but as lamented about by most in my immediate area suffer from – there is sometimes a lack of male involvement or participation. Sensing this need, as every other times in my experience with a musical, I seized the opportunity to audition as a man. It was an interesting experience.
But I lost out.
I wasn’t too disappointed. I was still dedicated to doing costumes for the show and I was just coming down from my high on the work I did with the Laramie cast. It would still be fun and I loved the production team. It did end up being fun regardless of the disappointment.
Were the actors chosen better than I?
I don’t know. I do know they were good. Patrons found them funny but I think whenever you aren’t cast, you often view those who were cast in a different lens when they’re doing their thang. You think to yourself… “I would’ve done this” or “See, I could’ve gotten a laugh because I have better timing.” But do you? Don’t you think the director would’ve seen that and cast if you truly were better than who they decided on?
You like to believe so, that’s for sure and I would have to say, in this case, it was most likely the deciding factor. The director wanted to do a more classic interpretation unlike others who had gender bend’ed in previous productions. But again, they were cast due to lack of supply or lack of talent? If the deciding factor between comes down to gender, how do you decide which gender better fits the role? Does it actually come down to the gender assigned in the script or the talent at auditions? It’s hard to tell and often should be decided by the director and production staff prior to auditions: will we accept a female for this role? will we accept a male for this role?
It’s a tough call.
I’m open to it. Considerations I’ve sat down and thought about for many years and won’t waiver from whenever possible (note: some publishing houses/playwrights do not allow for gender bending – I will be more cognizant of this in the future). Any body on my staff who is not open to it, isn’t welcome on my staff or within my production. ‘Til next time.