And every year, we could probably make a whole, new, really talented troupe out of the kids we don't take. I hate knowing we're letting super-talented people walk out the door because we simply don't have room...but if the group got bigger, stage time in rehearsals and shows would suffer. So I hope the High School League gets going again soon.
Tonight, we did warmups, character work (lots of walking around) and object work (tug of war), then played Gauntlet and some restricted dialogue scenes. Pretty much everybody had some funny in them—there was almost constant laughter from the current troupe and the audience.
Unfortunately, we're only losing 3 this year (one ducked out early; two graduate in a few weeks). We could take 2 or 3. Probably more guys than girls—adding one more girl would keep them in the majority. (Which I think is kinda great—just because it's so rare. And no one has ever said, "Wow, your cast seems really over-girled.") But balance is good, when you can get it. We also look at balance in grades, styles, types and comfort level. ("Hmmm...he plays like Matt and is two years younger. And she plays like Amy and is in the same grade. Matt is graduating—and Amy's not—so we'll take him but not her.")
We've narrowed it down to 9.
Tomorrow, the kids coming back next year will play with the potential new guys. We'll see if some of the bad-habit patterns we saw in the audition can be trained out. We'll check for teamwork, range, creativity, character work—and save stage presence for a tie-breaker. Perkins will be a rowdy place around 9:30, let me tell you.
The kids get pretty passionate. Maybe this year I won't have to keep them from yelling at each other. That would be cool.