by Emma Anderson and Jenny North
The sweaty and exhausted actors anxiously await callbacks after a long weekend of audition preparation. Off stage, students nervously anticipate their dance audition. Groups of six walk on stage to perform the routine previously engrained in their minds at the dance workshop three days before. It is time to leave it all on the stage.
This year the stage opens up with two new shows, Moon Over Buffalo and 42nd Street.
Theatre teacher Robbie Steiner gave a preview of the studio one production of Moon Over Buffalo, saying, “It’s going to be a great comedy, really funny. It should be a lot of fun.”
The play is a slapstick comedy about two traveling actors, George and Charlotte Hay. While trying to follow their dreams they encounter a few bumps along the way, such as a man locked in a closet, an unexpected pregnancy and a surprise engagement.
Coming this November to the main stage is 42nd Street.
“42nd Street is going to be really great, it’s this big tap show,” said Steiner.
This musical tells the story of a retiring Broadway director putting on his final show. The lead actress, Dorothy Brock, finds herself caught in a love triangle between two very different men. All the while, a young aspiring actress waits in the wings for her big break.
“The cast will be working on 14 different production numbers with most of them being tap,” said Steiner.
Sophomore Bryson Barbee explained how the stakes have been raised for these auditions, with students required to take a dance workshop for special tap dancing numbers before being able to audition.
“The dance workshop was challenging, but I thought it wasn’t as hard as it could be. This wasn’t my first time tap dancing, I’ve been tapping since I was 10 years old. It wasn’t as hard for me, but it was hard for people who have had no previous experience in tapping,” said Barbee.
Sophomore Mitchell Lewis shared how FC theatre has exceeded expectations with the hope of 42nd Street being a contestant in the Thespian Festival in Nebraska.
“The organization of the show is going to be stricter since the production is going to be adjudicated for the Thespian Festival in Nebraska, at least in my opinion,” said Lewis.
FC students practice before giving their auditions for the upcoming tap show 42nd Street. Photo by Jenny North.
Freshmen Sarah Seay and Elizabeth Hallal, junior Gage Griffin, and freshman Stevie Griffin run through the tap number for the 42nd Street audition. Photo by Jenny North.
Senior Henry Miller, juniors Morgan Prentiss and Sarah Denison, and sophomore Mitchell Lewis practice their tap number for 42nd Street. “I chose to audition because theatre is my hobby and 42nd street seems like a fun production to be a part of,” said Lewis. Photo by Jenny North.
Sophomore Katelyn Carpenter struts her stuff as she warms up for the 42nd Street tap auditions. “42nd Street is going to be really awesome. There is a lot of of dancing, 14 dance numbers,” said Carpenter. “We want to get to Nebraska so we’re trying to make it as great as possible.” Photo by Jenny North.
Juniors Sarah Denison, Morgan Prentiss, Chase Bishop, and Bailey Rooney audition on the main stage for 42nd Street. Photo by Jenny North.
Sophomore Jordan Burger, senior Joel Jackson and juniors Jessica Phillips and Luis Romines tap dance for their audition on Tuesday August 4th. Photo by Jenny North.
Senior Will Huston and sophomore Sam Moore audition for roles in the small stage production of Moon Over Buffalo. Photo by Jenny North.
Freshman Elizabeth Hallal and junior Chase Bishop read lines while auditioning for Moon Over Buffalo. “I auditioned for George because I wanted to be able to play him. He’s a very physical character,” said Bishop. Photo by Jenny North.
Senior Megan Johnson and sophomore Sam Moore get into character for the Moon Over Buffalo auditions. “I have very high expectations for the shows this year. Mr. Steiner has chosen a wonderful line up featuring some very interesting shows,” said Johnson. Photo by Jenny North.
Freshman Noah Hankins and sophomore Vivian Bulleit read their lines in Studio One for auditions Wednesday August 5th. Photo by Jenny North.
Sophomore Jordan Burger expresses his love for senior Arielle Conrad during the Moon Over Buffalo auditions. Photo by Jenny North.
Junior Sarah Denison and sophomore Mitchell Lewis exchange lines during the auditions for Moon Over Buffalo. “Mr. Bundy has cast a lot of people who aren’t afraid to look crazy and weird on stage, so I think they’ll bring a ton of energy and quirkiness to it,” said Denison. Photo by Jenny North.