I have thought about blogging about auditions for a long time, but never came around to it until now. I think I should begin one for those who are oft...
Mandarin's First Blog to the World of Auditions
May 10, 2014
VICTOR/VICTORIA EPA in LA
May 10, 2014
I went to the VICTOR/VICTORIA EPA in Los Angeles for Theatre Under the Stars (TX) on May 9, 2014.
You are asking, what does EPA mean? From my understanding, EPA (Equity Principle Audition) is an audition where Equity members would be slotted for an audition time for title roles in a musical/play. An ECC means Equity Chorus Call, and it runs a bit like a quick cattle call where singers line up about a group of 20 at a time, go into the room with the casting team and sing 16 bars of your music. There is also ECC dancers call that runs like the singers call, except you go in larger groups to learn a dance combination altogether. With Equity calls/auditions, it oftens go in this priority: Equity members, EMC (Equity Membership Candidates), then non-unions. Being non-union does not mean that one cannot be seen. It depends the number of Equity who show up to the audition, and sign-up sheets are often available for non-unions. When Equity call gets upwards of more than a hundred members, there are likelihood of not being seen. Sometimes it is nice they let you know early on the decision for you to be dismissed rather than to wait to possibly get seen. No matter, be adamant.
VICTOR/VICTORIA is one of my favorite musicals, and it would be a dream for me to be part of it and break the racial barrier if I were to be casted (please at least give me a call back). Even though I am Asian, I am very much at heart a tall show girl who loves to wear 3" heels with a brassy voice.
Today, I sang from the show "Le Jazz Hot". It is not typical that you should audition to sing from the show (sometimes a taboo), but I know this is certainly a song I do really really well, so I went for it. I took a selfie after the audition - I wore a blue printed dress with black patent leather t-strap shoes. I take time to think about what to wear for each audition to best represent the style/time period of the show.
It was a bit unusual, I was the only one who sang one song in the group of my time slot. It was either a hit or miss - but sound and performance-wise, I got from the Artistic Director a "that was really good" (which was nice) and a "how come I've never seen you before in NY", I said "Well... it's kinda hard to be seen for EPA in NY". Anyhow, I don't see why not an Asian Victoria Grant... hahaha...maybe some day. Just let me be in the show, I don't mind being a singing lamp post.