Students auditioned for the Spring One Acts Jan. 17 in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Auditions were held to find actors for two student directed, single-act plays. The theme of these plays varies every year. This year, they consist of “Post-Its: Notes On Marriage,” which details the life of a married couple who leaves notes to one another all over their house, and “No Time,” in which a man complains to his father about how his life has been dragging on so slowly for him, but his father argues that it’s all passed by in the blink of an eye.
Students from all walks of life auditioned to perform in the Spring One Acts, theater major or not.
Sophomore Cory Busch, a political science major, said he “sort of stumbled” into the world of acting.
“I did theater tech in high school because I thought it was fun to help out there, and then they needed more guys to audition,” Busch said. “So I did, and that’s kind of when I found out how fun it actually was to just go on stage and be a different person.”
With the fun, though, also comes a lot of work. In the words of 20-year-old theater performance major, junior Cait Redman,
“Most other colleges will do one big show a semester, so roughly three months to focus on one play,” Redman said. “We’re doing ‘Macbeth’ this semester, and we’re doing these two acts. ‘Macbeth’ is going to take a month, and these are taking three weeks. We’re cutting the time in half to do all of that work, so there’s a lot going into these.”
“Along with 'Macbeth' and the Spring One Acts,” Busch said, “Even then, we have 'Love Letter' on top of that.”
With so many shows to do in so little time, those auditioning for the Spring One Acts agreed there’s a lot of pressure to get it right the first time, and get it done.
While those involved in the theater world are rather superstitious, especially when it comes to whether or not they get the part, everyone seems rather hopeful.
Freshman theater performance major Jenna Delarosa said, “There’s a lot of amazing actors in our group of people. There is some competition. But they like to give almost everyone a chance.”
Auditioning can be a different process for some people, such as nontraditional, non-degree-seeking student senior Martin Boyle.
“When you’re in school, you’re in the mindset of organization, calculating your time,” Boyle said. “One thing about theater is that it’s just a big time consumer. It’s like a gas-guzzling machine, it just eats up all your time. As a nontraditional student, I have a little more time to focus on the theater. I don’t have a full class load, for instance, so that makes it a little easier.”
Those auditioning for the Spring One Acts can expect to receive callbacks Jan. 18. The One Acts will be performed Feb. 8-9.