I just sent this email to about 300 people:
Angie & I would like very much to thank you for participating in our general auditions. Auditions are always bittersweet. It’s exciting and to invite new people to be a part of the theater, but it also means saying no to a great number of people.
We had 330 show up for the auditions and we are going to interview less than 30 of them for the 12-14 spots we have available. Unfortunately, we are not able to call you in for an interview.
It takes guts to do auditions like this. Between Angie and I, we auditioned for Second City Tourco at least a half dozen times. I don’t think either of us ever got called back. It’s not a good feeling. It’s not fun if you think you did badly. It’s also not fun if you think you did well but didn’t get called back.
It’s also not fun for us to say no. In the mix of auditioners were plenty of our current and former students, many people we have worked with on shows and many who we hope to work with in the future.
If being a part of Under The Gun is important to you, please keep an eye out for future auditions. We’d love to see you again at future general auditions or for auditions for specific projects.
The Apprentice Program
We mentioned at the audition that we will be announcing an educational opportunity for the summer. You can read about it now on our website here:
We will be assembling an ensemble of student performers to rehearse, learn and grow together over 13 weeks. The program will consist of weekly coaching sessions and weekly shows. Please check it out if you are interested and feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
I do want to stress that this program is not a requirement for future auditions or opportunities. We do not require people to take our classes in order to audition for our shows. This is an educational program that we are very excited to roll out and we hope it will appeal to many of you who auditioned.