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Mike Pierson, choir director, was one of the two judges for musical auditions this year.

Rock Bridge Backstage: Auditions

The world of performing arts at RBHS, as at any high school, is a high stress, intense and incredible place. This year I will focus on the many aspects that that world has to offer. From marching band to choir, musicals to the theatrical showcase and beyond, the comings and goings of the department and its students will be here in the coming months.

The first event this year is the school musical. The cast will put on a production of the hit musical Once Upon a Mattress, a hilarious version of the classic Princess and the Pea fairy tale. This specific blog focuses on the first step in the process of putting on any musical: the auditions. Auditions can be extremely stressful.

Being a performer myself, I know how much work goes into preparing one and how much stress it can bring into the performer’s life. It takes a lot of guts to even put yourself out there for an audition. It is also one of the most rewarding things because it brings valuable experience to the performer’s life and, hopefully, a coveted part.

Sophomore Ross Eggener and senior Zach Reichert hug at the end of their acting auditions.
Sophomore Ross Eggener and senior Zach Reichert hug at the end of their acting auditions.
Sophomore George Frey and Senior Danielle SImpson perform their acting auditions for the judges.
Sophomore George Frey and senior Danielle Simpson perform their acting auditions for the judges.
Senior Zach Reichert and Junior Ross Ross Eggener perform their acting auditions.
Senior Zach Reichert and junior Ross Ross Eggener perform their acting auditions.
The auditionees on stage are told the rules for auditioning by the two judges.
The auditionees on stage are told the rules for auditioning by the two judges.
Senior Zach Reichert watches auditions.
Senior Zach Reichert watches auditions.
Mike Pierson, choir director, was one of the two judges for musical auditions this year.
Mike Pierson, choir director, was one of the two judges for musical auditions this year.
Senior Sarah Merrifield sings her vocal solo audition in front of fellow auditionees and judges.
Senior Sarah Merrifield sings her vocal solo audition in front of fellow auditionees and judges.
Seniors Sarah Merrifield and Danielle Simpson watch from the wings as a fellow student auditions for the 2016 musical.
Seniors Sarah Merrifield and Danielle Simpson watch from the wings as a fellow student auditions for the 2016 musical.

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