Hey everyone!! It’s Taylor again. Karen, a CYT North Idaho kid, gave me an update on how their Sleeping Beauty is going…
“Friday, January 8th, Christ the King Church was packed with lots of talent, energy, and nervous smiles as the kids waited for their one minute to shine. As they were waiting, I got the opportunity to ask a few of them some questions. When asked how she was feeling about her audition, Cassie Soumas replied, “I’m excited, I think this will be my best audition yet!” Later, I peeked into the audition room and sat in on some terrific exploits of abilities. Some of the crowd favorites included “Tommorow”, “On My Own”, “The Climb”, and my personal favorite, “Quasimoto” from When Pigs Fly.
After a set of spectacular performances, I asked Rowan Murdock how she thought she did. She laughed and replied, “I did better than last time and I’m pretty positive.”
Although I got to see friends and awesome auditions, my favorite part of the whole audition extravaganza was the support the kids offered to their peers. A perfect example was when a little girl was in tears because she was so nervous, an older boy, Mark Maret, stopped what he was doing and helped her calm down. He sat by her while the pair waited to audition and watched with a smiling face as she rocked the directors and was ultimately cast as young Sleeping Beauty. Experiencing that moment reminded me that CYT kids are the cream of the crop!
Two days later, and in record time, the cast list for Sleeping Beauty was posted. You would not believe the buzz emanating from house to house as friends called and texted one another offering congratulations and sharing the excitement of a new show. The next Friday, I had the opportunity to talk to some of the cast.
I asked Presley Dupuis, a jester, what he was looking forward to in Sleeping Beauty, he said, “A good time with good people. Hi mom!” I can see why they cast him as a joker
I also sat in on Miss Teri and the fairies as they learned the song, “Everyday’s a Different Day”. Again my compliments to Taylor on the music, I absolutely love it. The kids also worked on the highly dramatic “Let it all Burn” and “Rose’.
One of the best things was the amount of kids who are experiencing their first big role in a show, so Sleeping Beauty truly is a Debut-y! One of those kids was Josh Lynch, who will be portraying the oldest Prince Phillip. I asked him how he reacted when he found out,
“Well, I was kind of nervous about the whole kissing thing,” he said, “but I think I’ll be able to tough it out.”
Our Princess’s response to that? “Join the club ”