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Summer in Berea!


The Sunday before Spring Break began, I auditioned at BW for a summer show that will have a twelve show run, in June, at the beautiful Alma Amphitheater inside Cain Park located in Cleveland Heights.  The show is called "Smokey Joe's Cafe'" and is a musical review of the works of Leiber and Stoller, with a cast of only 9, so I knew it would be a wonderful opportunity for me.  We had to prepare two blues or Motown songs in the style of the show.  I sang "Cry Me a River" and "Something's got a Hold on Me" and my director, Scott, said it was the best he had ever heard me sing.  I felt I had a really solid audition and I believed I deserved a callback.  I had to wait until the following day, but I did get that call!  I knew it was "game on" from that point because, with me only being a college freshman, there were bound to be a lot of older more experienced professional actresses in competition with me for the part of DeLee, the roll I was called back for.  During the week between the initial audition and the callback my teachers were pushing me extra hard about killing the callback audition so I was certain they wanted me to succeed and possibly get the part. The callback was last Sunday at the Cleveland Heights Community Center and I "brought it" as I planned.  We were put through a fast paced dance call, followed by the singing call where we 5 girls, who were called back for DeLee, gave our all on one of the songs which she sings in the show.  After we sang, the audition was over for me, so I waited for my other friends to be done, and we left whatever had happened there.  We were told we would hear about casting within 24 to 48 hours, but that always means sooner.  In this case however... I was wrong.  I waited an entire agonizing day without hearing a thing, so basically gave up hope on getting cast.  My friends and I texted all day in anticipation, and heard nothing until Tuesday morning when the fateful email arrived.  I HAD indeed been cast as DeLee in “Smokey Joe's Café”!   I was ecstatic and instantly began mentally planning my summer, living situation, and day jobs, as I'm now going to be staying in Berea to avoid a long commute to rehearsals.  I could not be more excited to work on my first professional production with Scott Plate, my professor here at BW and Greg Daniels, my dance teacher.  I'll be paid a small stipend and receive EMC points towards my equity card. I've also already arranged to live in a home with two of my friends with my own bedroom and bathroom!  It shall be a summer of rocking and rolling to remember!