It was time for the auditions. I admit, I was a little nervous, but I really didn’t care if I got a part or not. I didn’t really want to go to New York now that Ryder was back home. If I did get a part- which wouldn’t happen- that would mean leaving Ryder behind. That was something I really didn’t want to have to do. I silently hoped that none of us would get a part, just so things would stay normal.
We arrived at the school and headed to the theater. I was surprised that we were the only one’s there so far. A woman who wore a name tag that said Anne, told us to grab a signup form and fill it out. We did as told and filled out our long forms. It took about fifteen minutes. Within those fifteen minutes, more students started to trickle in.
There were about a hundred students by the time Anne told us to go on into the theater. Up first was Jayde. A woman whose name tag said Lydia, took Jayde into the theater. I was nervous for Jayde. I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t even have time to think about it. Jayde’s audition only lasted five minutes, and I didn’t know if that was a good sign or a bad sign.
Next was Trish, whose audition lasted only ten minutes. Again, I wasn’t sure if that was good or bad. Then Zander went in and came back out in less than five minutes. After that, I assumed the shorter the audition, the worse you did. Meg went in after Zander and she didn’t come out for about twenty minutes. I took that as a good sign.
My turn. I was so nervous I could barely walk. My legs were shaking as I climbed up the stairs to the stage. I stood there waiting for the man and woman sitting at the table in front of me to speak.
“What’s your name dear?” The woman whose name tag said Rianni asked.
Rianni was dark skinned and had curly black hair that poofed out and was shoulder-length. She wore a dark purple top, with ruffles on each side. She wore little makeup, and was extremely pretty. The man to the left of her, had a name tag that said Robert on it. Robert was fair skinned and had gray hair. He looked like he was in his mid-fifties. He had a grayish-white beard that was fairly short.
“Bridgett Herman.” I say confidently, though I feel the opposite.
“Okay Bridgett, we’re going to have you read the highlighted lines on page three.” Robert says, handing me a script.
I flip to page three and begin to read, “You are the reason for this. You are the reason everything has changed! You are a terrible person Landon, and I can’t be with you anymore! I want you to leave.”
Robert reads the next line, “I’m not leaving until you give me an explanation, Paige!”
“You don’t deserve my explanation. You’re a coward. A fake.” I say dramatically.
“I’ll leave, but don’t think I’ll forget about this.” Robert reads aloud.
That’s the last of the highlighted words, but Rianni tells me to go to page seven and read the lines highlighted there. I assumed that was a good thing, but maybe not. I flipped to page seven and began to read, wondering how long I’d been in here.
“I didn’t know what to do. He didn’t even mention her until yesterday. It was ridiculous Jane!” I quote.
“What did he even say?” Rianni is the one acting now.
“Something about how he wouldn’t forget it. I don’t know, I just wanted him to get out. School is going to be interesting tomorrow, that’s for sure.”
That was the end of my lines once again.
“Okay, now I’m going to tell you a series of emotions, and you just give us any line that would represent that emotion.” Rianna explains.
She gives me my first emotion and I say my sentence. She gave me five emotions. Anger, Fear, Sadness, Happiness, and Curiosity. I say a small sentence for each and I think it has gone well. I am told to tell the next person to come on in, so I leave the theater and tell Ryder it’s his turn.
“You were in there for like thirty minutes!” Ryder says, and he heads on into the theater.
Thirty minutes. Wow. Maybe the longer you’re in there the worse you did. I was still so unsure though. I went over to Meg, Trish, Jayde, and Zander, who were standing in a random corner. They all looked at me and everyone but Zander rolled their eyes.
“Took you long enough!” Meg said jokingly.
“You were in there for like, a half an hour!” Jayde gives another eye roll.
“How do you think you did?” Trish asked curiously.
“I don’t know.” I said in short.
We all talked about what they had us do. Jayde said they only had her read a few lines and that was it. Trish said she read a few lines and then had to show some emotions with facial expressions. Zander said they had him read two lines from some weird guy’s part and that was it. I choked back a laugh when Zander said that. Meg said they had her read some lines off of page three, same as me, and then had her make up lines to show emotions, same as me. The only thing they didn’t have her do that I did, was read more lines off of page seven.
Ryder came out in about fifteen minutes. Not too long, not too short. I went up to him and asked him how he did and what he did. His was basically the same as Meg’s only he read the Landon part and only did three emotion sentences.
I hoped I did bad, I hoped Meg, Trish, and Jayde did bad, and I hoped Zander and Ryder did bad. I just didn’t want any of us to leave. I know it was selfish of me, but I liked the way things were, and didn’t want anything to change.