The Mira Costa Drama and Tech Department held vocal and dance auditions on Jan. 8 and 9, respectively, for its spring musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” ahead of callbacks which followed on Jan. 10 for those who received roles.
For the vocal audition, students were required to sing a song of their choice from “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and acted out scenes from the play that the production team randomly assigned. For the dance audition, students learned and performed a dance combination that the production team taught them.
“Both the vocal and dance audition are very important [because] they showcase your ability to do the two most important parts of putting on a musical,” junior Carson Billingsley said. “I chose to sing the opening song of the musical because this song fit my vocal range, and I also felt that I could really show the production team my ability to project and stay facially involved in the story I am trying to tell.”
Mira Costa Coordinator of Theater Operations and Drama and Tech Executive Director Cary Jordahl selected 40 students, out of the 77 total students who auditioned, to be a part of the production’s cast. Jordahl cast Billingsley, seniors Natalie Dreger and Noah Geller and juniors Rachel Langetieg and Owen Price-Hughes as the show’s leads and the remaining students will be supporting roles or part of the ensemble.
“I’m really looking forward to ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ because it’s a fun, upbeat, and very colorful show,” ensemble member and sophomore Mary Clare Powell said. “I can’t wait to be a a part of such an iconic production.”