On Monday, David auditioned for the Missoula Children’s Theater Production of Jungle Book. David has been in nearly 3 Missoula productions each year for the past 4 years (we missed a one or two).
The kids audition on Monday. Auditions last from 4-6 pm and the directors will cast kids by 6 pm. David has auditioned with as few as 70 kids and as many as 160 kids. The kids range in age from 5-18. And usually between 55-65 kids are cast for the production. The directors make the auditions fun and in my opinion, just auditioning for a Missoula production is a worthwhile experience.
David got the part of Mowgli. This was his first lead in a play. He was so excited (and nervous). The kids rehearse all week and perform the show twice on Saturday. David needed to be at rehearsal on Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm and then Tuesday-Friday from 4:00-8:30 pm. On Saturday, the kids arrive at 10 am and rehearse. The first performance is at 2 pm and the second at 6 pm. It makes for a very crazy week.
Most of the time (depending on our schedules), I will attend both performances. I take pictures and am there to run David around (they are dismissed for about an hour between performances). Yesterday was no exception. I watched the performance twice and took over 200 pictures.
David did an amazing job! I am so proud of him. He had a solo song and a large number of lines. He was on stage for most of the production. And if he made a mistake, I don’t know what it was. He did a great job of covering his mistakes and I don’t think anyone outside of the production noticed. His second performance was much better than the first, although the first wasn’t bad. And I suspect that if he had the opportunity to perform another time or two, those performances would be even better.
David’s “Uncle” Mike brought Sammy (who is almost 5) and my soon-to-be coworker came with her mom. David’s Drama Teacher from Middle School also came (thanks Mrs. Anderson – David tried to find you after photo call, but you had already left).