how to conveniently fail a musical audition | Anne of Green Gables

"I am so glad I live in a world with Octobers." -- Anne of Green Gables
October means musical audition. And musical audition means Anne of Green Gables. How exciting can that be? Preeeetty exciting.

But at this moment, I was dying of claustrophobia in a tiny room trying to get a broken CD player to work. The poor directors sat patiently and politely asked (no doubt to pass the time) what song I was singing. Still fighting with the CD player, I replied, "On my Own from Les Miserables" (which, dear reader, happens to be my favorite book and musical, hands down.) The reply? "Oh, no."

- interuption -

The last thing you ever want to hear during auditions is the director saying, "oh, no" - but what was this horrible sentence I heard?

"Oh, no."

Bethany!! What did I do wrong? Is that a banned song?

Consequently, (although rumored that I was conspiring against the director's emotion), it happened to be one of the things that made her cry.

What was it...forty five seconds of singing a song with my voice cracking, adrenaline pumping and trying not to start crying myself. Forget the song - when someone is crying in the room, especially someone I'm trying to impress - I'll start bawling.

Thank heavens I didn't. I must admit, I was really shaken by causing someone to cry, especially while nervously singing a song almost void of emotion on my part.At any rate, I was flustered and I nervously began my monologue of Anne's apology to Mrs. Lynde. I finished reasonably well and I actually enjoyed it. But I was ready to get out of that room. So ready, that I tripped backwards and fell into the piano. Not the greatest last impression to leave.

Clumsy toes. Talk about embarrassing! I don't remember what I said, but I grinned stupidly and made up some half-hearted ridiculous joke. The directors were more than sympathetic to my clumsy cause - and thankfully didn't expound on my carelessness. Oh, Bethany. Nevermind, I had promised myself to have fun trying out for Anne - and I did - and I also created a gloriously ridiculous memory for the next time I tell the stories of my life.

After failing a government class and a few hours later, my sisters ran downstairs screaming that the cast-list was up on the blog. My mother, brother and the rest all scrambled to the computer and we began to read slowly. I wasn't Mrs. Lynde. Diana. Or Mrs. Stacy. Or even Josie Pie. Not even Marilla. Oh, heavens...there wasn't anyone else I'd rather be.

Until --

I think I gasped. Or made a very un-ladylike squeal. But I was honestly shocked to the bottom of my tip-toes. It never ever even crossed my mind that I could ever be chosen as Anne.

I blush to even tell you what happened next. I think I ran around dancing. I went over the monologue and my song trying to rationalize why it would've impressed them.

It wasn't...my piano tripping - was it?

Please no. I shall die of embarrassment forever after. But...I won't complain either. 

P.s. The most common question I've gotten this week: are you dyeing your hair red? The answer:
Of course I'm dyeing it red! One doesn't always get to have red hair. I'll take this offer up. :)


  1. Gahhh this is so exciting!!! Congratulations!!!!!! I can't wait to hear more about this. I love Anne, I love the Anne musical, and I love On My Own.
    Well, Anne's not supposed to be perfect, so I guess your audition didn't have to be perfect. *smile*

  2. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!! Well, I guess Anne isn't all that graceful sometimes, so you didn't need to be perfectly poised. *smile*

  3. “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

    ^ Reading this brought one of my favorite Anne Shirley quotes to mind. Congrats, Bethany! That is so exciting!

  4. oh, goodness! so happy for you! i recently auditioned for The Sound of Music at my local community theatre, and all though i didn't get the role i was going for, i landed a nun/new postulant. being anne will be such an adventure, i can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. Oh my goodness congratulations!! I wish I could see it!!

    Oh you can't top my horrid audition story...I was twelve, and my dad got really into it and wrote a monologue for me. Of Barbie. Tour-guide Barbie. From Toy Story.

    It was bad. ;)

  6. @ Heidi - what? That's like my favorite part of the whole movie...smiling Barbie. :D Don't feel too awful, my brother did a monologue from Ratatouille.

  7. Congratulations! That is so exciting! :-)


    Not unless I'm there to help you dye it. ;)


  9. SO awesome Bethany! Congratulations. =D

  10. @ Bethany...everybody thought it was really funny...at least...I just don't think it lent itself to a MTI production of Annie ;) He made up toys to talk about and I couldn't do it without laughing XD

  11. Oh Bethany, I'm so glad you wrote about this. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when you read the cast list. This gives me a little glimpse.

    Your song was gorgeous, and your interpretation of Anne's apology drew me right in. You're going to make a brilliant Anne. And I can't wait to see your red hair!

  12. Bethany !!!!!!!!! I am going to assist you in dyeing your hair ! lol. Don't do it without me !!!! :)

  13. Waaaay to go! Yes, you have to dye your hair! It'll go away, but to be Anne... sigh, so incredible. You go, girl!


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