The quality of experience that we want each child to receive is one of our main reasons for limiting the number of children that can be in the show. While some towns may have fifteen children audition, others will have as many as 300 or more. With only one week and two directors there just isn’t enough time and manpower to accommodate such a situation. Over the last 50 years of touring, we have found there are a maximum number of children that two directors can teach well in one week. If more kids are added, at any age level, the directors become spread too thin and therefore are unable to give the appropriate amount of individual attention to the children to make each child’s personal experience safe, positive and successful.
Auditions are a subjective process and do not always seem fair. With many students auditioning for a limited number of roles, the decisions of the Tour Actor/Directors are not easy. This is admittedly the most difficult aspect of their job. How one reacts to disappointment is a tremendous test of character. Children will look to you as an example of how to react. Compliment them for their efforts and for taking a risk auditioning for the show.
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