Last weekend I went for an audition for extras for the upcoming performances of “Le Corsaire” with ABT. For the female roles, they were looking for people of slender build under the age of 30 but I wanted to challenge them. Didn’t get kicked out right away, which means I passed for being under 30–but I’m actually 45, ha! Unfortunately, I didn’t get selected. When I heard that one group of extras would fill the role of slave girls and be whipped (not actually) on the stage, I sighed in relief, ha ha! I guess my face and body type just don’t fit with the overall cast. But they did select an Asian girl and she is really tall. The selection process wasn’t the most fun and in fact, is quite tedius, involving sitting and waiting for a long time and then standing in a row in front of the ballet master and casting director. But this process can’t be taken personally it was explained that the criteria are based on very specific physical attributes for so as to achieve a harmonious effect on stage. Anyhow, it was interesting to go behind the scene of the Metropolitan Opera and take part in the screening process, as well as to meet ABT’s ballet mistress Nancy Raffa. She is a really nice lady.
Here are some pictures I snapped while waiting: