My Foxy and Fabulous friend recently wrote a rather relate-able entry regarding theater auditions.
Are you a diva if you'd rather have a lead role than an ensemble role? I once stood on stage at a call-back and said to the director, "I will do wonderful at whatever you want me to do, but I would really really really like to play the part of X." She responded, "What? Really? You'd like a lead role more?" And then she giggled with me. We got along stupendously from then on.
But I've heard those rumors that some directors black-list you for admitting such, or for stating you would not be able to commit to the show if you did not get a "more than ensemble" role. I have yet to actually encounter a director who does this, but the rumors frighten me. Last year, I could have been one of seven supporting roles in one show, or the teenage-girl lead in another show. Of course I had to turn down someone and I sure hope that didn't blacklist me in some way. I apologized profusely to the production I did turn down.
You know what else has really started wearing on me?
Auditioning for the same shows as those I love. I become so angsty inside knowing that several friends and I may have our hearts set on the same role. I don't want to be the one to break someone else's heart, but I also don't want to be the one to get my heart broken. Tough. I've only, up until now, run into one dear friend at an audition, however having made so many more dear friends over the past three shows and all of us wanting to be in summer shows, more run-in's are bound to happen. Someone is going to get hurt:-(
Right now, for instance, I have my little heart set on a dream role for which I'd just be plum perfect. I grew up a country girl in a town next to the hometown of the lead character, I can pull the sweetest little accent, I am the same height as the character, I'm a spitfire to boot, and I'd get to utilize my belty and tender sides.
Any number of my favorite people may or may not have their hearts set on the same role. Who is to say for what the director is even looking - may be someone entirely different than what I envision for the part, and there is nothing I can do about that. Will I do the show if offered a smaller role and give up potential opportunities elsewhere? I just don't know.