Mike Isaacson, the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of The Muny, and Michael Baxter, Artistic Associate of The Muny, sit down for a concluding conversation about the audition process. We discuss the 2020 casting results and what happens going forward, plus speculate about how auditions might change due to the pandemic. Mike and Michael then share the unique roles that each of them play during The Muny auditions.
Meet Spencer Donovan Jones, native St. Louisan and Muny Teen who is a veteran – at 15 – of ten shows at the Muny and a national tour of The King and I. We talk about his first Muny Kid audition at the tender age of seven, the close bonds of the Muny Kids and Teens, and how Muny auditions are different from others. Spencer shares what he’s been working on during the summer (teaching himself guitar, among other things).
Meet Leah Berry, a Missouri actor who has been in several Muny productions (as well as in the audience) and performs with other local theatres. We discuss how she prepares for auditions and the importance of being able to sing everything in your book. Leah shares her best audition story, which will make you glad you’re not on reality TV, and talks about how her Muny audition experience has changed.
Meet Michael James Reed, actor and audition coach who has worked in theatre hotspots like London, Los Angeles, and New York and appeared in more than a dozen Muny productions. We talk about about how auditions at The Muny are different, and what Michael did on both sides of the table in 2020. We discuss Michael’s background and he shares some of his wisdom on audition choices and preparation.
Meet April Strelinger, native St. Louisan and local actress who has performed at The Muny and other local theatres. In our conversation, we discuss April's experience with The Muny and what makes the theatre such a special place, from its unique challenges to that fabled Muny Magic. April shares how she prepares for auditions, including how she deals with nerves and practices self-care, and we hear her best audition story.
Meet Julie Hanson, a local actress who has been in several Muny productions as well as on Broadway. We talk about how Julie prepares for an audition and she shares her craziest audition story – a good lesson about never knowing where an opportunity might lead. We discuss how Muny auditions differ, and what happens after you're cast in a show. Julie offers audition advice and we wrap up with "three words that describe The Muny".
Greet Michael Baxter, the Artistic Associate of The Muny, and the gatekeeper when it comes to Muny auditions. In our second conversation, we revisit Michael's Muny auditions, then talk about how the February audition weekend went (huge numbers!). We discuss how the auditions for Muny kids and teens differ from regular auditions, then move on to what's happening now in the audition process.
Meet Kelsey Krigas, recent college graduate and Muny auditionee. We discuss Kelsey's experience auditioning for The Muny and how she handles the audition process in general. We talk about the concussions Kelsey has suffered (none at The Muny). Then Kelsey tells me what her future might hold and shares some details about a project she's working on with...wait for it...Sutton Foster.
Meet Michael Baxter, the Artistic Associate of The Muny, and the gatekeeper when it comes to Muny auditions. After discussing how Michael became a dancer and choreographer, we move into how his experiences – on both sides of the audition tables – have helped him craft a safe audition space at The Muny where everyone can be seen.