By: MICHELLE MCGRATH ’17
The theatre department at Pacific Lutheran University held musical auditions earlier this week. The sign up sheet was put up this Wednesday, March 11 outside the Studio Theater in the Karen Hille Phillips Center.
The auditions were held this Tuesday, March 17. The musical being performed this year at PLU is Into the Woods. Students auditioning needed to come prepared with 16 bars of music to sing and sheet music for the accompanist at the audition. Callbacks for the musical will be held the next day, March 18 at 6 p.m.
Katelin Wilson, a first-year at PLU, was asked about the auditions and she said, “I feel intimidated because the sign up sheet went up by Wednesday and was already filled Thursday by 8pm!” The musical is a popular commodity on campus. Approximately 56 students are auditioning to be in this musical. The sign up sheet had only 36 time slots for auditions. Students began to write their names on the back of the sign up sheet. These students will be put in overflow and will be auditioned after the students who signed up for specific time slots.
Jeff Clapp, this year’s musical director, shared that overflow is fairly typical when it comes to the musicals. Although 56 students are trying out, Clapp has only 21 spots to fill for his cast. Clapp, in a quick interview, said, “it excites me that there is so much interest out there.”