Thus sayeth the cleaver...

So, it seems I was not the desired look for the upcoming American Repertory Theatre production of Cardenio. The message I received regarding my audition indicated that they "are holding fast to the idea of the Botticelli Female" and while my "voice was beautiful", my "look was not Italian enough". As I have commented many times before, if it is meant to be, then it is meant to be. It seems this is not meant to be. Alas!


I am not a rumor mill

I happen to have heard (from a knowledgeable source) that Disney is currently scouting for Boston-area locations at which to shoot its upcoming sci-fi feature The Surrogates, which means that locals casting may occur in the not-to-distant future. As the project is still in pre-production, details are few and far between.

IMDB has Bruce Willis listed as the lead. There is no other talent confirmed at this time. I do know the CD slated to work on the project. From an acting standpoint, there is not much I think I can do to encourage an audition, though. If there is a part for which I seem appropriate, then the CD may contact me. (This is how it typically works, after all.) I did work for Disney entertainment for a few years. Perhaps this fact may provide a bit more impetus for the powers that be to call me and offer an audition.

Do I know anything else? No. I only report factually correct data. No hearsay. No gossip. Only positive, audition-worthy energy emanates here.


The next American Idol?

For the last few years, I have been one of the soloists for Boston's Old South Church in Copley Square, where I sing anything I am handed: sacred songs, oratorio solos, solo phrases in chorales, selections for weddings or memorial services. Anyway, yesterday, as I was leaving the church, I passed a couple and another gentleman who kindly complimented me on my singing, saying, "We always love to hear your voice," and, "Thank you for singing!" We got to chatting and one of them commented, "You should be on American Idol." "American Idol!", I laughed. "Why?!" He replied, "Because you're so beautiful and your voice is so lovely." Awwww. I thanked him for the plaudits.

I'm not sure I'll ever be the next American Idol. However, I do know that sometime during Lent, I'll be singing "King David" by British composer Herbert Howells--a really beautiful setting of a magical story. (Check out the appearances page for more details!)


On the chopping block

I've just returned from an audition for a new show to be produced by the American Repertory Theatre, Cardenio. (Could it be related to the recently found Shakespearean manuscript?) Last week, the artistic director offered to pencil me into today's auditions and asked that I prepare for a specific part which requires both acting (as it is a play) and singing (as the character and her husband are singers). So, I tracked down the art song that is part of the show and began to learn it earlier this week. I also read the entire manuscript, which was provided.

My plan for today involved leaving two hours early to allow for travel time, rehearsal time, and an early arrival. So, I left 30 minutes late, immediately eating into my two-hour block. Nonetheless, I was able to squeeze in a warm-up and review of my character's lines, and still arrive ten minutes prior to my scheduled audition. As I walked past the door to the audition room, I checked out the audition scheduled and noticed that I was last. Moreover, I was the only person in the waiting area. I hadn't been there 60 seconds before the person scheduled before me exited the room, followed by the artistic director who greeted me warmly and by name, and indicated they would be ready for me in a moment. And, literally, it was just a moment before I was called in. I had no time to focus, take a few deep breaths, or blot my nose (for it was running). Instead, I smiled, handed over my headshots/resumes and entered.

There were four people in the room: one reader and an adjudicating panel that included the artistic director and the playwright. I set my pitch pipe and music on the chair that was available, expecting to read first and sing second, which is what happened, but only after what seemed an eternity of awkward silence in which one looked me up and down, another perused my resume, and the artistic director introduced the reader to me. I felt a bit as though I was up for auction, being judged wholly on my appearance. I couldn't tell if they were waiting for me to take the reins or if I should wait for direction. One of them said, "Okay," so I inquired, "What would you like for me to start with?" One of the two selections was requested, so I performed that with the reader and then I was asked to "sing something", which I did, performing the song I'd been preparing all week.

How did it go? I have no idea. I did the best could, reading the loudest I could, and with good declamation; singing the most musically I could a cappella, as there was no accompanist provided; being polite and personable without being aggressive or egocentric. The decision is clearly up to them, but I'd like it if they'd select me for the part.

I did find a penny while walking home. Do you think that's a sign of good luck?



So, rumor has it there is a new Scorsese/DiCaprio flick coming to town in March and the auditions are taking place now. In fact, I know someone who had an audition yesterday. The movie seems to have two working titles right now: Shutter Island (as in the Dennis Lehane novel) and Ashecliffe (as in the name of the institution in the Dennis Lehane novel). Since this is a "period" piece, I am hoping that I'll be called in to audition for some role because I have the right look and naturally-colored hair. However, who knows what the parts are?! (Answer: only the screenwriter, the director and the casting director.) So, at this point, all I can do is wait.


All is explained

Or, perhaps not explained, but at least obvious, now. Yesterday afternoon, about ten friends and I went to see a special, early screening of 27 Dresses (which now has an official web site, it seems). The stadium-style seating theatre was actually packed, and mostly with young women. Indeed, my featured bit as the Scuba Bride did make it into the movie. My wedding, however, was condensed to a still image of the underwater event (all of which was actually shot on film) and which has been crammed into a "theme wedding" montage. I am clearly visible in the final scene of the movie if you know to not look for red hair, but instead a pink tulle skirt, a swim mask and a floral bathing cap.

Was there any credit given in the final credits? No. None for me, the Western Bride, the L.A. Bride, the Japanese Bride, or the Gone With The Wind Bride. Ah, well. Now I know why this role is no longer listed for me at IMDB.


A bit of a part

A couple of days ago I auditioned for several one-line parts in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Currently the project is slated to star Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Five years ago, this movie was prepared to shoot with different leads, but the project was shelved until now. None of the parts I auditioned for were large by any stretch, or really had a name to speak of (think: "Girl #4"). However, I tried to make each of them distinctly different yet personable and memorable. Since I know they're seeking a variety of girls for these roles, I can only hope my look will help me to stand out.


My First Swag Bag!

I attended a great party this past Tuesday evening--The Imagine News Imaginnaire Awards event. It was quite the shin-dig! Several thriving individuals were the happy award recipients:

  • Roger Lyons, veteran of a 35-year television career and, for the last 12 years, Director of Commercial Production for BZ Productions, the commercial production unit for the CBS Boston television stations. He is best known for his work with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences over the last 20-years.
  • William J. Murphy, Rhode Island Speaker of the House, and champion and sponsor of Film Tax Incentives in Rhode Island, the first New England State to pass such legislation. His leadership and vision spotlighted successfully incentivizing New England while providing thousands of opportunities to the filmmaking industry.
  • Don Packer, award-winning editor, musician, and co-owner of Engine Room, a full service broadcast design and post production facility in Boston. He is also a founding member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) and general all-around cheerleader for the industry and those in it.
  • Carolyn Pickman, very successful casting director who has helped hundreds of New England actors work. Her casting credits include “Brotherhood,” FEVER PITCH, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and THE BOX. In 2004, she was awarded the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Local Casting for Clint Eastwood’s MYSTIC RIVER.
  • Ernest Thompson, Academy Award winning writer of American treasure, ON GOLDEN POND (which also won Golden Globe and Writer’s Guild Awards). He acts, directs and mentors aspiring playwrights at his summer camp in New Hampshire, very near to where ON GOLDEN POND was filmed.
I had the chance to meet them all. But enough about them--let's chat more about the party! Great food, a great location, and fascinating people. Events like these are fun because no one is working and people actually have the opportunity to get to learn about each other's background, training and experiences, as well as play dress-up and catch-up. The best part? I received my very first swag bag! True, no exciting vineyard tours or exotic getaways were included. But, there was a fun makeup sample, this cool cube thing for the movie The Orphanage, and some other items. Here's a photo:


A Change in Date

Well, it seems the official opening of 27 Dresses has been pushed back. Originally, the date was to have been today, January 11, 2008. But now, according to a commercial I just saw this morning, the date is Friday, January 18, 2008. Lucky for those of us in larger cities, there will be "special screenings" this weekend! And, since I have it on good authority that my part as the Scuba Bride has made it into the movie, I'm going to try to catch one of them.


Awaiting IMDB verification

So, a few days after my last post, I emailed IMDB to find out what exactly happened to my Scuba Bride/27 Dresses listing on my IMDB record. This is the response I received:

Thank you for contributing to the IMDb. A detailed receipt for your update is included below. The information you supplied has been passed to the IMDb data managers for verification.

Updates normally take around 7-10 days to appear online, but depending on the type of information submitted and various internal factors, it may take longer in some cases. For example additions involving titles or names new to the database require an additional 7 days to process. If your changes still have not appeared online after 28 days, it can mean we were unable to verify the information or it was in some way ineligible for inclusion. However, you should also check the processing times page for any unusual delays, particularly if your data was in one of the following categories: awards, alternate titles.

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Update summary

Batson, Alecia
Actress Credits - Add
Title: 27 Dresses (2008)
Character: Scuba Bride
So, now I await verification. I didn't include a link to my blog in my email message to the IMDB chieftains. Perhaps I should have. I have faith, though, that the IMDB data verification managers know how to use search engines to browse the various pages of the World Wide Web, and they will come across my blog and the 27 Dresses-associated entries--hopefully.