Triple Threat Test
Last time, brunettes became
blondes, but that was not enough for Natalie, who got cut after a
hellish audition. Now four blondes remain in the hunt...
Back to the hotel as Lauren and Autumn celebrate their victory, however
short it is. Bailey and Rhiannon return with one less Natalie. Rhiannon
calls this victory awkward due to Natalie not getting a second chance
(something Lauren & Autumn got), but if you flashback to week before
last, Natalie did get a second chance, so Rhiannon... *raspberries*.
Quote of the night from Autumn: "Boo-hoo! You went to the Casting Office
for the first time. I'm really sorry that you got told that maybe you
don't have what it takes. You're just not quite there yet. You're...
19!" Lauren echoes that.
Next call sheet sends the girls to Ms. J's Gym at 10:15. Note: dress in
comfortable clothes and wear workout shoes.
This workshop will be about taking what you've learned and putting it to
the test in order to find a "triple threat". Singing, dancing, and
acting... all at one time. Helping Haylie out with that are Rusty Mowrey
& Michelle Kittrell, two of "her favorite people on the planet" for
getting her ready for "Hairspray". They're in the cast of THIS
particular show, so be sharp.
Oh yeah, and they're dance captains. This is going to be a bit fearsome.
They're looking for... the "It" factor.
Everyone gets a monologue for each threat. And everyone pretty much
nails it. Though Rhiannon runs out of breath. By the way, did we mention
tap heels? Yeah, Autumn has an issue with that.
Now comes the hard part... picking a standout... Which is left to the
Haylie determines that there IS no standout performer. "At this point at
the competition, you're all standout performers." A surprise will be
waiting for all of them.
Now for the input on the next audition, which will be a detailed scene
set to the tune of the song "What You Want".
Now to the treat that Haylie promised... Dinner. Three courses. And a
fourth course... jewelry from Tiffany's. "My Broadway wrap gift came in
a little blue box, so I wanted to give you something special, too. XO -Haylie.
PS: Jerry gave the same to the entire cast on Opening Night."
It's just one more step.
Over dinner, the girls talk about when they realized that they wanted to
be on Broadway. Autumn, being the old fart of the group (she's 28, same
as me), thinks that hearing the other's stories are a bit precocious,
because they're all under 20. "They have no idea... When I was 19, I had
the same dreams that they did." The truth is, this happens to very few
people. Bailey thought these words were a bit discouraging, but that's
Next day sends the girls to rehearsal. First, the singing. It was very
rangy. And Rhiannon needs work on her pipes. Mainly her cascading.
Lauren says that if she didn't look (and ACT) the part, she would've
been cut long before Celina. Remember Celina? No? 'Swhat I thought.
Now to the dancing. Here to help, players from the company. The favorite
in this realm... obviously Bailey.
Everyone has their bright spot, basically. For Autumn and Lauren, it's
the voice. For Bailey, it's the dancing. For Rhiannon... it's gotta be
something. Bailey, meanwhile, calls Autumn out for wanting to fake it
till she makes it, basically. She feels like she's behind on the
learning curve. Everyone works on their failings at one time or
... through the night and into the morning of audition day. Bailey &
Rhiannon are focused on staying positive and doing their best.
To that end, they take a separate taxi from Lauren & Autumn. Bailey was
stressed to be around them, so I guess this is for the best.
As a reminder, this audition will look for a triple threat. They'll be
performing with Denis Jones AND company.
Oh, and did we mention that there's a wardrobe change in the middle? And
you only have 30 seconds? Break a leg, ladies.
And Rhiannon is first. Rhiannon's big failing seems to be her downfall
here, because her vocals at the second half were strained and struggled.
"I still have the feeling that you are not going to get through."
Bailey's next... and she has no problem until she's given a hat that's
two sizes too big. That will come back to bite her in the butt. And it
seems like the vocals are lost (read: flat) in the shuffle. You lost
focus. But Bernie saw something that he didn't in the past few weeks,
and that was the very spectrum of what Bailey was about.
Lauren follows. And needless to say, she kills on all three fronts, but
what do the judges think? Paul thought that she was in her own little
world during the improv.
Autumn's last... and she puts the "imp" in "improv." She's beyond proud
of herself. Bernie says that there are moments where he's nervous for
her. But still... Let's not lose sight of the important bit... She
Can't we just create a Frankenblonde? We have Rhiannon's comedy,
Bailey's professionalism, Lauren's freshness, and Autumn's voice.
Haylie returns with the List... which promises to be a lot different.
BLANK. Everyone's going to...
THE CASTING OFFICE
It's obvious that none of them have EVER performed on Broadway. It's
also obvious that one person will not just be on Broadway, they'll be a
Autumn can't fly by the seat of her pants.
Bailey can't be cold with the acting.
Lauren can't be shallow with the role.
Rhiannon can't fall out of breath that quickly.
Lauren... is cut. "It was a dream for me, and it's really devastating to
see that I didn't get there. I came into this not believing in myself at
all. I made it farther than I ever expected I would."
But the night is not over. Jerry Mitchell wants TWO girls in the final,
which means that one more girl is about to be cut right now... BUT WHO?!
Next week, the season finale... One girl is getting cut, and one girl is
going to Broadway.
(End of Act VII)