Carlos A. J. Rodriguez-Russo
The idea of auditioning--entering a room with a board of strangers and forming spontaneous emotions, songs, or witty monologues that have little to do with your real personality--may seem foreign to some; but for hundreds of Harvard students September brings the opportunity to do exactly this.
After the auditioner leaves, the selection process begins. Considering factors like prior experience, volume, gesticulation use and speech quality along with more abstract values like "presence" and character "fit", the director and producers analyze and discuss the performance that they just heard.
The process of auditioning for one of Harvard's theater or vocal music groups can seem intimidating to even the most confident of aspiring artists; this week, one Crimson photographer took a behind-the-scenes look at the stress, camaraderie, and (believe it or not) fun that accompanied this year's Common Casting and a cappella group auditions.