Creating Dwayne: My experience originating a role in a student production

“Hey, are you auditioning for ‘Octets?’” I got this question from all the theatre kids towards the end of last semester. During the time of department auditions, a lot of students — myself included — were curious about the “Octets” audition poster we saw hanging around campus. It was a different performance opportunity, one that was outside the theatre department production season. “Octets” is a show written, composed and directed by Miami Students. While some students turn their nose up at the idea of a student production, I was particularly intrigued by this opportunity. Auditions for “Octets” were coming up at the end of November, but no one really knew what it was about. There was no full script to read, no cast recording to listen to, just an audition flyer and a link to a brief description of the show, including character bios and audition information. Why not? There’s honestly nothing to lose, was the mindset I developed as auditions approached. So I went for it. I auditioned. I prepared the song “Too Darn Hot” from “Kiss Me Kate,” sang some scales with the pianist and did a cold reading. Next thing I know, I got a callback. They wanted to see more of me. It was for a small role, but it was a chance to sell myself again. I went to callbacks where we danced, sang...

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Stage Left presents an evening of cabaret with a twist

Will Ellis took to the stage of Pearson 128 in a striking pair of black high heels. In his unusual apparel, Ellis proceeded to delight his audience with a hilarious rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” a song originally written for a woman. This was just the beginning of a night of gender bending musical performances. Miami University’s Stage Left premiered their first Miscast Cabaret Saturday night. A miscast cabaret is an opportunity to perform songs traditionally written for individuals opposite of your identified gender. After Ellis, junior Emily Kapnick sang “Waving Through a Window” from...

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