QUOTE(fatar760 @ Jul 11 2008, 07:54 AM)
QUOTE(Mad Tom @ Jul 11 2008, 08:51 AM)
QUOTE(thouston @ Jul 10 2008, 12:42 PM)
But the part goes to whoever fits the audition panel's preconceived ideas of what they want, and who will best fit in with the other parts that have been chosen.
This may or may not be the "best" individual performance.
So it is like soccer, where the best team is not necessarily the one that is packed with stars, but has one or two superstars and a bunch of competent very hard workers?
I'd say no. It more like just finding 11 players that compliment each other and offer a well-balanced side.
It's a little like that...
I've thought about it and here is a hypothetical but plausible example using the area I'm most familiar with (am-op) and fictional plot/characters.
Story line includes a romantic tenor lead and his sidekick (baritone). Also a small part for a butler (bass baritone) who has one devastating comedy song/dance routine with the maid.
Female characters are the romantic lead(sop), her best friend (mezzo, ends up with sidekick), the maid and the nasty girl who tries to ruin the romance.
3 men audition for the male leads. Cut and dried - one is a good tenor, one baritone and one bass.
6 women audition for the 4 female parts.
Woman #1 (high sop) is gorgeous, tall, willowy, beautiful singing voice, excellent actress. Doesn't dance.
#2, (sop) tall, dippy, good comedy actress. Brilliant dancer though singing voice not so good.
#3 (sop) small, dark, petite, reasonable voice and acting skills.
#4 (mezzo) small dark, very distinctive (though slightly harsh) voice. Good character actress.
#5 (mezzo) stocky brunette, good singer. reasonable actress.
#6 (mezzo) tall blonde, first ever audition. May be good one day but made a hash of the audition.
All the women audition for all the parts.
But the tenor is somewhat short and slight, and needs a small woman to play opposite him otherwise his best romantic number ("I will protect you, my delicate little flower") will have unintended comedic undertones.
So that puts women #1, #2, #5, #6 at a disadvantage on sheer appearance - they just don't look good together with the tenor on the stage. Unfair and doesn't matter in real life, but there you go.
#3 or #4 could both do it, but #4's distinctive voice and character skills mean that the "bad girl" part is best played by her, although it's a smaller part than the lead.
That leaves #3 as a competent and believable lead to play opposite the tenor.
#2's dancing and comic acting skills get her the maid part.
That leaves #1, #5 or #6 for the remaining part (the "best friend").
#6 is a little too inexperienced (but a good am-op society will give her a few lines and encourage her for the future),
This leaves #1 or #5. If we choose #1 she will be singing below her ideal range. Also she is so beautiful one might wonder why the tenor doesn't fall for her instead of the friend. And she is so similar in build to the maid (#2) that the audience might get confused in the key "mask" scene. So the part goes to #5.
This leaves 2 women without parts - the inexperienced one and the - apparently - best one.
Life's like that sometimes.