Advice on this rejection letter?
I am stage managing a community theater show and I have been asked to email auditioners who weren’t cast. Is this a good supportive letter? The people who will be recieving it is mostly children and there parents, many of whom this was there first audition.
Thank you for your interest in Madeline and the Gypsies, however we have decided to go with someone else.
It’s never fun to hear you didn’t get cast, but please keep in mind not getting cast isn’t like losing a race, in fact it’s not like losing at all. Just because you didn’t get cast doesn’t mean you weren’t good enough for the show, it doesn’t even mean you weren’t as good as someone who got in!
Casting is an extrememly subjective process. Before anyone even walked through the door the director had a vision for what she wanted the show to look like, furthermore she had a vision for what she wanted Madeline, Clementine, and Pepito to look, sound and act like. When you were auditioning the director wasn’t only looking at how “good” you were (though, of course that was part of it) She was seeing how you fit in with her idea of what she wanted the show to be like.
For example, when The Wizard of Oz was being cast, one of the people who tried out for Dorothy was none other than Shirley Temple herself! Now, just because Judy Garland “beat out” Ms. Temple for the role certainly doesn’t mean Shirley Temple was a bad actress! It doesn’t even mean she wasn’t as good or better than Judy.
In short, not being cast simply means you weren’t cast. It doesn’t mean you weren’t good enough, and it certainly doesn’t mean the Alaska Fine Arts Community theater wouldn’t love to see you try out for more shows. This year our summer camp show is “Sleeping Beauty” it runs from June 6-July 1,is directed by Joe King, and participants will get to act in our summer Bear Paw show, as well as be in the Bear Paw parade. We would love to see you there!
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