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I Hope I Get It

‘I hope I get it.
I hope I get it.
How many people does he need?
How many people does he need?’

Marvin Hamlisch’s Chorus Line lyrics are ultimately relatable to anyone who has put themselves through an audition – acting, singing, instrument, dance.

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Reality shows have learned to mine the tension, heartbreak, and triumph of auditions for pre-live season viewing. ‘Audition’ – a word built from the Latin verb ‘audire’, to hear – is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as ‘a trial performance to appraise an entertainer’s merits’. Ouch. Now that’s not stressful at all.

Some well-known examples of The Audition portrayed over decades of TV and Film:

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Leroy’s No-Moves Barred Audition on Fame

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Amadeus.  Mozart meets with the Emperor and his Court who are to commission an opera from him.

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River Phoenix as Danny Pope auditions for Juilliard in Sidney Lumet’s Running On Empty

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Troy and Gabriella audition for the High School Musicale

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Mercedes auditions for a sectionals solo on Glee

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Derek creates a number to audition for the role of director on Smash

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Grade 12 dancers audition Grade 10s for a big school show on Backstage.

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Finally, we have Alexis’  Moira-horrifying audition on Schitt’s Creek

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Header: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Seated Dancer in Pink Tights. 1890

 

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