The audition went well in spite of some poor planning on the management’s part. After all the work on her costume, they made her pin a huge number on herself so the judges would know who she was. She managed to ignore while she danced but during the children’s auditions (all the elementary school kids went first), a local newsman wandered the stage with a video camera. I could tell that even the singers, who primarily just stood there and sang, were a bit uncomfortable, but can you imagine what it’s like to be a dancer with someone else on stage that you DIDN’T choreograph into your dance? Can you say distracting?? Kiddlebiddle is a very serious dancer with a drive and passion you see in a professional. She may only be 11 but she knows what she’s doing. And with this guy on the stage she had to watch out for him while she was dancing, hoping he wouldn’t get in the way! She had worked hard on her choreography and rehearsed and rehearsed and here she was having to “wing it” because someone else was on the stage! And to top it off, they wouldn’t move the grand piano 3 feet upstage so that she could make the exit she had planned – a magnificent leap off stage. Instead, she had to maneuver her way upstage (making up new steps!), around the guy with the camera, and changing the ending of her dance – without the grand movement!
Although I felt she was stupendous, she was pretty upset. And though my usual video camera wasn’t charged (oops) I used my Canon’s video capabilites. You’ll see the guy in the way; that I was so busy watching her that I didn’t watch through the camera; and you’ll even see the other kids waiting.