Drama ready to cast for ‘Oklahoma!’ musical

By Angie Ross Eagle Eye Staff Writer

Musicals at El Camino have been an event that families and members of the community have loved for a long time.

This year, the performing arts program will be presenting ‘Oklahoma!’ as their spring musical and auditions will be happening on Dec 13 from 3:30-5:30. 

‘Oklahoma!’ is a classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein set in pre-industrial Oklahoma. It is a love story about a young woman who is being fought over by two men.            

Drama teacher and the director of the musical Christopher Travlos will be working alongside choir teacher David Vanderbout, band teacher Gabriel Read and choreographer Becky Snow to make sure everything goes smoothly. 

“Casting is a collaborative experience… so we all work together to make sure we are happy with the cast,” Travlos stated. 

Although it’s a group decision, the final say goes to Travlos since he is the director of the show. 

Since auditions are coming up soon, time slot sheets have already been posted in S4 for students who want to sign up. There is also a form for all students considering auditions to fill out, which asks crucial questions the directors must know the answers to.

The day of the auditions, students will be put into groups of ten and they will send Travlos the song that they have chosen beforehand on Youtube. The song should be the musical accompaniment or backtrack. The students will perform that song and then the directors will evaluate how the students did from there. 

“Auditions are crucial for casting because if we don’t know how somebody sings or how somebody acts there is no way to tell if they are going to excel in a role,” Travlos said.

Auditions show how the actors can perform under different circumstances and how it is important for the directors for casting.

“I also think it’s important for the actor because that little bit of pressure of being on point makes us more comfortable in all the things we end up doing,” Vanderbout added.

For Claire Ruberg (‘22), this musical is her last at EC. She is very excited and offers advice to anyone interested in auditioning. 

“I would suggest finding a song that is comfortable in your style of acting. If you are doing something you are already confident at, the audition will be less scary,” Ruberg stated. 

When it comes to preparing herself for auditions, Ruberg chooses a song based on the style of the musical and tries to match it. 

Travlos suggests that you practice your song, make sure you know all your words and notes and just have fun with it. 

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