My experience is that they won't read anything associate with the list but it does make me feel better to write something tailored to that show.
Good luck to you,Ken Ware
We just posted our cast list last night, for Xanadu. At auditions, we speak very frankly about how casting works, and really emphasize the value of every opportunity that the show can offer.We always post to our Google Classroom, and always on a Friday, with a statement that we won't discuss the show for a couple of days. If there's disappointment, they gotta reconcile that a bit before having a meeting to discuss anything. Also, we don't cut. Here's the language I put in the notice. We also say some version of this in person at auditions:"Casting a show is a very complicated process, with many facets. Basically, it's like a large puzzle: we audition you, and then see how you best fit into the overall picture of the show in terms of ability, temperament, and personality. We work very hard to provide you with opportunities that will best fit your particular abilities and serve this particular show. Truth be told, we think we're pretty good at it. Contrary to popular belief, the "principal" roles do not automatically go to older students. All casting decisions are final.If a student - or parent - has questions about casting, it is our practice to speak with the student first, then, if necessary, speak with the parent and student together. This is not negotiable. We acknowledge that these are young people, but part of growing up is learning how to express yourself and ask questions about a lot of things, even if the conversation is difficult.
Additionally, we will not answer any questions related to Xanadu until December 26."It's a bit blunt, but we've always found it helpful to be direct, rather than to dance around the concerns (should there be any). It's also helpful to remember that if there's a storm, it will pass (but that doesn't make it any less traumatizing!).Good luck!
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