OK, the next chapter has arrived!
Finally, after weeks (seriously - weeks) of waiting, it was time for singing auditions. 212 and 214 gathered in the drama room, and Ms. Hooker joined us. I turned to my best friend, Ava. I rolled my eyes into the back of my head and made a throwing-up face. She smiled sadly and nodded. I felt sick to my stomach. The moment had finally come and I wasn’t sure I was ready for it.
Ms. Hooker gazed out at the room and glanced down at a scrap of paper she was holding in her hands. “I need- Jordan, Aiden, Rocco, Alaska, Tore, Hugo, Alaina, Zach, Prahlaud and Jack.” I smiled, and Reese, who was sitting next to me squeezed my arm nervously. I stood up and followed Ms. Hooker to the music room. “Pull up a chair.” she commanded us as we entered. I nodded and got a chair down from the stack. Butterflies were creating another windstorm, pounding against my ribs. I took a deep breath and sat down in front of Ms. Hooker’s piano. “Alright, first to audition, Jordan and Alaska for Tracy.” I looked over at Jordan nervously and she smiled. “OK, we’ll have Alaska sing the first part of ‘Good Morning Baltimore’, and then Jordan.” I nodded slowly and licked my lips as she started the song. I took a deep breath and when started singing, one look from Ms. Hooker and I knew I had started on the wrong cue. My cheeks flushed bright red and I waited until my cue to start.
After an embarrassing 3 minutes that seemed to take forever, it was finally Jordan’s turn to sing. I sat down and looked over at Reese and Laina who half-heartedly gave me a thumbs up. I sighed and put my head in my hands. When Jordan sat down she looked over at me. “I can’t sing”, she said hoarsely. I gave her a small smile. “It’s ok. You did great.” I said, even though I didn’t think so. Her voice was a bit too squeaky to be honest, but, unlike me, her tempo was perfect so in that aspect, she was amazing.
After a few more auditions, it was time to audition Penny and Amber. For their song, they used “Mama I’m A Big Girl Now.” of which Tracy is a part of. When they called me and Jordan up, I started to panic. I didn’t know this song! I sang very quietly the first few rounds that they sang it so that I could focus on listening to it. Then, I sang in my regular loud, strong voice for the last time. I saw Ms. Hooker glance up at me from her piano, but, because the teachers were supposed to keep a poker face, I couldn’t tell if she was surprised or disgusted.
After they auditioned the boys, I felt a little bit better. I didn’t really do so bad, I told myself. I smiled widely at Emery and Ava when I entered the lunchroom. They smiled back and I sat down next to them. Ava gave me a side hug. “How’d you do?” she asked. “She did amazing.” said Laina, sitting next to Ava. I smiled. “So did you Laina, your singing voice is awesome.” She gave me a wide, toothy smile and I relaxed a bit. I was ok, it was going to be fine. So, I sat back and enjoyed lunch with my friends.
-Stay tuned for the revealing of the roles!-