Ever wondered what it’s like here when auditions are going on? Think it’s quiet and serious aside from the sound of nervous shivering and the chewing of nails?

Think again.

The auditions for FAME were a heady mix of high-intensity excitement and nerves as young people spilled into the centre, keen to be the next Serena, Nick, Iris or Tyrone.

The experienced walked coolly up to the registration table and grabbed a registration form. First-timers to the centre looked around with ‘where do I go and what do I do’ faces.

Some arrived in groups and gave each other much-needed pep talks, while the newcomers stood on the fringes, alone with their forms and nerves.

It wasn’t quiet – the gentle hum of anticipation took care of that. Quiet temporarily came when they all disappeared into theatre two for a briefing … before a group singalong of FAME led to cheers all round.

On the surface, it seemed as if the nerves disappeared as fast as the quiet. And what emerged was something beautiful to witness: a spontaneous, joyful camaraderie.

Dancers cheering each other on as they were put through their paces in the studio. A cacophony of sounds in the foyer: voices bursting into song; the trill and warbles of vocal warm-ups; the muttering of lines while pacing back and forth; the rehearsing of a scene.

It was loud.

It was hard to ignore.

It was heart-warming to watch.

Of course, the nerves will return and not everyone will get a part, but fingers crossed the experience will linger as a good one for all concerned.

FAME will be presented by Laughing Horse Productions in partnership with Koorliny Arts Centre in June 2018.

Watch this space for a cast announcement.

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