As we approach a brief academic hiatus, I wanted to let you know about a performance event I am involved in. Over Spring Break, I auditioned with my brother for Miscast the Musical: Right Singer, Wrong Song. It is fundraiser hosted by North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) and presented in the form of a musical revue/variety show. It will be performing during Easter Break, on April 3rd and 4th, so I can thankfully still participate.
The idea behind the production is simple. Everyone was required to audition on March 3rd with a song of a character that they would ordinarily never be cast as, either because it is meant for the opposite gender, or a different age group. But, this rule is especially designed for the former wrong gender option. My brother and I auditioned with, and will ultimately be performing, a duet that we as brothers would never normally sing (I’ll let you try and figure it out on your own with a hint: what do Minnie Driver, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby all have in common?)
Anyway, it is a great experience because it makes the audience think about gender. Hearing a male sing a song meant for a female about a male lover is very poignant (especially if the singer happens to have a same-sex sexual orientation). Of course, gender swaps like this can make for hilarious results – as my duet with my brother certainly will. Ultimately, gender lines will be blurred in a fun, engaging and thought-provoking way. Hearing a song sung by an unconventional singer can make the audience think of that song in a whole new way. Imagine two guys singing “For Good” from Wicked, to use an example, and how that would be received! So, if you don’t have any plans for Easter Break, come down to Raleigh this Friday and Saturday night for a roaring good time!