The time had come to kick off the rehearsals with the child actors selected for the Enigma Series Trilogy on screen adaptation sizzle reel. (Try saying that really fast three times!)
I wasn’t sure what to expect given that my only interaction with the appointed talent was during the casting auditions. This as you might be able to appreciate is a fast paced, jam packed day that doesn’t really allow for an opportunity to bond. It’s such a stressful environment where everyone is so focussed on the task at hand that it is definitely not conducive to allowing personalities to blossom.
Walking toward the meeting point I felt a sense of wonder about what magic might be in store for me to experience while working with Mariah Cini, Etienne Goessens and Alec Golinger. Children tend to be unpredictable and as much as people seem to find this challenging I gravitate toward the possibilities of what might manifest from their unrestrained tangents.
When I had began the journey of pulling together this production I had spent some time watching YouTube videos on actors auditioning for roles. If you haven’t seen Henry Thomas auditioning for a part in ET you are missing out. Its a must see in my books. There’s also a fabulous back story to the character development that blossomed from the audition series in Forest Gump. Look up Tom Hanks Forest Gump auditions to be amazed at the transformation of the character.
These audition examples are a lovely reminder that we may enter in with an idea of how things should look, feel and run but in essence if we remove the tendency to be rigid and prescriptive, then we allow for the possibility to leave with an even better version that adds depth to the character.