The one in which I randomly audition for a musical…

Allison Tait blog
Posted on September 5, 2013

photo[6]Monday nights, as they usually go, are pretty standard fare round these parts. The aim is to get the boys to bed and then vegetate in a prone position for the rest of the evening.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I found myself randomly auditioning for a musical production. On a Monday.

There was backstory, of course. There always is. I’d received an email from my former high school music teacher. Who is currently conducting my mum’s choir. (This is how small-ish towns work…) Anyhoo, she invited me along to an information night, said nice things about remembering me from back in the day and, well, how could I refuse?

As it turned out, I couldn’t make the information night as Mr6 was ill. So I wandered along the following week, and found myself in a room full of professional-looking people wearing tights. “Are you here for the dance audition?” they asked me, politely. “Dear God, no!” I shrieked, explaining I was just there ‘for a look’ and to see my former music teacher. I sat on the floor and watched as tappers tapped, and people wandered in and out with their backing tapes and sheets of music.

And yet, somehow, I found myself in front of the panel, singing an old jazz standard (having had to Google the words to make sure I wouldn’t forget them). It was an out-of-body experience. I even had to fill out an application – under ‘experience’, I put ‘none in the last 20 years’. Afterwards, I thanked them for being so kind as to listen to me and took my leave.

“How was it?” asked The Builder when I got home and flopped into a chair.

“I think I just randomly auditioned for a musical,” I told him, completely bemused. He literally dissolved into laughter before my eyes.

But the best was yet to come. Last night I got ‘the call’. I’m in. I have a gig. I have no idea what yet, but, really, what can I do but let this play out?

I can only hope there will be sequins and jazz hands involved.


  1. Sam Stone

    I really hope there are sequins and jazz hands too – that is what it is all about.

  2. Rhianna

    Oh congratulations and how exciting for you!

  3. Bronnie

    Love this! Isn’t this how the best things happen? Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming role!

  4. Kym

    How fun! You are so talented. Nothing better than some jazz hands – hope you get some high kicks in too. Maybe some ’80s leg warmers for the rehearsals! Ha ha – good luck, you’ll do great.

  5. Kathy

    What a funny and delightful experience – just don’t go near Kyle Sandilands – he hates musical theatre!

  6. Melissa

    What a fun experience. Looking forward to finding out what the musical is 🙂

  7. Maxabella


  8. Emily

    Jazz hands AND spirit fingers, I hope! Congrats. And fun!

  9. John James

    I love stories like this – I love the way life can just take you places you never expected on a whim… I so hope you really “go for it” and really enjoy the experience! 🙂


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