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Behind the Scenes: Moline High School Musical Auditions


Tuesday night was the night many people have been waiting for. The NBC hit show "Smash" returned, with a two-hour season premiere.

The excitement this show generates goes way beyond the TV screen.

The musical drama has clearly struck a chord with TV viewing audiences of all ages - showing the "beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater", but it seems to have hit a particularly powerful note with a younger crowd, simply by shining the spotlight on the genre of musical theater.

"These kids, they see this and this is what they want to do as they grow up," said Erin Lounsberry, Book Director with the Moline High School musical production staff.

"But what's also great is that this is really a team sport. Musical theater, it takes a lot of people to put this together," she added.

It takes a lot of people - and a lot of work.

That is something that holds true on the Broadway stage of "Smash" and on the high school auditorium stage here in the Quad Cities -- A journey of a thousand miles that begins with a single audition.

Singing the song "Home" from "Beauty and the Beast", Moline High School junior Joseph Pautsch threw his hat in the ring.

He was one of about 80 kids going after a role in the upcoming production of the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat".

"'Joseph' is a great family show. It's a little campy, but it's actually one of my favorites. I'm really glad we're doing it," Pautsch said.

All of these students knew, these open auditions were their one shot to land a part in the show.

That is a lot of pressure.

"Yeah, I was shaking a little bit," said Delaney Adams, a Moline High School junior who auditioned for the show.

"It was nerve wracking," Pautsch said, "I was trying to remember the next note and trying to remember where to look."

It was a lot of stuff to focus on, and even though Pautsch was proud of his audition, he admitted to forgetting one very important step.

"Having to go to the bathroom before my audition," he laughed.

High school theater is nothing if not a learning experience.

That learning is really what it's all about.

"I think it's so much fun to work with the kids because they just soak it up like a sponge," Lounsberry said.

That is whether they land the on-stage role or not.

"You know, I'm probably going to be in hair and makeup," Adams said. "Whatever goes, goes, and if you don't make it, then you're more prepared for the next year."

The next step for everyone involved is preparing for opening night.

Keep in mind, that is just over a month away. The show runs March 14 - 16.

Auditions for the Children's Chorus are being held this Thursday and Friday.

Next week, KWQC will take you "Behind the Scenes" again, as rehearsals get underway.

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