Today the casting announcement came out for the Oklahoma City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker! After the two plus hour audition on Saturday, I didn’t know what to think. Well, turns out I was cast in the role of the Grandma in the party scene in Act I. At first, I wasn’t sure about playing Grandma. Last year, I was a Peppermint Page. Not a big part, but since I was new to the studio and I had taken all of three classes before the audition, I figured that at least I got a part (though I think they do try to give a part to everybody who tries out). This year, I thought I’d be cast in what they seemed to cast all the girls in my current level in last year – a party girl. I would take that. Then the audition came and I was called back after the audition for my age group to go into the older girls’ audition group, so I was expecting to get a pretty good part. At least I hoped. My mom says to “manage your expectations; then you won’t be disappointed.” If something good comes your way, you’ll be “pleasantly surprised.” I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. When I found out I would be Grandma (sharing the role with a 16-year-old in my group), I thought “What does the Grandma do? Nobody is going to remember me as the Grandma. I don’t even remember the Grandma.” Then I looked at some of the other casting. I also looked at last year’s program book and lo and behold, two adults shared the role of Grandma. Then, I started to feel better about the part. Maybe it was a good part, after all. When I got to dance class today, the other girls asked me if I was excited to be playing the Grandma. I told them, I guess so. Then they said that the Grandma had a solo. I didn’t remember the Grandma having a solo last year, but I am all about having a solo, even a teensy, tiny solo.
So, from now on, you can just call me Grandma!