Bessie Mae Cavanaugh
All right, Mr. DeMille
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:42
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Name: Bessie Mae Cavanaugh
Year: 1
Height: 4’4”
Voice part (if known): lovely
Desired role(s): Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Lucinda, Florinda
Previous experience:


Bessie Mae wasn’t familiar with musical theater, but she liked to sing and being in a musical sounded fun. Mother and Pa said it was all right, and Pa even suggested a song for her audition, so Bessie Mae walked into the theater with her family’s support and her head held high.

She was rather disappointed Tammy hadn’t wanted to try out. If they were both in the musical they could spend more time together. Living in separate dorms didn’t suit Bessie Mae very well, but the staff had made it very clear that rooming changes weren’t going to happen. They didn’t have much free time to spend together, so the musical seemed like a good idea. Bessie Mae had half a mind to convince Tammy to try out, but she let it go. If Tammy didn’t try out, there’d be less competition for the roles Bessie Mae wanted.

The brunette wasn’t sure what her voice part was. She thought she was probably a soprano, but she could still hit low notes. For her audition, she was singing “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Pa loved music from the forties—even from Muggle artists—and usually put a Fitzgerald or Sinatra record on after dinner. Bessie Mae liked to sing along, and Pa said that one was his favorite.

Seeing the Deputy Headmistress soured her mood a bit. In fact, Bessie Mae wasn’t impressed with the audition panel overall. She didn’t think Shepard liked her very much, and she wasn’t sure how much Headmaster Abbadi would know about music—wasn’t he an ex-Auror or something? The director looked like a teenager, and she had a baby with her. Who on earth brought a baby to a theater? Would this be a regular thing? You had to be dumber than a troll to expect a baby to keep quiet long enough for auditions and rehearsals.

In spite of the uninspiring panel, Besse Mae was pretty sure she’d nailed the audition. Without music, it was hard to keep time, and she found herself speeding up a bit too much in the middle of the song. But she managed to slow it back to normal speed by the end, and it had felt like she’d done a superb job. Now she just had to wait.

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