Greetings! I’m just the transcriptionist. Wilson is telling about the choir audition process, and Jane will cover the first rehearsal with the children choir.
The Audition (by Wilson)
I was nervous about the language and that I wouldn’t understand what anyone was saying. I kind of didn’t want to go because I knew it would be hard.
The night of the audition, we walked to the audition after dinner. It was maybe four blocks away. When we got there, a guy let us in, but he was only speaking Spanish to my mom. He gave her some papers to fill out and asked me my name. He wrote my name on a name tag and gave me a number. I think I was number 98.
We went upstairs and there were other kids waiting in a room. Four kids got called into a room at once. We waited for a little bit, maybe ten minutes, and then they called my name and Jane’s name. I was happy we were going in together.
I was happy that the lady playing the piano could speak some English. First, she sang some things in Spanish and we had to sing it back to her. We sang it together and then took turns singing it by ourselves. We sung words in Spanish.
Next, she had two spoons and would give us directions on how to move our feet and step when she clapped them. Last she clapped out rhythms and then we had to clap them back to her. They got pretty hard at the end.
First Choir Rehearsal (by Jane)
I was really excited for the first rehearsal because I knew there would be other kids there. But I was worried I wouldn’t be able to talk to them. My mom had to tell me three times how to say, “Hablo Espanol un pocito”. When kids started coming into the auditorium, they were all speaking Spanish, but then I met one girl who wanted to speak English with me and teach me Spanish. She was a great friend and really nice. When we were given instructions that were confusing or fast, she helped translate for me. Her name was Emma, and I’m so excited to see her next week. She’s 10 too and we both even look a little alike with light hair and freckles.
Here’s what we signed the kids up for. It’s kind of a big deal in the community. Pictures from the 2021 production.