Autumn, Auditions, and Apple Crisp

The fall semester is under way!  It finally felt like fall with the cooler weather—and how many of you tried that apple crisp dessert in the Four Winds the other night? I mixed that with some vanilla ice cream… and wow.  I felt like I was eating some of Mom’s homemade apple pie.

After an exciting week of opening activities, I now find myself plunged into classes, homework, and projects.  Double majoring has taught me that proper time management is a key to college success.  Managing your time wisely can be a delicate art—but if you learn how to do it effectively, you can take advantage of the many opportunities that Pensacola Christian College has to offer.

One of those opportunities is Fine Arts.  Every semester, the faculty and students at PCC team up to produce a play or musical.  These dramatic productions usually include singing, acting, and live orchestration.  Recently, PCC has performed Ruddigore, Cyrano de Bergerac, Our Town, and The Hiding Place. This fall’s production will be H.M.S. Pinafore.

When I heard that this semester’s production was going to be Pinafore, I decided to audition.  Auditioning for a play was something I always wanted to do since freshman year.  During my first two years at PCC, I was able to work the audio/sound systems for the various fine arts productions.  Working “behind the scenes” allowed me to see just how fun—and rewarding—these productions truly are.

It is hard to imagine just how much work goes into these productions.  Singing, acting, stage movements, set pieces, music, sound effects, lighting—all of these are intricate parts of any fine arts production.  Countless hours are spent preparing, practicing, and mastering each facet of the play, culminating in a final performance that students, faculty, and guests can all enjoy.

Since this was my first time auditioning for fine arts, I wasn’t exactly sure where to look for help.  If you would like to audition for fine arts (or any other productions at PCC), here is my advice to you:

  • Listen to chapel announcements.  Near the end of the semester, an announcement will usually be given in chapel concerning auditions for the following semester’s production.  If you miss the fall auditions for the spring performance, don’t worry! There are also opportunities to audition in the spring.
  • Audition—without fear!  I’ll be honest, I have little musical talent and my acting experience is very limited.  Going into the audition, I was not sure what to do or what to sing.  (After all, I have never really sung outside of church choir back home. . .) So I took the advice of fellow blogger (Christopher) and sang loud and unabashed!  The lesson?  Don’t be afraid and don’t put yourself in a box.  If you want to be in fine arts, then give it a shot!

I have only just begun practicing for this fall’s production, and I can already say that I am having a blast.  I can’t go into details about the play—I don’t want to ruin the experience for you—but I am extremely excited to be a part of such a dynamic (and hilarious) production.  Be sure to come watch PCC’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore this Thanksgiving—and don’t forget to bring a date!

7 Responses

  1. Ella

    I may have to make an apple pie now, Justin! Great article…enjoyable reading, informative and encouraging for your fellow students! ~Mom~

  2. Darian DePerte

    I’m so excited for this week’s Fine Arts!! I’m a freshman, so it’s my very first one. (: I did try the apple crisp before, not with ice cream, but I’m definitely gonna try it now. Thank you for the tip! Best of luck this semester, especially with midterms!

    • Study well!

      • Darian DePerte

        Thank you! I will.

  3. Cassie

    Wow that apple crisp sounds amazing! I don’t know if you are allowed to ask questions on a blog (never left a comment on one before) so if you’re not suppossed to then I’m sorry. I’m a sophomore (high school) and I really wanted to double major, but all of my family says that it will be too much work. So do you like double majoring and how much harder do you think it is than just majoring in one area?

    And the Fine Arts classes and plays and things sound like so much fun! It’s definitely something I’ll have to try once I’m in college.

    • Hi Cassie,

      We love questions!

      To answer your question about double majoring: is it hard? Well it depends on the two majors. If they are closely related, you’ll find that many of the classes and requirements overlap. That is the case with my English/History double major. I originally had a major in History and a minor in English, but I only had to add a few more classes to qualify for majors in both.

      It is definitely a challenge. You’ll have to take a full load every semester after Freshmen year (I’ve averaged 17-18 credits per semester). Time management is key.

      My advice to you: just do a single major your first year and see how well you handle the load. Try bumping up to around 17-18 credits your Sophomore year and if you feel like you are able to handle it, add the double major!

      Hey, it’s two degrees, right? So the challenge comes with a reward.

      P.S. Fine Arts is a blast–but doing it with a double major makes my life super busy! Do it on one of your “lighter” years. Hope this helped!

  4. Ted

    The apple crisp was AMAZING!!!!

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