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New York Muppet/Sesame Auditions!!!

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by AAO, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. AAO

    AAO Member

    I went to the Muppet auditions in New York...
  2. AAO

    AAO Member

    Well, I went to New York this past week to audition for The Muppets!When I arrived at Ripley Grier Studios on the 16th floor, I had the chance to meet Kevin Clash. I auditioned in a group of 10 at first, then I was in the final four of that group and ended up being the last one in that entire group! Kevin Clash told me that he liked what he saw in me and enjoyed my work. We used ping-pong ball eyes on our hands. We lip-synched with our hands to the song: "Candy Man". I had never heard the song. We did it once, I memorized it and then the second time around everyone said I made the character look more alive than anyone else. Then we worked with monitors and I was able to do really well with that! Kevin asked for me to stay, and I said I would! Then we did the voices for the characters. I did Kermit, Fozzie, Waldorf, then I was asked to do Ernie and Bert. I didn't get a call back, although they were about to give me one, but Kevin told them that he wanted to talk to me about "the show" as he put it! Later, when my mother saw that I didn't have a call back card she was worried. But I told her that Kevin Clash wanted to talk to me about "the show". During my voice audition Jane Henson, Jim Henson's wife, was there! While I was waiting to speak with Kevin Clash, she was leaving. She came in the room where we were waiting and came up to me! She told me bye and such. I took a picture with her and she said to me, "Well, you're not 13 anymore!" I was confused. After she had left, I realized, I had put the letter that I wrote to the Henson company in my file. She had remembered me! Later, Kevin Clash talked to me. I thought it was to just tell me how to improve myself. Instead, he wants me to come back in November for Sesame Street!!!! I'm excited and psyched! So, what I'm thinking is that maybe where Steve Whitmire will be busy with Kermit's 50th Anniversary deal, someone will have to be at Sesame Street for Ernie! Again, the same with Eric Jacobson's characters! So...let's hope! Oh and I'd like to tell goshposh who is a Muppet Central member congrates for he did get a call back for "the muppets". Who knows, maybe if I'm on Sesame Stret and he's with the muppets...they might meet again!
  3. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    really excitinfg new congrats
  4. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Oh, man! If I was in NY I so would have been there too. Glad for ya and envious, but happy for you more than anything. I am glad your audition went well. Hopefully you will get the job.
  5. goshposh

    goshposh Member

    thanks for the congrats aao! guess what i got to be ernie! i got to use the real puppet and everything. it was weird to look into the monitor and know that i was underneath ernie. it was a lot of fun though. unfortantly i wasnt picked to be an understudy but good luck to those who are being considered. i cant wait for november (thats when the ss workshop is)!
  6. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Oh man! I wish that Sesame Street was holding auditions in LA too. I might have a chance. Oh well.
  7. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround New Member

    I know you are excited and good luck to you, but explain this... you went Sept. 8th and you didn't get a 'callback' for Sept. 9th, yet they want to see you for a Sesame workshop? The Sesame folk were there at the audition weren't they? You would think the Sesame people would have wanted to see you on Sept. 9th as well to evaluate you further. That's odd.



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  8. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround New Member

    Call Todd and ask! You never know.
  9. Krazedmuppet

    Krazedmuppet Active Member

    wow, that seems like it came out of a dream its so perfect! Im SOOOO happy for you! I wish you the best of luck! :excited:
  10. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Congratulations!! Well done!!

    I'm getting old. When I saw that you didn't know the song "The Candy Man", I thought, gee, that's unusual. But then I saw that you are 18.

    As for not getting called back for the second day, I've been on both sides of the audition table and, like Kevin Clash said, he saw what he needed to see. There was no reason to waste time with a callback if they liked what they saw.

    Again, good job!!
  11. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Wow, that's amazing. You deserve HUGE congratulations!! Good for you. :D
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    SESAME STREET WAS AUDITIONING FOR MUPPETEERS? WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THIS?! WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THIS?! Oh, wait let me guess, you had to be at least 18, right?
  13. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    **hugs D'Snowth** Sesame people were at the same New York muppet auditions looking for people as well. You'll get your chance, I'm sure...
  14. goshposh

    goshposh Member

    yeah you had to be 18. and i did get called back the 9th whoever was wondering that. thats when i got be ernie
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I hope so, it's my youthful goal!
  16. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Active Member

    Congrats on your success! That's awesome! I'm curious. What did they have you do with the monitors? Alphabet? Numbers? Your voice? Improv? Just come in, hit center?

    Thanks!

    Grant
  17. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Active Member

    Did they allow you to tell anyone this? Usually when something like this happens, you have to keep it a secret - or so I'm told.
  18. AAO

    AAO Member

    Not exactly. Well, I don't think they'll mind or even get angry. Besides, if rumors start, I'm not to blame. Like I said, Kevin Clash was there only for Sesame Street and now where Disney and Henson's Muppets merged back in Feburary 2004, Kevin wants to keep Sesame Street on top as well. So, let's just say, that maybe this Sesame Street thing will be more stable than the actual Muppet understudy thing. Oh and goshposh, I'll see you in November! :p :(
    Kevin Clash just wants us to come back. Me and goshposh will be back in NY this fall for Sesame Street. Again, I think that since Steve Whitmire, who does Ernie and Kermit, and Eric Jacobson, who does Bert and Fozzie/Piggy, might have it hard attempting to do Sesame Street and The Muppets/Kermit's 50th Anniversary. So, I'm not saying this is true, so no rumor starters...but they might need someone to take over for Steve or Eric while they're away. Also, Kevin told us that some of the puppeteers had left Sesame Workshop for other projects. So, I'm guessing they're in need of puppeteers.
  19. AAO

    AAO Member

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
  20. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    Big congrats! That's so exciting!


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