Earlier this week, I had an audition for a television comedy that rhymes with 'Hazing Pope.' It was a producers' session, which means rather than reading for casting who will then decide who goes in front of the decision-makers, you're reading for at least one of those decision-makers directly. So the stakes are a big higher, things feel a bit more formal, there are fewer people reading for each role, etc. This particular session was being held in the same building as the stage where the show is shot; The casting waiting area sits amidst dressing rooms and production offices, and members of the cast and crew walked by regularly.
So the session was moving along, there were about 10 ladies in the waiting area, reading for one of 3 roles... And suddenly, from the stairwell leading from set, there's Cloris Leachman. Read More