A note on Pre-Casting:
I think that pre-casting a show can be fun for you and your friends, but can also be emotionally dangerous. While I respect the love and devotion you have for performing in the shows, I feel it is my responsibility to remind you that measured optimism is an emotionally safer approach towards the audition process.
There is a difference between, 'I want that role' and 'I've got that role.' Please prepare yourself for the disappointment of not getting the role.
My casting philosophy has been, and will continue to be that I cast students in roles where I believe that they will be most successful. I recognize that we may disagree on what that role is. However, over the years I've come to trust my casting choices.
In the end there are only 2 reasons why you don't get cast in a role that you want: 1) I don't believe you could successfully play the role. 2) While I think you could play the role, I believe another student could play it better.
Please be careful and measure your expectations. Casting is an exciting time for me, but I know it is a stressful time for you.
I wish you all the best as your prepare for your audition.
-- Mr. Howard