What a full weekend we’ve had. Hayley and I traveled up to Syracuse University, which is about a 4 hour drive from our part of New Jersey, so that she could tour the campus, audition for the theatre department and generally get a feel as to if this school could be home for the next four years.
For those of you out there who’ve been through this process with your kids, you know how daunting it can be. To add more complexity into the already stressful situation, Hayley, like her older sister, is interested in being involved in a theatre department. This means that she not only has to apply and be accepted academically, she also has to audition to be accepted into the major.
Now Hayley has been performing for years. I guess it’s in her blood as I was a theatre major in college as well. But, she’s also very interested in communications/journalism and Syracuse is supposed to be one of the best for students whose interests lean in this direction.
Because of how nerve-wracking the audition process can be, I try to turn these trips into a fun mother/daughter experience. I’ve realized that the primary way to keep the stress levels down is to be prepared and early for all appointments. Now Hayley is always prepared. That part is up to her. Her songs need to be well rehearsed and appropriate for what they’re looking for and monologues need to be polished. My job is to make sure she’s rested, fed and early. Sitting around waiting after having registered, is much more preferable to running late. Wouldn’t you say?
I’m happy to say that all went smoothly. The drive was long, but easy. We arrived on time and prepared. Of course Hayley walked out feeling as if there were parts of her audition that she did well and parts of her audition where her nerves got the better of her, but as a theatre mom, I’ve learned that this is always the case. Performers are perfectionists. I have yet to hear anyone walk out of an audition and say, “I really nailed it!” I’m sure she did well. They audition about 650 to 700 kids for only 40 spots, 20 for acting and 20 for musical theatre. It’s tough out there.
After her audition, Hayley and I took the time to have lunch at an adorable cafe called Phoebe’s, which the current students recommended to us. We then took a look at more of the campus. What a nice place! Enjoy the pictures of our road trip.
Is your child going through anything like this? How do you handle it?
This building is for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. A student we spoke with said it is referred to as Hogwarts. I can see why. Gorgeous!
This statue is in the foyer area of the Crouse aka Hogwarts building. From what I’ve read, it came from the sea. Something was missing though and I can’t quite put my finger on it. You?
This is the Regent Theatre where Hayley auditioned. Go Hayley!!
Phoebe’s Cafe where we had a super yummy lunch. Supposedly their hummus is to die for.
Hayley’s usual starter, a Caesar salad. She must eat Caesar salad 5 times per week.
My usual starter, French onion soup. Doesn’t that look good? I assure you, it was.
Hayley gave the thumbs up to her entrée. This was a pesto penne with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and capers. Holy moly it was good!
My lunch was a scrumptious Greek wrap with a beautiful salad.
It was a fun and delicious mother/daughter weekend. I hope we can many more of these, but without the stress of the auditions. I truly cherish this time with my baby.