Tonawanda News — “We’re looking for people you can tell want to be here, and have that talent and charisma,” he said. “Most of the kids you can tell really want to be here, and it’s great to have a place for them to come and get their creative juices flowing.”
As the three waited at the front of the room, auditioning children filed in a handful at a time with their audition numbers. Ranging in age from 6 to 16, the group was led by Annabella Bogart, 10, an IGC veteran who belted out “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (and received a callback CD) and concluded with Chessa Bara, 6, of Tonawanda, who sang “Man of La Mancha.”
Chessa said this is her third year taking part in the show.
“I like it,” she said. “Because they always do different shows and they’re really fun.”
Following her own audition, Chessa and her mother Kate Bara watched her little sister Emaline, 4, sing — very quietly — “Call Me Maybe” to audition.
“Last year, she wanted to do it, but she got too nervous ... so I said that was OK. We don’t push them,” Kate Bara said. “But then all summer, when we were going to practice with (Chessa), it was ‘I wish I was in it!’ “
Assisting at the auditions was IGC veteran John Tober, 12, who — while he’s helped out at the family enterprise for years — is planning to be in the show for the first time in 2013. He figures he has an advantage.
“I always know the songs in the show, because my sisters play them so much they get stuck in my head and I memorize them,” he said. “It’s kind of something to do in the summer. Most people in the summer, they just sit around and watch TV.”EDITOR'S NOTE… This is the first in a series of stories following In Good Company Productions 2013 musical, "Back to the '80s" from auditions to the final shows. The next installment will run June 30.