My First Audition: Charlie Carter
Although I’m not a musical theatre performer, my first audition was for a West End musical – the London revival of Oliver! at the Aldwych Theatre. The audition was at the Aldwych itself and I was about 10 years old.
I remember there being a buzz around the place because we all knew Ron Moody was coming back to play Fagin. We had to prepare two songs, Consider Yourself and Where Is Love. I sang Consider Yourself and didn’t get recalled, but I noticed that anyone who sang Where Is Love got recalled. So I snuck to the back of the queue, got in again and sang Where Is Love and got recalled three times.
Unfortunately my dance let me down and the same thing happened with my next audition, which was for the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music. Again, I got three recalls but I still couldn’t dance. I finally managed to get cast in the next musical I auditioned for – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Theatre Royal Windsor, probably on the basis that this time there was no dance involved.
I had my first film audition around the same time for one line in a TV movie, Master of the Game, which starred Donald Pleasance and Cherie Lunghi and was directed by Kevin Connor (somebody I met again recently – now in his 80s and still directing films).
The experience and thrill of those first stage and film jobs really pushed me to want to do both screen and straight theatre acting in equal amounts, and the one thing I really took on board even at that early age is no matter what the job is, prepare as much as you possibly can, especially when you really don’t feel like it. Put the hours in and it’ll pay off. Well, apart from my dancing…
CV: Charlie Carter
Training: Jackie Palmer Theatre School
Theatre includes: Bus Riley’s Back in Town (Jermyn Street Theatre); Miller (Pleasance Theatre); Dawlish Road (Soho Theatre); Proud (Lost Theatre); Lone Star (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Theatre503, King’s Head Theatre); A Christmouse Tale (UK tour)
TV includes: Upstairs Downstairs, Material Girl, Hollyoaks, The Bill, The Great Kandinsky
Agent: Mondi Associates
Charlie Carter was talking to John Byrne
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