So as I mentioned earlier, Pitti-Sing's audition selection is easy: tidily within my range, no exceptionally absurd rhythms or intervals, which leaves me with both the impression and the time that I ought to to work hard at acting the song as well as I sing it. (I'm a bit nervous that this is all talk and I'll go into the audition and the directors will be entirely nonplussed, but that's the risk we run.)
These questions are from MusicalTheatreAudition.com
:Who sings the song?
Pitti-SingWhat do you know about this character?
She's just finished school. She's eighteen or under. She is either sisters or friends with Yum-Yum and Peep-Bo. She's not very serious. She's a bit of a relativist, with her frequent insistence that "it all depends."Where is the character in terms of location and time period?
In the town of Titipu, in a fictionalized Japan, presumably in the Victorian era.Who is the character singing to and where is this person located?
The Mikado, who is in town with her and others (Koko and Poohbah).What is the relationship between the character and the person to whom he/she is singing?
No prior one exists, really. He is the emperor and she is his subject.Where in the show does this song occur?
In Act II, at a point of crisis, really.What has happened just before the character started singing?
Koko has just sung about how he has beheaded Nanki-Poo, which is a lie.Why does the character feel compelled to sing in this moment?
Pitti-Sing is embellishing Koko's story. She has good intentions, hoping to assist Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum in their attempt to marry and flee, but I think she also just enjoys being part of the story.What are the primary ideas/emotions the character is expressing in the song?
She is describing her involvement in Nanki-Poo's execution.How does the character change from beginning to end of the song?
She doesn't, really; she is just telling a story.What does singing the song accomplish for the character?
She contributes to the believability of Koko's story, or so she thinks. It turns out that she is considered an accomplice in the killing of the emperor's son. That's not as good, really.Once you have answered these questions, ask yourself - how will your singing reflect this?
That's the trick to figure out, isn't it? I feel a strong connection to Pitti-Sing, because I've ascribed several characteristics to her with which I strongly identify. Firstly, I feel like she's a bit protective of Yum-Yum (see her singing to Katisha in the Act I finale). Secondly, she seems to enjoy being the center of attention and making a story seem grand. This is a habit of my own, completely making up a story or, more often, changing it to produce a stronger effect. I need to spend some more time pondering before I can fully answer this last question.