Almost 5 years ago, I was in a Musical, I quickly became friends with the writer and director as they were SIL and BIl's close friends and Jellybean had known them for years. I did not want to be in a play, but I got the part because we went to pick up BIL and SIL to go to dinner (this was my first time meeting them) we did not know they were helping cast the play, and some strange man walked up to me and asked me "Can you sing?", I nodded slightly, he asked me for my sheet music and I told him I did not have any, then I was hustled off and Jellybean stood there looking at me in astonishment. A few moments later I was thrust onto the stage and I was asked what I was going to sing I so I sang "Walkin after Midnight" accapella and did a little line work (good thing I have acted my whole life).
I got a part, and they re wrote a song for me, and I got to write my own monolog, it was fun. Well, close to the end of the run, I walked in to with a wicked high fever, but I went on with the play, by the next morning I had NO VOICE and was running a fever, I had walking pneumonia.
Somehow, I am not sure how, I got through the last 2 performances with very few changes, just me being off stage when I was not "active" so I could sit in front of a fan, drink water and suck lozenges.
The dedication I showed that night, got me 4 more roles, even thought I did not "look" the part or was the wrong age, they knew I could pull it off and would be dedicated to the production. The director was very dedicate to casting the correct ACTOR, not the correct body type. Made for some interesting plays!
Unfortunatley, during that first musical, the other cast was so unprofessional, it was HORRIBLE, people were stealing money from purses and walets, not showing up, not knowing lines, not knowing blocking, cues or songs...SIGH.