• RIP NOLA 05/24/2018  2:28am

    There will soon be a generation that doesn’t know the pain of a NOLA open call.

    Share your fave Nola stories.


    (For those who don’t know, the building was bought by new people and the rents became outrageous. Shelter and other places are taking over some of NOLA’s studios and Nola will reopen elsewhere as a rehearsal space.)

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    When people tried to beat the EPA lines that wrapped around to 8th Avenue but climbing up 11 flights of stairs.

    littleeagle 05/24/2018  7:56am

    i once identified and rescued the woman’s non-eq list that was blowing away for a call that wasn’t gonna accept it or see non-eq anyways (and even left a note on the door that they wouldn’t). But I saved a couple gals hope and that means something at the end of it all. (But that flat wall is risky. No wind break and I think I’ve only seen lists go missing at Nola).

    OH! Tripping into the audition room is a great start to meeting a new team. (I’m 6 feet tall. I can’t see those little step things).

    I don’t really care for that buildings bathrooms.

    BariToxic 05/24/2018  8:35am

    It’s only moving locations BUT...I haven’t forgotten the Fireside MM/BandtheB open call that the fire marshal was called and had to tell them to cut off the line because there was too many of us and those of us that didn’t even get into the damn building for typing were pissed because people insisted on showing up at 4-5 AM even though the posting said to NOT TO.

    Showbizdreamer 05/24/2018  9:49am

    Awkwardly making eye contact with someone sitting on the toilet as you walk into the bathroom because of those damn saloon doors on the stalls.

    awopbamboo 05/24/2018  9:59am

    My favorite Nola memories were when I could finally leave that fucking building...

    Rain On my Parade 05/24/2018  10:37am

    I tried researching this and found nothing. Any help. Where has this been announced or where online is this

    EpaMonitor 05/24/2018  11:23am

    Lol Nola did bookings on a paper calendar. You think they post anything online? But it is fully verified that they’re closed/closing. It’s been in the works for months.

    ‡‡‡ 05/24/2018  12:08pm

    I was told by multiple people it was moving not closing...or that Shetler is taking some of it...

    Showbizdreamer 05/24/2018  12:11pm

    THE. SALOON. DOORS.

    qwertybelty25 05/24/2018  12:14pm

    I second (third?) those damn saloon doors

    backhomeballer 05/24/2018  1:33pm

    @showbiz, the most recent that I’ve heard is that Tucker has decided not to relocate. Shetler is taking some studios but as show rehearsal space, not small rentals like practice rooms.

    ‡‡‡ 05/24/2018  2:26pm

    Well then...okie dokie 😳
    AND DAMN THOSE SALOON DOORS TO HELL

    Showbizdreamer 05/24/2018  2:44pm

    I could be totes wrong. It’s all second hand info. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    ‡‡‡ 05/24/2018  3:59pm

    The building was purchased by a new owner and is raising the rent. Nola is moving to a new space but will only hold rehearsals, no auditions. Shetler is taking over the Nola space.

    littleeagle 05/24/2018  4:03pm

    Who could forget the fist fight last year at Nola on the open call for finger lakes at 6 am!!!! Non equity blessed

    CalltheBitchOut 05/24/2018  5:59pm

    Not sure why, but all my worst auditions have been at NOLA.

    justtryintob00k 05/24/2018  6:18pm

    Every time that theater by the sea and finger lakes have been the same day at the same time and people end up not being seen at either.

    Sibe11a 05/24/2018  6:49pm

    Least favorite: When people would ignore an EPA line outside 250, go through the 244 door and straight to the holding room.
    Favorite: I auditioned there for the first NY job I booked.

    ThatOneGuy 05/24/2018  9:08pm

    Least favorite: When people would ignore an EPA line outside 250, go through the 244 door and straight to the holding room.
    Favorite: I auditioned there for the first NY job I booked.

    ThatOneGuy 05/24/2018  9:20pm

    A friend and I got day drunk and went to Nola. We were waiting for a friend to get out of his callback and it was taking forever so we decided to try and figure out who all the super old headshots we didn't know on the wall were.

    That's the only pleasant memory I have associated with this place.

    LangdonAlger 05/25/2018  12:13am

    My favorite open call took place early on a Sunday morning -- when it was about 15 degrees out. I lined up with my fellow (and girl-fellow) actors at about 7:30 AM, with a cup of Throat Coat tea and a muffin from the little deli that closed last year. A few minutes after 8, it started to snow. There we stood -- all that was missing was boxes of matches or bunches of violets for us to sell. Fortunately, Kevin the doorman took pity on us -- and let us into the building early -- one elevator load at a time, of course, with the next 12 people waiting in the lobby. I think the building had suffered a power outage the day before, and when we got to the holding room, the heat wasn't on, and the bathrooms weren't working because the pumps hadn't been turned back on. A classic, to be sure.

    SusanCD 05/25/2018  1:05am

    ^omg I remember that. I'll never forget the fireside les mis open call where they only typed the first 100 people and for some reason they said we could walk up the stairs instead of doing that 12 at a time elevator bullshit and everyone went CRAZY when they didn't get seen.

    Fatniss_Neverlean 05/25/2018  1:13am

    One time, to get out of an invited dance call I didn’t want to go to, I told my friends to tell the monitor I had diarrhea and left early. I don’t think I could ever actually poop there because of those fucking saloon doors.

    I also remember part-singing for Merry-Go-Round (or, as the kids call it, “Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) callbacks in a room full of strangers, all trying to hold a Tenor 2 line against the music director playing the Alto 6 line. Because reasons.

    yourmom 05/25/2018  10:10am

    The Fireside Les Mis call where people had to play a big game of telephone up to the floor above every time a name was called for typing.

    I got my first job there and rehearsed it at that studio, and I feel no alligiance. It was dilapidated. I hope Shetler cleans that place up. It needed to be updated or sold.

    VeryBariBaritone 05/25/2018  11:04am

    -Signing up for Fingerlakes open calls at like 6am and then not even setting foot inside Nola the entire day since I knew I wouldn't get seen.
    -The Fireside Beauty and the Beast call where those of us who actually followed the instructions didn't even get typed because we couldn't get into the building.
    -Getting typed out of Fireside's Fiddler call and ranting my ass off on here.
    -Umpteen ArtsPower calls where I was in the 20s and still somehow managed to wait for hours to get seen, and then being the only male to not get a callback.
    -La Comedia's strange/unpredictable auditions and callbacks, one of which I booked!
    -Getting to do a callback for one of my idols.
    -Having a crazy audition and callback for a reading all in one night, bouncing between studios in Nola and Shetler. Booking it and rehearsing for it a year later!
    -Having a crazy callback for the full production of the above show lasting an entire day. Not booking it!
    -Having an audition and insanely long/promising callback for a dream role that would have finally gotten me those elusive EMC points if not my card. Finding out months later that the role went to a Broadway vet who was definitely not at the callback.
    I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can remember now!

    bwaylvsong 05/25/2018  12:52pm

    Rehearsing there for a show for 2 weeks and never using the bathroom for fear of the saloon doors. #BowelMovements

    Miriam 05/25/2018  12:55pm