Confession: I love a dream ballet. Once a staple of the American musical, a dream ballet elevated the story telling, summarizing the themes or even the plot of the show, traditionally during the second act. Old-school dream ballets are rare these days-- although I understand Tuck Everlasting's was a highlight of the show-- and even rarer is the dancing chorus and the singing chorus.
Yes, they used to hire two ensembles: one to dance, one to sing. This allowed major American choreographers such as Agnes DeMille and Jerome Robbins to do their thang without having to worry about casting dancers who could hit a high C.
Somewhere along the way this changed. Either the dancers became better singers or the singers became better dancers, or, due to budgetary restraints, everyone agreed to meet somewhere in the middle. These days, you can't just act, and you can't just sing. You have to do a little bit of everything, even if it's just a little bit.
However, for my talented female dancers who don't really sing, here are some easy songs from the classical oeuvre that sound more difficult than they actually are. Remember, you don't need to sing the whole song. Just a verse and a chorus will do. Chances are you know one of these. Choose your favorite, and relax! Have as much fun as you possibly can, even if you're not leading with your strength.
1. Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty)
2. Ten Minutes Ago (Cinderella)
3. Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye (Anything Goes)
4. I Hate Men (Kiss Me Kate)
5. Simple Little Things(110 in the Shade)
6. I Don't Know His Name (She Loves Me). There are two audition cuts here.
7. Shall We Dance? (King and I)
8. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Sound of Music)
9. Honey Bun (South Pacific)
0. Life Upon the Wicked Stage (Showboat)