Somewhere along the drive from Shreveport to Baton Rouge, the script changed on Ted Ferguson. The Shreve actor recently visited the capital city to audition for “Mike Epps Comedy Mix Tape Vol. 1,” a sketch comedy show. Ferguson thought he was going to read for two “moderator” parts.
Though he’d done his prep work, the roles no longer existed when he stepped in front of the producers.
“Oh, those two roles? We don’t need those anymore,” the producers told him. “Can you be a psycho killer?”
Ted, who’s landed a baker’s dozen worth of roles though 60 auditions, said yes. In a matter of seconds, he came up with his take on the emcee of a Louisiana State Penitentiary Christmas Show Extravaganza.
“Let’s give it a go, hah?” said the producers, according to Ferguson. “Oh by the way, here’s the script.”
Since Ted’s game for improv – and he loved the script – he went for it. And he believes his psycho killer killed ’em.
His message to local actors who encounter script changes during auditions?
“Don’t give in to your fears,” he said. “Just go for it.”
What audition surprises have you encountered?
PHOTO: Ted Ferguson.