Act 2: A Summer of Overcomings!
Chapter 3: The Prodigy Who Brings Forth a Storm of Commotion
Arrogant-looking Youth: This theatre really is a dump……
Izumi: Are you here to audition for us?
Arrogant-looking Youth: That’s right – who are you?
Izumi: I’m the director and chairperson of this theater. It’s nice to meet you.
Arrogant-looking Youth: Huh, you’re pretty young.
Izumi: (He seems somewhat dignified……or arrogant, should I say……)
Alright, join the line at the back. What’s your name?
Arrogant-looking Youth: ……Sumeragi Tenma.
Sakuya: I’ve seen him on TV before!
Kazunari: Isn’t he super famous?! This is awesome~!
Yuki: Sumeragi Tenma – the actor, right?
Sakisaka: He started off as a child actor and though he’s just a high school student, he’s already been acting for 15 years and is known for his talent.
Tenma: ……You must’ve been living under a rock if you don’t know who I am.
Kazunari: Tenten, a signature please!
Tenma: ……‘Tenten’? Well, I don’t mind, but…
Izumi: (To think a famous celebrity like him would come audition for us……)
Izumi: We’ll be starting the audition now. We’ll start off by getting each of you to tell us your name, and how much experience you have in acting.
Yuki: Rurikawa Yuki, third year middle school student. No acting experience.
Tenma: Wait, you’re younger than I am?
Yuki: So what?
Tenma: Where are your manners?
Kazunari: Alrighty, it’s my turn. Miyoshi Kazunari, second year college student. Just like Yukki, I have no experience in actin’.
Muku: H-Hello! I’m Sakisaka Muku, third year middle school student. I have no experience in acting.
Tenma: Seriously, everyone here’s an amateur? How is this audition even going to work out?
Izumi: Last but not least, Tenma-kun.
Tenma: There’s no need for me to introduce myself again, is there? I already did it just now.
Izumi: It’d be helpful if you could introduce yourself again. I’d like to know about how much acting experience you have, too.
Tenma: ……Sumeragi Tenma, second year high school student. I’ve been acting for 15 years……but not on stage.
Izumi: Never? Not even once?
Tenma: I’ve only ever gone for movies.
Kazunari: Daaaaamn! He’s so cool! Tenten’s parents are famous movie stars, so he doesn’t even have to do promos!
Tenma: ……Well, you’re not wrong.
Izumi: (He seems like the type to be picky about his jobs – I wonder why he decided to audition at our theater……)
Alright, now we’ll do a basic exercise.
Tenma: By exercise, you mean on this stage?
Izumi: Yes. Is that a problem or……?
Tenma: ……I guess it’s fine if it’s just an ‘exercise’.
Izumi: Is something the matter?
Tenma: No, it’s nothing.
I want all of you to say the phrase ‘Good morning’ 4 times, each time in either joy, anger, sadness, or excitement.
We’ll start off with you, Yuki-kun
Izumi: Yep, that’s just fine.
(He’s not afraid of performing, and he has a good grasp of what he has to do, too. It was right of me to trust my gut feeling!)
Next up is……
Tenma: What an amateur.
Yuki: Hah? Why do you keep on-
Izumi: Excuse me, Tenma-kun. We’re in the middle of an audition right now, so please keep your thoughts to yourself.
Izumi: Next up, Kazunari-kun.
Kazunari: That’s me~ Joy, anger, sadness, and excitement, yeah?
Izumi: You ended up changing the actual line, but that’s alright.
(I have a pretty good feeling about Kazunari-kun too.)
Tenma: That’s alright? Aren’t you being too lenient?
Yuki: ……Shut up.
Tenma: Hah? Did you say something?
Izumi: Next! Muku-kun!
Izumi: Is that really joy?
Muku: U-Um, I’m sorry!
Izumi: It’s alright, you don’t have to apologise. Try to be a bit more confident in yourself.
Izumi: Yep yep.
(He’s not as bold as the two that went just now, but there’s a sort of delicacy to the way he acts – if he works on it, it could become one of his selling points!)
Muku: !! I-I’m sorry……
Izumi: Huh? What’s wrong? There’s no need to apologise.
Yuki: It’s because Mr Crappy Actor over here keeps on sighing. Seriously, keep your mouth shut.
Tenma: Oi, who are you calling a ‘crappy actor’?
Yuki: Obviously I’m referring to the crappy actor with the lame orange hair over here.
Tenma: What did you say?!
Muku: W-Wait, Rurikawa-kun. It’s my fault that my acting’s terrible and tasteless and a total mess……
Yuki: He didn’t even say that.
Izumi: Muku-kun, your acting isn’t terrible, tasteless, or a mess.
Next, Tenma-kun. It’s your turn.
Yuki: After all this bragging, you better be at least somewhat decent. Why don’t you hurry up and show us what you’ve got?
Izumi: (He suddenly feels like a different person……)
Tenma: ‘Good morning.’
Izumi: (Amazing……he was able to express joy, anger, sadness, and excitement without altering the line or doing anything over-the-top.)
(He’s beyond the level of someone who’s just ‘experienced.’ There’s no doubt that he’s a professional. His personality may cause some issues, but he’s unmistakably talented.)