5 ways to detect that you have musical theatre students in your shop:

Standard

1) They will be wearing a scarf, no matter what the weather. Got to protect the voce, dahling. And usually a wooly hat that is dangling so far off the back of their heads, only the spirit of Kander & Ebb is holding it in place

2) They will find as many opportunities as possible to shoehorn in to the conversation all of the people they know who have gotten down to the final round of auditions for certain roles. They will do this “in full voice”, so the rest of the customers can overhear them and be silently awestruck.

3) At some point, without fail, they will start humming Defying Gravity, or something from Mamma Mia – just in case you still hadn’t realised that they are industry. Cue: “Did you hear that Molly got down to the final two for Sophie…”

4) 90% of the time the transaction will end in them deciding to call their friend who works Front of House at the theatre to try and get cast rate tickets.

5) Of the 10% who do see their way to actually purchasing tickets, they will all want to pay separately, on card, even when there’s 15 of them. This is standard for all students of course, but MTers will do so whilst bevelling.

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