@cariauth That same thing happened to our D last year--a well-regarded program told her she was IN at the audition and then she was rejected later, after she had canceled several auditions. Luckily, she got in elsewhere but we were very concerned for a while there. I share for those going forward. It really does happen. The words to our D were VERY CLEAR, you are IN, just need to go through the formalities. Unfortunate words. No matter what is said in the audition room, don't change your audition course until you have a written offer in hand. Wishing you luck @cariauth! Sorry this happened to your D.
I understand @stagedoormama! Thanks for clarifying. I think it was "impression" that threw me off. :) So many times kids are warned about reading too much into an audition, and with good reason. I would just take it a step further and say not to believe anything, no matter how crystal clear the words are, until that offer is in writing. I suppose we should all know this but you really wouldn't think auditors would go back on their words but it happens.
A gap year can be very beneficial too. Your son can take a few gen ed credits, including foreign language credits, but not enough to jeopardize entering as a freshman rather than as a transfer. He can also continue working on material, attend auditions, work a job and save some money, and participate in community theatre, whether on the stage or behind it. All can be very valuable. There also is nothing barring him from attending straw hats or other professional auditions. There is much to learn, enough to easily fill a year. There was someone on this board last year who wrote a ton about her gap year. Anyone recall her name?? Also, I wouldn't worry about auditioning twice for a program. I know of several kids who had great success the second time around, including at Michigan. I realize that's not really your kid's problem @theotherparent, but should he end up having to go through the process again because of academics, I would let that go and put all my energy into being the best HIM in the audition room.