AUDITIONS


Sponsored by Terrapin Station of Murray

Sponsored by Terrapin Station of Murray

Directed by: Ashley Reese

Cast size: 4 men, 3 women, ensemble, (ages 16+)

Auditions: May 6-7, (Callbacks May 8th at Playhouse)

Location: 201 S. 4th St., Miller Center, downtown Murray, KY

Time: 6-9 pm

Performance Dates: June 13-22

Synopsis:

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day's American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day's album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day's groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

American Idiot is a high-concept show with strong social messages and endless creative possibilities. It will surely add an enticing edge to any theatre's season.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Vocal requirement:

Be prepared to perform a punk/rock song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided, but feel free to use a backing track or accompany yourself on guitar.

Dance requirement:
This is a very high energy show. A dance audition will be required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move easily in.

Drama requirement:

Since this is a completely sung through musical, you will be required to act your audition song. This means that you need to put some genuine feelings into the song you are presenting. Think about the words and meaning....show your ability to "sell the song".

Character Descriptions ** Denotes being able to play guitar a requirement for those characters.
Depending upon auditions, the characters must at least APPEAR to be the ages listed below.

**JOHNNY - The self-proclaimed "Jesus of Suburbia." Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs. Male, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Tenor/Baritone

**TUNNY - Johnny's friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny's ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream. Male, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Tenor

**WILL - Johnny's friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships. Male, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Tenor ST.

JIMMY - Johnny's alter ego. Known as the "city bad boy." An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his own relationship with Whatsername. Male/must appear the same age as Johnny. Range: Tenor/Mezzo-Soprano

WHATSERNAME - A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship rather than pursue his addiction. Female, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Mezzo-Soprano

HEATHER - A girl in Suburbia and Will's girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency and eventually leaves him. Female, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Mezzo-Soprano

EXTRAORDINARY GIRL - A girl in the Middle East who appears as a hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war. Female, 18-30 yrs old. Range: Mezzo-Soprano

ENSEMBLE: (4 men/4 women, ideally)  

or additional details, call Lisa Cope at 270-759-1752 or email at playhouse@murray-ky.net