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GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT AUDITIONS – 3/5 & 3/6

GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Directed by Chris Turner
Music Direction by Caty Butler
Choreography by Dominic Santos

Wilmington Drama League will hold auditions for their production of Green Day’s American idiot on Sunday, March 5 and Monday, March 6 at 7:30pm. Callbacks (if necessary) will be held on Sunday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. Director Chris Turner, Music Director Caty Butler and Choreographer Dominic Santos are looking for men and women of all races ages 18 – 30s to portray various characters in this Tony nominated contemporary rock musical. Consideration may be given to actors/actresses who may be turning 18 around the time of the June production dates.

All those auditioning are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary rock/pop as well as 16-32 bars of a legit Broadway song. Please bring sheet music in the correct key! Guitarists may accompany themselves if desired. The casting committee is looking to see contrasting pieces of music to gauge ability to sing rock and classic Broadway. Please be prepared to dance at the audition. If you need to bring a separate set of clothes to dance in that is fine, you will have time to change.

Rehearsals will begin in April and will be held Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tech Week will begin on June 3, with performances beginning on June 9 and running through June 18.

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans, led by friends Johnny, Tunny and Will, as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, borne along by Green Day’s electrifying score. 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 familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Any questions please contact director Chris Turner at seeturner1@gmail.com

CHARACTERS:
All cast members must be able to sing and move well. Looking for original voices who can make the characters their own through voice and movement. The casting committee is not looking for imitations of Billie Joe or the Broadway cast of American Idiot. Come into the audition with your own ideas and approach.

JOHNNY (male, any race, vocal range tenor: top B4, bottom B2): 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 Whatshername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs. Must be able to believably portray ages 20-30.

TUNNY (male, any race, vocal range tenor: top B4, bottom D3) 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. Must be able to believably portray ages 20-30.

WILL (male, any race, vocal range tenor: top A4, bottom: C#3) 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. Must be able to believably portray ages 20s-30s.

ST. JIMMY (male, any race, vocal range tenor: top F#5, bottom C3) Known as the “city badass.” An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername. Must be able to believably portray age late 20s-late 30s.

HEATHER (female, any race, vocal range mezzo soprano: top E5, bottom:A3) 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. Must be able to believably portray ages 20s-30s.

WHATSHERNAME (female, any race, vocal range mezzo soprano: top D#5, bottom F#3) 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. Must be able to believably portray ages 20s.

EXTRAORDINARY GIRL (female, any race, vocal range mezzo soprano top E5, bottom Bb3) A girl in the Middle East who appears as a sexual hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war. Must be able to believably portray ages mid-20s to mid-30s.

ENSEMBLE
Looking for men and women, any race, ages 18-30s, to portray various characters throughout the show. Must be able to sing and dance.

 

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