Pierrot Productions will hold non-union auditions for
(through special arrangement with Samuel French)
About the Show:
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing awareness of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. The five-time Tony Award-winning Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about candidly examining who you have become and understanding who your parents have always been.
Tuesday, July 10th, 7-10pm
Friday, July 13th, 7-10pm
Saturday, July 14th, 10am-1pm
Call Backs (by invitation only): Sunday, July 15th, 12-10pm
Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
Communication (CM) Building
*Special note for child actors: Please submit resume, headshot and video (YouTube/Vimeo link preferred but attachments also accepted) of 16-32 bars of any song directly to email@example.com. Further auditions will be scheduled as necessary by invitation only.
Director: Kat Ross Kline
Music Director: Peter de Mets
Stage Manager: Jaci D'Ulisse
Fridays: September 21st & 28th at 8pm
Saturdays: September 22nd & 29th at 8pm
Sundays: September 23rd & 30th at 2pm
How to Sign Up
Please sign up for an audition using Sign Up Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0545ADAB22A7F58-nonaea
If you do not schedule an audition appointment, you will be seen as availability permits.
Audition Details and Requirements
** Full song in the style of the show with sheet music in the appropriate key - an accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or CDs/iPods will be permitted.
** Cold readings from the script are possible
** Provide current resume and headshot if available
** List of all known conflicts between July 16th and September 30th (rehearsals are built around actors' schedules and consideration is made for vacations)
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ALISON BECHDEL Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father's demise in an effort to heal herself. Age: 35-45 years
Vocal: Alto - low E to light belt C#
BRUCE BECHDEL Alison's father, a closeted gay man. A high-school English teacher, small-town funeral home director, and historic home restoration fanatic, he is charming on the surface, with deep layers of shame and anger right underneath. Age: 35-50 years
Vocal: Tenor - B to G
HELEN BECHDEL Alison's mother. Intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity. Formerly a promising actress, now an English teacher, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage. Age: 35-45 years
Range: Mezzo - Ab to strong mixed E
MEDIUM ALISON Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality. Incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex. Age: 18-20 years
Vocal: Alto - strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E
JOAN A student at Oberlin. She exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian. Age: 18-22 years
Vocal: Alto - must handle harmonies.
ROY / PETE / MARK / BOBBY JEREMY (to be played by one actor) Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison's imagination. Good-looking singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Age: 16-30 years
Vocal: High tenor to a B
SMALL ALISON Alison Bechdel as a child. Precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she's growing up in, she doesn't have the vocabulary to fully define herself. Age: 9-11 years
Vocal: B to B
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL Alison's brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison's strong personality. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. Age: 9-11 years
JOHN BECHDEL Alison's younger brother. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well. Age: 7-9 years
The Pennington Players are thrilled to bring The Kelsey Theatre premiere of GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT, a show written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.
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. The production features explicit content and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
If you have any questions, please email the Pennington Players anytime at AmericanIdiotPennington@gmail.com
This is a non-union, non-paid production. Due to explicit lyrics and adult content, only performers aged 18 and over will be considered.
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.
- Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pm
- Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 11:00am-4:00pm
- Invited Callbacks: Monday, August 6, 2018
- Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus – CM Building
Production Company & Creative Team
- Presented by The Pennington Players
- Producer/Stage Manager – Vicki Kaiser
- Director – Kyrus Keenan Westcott
- Choreographer – Rachel Tovar
- Music Director – Ashley DeAntonio
Performance Dates & Location
- All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
- Performance Dates:
- Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm
- Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8pm
- Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2pm
- Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8pm
- Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8pm
- Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2pm
- The first rehearsal will take place Thursday, August 9th at 7pm.
- The rehearsal schedule will be created after the show is cast. However, you can take note that we will be rehearsing 3-4 nights per week beginning August 9th.
- While you may not be called to every rehearsal, please note that this will be an extensive rehearsal process that will require a strong commitment of time and energy.
- While rehearsals will be scheduled around cast conflicts, we will not be casting anyone with a significant amount of conflicts between August 9th and October 14th.
How To Sign-up
- If you are interested in auditioning, please visit www.penningtonplayers.org and follow the instructions.
- Audition appointments are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but they will be seen after the scheduled appointments. Please sign-up for an appointment.
What You Need for the Audition
- Please bring your headshot and resume with you to the audition.
- Prepare 16-32 bars of any song in the style of the show: rock/pop/punk. An accompanist will be provided.
- If you can play guitar, bring it, and prepare a verse of a Green Day song in addition to your 16-32 bar song selection. This is not required.
- After everyone in your group sings, there will be a dance call. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for movement.
What We’re Casting
All roles are open. There are no pre-cast roles. We are casting ALL ETHNICITIES.
- Male – 20s to 30s – 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 – 20s to 30s – 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 – 20s to 30s – Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of his pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships.
- St. Jimmy
- Male or Female – 20s to 40s – Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass”. An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername.
- Female – 20s to 30s – 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 – 20s to 30s – 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.
- Extraordinary Girl
- Female – 20s to 30s – 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.
- Male and Female – A strong group of singers and dancers above the age of 18. Very active ensemble involved in the entire show, barely leaving the stage. Featured solos/songs throughout.
To sign-up for an audition slot, visit www.penningtonplayers.org.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL
P R E S E N T E D B Y : M&M STAGE PRODUCTIONS
DIRECTOR: Carolyn Anzuini CHOREOGRAPHER: Laura Ghaffoor
Wed, Aug 22, Thurs, Aug 23 (7-9)
Sat, Aug 25 (10-3)
Mercer County Community College, 1200 OLD TRENTON RD, W. WINDSOR, N.J. 08550
SHOW DATES: Friday, 11/16 & 11/30 (8:00), Sat, 11/17, 11/24 & 12/1 (2:00 & 8:00), Sun, 11/18, 25 & 12/2 (2:00)
The audition will consist of singing (audition songs listed below), a reading (if needed) and dance.
Readings are from the script.
Please bring the audition form, an updated picture and resumé with you.
Please bring jazz and tap shoes. (If you do not have tap shoes, bring well-fitting shoes with hard soles)
Everyone will be taught some dance movements so please wear comfortable clothes. There will be a tap audition for children and Miss Shields.
S H O W S Y N O P S I S
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many
C H A R A C T E R S , S T A G E A G E S & A U D I T I O N S O N G S :
JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: (Male, late 40s to early 50s) (LEAD) Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw the audience in. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. Has presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Sings one line at the end of the show. Does not need to dance. SONG: “A Major Award” or “Up on Santa’s Lap”
THE OLD MAN: (Male, late 30s-40’s) (LEAD) Has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He usually expects the worst,
but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Must be comfortable working with kids. High baritone or tenor to high H. A song and dance man. SONG: “A Major Award”
MOTHER: (Female 30s-40s) (LEAD) More in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, midwestern. Mezzo-soprano low G to high Db. SONG: “What A Mother Does”
RALPHIE: (Male 9-12) (LEAD) A regular cute kid. The boy next door. Bright, but not precocious. Above all, a dreamer. Must be an excellent singer and carry a show. Tap dance a big plus. High belter, low F to high D SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”
RANDY: (Male 8-10) (LEAD) Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward; admires Ralphie, but won’t admit it. Cuddly and whiny but
not a brat. Must be comfortable on stage and be able to tap. High belter, low F to high C. SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”
MISS SHIELDS: (Mid 20’s-40’s) (SUPPORTING) Ralphie’s elementary teacher. Character woman who’s great with comedy. Flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway. Great mover and strong tapper. Alto belter. SONG: “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”
SCUT FARKUS: (10-13)(FEATURED) Classic bully, who should be taller than the other kids. There’s nothing that you like about him. The type you avoid in school. Gruff character voice. Must be able to tap. SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”
GROVER DILL: (8-10)(FEATURED) Farcus’ toady, smaller. SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”
SCHWARTZ & FLICK: (9-12) (FEATURED) Classmates of Ralphie SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”
SANTA: (Male, 30-60)(FEATURED) Ill-tempered, inebriated, unhappy with his job. Tenor SONG: “Up on Santa’s Lap”
CHILD TAP SPECIALIST: (Male, 8-12) Performs a featured tap solo. Strong tap dancer.
ADDITIONAL ROLES FOR ADULTS: Elves, Delivery men, Villain, Bank robbers, Prisoner, Mrs. Schwartz, Flick’s Mom, Nancy’s Mother, Policeman, Fireman, Doctor Nurse, Waiter, Townspeople. Must be able to sing and comfortable with some dancing. Strong dancers are also needed. MEN: “A Major Award” or “Up on Santa’s Lap” LADIES: “What A Mother Does” or “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”
ADDITIONAL ROLES FOR CHILDREN : : (8-12) Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, Goggles Kid, Can-Can Girls, Can-Can Girlfriend, Waiter’s Daughter and ensemble. ALL kids need to be able to sing and dance (tapping experience preferred). SONG: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”