Auditions are Monday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 14th at the Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain at 7:00 PM.


Please arrive for auditions at 7:00 PM if possible. There will be a brief dance/movement audition, some singing as well as readings from the script. Please prepare a song (for singing roles) and bring a headshot if possible. For more detailed character descriptions of the singing and non-singing roles, follow this link.

Welcome to auditions for

Night of the Musical Dead

You’re being asked to read this before auditioning because I want everyone to be on the same page, as it were, and I don’t want to waste anyone’s time, including mine.

At the Hole in the Wall Theater, no one gets paid.  Why do we do this, then?  

1.       Because we enjoy putting on shows that push the boundaries of what’s normal community theater fare.

2.       Because we enjoy working together.

3.       Because it’s fun to play dress up.

4.       Because putting on a show in my uncle’s barn only happens in movies.

5.       All of the above (and probably some other reasons too).

My attitude is that if you’re not creating something interesting and not enjoying yourself on some level, then it’s probably not worth doing.    We’re here to put on a show.   As potential actors, you have a right to expect that the “management” (director, producer, stage manager, etc.) will work as hard as they can towards the goal of putting up a successful show.  Well, you’ve come to the right place and the right show.  We’ve assembled a group in the technical positions that are the finest people that I’ve ever worked with.   I trust their intuition, abilities, and knowledge completely.   I also want to work with them because they tend to be as fanatical as I am about theater.  So, here’s what I expect from my actors:

1.       Be available to work when you say you’re going to be available.

2.       Show up on time for rehearsals.

3.       Be at least at ONE work call to help build/paint the set, prep the theater, etc. You are not expected to be able to have set building skills but it is a bonus and there are diverse jobs for every skill level. 

4.       Be open to direction, but also have input of your own (I don’t want robots OR feral actors).

5.       Be willing to help promote the show.

 

If you can’t commit to these ideas, then I thank you very much for your interest and you know where the door is.

 

I wrote this show over the course of several months.  I’ve refined it and I fully expect further refinement as we get into rehearsal.  That to me is the essence of collaboration.   I think this show balances my incessant need for dick and fart jokes and my deep seeded anger at politicians.  It’s going to be a ton of fun to do and I’m betting that audiences will love it.   All that it takes is dedication and commitment.   “Commitment” doesn’t mean that you put the show above everything else in your existence – that would be stupid.   Everyone has a life to some extent or another.   I understand that things come up that can’t be predicted.  What I’m looking for are people who aren’t afraid to work hard on a show.  Every show SHOULD be a challenge.  If there’s no growth, there’s stagnation, and that’s not interesting to watch or do!

 

My directorial credits are not very deep.   I’ve directed twice at Hole in the Wall (a reading and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy) and a few times in college.   I am, however, a fairly experienced actor (125+ shows) and I understand what an actor goes through.  I don’t believe in adversarial separations between actor and director.  We’re here for each other.  My favorite theatrical experiences have been journeys.   I’m inviting you to join me in this particular journey.

 

If you’ve never been part of an original work before, here’s a little peek at the process: The show is “finished”, but not DONE.   I made some changes to the script based on a reading we did in January and now as a potential cast member, you’ll have an opportunity to further shape the play.   And even better, the original cast will be listed in the subsequent publishing of the script – a little bit of immortality!  I like actors that have active brain cells – even if they’re playing zombies.   This show will not be improvised, but I fully expect input from everyone involved during the rehearsal process.   I don’t claim to have the market cornered on funny, so I will rely on all of you to help me find it.

 

This show will be a group effort, and I hope to cast people who will make a good group as well as a good show.  In other words, if you’re a diva and you’re here to only put another notch in your acting belt, then the previously mentioned locale of the exit should be heeded.

 

As far as the audition itself is concerned, I have only one piece of advice:  Enjoy yourself.   Auditions are soul-searing, judgmental nightmares for most actors.  Luckily, most of those actors are emotionally stable enough to not let it bother them.  NOT.   I’m looking for creative sparks.   Take a moment to look over the lines before you step onstage.  Think about different readings from the person that goes before you.   If I give you a suggestion, do your best to incorporate it into your audition.   I want to work with people who bring something to the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                        

But, enough of my yakkin’.   Whaddaya say?  Let’s boogie.

 

Bill Arnold