Welcome to auditions for
Night of the Musical Dead
Youíre being asked to read this before auditioning because I want everyone to be on the same page, as it were, and I donít want to waste anyoneís 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 whatís normal community theater fare.
2. Because we enjoy working together.
3. Because itís fun to play dress up.
4. Because putting on a show in my uncleís barn only happens in movies.
5. All of the above (and probably some other reasons too).
My attitude is that if youíre not creating something interesting and not enjoying yourself on some level, then itís probably not worth doing.††† Weíre here to put on a show.†† As potential actors, you have a right to expect that the ďmanagementĒ (director, producer, stage manager, etc.) will work as hard as they can towards the goal of putting up a successful show.† Well, youíve come to the right place and the right show.† Weíve assembled a group in the technical positions that are the finest people that Iíve 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, hereís what I expect from my actors:
1. Be available to work when you say youíre 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 donít want robots OR feral actors).
5. Be willing to help promote the show.
If you canít 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.† Iíve 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.† Itís going to be a ton of fun to do and Iím betting that audiences will love it.†† All that it takes is dedication and commitment.†† ďCommitmentĒ doesnít mean that you put the show above everything else in your existence Ė that would be stupid.†† Everyone has a life to some extent or another.†† I understand that things come up that canít be predicted.† What Iím looking for are people who arenít afraid to work hard on a show.† Every show SHOULD be a challenge.† If thereís no growth, thereís stagnation, and thatís not interesting to watch or do!
directorial credits are not very deep.††
Iíve directed twice at Hole in the Wall (a reading and
If youíve never been part of an original work before, hereís a little peek at the process: The show is ďfinishedĒ, 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, youíll have an opportunity to further shape the play.†† And even better, the original cast will be listed in the subsequent publishing of the script Ė a little bit of immortality!† I like actors that have active brain cells Ė even if theyíre playing zombies.†† This show will not be improvised, but I fully expect input from everyone involved during the rehearsal process.†† I donít 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 youíre a diva and youíre 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.†† Iím 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 yakkiní.†† Whaddaya say?† Letís boogie.