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GENERIC THEATER
215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, VA
Box Office:
757.441.2160

Generic Theater is launching its 35th season
with the regional premiere of

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

by Anne Washburn with music by Michael Friedman

Director: Garney Johnson
Assistant Director: Tony Robinson
Music Director: Karla Robinson

Dates and Times of Audition:
Monday, June 15 7pm
Tuesday, June 16 7pm
Wednesday, June 17 7pm
CALLBACKS: Saturday, June 20 (time TBD)

DIRECTIONS

See www.generictheater.org/parking.html - Auditions will be in the Generic Theater performance space underneath Chrysler Hall, accessible through the Little Hall in the lower level of the Scope parking garage.  You can park in the garage ($3 fee after 6pm) or use the stairway through the red door to the right of the Chrysler Hall box office.

PARKING ADVISORY: The Scope garage now charges for parking at night, so be prepared to spend a dollar or two, or do as we do and park free on Bute Street and walk across the street. Parking Map


REHEARSALS

Weeknights and Saturday days at Generic Theater

PERFORMANCES

at Generic Theater
August 21 through September 13 (Thursday through Saturday nights, Sunday matinees)


SYNOPSIS

In a post-apocalyptic setting, a group of survivors decide to form a theater company to perform their favorite episode of The Simpsons ("Cape Feare" when Sideshow Bob first tries to kill Bart Simpson).  In this dark comedy/drama/musical, we experience how the importance of staying connected to our past allows for pop culture to evolve into mythology for a future age.


PREPARATION

Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill 3 male and 5 female roles (20s to 40s, open ethnicity).  All performers must have strong movement skills and be able to sing on pitch with the capability of maintaining a part in a capella harmony.  Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required.  Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts through September 13.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script, no singing.  All those auditioning must be available for callbacks between 10am and 4pm on Saturday June 20 for additional reading from the script as well as singing exercises for pitch and blend.

If you have questions about the auditions you may contact the director at gjohnson [at] generictheater.org


ROLES

All roles are open for casting, listed by character name and Simpsons role(s) performed during the show within a show:

MATT [HOMER / SCRATCHY] (male): A true Simpsons enthusiast, effective storyteller who enjoys entertaining.

JENNY [MARGE] (female): High spirited and friendly, a true extrovert.

SUSANNAH [SECOND FBI AGENT / ITCHY] (female): Somewhat scatterbrained, but very sincere and compassionate, strong acting skills.

SAM [BART / MR. BURNS] (male): Cautious and dependable, unassuming, strong character actor/singer.

COLLEEN [FIRST FBI AGENT / LISA] (female): Reclusive and shy at first, but ultimately the toughest member of the troupe, an alpha type waiting to emerge.

GIBSON [LOVING HUSBAND / SIDESHOW BOB / HOMER] (male): True survivor but very personable, opinionated yet reasonable.

QUINCY [BUSINESSWOMAN / BART] (female): Petite and poised but very assertive, strong actress/singer.

NEDRA [CHORUS LEADER] (female): Only appears in final act, completely sung, strong vocal skills.


 

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Audition FAQs

So you're interested in auditioning and not sure what to expect. Here are some the more common questions we receive. If we do not have the answer to your question here on this website then please send us an email at contact@generictheater.org.

Remember the most important thing about auditioning at the Generic Theater is that you have Fun.

Who can audition?  

Ready for this... ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?  

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged.

What should I bring?  

Interested actors are strongly encouraged register for an audition; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first. Bring registration confirmation email, your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?  

Electronic scripts are usually available for you to peruse. This will provide you an opportunity to get to know and understand the character(s) that you wish to audition for. We also encourage you to do an internet search to better understand the script.

Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

What should I expect?  

On the first night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionaire. The questionaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths.

Upon completing the questionaire, you will be asked to wait in a designated waiting area until you are called into the theater to meet the director. The director may choose to speak with you one-on-one or with a small groups. You will 'cold read' samples taken from the script. You may be asked to read multiple times with different groups of actors. For musicals or plays containing singing, you will be asked to provide a vocal sample; check above for details.

Auditions typically run for two days with a third day reserved for call backs, or in some cases for three days with a weekend callback. Call backs require additional readings from the script and may involve other actors.

This is a mere guideline into what you may expect during an audition. Auditions are conducted by the director, so dates and times may fluctuate. Please check the website or call the theater for the current dates and times of the production you wish to participate.

The only hard rule we have at the Generic Theater is have FUN.



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