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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

by Kristen Childs

Director: Atumpan Edutainment

Performance Dates

  • Oct. 12 – Nov. 4, 2018
  • Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm

Audition Dates

  • Mon., July 30, 7:00pm
  • Tues., July. 31, 7:00pm
  • Wed., Aug. 1, 7:00pm
  • Callbacks: Thurs., Aug. 2, 7:00pm, if called

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will start early August.
  • Rehearsals will be scheduled in the evenings on weekdays and some weekend days.
  • Not all characters are called for all rehearsals, but actors should be prepared to be available.
  • Tech week requires all cast and crew the following dates/times:
    • Wed., Oct. 3rd, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
    • Thurs., Oct. 4th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
    • Sat., Oct. 6th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Sun., Oct. 7th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Mon-Thurs, Oct. 8 – 11, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Rehearsals will occasionally be off site during traveling shows at Chrysler Hall.
  • If you have any scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates, please note them on your audition form at auditions.
  • E-mail questions to contact [at] generictheater [dot] org
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This is a Non-Equity, non-paid performance role. If you have questions about the auditions, email theatermatt [at] filmtraveler.com.

Break a leg!

Synopsis

A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright girl from a black middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer.  Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than anger and revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith – and by doing so discovers her self-worth. This musical is a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves throughout the 1960s – 1990s with an original score of jazz, pop, Motown and lots of R&B.

Preparation

All roles are open and ALL ETHNICITIES are encouraged to audition! Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill roles (see below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged (but not required). Those auditioning are asked to provide all conflicts they may have through Nov. 4, 2018.

What to bring:

  • Head shots and resumes are encouraged but not required
  • Please prepare 32 bars of music showcasing your vocal talent with sheet music in the correct key (accompanist will be provided)
  • Movement and dance will also be part of the audition, so wear comfortable and loose clothing.

If you have questions about the auditions, or want to get a perusal copy of the script, reach out to contact [at] generictheater [dot] org.

See below for role descriptions and sides.

Notes About the Audition

PREPARATION:

Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors for a large ensemble of characters of various demographics (see character descriptions below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required. Please prepare 32 bars of music showcasing your vocal talent with sheet music in the correct key (accompanist will be provided).  Movement and dance will also be part of the audition, so wear comfortable and loose clothing.

If you have questions about the auditions, contact the director at contact [at] generictheater [dot] org.

 

Those auditioning are asked to provide all conflicts they may have through November 4, 2018.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

All roles are open ethnicity except when otherwise specified.  There are numerous roles of individuals that make brief appearances including neighbors, classmates, policemen, hippies, secretaries, dance instructors, New Yorkers, and professional dancers.  This show requires a large ensemble of various ages and ethnicities, predominantly African American.  The following is just a list of some standout characters:

Viveca (Female, African American) – Our bubbly heroine who goes on a 30 year journey of self-realization from elementary school to maturity, requires an excellent actress with strong singing and movement skills

Gregory (Male, African American) – Viveca’s childhood friend who falls in love with her and tries to protect her, strong singing and movement skills

Emily (Female, African American) – girl in Viveca’s first dance class who has a crush on Gregory, and later becomes a flower child hippie, strong singer and dancer

Yolanda (Female, African American) – Gregory’s little sister who is obsessed with The Beatles

Daddy (Male, African American) –Viveca’s father, strong singer

Mommy (Female, African American) – Viveca’s mother, strong singer

Chitty Chatty (Female) – Viveca’s childhood doll with drawstring for speaking

Miss Pain (Female) – Viveca’s first dance instructor

Cosmic Rainbow (Male) – Hippie stoner who briefly brings Viveca into the flower child circle

Director Bob (Male) – Big shot New York director who wants to give Viveca her big break, he is a smooth operator with the reputation of being a womanizer

Keith (Male) – A fellow dancer Viveca meets during her numerous dance classes who convinces her to audition for Director Bob

Lucas (Male) – A stranger who seduces Viveca, strong singer

Granny (Female) – Lucas’ granny, strong singer

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REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals will generally be scheduled Monday – Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00pm. Additional weekend rehearsals will typically be Saturdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, depending on the availability of the cast selected. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals until tech week.

Tech week, requires all cast and crew the following dates/times:

Wednesday, October 3rd, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Thursday, October 4th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Saturday, October 6th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 7th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Monday, October 8th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Thursday, October 11th, 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Please note any scheduling conflicts on your audition form at auditions or email questions to contact [at] generictheater [dot] org.
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If you have questions about the auditions, you may contact the director by emailing contact [at] generictheater [dot] org.

Break a leg!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do I get the latest details or ask questions?

In the main audition description, there is typically contact information for the director or their designated preferred contact. But the best place to go is our Facebook page. “Like” us for any general updates:

More specifically, there is usually a Facebook event created for each audition, so that is a great place to go and ask questions, which we encourage as the answers will also help other people!

If all else fails, email our main address contact [at] generictheater.org, but be advised occasionally there can be a delay if the team is busy; we’re volunteers!

Who can audition?

Ready for this… ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

What should I bring?

Most auditions are first come first serve. If pre-registration is an option, it will be noted in the description. Bring your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), any sheet music for musical auditions, and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?

Electronic scripts are sometimes available for you to peruse; check above. If so, 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 a search online to better understand the script, and if you’re really serious, buy and read your own copy. 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 night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths. Upon completing the questionnaire, 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 small groups. You will usually ‘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 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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