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The Wedding Singer

Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin, Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Director: James Bryan
Assistant Director: Leigh Strenger
Musical Director: Laura Oliver
Choreographer: Shon Stacy

Stage Manager: Jeff Seneca

Performance Dates

  • June 23 – July 16, 2017
  • Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm

Audition Dates

  • Monday, March 27, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 28, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm
  • Callbacks: April 1, 10:00am

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will start April 24
  • 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.
  • If you have any scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates, please note them on your audition form at auditions
  • E-mail questions to jamesbryanonline [at] gmail.com

**AUDITION LOCATION**

For location questions, call or text

757-513-1458

Wedding Singer Poster

This is a Non-Equity, non-paid performance role.

If you have questions about the auditions, email jamesbryanonline [at] gmail.com.

Break a leg!

Synopsis

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancé leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

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).  Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts during rehearsal dates.

What to bring:

  • Prepare a song 1-2 minutes in length that best showcases your vocal range (Think 80’s or reminiscent to The Wedding Singer). Bring sheet music with you, as an accompanist will be provided.
  • Head shots and resumes are not required but always welcome.
  • There will be NO dancing at the initial auditions, dancing will occur at callbacks. Most roles, including ensemble will be required to participate in the wedding dances, etc. However, you do not need strong dancing skills, just the ability to be in character and have some fun. (Knowledge of The Electric Slide a plus, but not required)
  • If you are auditioning for one of the impersonators, please be prepared to show us what you’ve got at the first audition.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact James at jamesbryanonline [at] gmail.com.

Roles

All ages are approximate and based on look, not actual age.

ROBBIE HART – Mid 20s to Mid 30s

Strong singer who can adapt to different styles. Focused and diverse actor with great comic timing. Robbie is cynical about life and love but has real charm, a likable guy who has just had a rough time with love. The ability to play a guitar is a bonus, but not required.

JULIA SULLIVAN – Early 20s to Early 30s

Strong singer and actor, with good movement ability. Julia is sweet and authentic and hopeful about love; a waitress who longs to be married and live the perfect married life.

HOLLY – Early 20’s to Early 30s

A unique voice with a strong belt. Must have great dance ability and be a strong actor with comedic timing. Holly is Julia’s cousin, very uninhibited and forward. This character is based on Madonna of the 80’s.

GEORGE – Mid 20s to Mid 30s

A member of the band and one of Robbie’s friends. Strong character singer who can rap and has good falsetto. George is a flamboyant character who is based on Boy George in the 80’s. George has no interest in women.

SAMMY – Mid 20s to Late 30s

Robbie’s friend and guitarist for the trio, not terribly bright but means well and is supportive. A typical “man’s man”. Sammy is the typical cool guitarist and has no issue with women.

LINDA – Early to Late 20s

Strong belt voice with real grunt. Movement required. Robbie’s trashy, oversexed girlfriend. The typical cool-girl rocker chick.

GLEN GULIA – Early 30s to Early 40s

Singer/Actor with an ability to do basic choreography. Glen is Julia’s fiancé and is a career-focussed chauvinist. Glen is tall and handsome and very stylish (by 80s standards). Think Don Johnson in Miami Vice.

ROSIE – 60+ (or a strong character actor with the ability to create an elderly physicality)

Robbie’s Grandmother and is very much a Betty White style character. Must have excellent comic timing and come across as sweet and lovable. Must be able to rap (or willing to learn). She has no shame. Actress can be made to look age relevant.

THE FOLLOWING IMPERSONATORS:

BILLY IDOL
CYNDI LAUPER
MR. T
RONALD REAGAN
TINA TURNER
NANCY REAGAN
IMELDA MARCOS

ENSEMBLE:

Ages Early 20’s – 60’s

Couples (Harold & Debbie, Shane & Donatella, Crystal & Mookie); Wedding Guests; Mutants at Table 9 (Sideburns lady, bad haircut guy etc); Stockbrokers; etc.

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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