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Assassins

Music by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman
Director: Shon M. Stacy
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Dickerson
Musical Director: Karla D. Robinson
Stage Manager: Suzanne Finnerty

Performance Dates

  • August 25 – September 17, 2017
  • Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm

Audition Dates

  • Monday, June 26, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 27, 7:00pm

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will start July 5, 2017
  • 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 sstacy [at] generictheater.org
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This is a Non-Equity, non-paid performance role.

If you have questions about the auditions, email sstacy [at] generictheater.org.

Break a leg!

Synopsis

If you think American politics is a dangerous place today, then you clearly haven’t met John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Jr., and “Squeaky” Fromme.  This musical follows nine famous Presidential assassins and wannabe assassins as they share a stage and “spill their guts” about what drove them to such dreadful extremes.

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. 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. Not all roles are singing role, but all of ensemble will be in musical numbers and need to be able to carry a tune.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Shon at sstacy [at] generictheater.org.

Roles

Historical Characters:

John Wilkes Booth: Assassin of President Abraham Lincoln – Strong Baritone voice up to G.

David Herold: Accomplice of John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Charles Guiteau: Assassin of President James Garfield. Comedy actor needed for this. Baritone or tenor, up to G.

President James Garfield: Twentieth President of the United States.

James Blaine: Secretary of State who received a deluge of letters from Charles Guiteau.

Leon Czolgosz: Assassin of President William McKinley. Baritone, up to G.

Emma Goldman: Anarchist known for her political activism who also interacted several times with Leon Czolgosz.

Giuseppe Zangara: Attempted assassin of President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tenor up to A.

Lee Harvey Oswald: Assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

Samuel Byck: Attempted assassin of President Richard Nixon. Baritone.

John Hinckley: Attempted assassin of President Ronald Reagan. Needs a pop middle range baritone voice, with ability to sing up to G.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: Attempted assassin of President Gerald Ford. Mezzo soprano (with strong belt).

Sara Jane Moore: Attempted assassin of President Gerald Ford. Mezzo soprano.

President Gerald Ford: Thirty-eighth President of the United States.


Fictional Characters:

The Proprietor: Gun salesman who provides the characters with their weapons at the beginning of the show.

The Balladeer: Narrator who provides the stories of the assassins.

Billy: Sara Jane Moore’s son. Moore has a son, but his name is Frederic.

Ensemble: Crowd members, chorus, 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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