Auditions – American Idiot

Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre announces auditions for their upcoming production of Green Day’s American Idiot.
Book and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and Lyrics by Green Day

Director: Alice Y. Lyons
Musical Director: Jennifer Hunter
Choreographer: Sean T. Harris
Technical Director: Bernard Mulcahy
Costumers: Jimmy Williams & Eyanna Gruver
Light Design: David Shock
Sound Design: Bernard Mulcahy
Stage Manager: Meg Davis
Costume Assistant: Jess Ross

AUDITION DATES:
Sunday, February 11th at 7pm
Monday, February 12 at 7pm
(Callbacks, if needed, Tuesday February 13th at 7pm)

SHOW DATES:
April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

Those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a song in similar style to the show (please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided). Songs from American Idiot are accepted and encouraged. – No a capella or karaoke tracks allowed.

Those auditioning are also encouraged to accompany themselves on guitar for their audition, as well, but this is not necessary.

There will be a brief dance audition, so please dress accordingly.

Short readings from the script will take place following vocal and dance auditions.

*Must be 18 years of age to audition

***PLEASE bring list of conflicts/work schedule to audition for dates between February 18th and opening on April 13th – Rehearsals will be based on cast schedules Sunday thru Friday starting at 7pm and possible Saturdays in afternoon or evening.

Any questions, please contact director Alice Y. Lyons: aliceialyons@gmail.com

A Brief Synopsis
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

American Idiot is a high-concept show with strong social messages and endless creative possibilities. It will surely add an enticing edge to any theatre’s season.
Johnny
The self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia.” Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Tunny
Johnny’s friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny’s ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream.
Gender: Male
Approx Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Will
Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships.
Gender: Male
Approx Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

St. Jimmy
Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass.” An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername.
Gender: Male
Approx Age: 20-35
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: C3

Heather
A girl in Suburbia and Will’s girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency and eventually leaves him.
Gender: Female
Approx Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Whatsername
A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship rather than pursue his addiction.
Gender: Female
Approx Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Extraordinary Girl
A girl in the Middle East who appears as a sexual hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war.
Gender: Female
Approx Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Ensemble (looking for Approx 15 Ensemble members) – Approximate Ages 20-35 – Show is very Ensemble Heavy – Ensemble is involved in most music numbers in various roles and aspects.
The Men (Carson, Daniel, Brandon, John, Jamal, Dustin, Jared, Favorite Son)
The Women (Chelsea, Ashley, Aurie)

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