Awesome 80s Prom wants local actors
Are you ready to live your '80s prom? Ruth Eckerd Hall, which is hosting the Awesome '80s Prom for five performances beginning Feb. 26, is looking for local actors for the production.
The open casting call wants local improv-style actors "who must have strong comedic instincts, the ability to work a room and for most roles, they must be able to believably play a high school senior." Those who audition should be prepared to do a short monologue by famous '80s movies characters from flicks such as Say Anything, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
Auditions are Saturday, Dec. 20, with callbacks set for Dec. 21. Click below for more information from the hall's press release, or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
And to answer your next question: No, I will not be auditioning. Mainly because I couldn't pass for a high school senior back in 1985 much less today.
December 12, 2008,Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall is seeking exuberant performers who are skilled improvisational actor/comedians for upcoming roles in The Awesome 80s Prom which will have five performances in the Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall beginning Thursday, February 26, 2009. The casting call audition for local improve actors will be on Saturday, December 20 beginning at 12 pm with call backs on Sunday, December 21 from 12 to 4 pm. For more information about the auditions, please email: [email protected]
These 14 or 15 local performers who will appear in the show must have strong comedic instincts, the ability to “work a room” and for most roles, they must be able to believably play a high school senior. Actors are asked to refer to the cast list below to determine which character they wish to audition for. They are also asked to prepare a short monologue of similar characters from the 80’s era (for example Say Anything, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club). For this audition, tv & film monologues are encouraged. Actors may dress as their character if they wish. Dancing will be a part of the call backs on Sunday so dance/movement clothing will be required.
The following roles will be filled by local talent:
• Blake – The Captain of the Football Team. A Charming, egotistical jock. Think “Jake” in 16 Candles.
• Louis – The Nerd. Introverted, computer geek. Think Anthony Michael Hall in 16 Candles.
• Fender – The Bad Boy. Mean, defensive, loud. Think Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club.
• Michael Jay – The Class President. A young Republican/born politician. A Guy- Smiley game show host type. Think Michael J. Fox on Family Ties.
• Feung – The Asian Exchange Student. Charismatic, speaks little English. Think Long Duk Dong in 16 Candles.
• Dickie The Drama Queen. Flamboyant, fabulous and bitter. Sings “Don’t Rain on My Parade” like Barbara Streisand. Think Ducky in Pretty in Pink mixed with Jack from Will & Grace.
• Beef – A football player. Big and intimidating, but not too bright. Think Chris Farley
• The Heathers – Cheerleader #1 and #2. Whitley’s back up cheerleaders. Must cheer/dance. ALL DANCERS WITHOUT ACTING EXPERIENCE BUT FUN PERSONALITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.
• Kerrie – The Spaz. Petite. A sweet but hyper nerd. In love with Blake. Surprisingly cute, once she removes the glasses and headgear.
• Missy – The Head of the Prom Committee. Perfect. Way too perky. Think Reese Witherspoon in Election.
• Whitley – The Head Cheerleader. Attractive, sexy, bitchy, and vain. Thinking “Heathers.” Must cheer and dance. ALL DANCERS WITHOUT ACTING EXPERIENCE BUT FUN PERSONALITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.
• DJ Johnny Hughes – The DJ. Extremely charismatic host who can warm up a crowd. Runs dance contest, etc. Stand-up comedians, karaoke hosts, etc. all encouraged to audition. Must have high energy and an infectious energy that can keep a party going.
• Inga – The Swedish Exchange Student. Tall and voluptuous. Speaks with a heavy accent.
• Molly Parker – A freshman. A member of the Freshman Cheerleading Squad and the Yearbook Committee.
• Lloyd Parker – Her twin (less cool) brother.
Adult roles will also be filled, including:
• Mr. Snelgrove – The Principal. A fascist dictator. Think the principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
• Mrs. Lascalzo – The Drama Teacher. A leftover hippie who loves everyone. A little clueless.
• Mystery Guest - A 1980’s celebrity impersonator (i.e. Madonna, Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, Prince). Who performs (or lip syncs) one song at the height of the PROM.
Local performers are required to attend all rehearsals and performances and will be compensated.
Those interested in auditioning, are requested to send an e-mail reply to [email protected] and provide THEIR NAME, AGE, E-MAIL & CONTACT NUMBER to be given an audition slot starting at 12pm. The auditions will be scheduled 5 minutes apart and slots will be filled on a first come first served basis. A confirmation of their audition time will be sent to them. Actors & actresses are requested to bring a head shot to the audition. For more information about the auditions, please email: [email protected]
The Awesome 80s Prom is a blast-from-the–past interactive show in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding with characters inspired by favorite ‘80s movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Five performances will be in the Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall beginning Thursday, February 26 at 8pm, Friday, February 27 at 8 pm, Saturday, February 28 at 5 & 8 pm and Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm.
Tickets priced at $35.00 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to showtime.