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Audition Notice

AUDITIONS:

Auditions will be held Sunday, June 12 (10 am - 2 pm) and Monday, June 13 (6:30-9:30 pm).  Audition appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.  Callbacks are by invitation only on Thursday, June 16th in the evening.  Auditions and callbacks will be held at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road in Highland Park. If you are out of town and want to arrange a video audition, please contact us at HPPschoolofrock@gmail.com 

SHOW DATES & TIMES

  • Performances are at the Northbrook Theatre (3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062) on November 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2022

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

  • Rehearsals are some Monday through Thursday evenings and some Saturday afternoons in Highland Park/Northbrook starting in early September
  • Tech week rehearsals are mandatory: November 6-10


 

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WHAT TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION:

 

ADULTS (stage age 18+)

  • Prepare 30-60 seconds of a pop/rock song or show tune. Bring piano sheet music in your key
  • Prepare 8 bars of “Faculty Quadrille.” You may be asked to sing these in several keys. Sheet music provided below and linked here. 
  • Singing from the show is permitted.
  • You may be asked to read from the script. 

 

ALL KIDS (stage age 9-13)

  • Prepare 30-60 seconds of a pop/rock song or show tune to sing at your in-person audition. Bring piano sheet music in your key. 
  • Are you a rocker who has never done this before? Not sure what to sing or where to get sheet music? That’s okay! Come on in and sing “Happy Birthday!” 
  • Singing from the show is permitted.
  • You may be asked to read from the script. 

KIDS INTERESTED IN THE ROLES OF ZACH (electric guitar), FREDDIE (drums), LAWRENCE (keyboard), KATIE (electric bass) - these roles can be played by all genders:

1. 30 seconds of your favorite pop/rock tune that shows off your best skills. 

2. Play the indicated section of “Stick it to the Man.” See below for details and instructions. 

  • Be prepared to bring your guitar, bass, amp/cables, and sticks/brushes to callbacks on June 16 (by invitation only). Keyboard and drum set will be provided.


 

ZACH, FREDDIE, LAWRENCE, KATIE: VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

 

Hey, rockers! Here are the directions for your VIDEO audition. Please submit these to  HPPSchoolofrock@gmail.com by JUNE 7.

 

  1. Introduce yourself in your video! Tell us your name, how long you’ve been playing your instrument, and what tune you’re going to play.

 

  1. Record yourself playing up to 30 seconds of your favorite pop or rock tune that best shows off your skills. You can play along with a recording as long as we can clearly hear your instrument over the music. Or you can play unaccompanied (with no music in the background). Make sure we can see you, too!

 

  1. This is where it gets really fun! We want to see a section of “Stick it to the Man,” which is one of the songs in the show that the kid rockers play ON STAGE, LIVE! There are videos to help you learn it. (They’re from a production in England in 2020, FYI.) There is also sheet music you can use, if that’s your jam. When you film, make sure we can clearly hear and see you!

 

  1. When you’re done with your video, upload it to any platform that doesn’t require downloading (YouTube, Vimeo, Drive, and others) and email the link to  HPPSchoolOfRock@gmail.com



 

Electric Guitar (“Zack”- can be played by all genders)

YouTube Tutorial/Playalong

Sheet Music

Play from the beginning to letter C (the end of Zack’s guitar solo). You may improvise the solo at letter B or play it as written. Your playalong music at the end of the YouTube video starts at 32:35 and ends at 33:33.

 

Keyboard (“Lawrence” - can be played by all genders)

YouTube Tutorial/Playalong

Sheet Music

Play from the beginning to letter D (the end of Lawrence’s keys solo). Your playalong music at the end of the YouTube video starts at 48:48 and ends at 50:09.

 

Electric Bass (“Katie” - can be played by all genders)

YouTube Tutorial/Playalong

Sheet Music

Play from the beginning to measure 46 (the end of Katie’s bass solo). Your playalong music at the end of the YouTube video starts at 39:00 and ends at 40:32.

 

Drums (“Freddie” - can be played by all genders)

YouTube Tutorial/Playalong

Sheet Music

Play from the beginning to letter E (the end of Freddie’s drum solo). Your playalong music at the end of the YouTube video starts at 22:25 and ends at 24:09. 

 

ROLES AVAILABLE:

<<<<PLEASE READ: Most characters we encounter are currently on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the character descriptions. However, our casting seeks to be inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they are most interested in being seen for. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities.>>>>

Adult Cast (stage age 18+)

  • ●  DEWEY FINN Mid 20s-30’s. An original. High rock tenor; great comedic/improv skills a plus, basic guitar skills a plus!
  • ●  ROSALIE MULLINS Mid 20s-30s. A rock  groupie imprisoned in the body and life of a stern and correct headmistress. Soprano with operatic skills and a strong belt.
  • ●  NED SCHNEEBLY Mid 20s-30’s. Ned was once as keen on rock as Dewey, but failure has beaten him down. He clings to his girlfriend, Patty, as the one sure thing in a sea of regrets. Rock voice.
  • ●  PATTY DI MARCO Mid 20s-30s. Patty is a hard woman who knows what she wants, and she doesn’t want Dewey. Not in her life. Not in Ned’s life. Her dislike of Dewey is the strongest thing about her. Strong belt voice.
  • ●  Plus a large range of ENSEMBLE characters to play teachers, parents, band members of “No Vacancy,” etc.  Strong vocal and acting abilities required.  

Child Cast (stage age 9-13)

●  ZACK - PLAYS ELECTRIC GUITAR. (Can be played by all genders.) Tween. Zack is angry that his dad doesn’t listen to him and has a passion for music ready to burst out from inside of him. He knows he has more in him than he has ever been able to show. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well. Needs to seriously ‘shred’ on guitar, with exceptional solo skills.

●  LAWRENCE - PLAYS KEYBOARD. (Can be played by all genders.) Tween. A shy, under confident boy, but a genius on the keyboard, who needs a free spirit like Dewey to lead him into the light. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well. Great piano skills needed.

●  FREDDY - PLAYS DRUMS. (Can be played by all genders.) Tween. Freddy has lots of energy ready to be let out. He’s not as posh as some of his classmates and his Dad always reminds him how lucky he is to go to such a good school. KILLER DRUMMER. Pop/Rock Singer.

●  KATIE - PLAYS BASS GUITAR. (Can be played by all genders.) Tween. A cool, collected girl, Katie is distinguished by her talent for the bass. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well. 

●  TOMIKA Tween. New to the school, Tomika struggles to make friends despite their two Dads pushing them forward. Tomika barely speaks until finally summons the courage to open their mouth and sing out, so we have to be blown away by their sound. This role is played by a black/African American performer. Pop/Rock/Gospel singer who moves well. KILLER VOICE.

●  SUMMER Tween. Summer is top of the class and things always go their way – they can’t imagine it will ever be any other way. Helps organize the band and keeps Dewey on his toes. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well.

●  MARCY & SHONELLE Tween. Clever and sassy girls. Back up singers with style. Pop/Rock singers who move well. Shonelle is typically played by a BIPOC performer. 

●  BILLY Tween. An artistic boy with a flair for fashion but who wrestles with other challenges at home. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well.

●  MASON Tween. As eager as the others to enjoy school instead of dreading it. He is a whizz on the technical side. Pop/Rock Singer who moves well.

●  SOPHIE, JAMES, MADISON Tween. Pop/Rock Singers who move well.