We will be holding in-person auditions on the nights of January 7 from 2-5 pm and January 8 from 7-10 pm. The auditions will be held at Footlighters Theater - 58 Main Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312. To sign up please send your resume and headshot to email@example.com and specify desired time slots and what role(s) you will be submitting for.
All auditioners are asked to prepare a two-minute comedic monologue that they believe showcases their talents and highlights their fit for a role in the show. Monologues should be memorized. You may be asked to do cold readings from the script at your audition.
Rehearsals will be held three times per week starting January 28. All conflicts must be listed on the audition form and no additional conflicts will be accepted once casting is complete. Rehearsals will primarily be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons (with an occasional Monday). A complete rehearsal schedule will be distributed at auditions. An initial rehearsal schedule is available here. The show will run for 6 performances April 12-21. Additional performances may be added on Saturday afternoons during the run. Rehearsals and performances will be at Footlighters Theater.
All roles are open and Footlighters strongly encourages all performers to submit for ANY role with which they identify, regardless of type, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, sexuality, neurodiversity, and similarity to the source material or broadway casts. All characters are of
flexible age, old enough to have been married, but otherwise open to all ages.
Oscar Madison, male - a slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter and Felix's best friend
Felix Ungar, male - a fastidious, hypochondriac news writer whose marriage is ending
Gwendolyn Pigeon, female - a widow and Felix and Oscar's giggly upstairs neighbor, a pair of
Cecily Pigeon, female - a divorcee and Felix and Oscar's giggly upstairs neighbor, a pair of
Speed, male - One of the poker buddies. Gruff and sarcastic, often picking on Vinnie and
Murray, male - A NYPD policeman, one of Felix's and Oscar's poker buddies
Roy, male - One of the poker buddies. Oscar's accountant. Roy has a dry wit but is less
acerbic than Speed.
Vinnie, male - One of the poker buddies. Vinnie is mild-mannered and henpecked, making him
an easy target for Speed's verbal barbs.
We will be holding in-person auditions on the nights of Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 11 from 7-10 pm. Callbacks, if necessary, are by invitation on Sunday, January 14 from 12-5 pm. The auditions will be held at Footlighters Theater - 58 Main Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312. To sign up please send an email with your date and time preference to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a time slot. Performers must be 16+ to audition for this production. Audition forms will be available to fill out when you arrive at the theatre. If possible, please bring a headshot and resume.
All auditioners are asked to prepare one 32-bar cut from a pop/rock song in the style of the show (Green Day, Panic at the Disco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.) and one 16-32-bar cut of a contrasting style. You may bring a song from the show as one of the selections. You must provide music for the accompanist, even if singing from the show. Please make sure music is
If necessary, call backs will be via invitation on Sunday, January 14 from 12-5 pm. Call back materials will be sent with your invitation and may include song and scene selections from the show. You should also be prepared to do cold readings, a dance call, and learn additional musical material from the show at the call back.
Rehearsals will be held three times per week starting February 4, 2024. All conflicts must be listed on the audition form and no additional conflicts will be accepted once casting is complete.
Rehearsals will primarily be Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings. A complete rehearsal schedule will be distributed at auditions. An initial rehearsal schedule is available here. The show will run for 8 performances May 10-19. Rehearsals and performances will be at Footlighters Theater.
American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans, lead by
friends Johnny, Tunny, and Will as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, borne
along by Green Day's electrifying score. When the three disgruntled men decide to flee the
constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when
Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael must stay home to attend familial responsibilities, and
Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous drug addition.
This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day's album American Idiot, as well as
several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
Content Warning - American Idiot contains adult content, sexual themes, simulated drug use,
simulated gunfire, suicide, and harsh language.
All roles are open and Footlighters strongly encourages all performers to submit for ANY role with which they identify, regardless of type, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, sexuality, neurodiversity, and similarity to the source material or original broadway cast.
*All characters require the use of course language (curse words) and simulated alcohol/drug use. Some characters, including ensemble, will be asked to wear only military style underwear or athletic garments during the song “Are We the Waiting”, as the scene takes place during a military physical examination.
JOHNNY: Male, 20-30, 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 his alter ego, St. Jimmy, and drugs. (Guitar experience strongly preferred). Vocal Range B2-B4
*This character will need to engage in simulated sexual intimacy with Whatsername, as well as simulated drug use.
TUNNY: Male, 20-30, Johnny's friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army and is sent to war. Tunny suffers serious injuries. During his rehabilitation, he falls in love with his nurse, Extraordinary Girl, and she returns home with him. (Guitar experience strongly preferred). Vocal Range D3-B4
WILL: Male, 20-30, 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. (Guitar experience strongly preferred). Vocal Range C#3-A4
ST. JIMMY: Male/Female/Non-Binary, 20-45, Johnny's rebellious, drug-dealing alter ego. A figment of Johnny’s imagination that eventually convinces Johnny to choose Jimmy and drugs over Whatsername. Vocal Range C3-F#5
HEATHER: Female, 20-30, Will's girlfriend in Suburbia. 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. Vocal Range A3-E5
WHATSERNAME: Female, 20-30, 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 relationship rather than pursue his addiction. Vocal Range F#3-D#5
*This character will need to engage in simulated sexual intimacy with Johnny, as well as simulated drug use.
EXTRAORDINARY GIRL: Female, 20-30, 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. (Some dance skill preferred.) Vocal Range Bb3-E5
JOSHUA (aka FAVORITE SON): Male, 20-30, Charismatic, Charming, Confident, and
everybody wants him, or to be like him. Comfortable in his own body, wearing boxers underwear (or sports underwear) and able to move around the stage powerfully and gracefully – much like a rock star. (This character will also be in the ensemble.)
ENSEMBLE: All Genders and ages. The ensemble will play various roles throughout the show. Featured dancers, smaller roles, and the “Too Much Too Soon” singers will be chosen from the ensemble.
DANCERS: We are looking for 5-6 strong dancers who do not have to sing, however, the dancers may be singers. If interested in dancing only, please email email@example.com to secure a spot on January 14 from 12-5 pm. Title the email subject: American Idiot: Dancer Only
* ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING: ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTAGIOUS NATURE OF THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 AND THE INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE THAT EXISTS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT; AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ANY AND ALL PROTOCOLS OF FOOTLIGHTERS, CDC, STATE, AND LOCAL ENTITIES DESIGNED TO MITIGATE THE RISKS OF INFECTION BY COVID-19; VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO OR INFECTION BY COVID-19 AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE AUDITION AND REHEARSAL PROCESS AS WELL AS PERFORMANCES; AND RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY FOOTLIGHTERS (AND ITS GOVERNORS, MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS) FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO EXPOSURE TO OR INFECTION BY COVID-19 OR SIMILAR DISEASE WHICH MAY OCCUR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE AUDITION AND REHEARSAL PROCESS AND PERFORMANCES.
Footlighters of Berwyn is a volunteer, membership based organization, all roles are open and non-paid. If cast in this production, you must be willing to become a member of Footlighters Theater (due: $25.00 adult or $15.00 senior/child/student).
Membership benefits include voting rights in the annual Board elections. Cast members are also expected to contribute to other aspects of production, including but not limited to, building and painting sets, soliciting for ads and donations, and sourcing costumes and props.