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Young Actors Required for Play

South Australia, Australia

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SYNOPSIS

COLUMBINUS is a play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. This meeting of fact and fiction highlights the realities of adolescent culture, as it follows the lives of eight students on a quotidian day in an exploration of the events surrounding the Columbine shootings.

Just as this fictional high school could be anywhere in America, or any Western society, so could the potential for a school shooting. The creators talked with a generation of adolescents to see what they had to say about their world. At the same time, they delved deep into the heart of Columbine and heard from the people who experienced the shootings. The merger of these two worlds became the basis for the play and the subject for discussion. The audience sees interactions between fellow students, parents, teachers, as well as the thoughts constantly racing through their heads.

"An unnerving study in adolescent angst, columbinus relentlessly paints a bold picture that bears witnessing...it merges the facts of the Columbine massacre with a harrowing impression of what life is like in high schools today." Star-Ledger

Promise Adelaide obtained the rights to this production at the beginning of this year (2018). It was selected because it provides valuable opportunities for emerging actors and an educational component that contributes to the learning experience for the performer and audience alike. In our opinion, the enduring difficulties faced by teenagers in high school are worthy of this spotlight and are relevant to Australian audiences.

The tragic events at Columbine High School in April of 1999 are presented to show how the daily stresses of students could result, in a worst-case scenario, of students acting out their anger and rage. The concerns displayed in these fictional teenage characters are those that face teenagers in our own schools. Whilst they may not necessarily lead to catastrophic shootings, they do lead to terrible trauma such as depression, isolation, bullying and suicide. This play lays out the facts of the Columbine tragedy in a uniquely theatrical way in order to start a discussion with the audience. It offers no solutions, no answers, just questions.

This production meets the objective of the creators as a tool for conversation. It is relevant to every teen, every parent, every educator and every youth worker. In the spirit of the original production, following each of the performances of columbinus, there will be an audience discussion with special guest panellists along with the cast and directors of the play to continue the conversation, and reflect on the issues raised.

Please note, the owner of this listing has indicated the material contains scenes of strongly graphic nature, i.e: violent scenes that depict a school shooting, murder and suicide. Although open to actors aged 16 plus, parental consent will be required if under 18 years of age.


All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Rehearsal / production dates

Rehearsals:
Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings from July at a venue in Mitcham. Not all cast will be required at all rehearsals.

Performances:
October 24, 25, 26, and 27 - 10am and 7pm

Venue:
The Parks Community Theatre,
Theatre 1
46 Cowan St, Angle Park,
South Australia 5010

Auditions:
Saturday June 2nd by appointment. Call backs on June 9th by appointment if required.

Venue:
Mitcham, TBA

Job compensation

$

Unpaid


Loner

The school geek who is picked on by his peers and neglected by his parents. He has a romantic fascination with Rebel, who views him as "not her first choice. Maybe not anyone's." *In the Second Act, Loner embodies one of the Columbine massacre perpetrators, Dylan Klebold* Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16-25 years old.

Males, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

Freak

Freak- An underdog with a chip on his shoulder and a chest deformity. His ex-military general father is extremely strict, and he is ridiculed by his class mates. *In the Second Act, Freak embodies one of the Columbine massacre perpetrators, Eric Harris* Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16-25 years old.

Males, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

AP

AP (Advanced Placement) - The play's representation of pure kindness and good-heartedness. He is extremely intelligent, but fantasizes about having good looks, popularity, and athletic ability, which he can never have due to a life-threatening illness. He reaches out to the other students, and is a secret friend to most of them. He is the only character who the killers set free at the shootings. Stage age 18. Actor must be 16 - 25 years old.

Males, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

Rebel

Rebel- Artistic and rough-talking teenager who finds a sort of kinship with Loner. She thinks AP is nice, but that he is too pure-hearted and a "loser" for her taste. She denies rumours that she is goth or a druggie, but is seen making cuts into her arm in the First Act. Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16 - 25 years old.

Females, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

Faith

Faith- Has a passion for Biblical studies, which is often her downfall when trying to make friends. Is briefly the object of Freak's affection. She is well-liked by many people, but her virginal way of thinking is often made fun of. Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16-25 years old.

Females, aged 18 to 18 from South Australia, Australia

Perfect

Perfect- The most popular girl in school, though many people find her to be snobby and fake. It appears that she has no problems with her life at all. However, it is revealed that her mother is a school bus driver, and is struggling to make ends meet. Perfect also reveals that she is pregnant. Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16-25 years old.

Females, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

Prep

Prep- Standard school bully, who is popular because of who his friends are. He has an unreturned romantic interest in Jock. Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16 - 25 years old.

Males, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

Jock

Jock- Popular and amiable school hero. He is athletic, popular, and extremely attractive. As a hard-working student in school, he finds it irritating that the terms "Brainless" and "Jock" are so often put together. Stage Age 18. Actor must be 16 to 25 years old.

Males, aged 16 to 25 from South Australia, Australia

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Listing created: 7 May 2018
Applications closed: 7 June 2018
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