Population 485 by Michael Perry
(adapted from the book Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time)
Music by S. Carey
Directed by Collin Geraghty
Produced by The Phipps Center for the Arts
Performance Dates: September 13-29, 2019, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Auditions: Sunday, June 23 and Monday, June 24, 7-9 p.m.
Callbacks: Thursday, June 27, 7-9 p.m.
Audition Requirements: Headshot and resume are strongly encouraged, but not required. Those auditioning will read selected sides from the script.
Rehearsals: Weekday evenings beginning in mid-July through September 12.
*Please bring all rehearsal conflicts with you to auditions*
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Please plan to stay for one hour.
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016
Casting the following roles:
Narrator (Male, Middle Age) Natural storyteller. Balding, or willing to appear bald.
The Beagle (Male, Older) Strong character actor. Comedic timing a must.
Jed (Male, 20s-30s) The Narrator’s younger brother. Shorter than Sarah.
Captain Pam (Female, 30s-50s) Factory Worker. Mother of four. 10 years with the fire department.
The Chief/Stanley (Male, Middle age) Multiple roles.
Historian/Maxine (Female, Open age) Multiple roles.
Female Ensemble – (Female) Six Characters of varying ages.
Fire Dancer/Sarah – (Girl) ~18 y/o girl with strong dance background. Taller than Jed.
Barry Lynn (Male, Older) Dancer. WWII Veteran.
Synopsis: Adapted by NYT best-selling author (as well as pig farmer and first responder) Michael Perry and based on his wildly popular memoir of the same name, Population 485 is an entertaining, true to life story that explores themes of community, tragedy, and comedy through the lens of volunteer first responders in the quirky Wisconsin community of New Auburn (Population: 485). Upon returning to his hometown after 19 years away, our narrator joins the volunteer fire fighters. This choice leads him on a journey into the shared lives of his community. In the process, we learn what really matters, and what can’t be rescued. A true “slice of life” picture of this Wisconsin town, Population 485 promises its fair share of laughs, tempered by touching moments of raw emotion.
Director: Collin Geraghty is looking to build a strong ensemble of actors who can move. Geraghty is a multi-disciplinary performing arts professional. Selected theater credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theatre, and others. Selected screen credits include: Co-Host Discover Wisconsin, Guest Star Chicago MED (NBC), Consumed (Feature Film).
The Phipps Center is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in casting. Performers with diverse backgrounds, all races and ethnicities, and those from underrepresented groups are encouraged to audition.