SYNOPSIS

columbinus, a play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, is a meeting of fact and fiction that illuminates the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the shootings. The play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. When columbinus premiered in 2005 at the Round House Theatre, Peter Marks of the Washington Post called it, “An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil,” and the play went on to receive five Helen Hayes Award nominations including the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.

SEEKING

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to audition. Due to the subject matter of the material, all students must have signed parental consent to audition. Please see audition packet for additional information.

AUDITION DATES

OPEN CALL Auditions at WPPAC:

Monday, December 11:  7pm – 9pm
Tuesday, December 12:  7pm – 9pm

CALLBACKS by invitation ONLY:
Thursday, December 14 from 6:30pm – 9pm

WHAT TO PREPARE

Prepare a 60-90 second monologue.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONTENT AND SUBJECT MATTER OF THE SHOW.

If you have any questions, please email education@wppac.com.

WHAT TO BRING

An audition packet is available HERE.

Please bring with you to your audition the following:

  • A picture and resume
  • Your Audition Sheet (Found in the audition packet)
  • Your Conflict Calendar (Found in the audition packet)
  • Signed Permission Form (Found in the audition packet)

PARTICIPATION FEE: $445

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

REHEARSALS BEGIN: December 16

REHEARSALS TAKE PLACE: Rehearsals will typically take place 3 days a week: Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, though some weeks will be different. Please see the calendar in the audition packet for more information. Not all performers will be called to every rehearsal, but due to the ensemble nature of the production, most performers will be called to most rehearsals.

REHEARSAL CONFLICT POLICY: Some conflicts will be allowed however, too many conflicts will make participation difficult. Please email education@wppac.com with specific conflict questions. Conflicts will not be allowed during mandatory rehearsal and tech dates unless cleared BEFORE casting. No conflicts are allowed during performances.

MANDATORY REHEARSAL DATES: Mandatory rehearsals will begin the last week before tech starting February 1.

MANDATORY TECH DATES: Week of February 11

MANDATORY PERFORMANCES: Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 18 at 2:00.

Rehearsals and performances will take place in White Plains. 

CASTING INFORMATION

All roles are open/available.

Cast Size: Flexible

Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Character Breakdown

Loner – Geek in the school who is picked on by his peers and neglected by his parents. Has a romantic fascination with Rebel, who views him as “not her first choice. Maybe not anyone’s.” In the Second Act, embodies Dylan Klebold.

Freak – An underdog with a chip on his shoulder and a chest deformity. He is ridiculed by his classmates, with the exception of AP, whom he detests. His father is an ex-military general who is overly hard on him. In the Second Act, embodies Eric Harris.

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.

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 rumors that she is goth or a druggie, but is seen making cuts into her arm in the First Act.

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.

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.

Prep – Standard school bully, who is popular because of who his friends are. He has an unreturned romantic interest in 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.

All actors except for those playing Loner and Freak play multiple roles. All characters except for Loner and Freak may be split to make two roles, but no role will be doubled.