The 2020-21 season at Flashback Theater Co. (FbTC) will involve several digital projects, including opportunities to engage in storytelling through online short plays and radio dramas. The digital season will allow actors to remain separate from audiences but maintain our mission of a passionate pursuit of theater going strong throughout the time of COVID. Local theater artists and lovers are invited to submit auditions through September 7, 2020. Available roles include cast members, production designers, stage managers, and crew members.
All submissions will be received through a Google Form. Please read the details below for available opportunities and for submission requirements.
Each of the listed opportunities will be recorded at Flashback Theater. The digital content resulting from these projects will be made available exclusively to Flashback Theater Patreon supporters only. The dates and details of each project are as follows:
Online Short Plays
Directed by various Flashback artists
Ongoing, Weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays, beginning Sep. 15 (or as scheduled, based on actor conflicts)
A selection of short plays by local playwrights will be produced throughout the year and recorded in the Black Box. These plays will be added to the digital season of content for Patreon supporters. Each month, one play will be recorded and posted online. Rehearsals will begin on September 15 for the first 2 plays. Cast size for each play is 3 characters or less. Masks and shields will be utilized until the recording day for each play.
Characters will vary, based on submitted scripts. Callbacks will not be held for these opportunities.
Radio Drama Series: The Masque of the Red Death & The Tell-Tale Heart
Directed by Renate Dopp & Steve Cleberg
Recording will take place September 14 – 25, 2020
The Radio Drama Series will feature two Edgar Allen Poe short stories, adapted for audio listening. Each cast will have 2 read throughs via Zoom. No more than 2 actors will record at a time, and all cast and crew will be required to wear a mask on site, except while performing. Callbacks will be requested via Zoom and will be scheduled based on given availability.
Characters for The Masque of the Red Death:
- Edgar Allen Poe – male, morose and mysterious
- Sir Grunwald – male, member of the social elite, snobbish
- Lady Anjou – female, member of the social elite, gossip and does not suffer fools gladly
- Cassandra – female, ethereal and eternal, prophetess of the story
- Warder – male, bouncer and bodyguard for Prince Prospero, respectful but a rule-follower
- Prince Prospero – male, nobility, careless and selfish
- Dowager – elder female
- Masque Guest – male or female
- Gentleman – male
Characters for The Tell-Tale Heart:
- Annabelle – young female, mentally unstable and moody, niece and caregiver to Old Man
- Old Man – male, Annabelle’s wealthy uncle, kind and still mentally sharp
- Mrs. Dupine – female, Annabelle’s former teacher, superficial but sweet
- Robert Dupine – male police officer, Mrs. Dupine’s husband, quiet and knowledgeable
What to Prepare
You should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue that showcases your stage presence and acting range and record it for submission. You will need to share it with us via a URL in the Google Form. You may choose where you upload it to; Youtube has an unlisted option, to allow only those with a link to view, or you can do a private link in a cloud storage option such as Google Drive.
Email is our primary way of contacting actors, so please be sure you provide an email that you check regularly. If there are any issues with your submission materials, email will be the primary point of contact.
New to Flashback Theater?
By auditioning for the digital season, you are indicating interest in being considered for opportunities throughout the upcoming year. You will be able to indicate on your audition form if you are unavailable at particular times. The director of each show will be calling back individuals from this pool of talent for show specific opportunities based on your type, experience, and availability.
We are a semi-professional company, and we operate in a professional atmosphere. Our artists are treated with respect and we expect you to return that respect by showing up on time to all rehearsals and performances, and collaborating in a positive manner. Your audition or interview is the first opportunity to show your respect for the theater process and thus your ability to work well with us; so submit early, be prepared, and always say “Thank you!”