general audition info
All performers interested in getting involved with NMI productions/readings/workshops this season are being asked to begin by submitting materials for an ONLINE audition.
NOTE: You will not see a submission form on the next page unless you are already LOGGED IN to your NMI account. If you do not yet have an account, you can register for free by visiting the REGISTRATION PAGE.
After submitting your ONLINE MATERIALS, you may be contacted for a call-back:
GENERAL AUDITION CALL BACKS: Sun, Mar 31 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
These tabs will let you know what projects are currently being cast, and give you an idea of the details/schedules/reimbursements available. If you sign up for a General Audition - please REVIEW these projects (by clicking on the Tab heading) and be prepared to indicate your interest/conflicts for each one. Feel free to cut-and-paste a copy of each schedule and bring it with you to your audition with your interest, conflicts already filled in. Thanks!
Every year, the musical theatre writers who are in their first year with NMI are given an assignment to write a brand new fifteen minute musical. These musicals go through three drafts of rigorous development, and are then produced at a Los Angeles Theatre.
This year, there will be seven or eight new 15 minute musicals, and they will be presented in July. The musicals will be split into two groups - the RED PROGRAM (with four musicals) and the BLUE PROGRAM (with three or four musicals). Each program will have its own director, music director, stage manager, and cast.
CAST BREAKDOWN: Each Program will be cast with four performers who are versatile enough to perform in all of the short musicals in the Program.
The performers for the 15 Minute Musicals are volunteers, but are able to be reimbursed for expenses up to $200 per person. All rehearsals and the previews are at NMI (5628 Vineland Avenue); tech and performances are at the Broadwater Second Stage in Hollywood. The complete schedule for each Program is listed below.
NMI will be producing the Fringe premiere of the new musical HELL’S KITTY as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. All performers will be volunteers. All rehearsals will take place at NMI (5628 Vineland Avenue); previews and performances will take place at the Broadwater Mainstage in Hollywood. NOTE: The rehearsal schedule has not been finalized. We will not be using ALL the dates listed below - but will be working around schedules within this timeframe. The preview and performance dates, however, are definite.
Hell’s Kitty is based on the comedy/horror internet series and Netflix movie about a Hollywood writer and his possessed pussycat. Nick, a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count!
DEMON FEMALE CAT / MRS. CARRIE
30 to 60 years old, all ethnicities female. Demon cats in this show have a lot of stage time; they’re backup singers, as well as taking on featured roles, and help in the goofy séances, exorcisms, dances, and scene shifts. Submit yourself for “Demon Female Cat” if you’re a character actress, and “Demon Female Kitten” if you’re more in the ingenue category.
DEMON FEMALE KITTY / MS. ROMMEL
18 to 30 years old, all ethnicities female. Demon cats in this show have a lot of stage time; they’re backup singers, as well as taking on featured roles, and help in the goofy séances, exorcisms, dances, and scene shifts. Submit yourself for “Demon Female Cat” if you’re a character actress, and “Demon Female Kitten” if you’re more in the ingenue category.
DEMON MALE CAT / DETECTIVE PLUTO
30 to 60 years old, all ethnicities male. Demon cats in this show have a lot of stage time; they’re backup singers, as well as taking on featured roles, and help in the goofy séances, exorcisms, dances, and scene shifts. Submit yourself for “Demon Male Cat” if you’re a character actor, and “Demon Male Kitten” if you’re more in the ingenue category.
DEMON MALE KITTEN / FATHER DAMIEN
18 to 30 years old, all ethnicities male. Demon cats in this show have a lot of stage time; they’re backup singers, as well as taking on featured roles, and help in the goofy séances, exorcisms, dances, and scene shifts. Submit yourself for “Demon Male Cat” if you’re a character actor, and “Demon Male Kitten” if you’re more in the ingenue category.
DR. LAURIE STRODES
25 to 35 years old, all ethnicities female. Early 30s, a nice balance of beautiful, smart, and calm, although romantically idealistic; her empathy for Nick crosses the professional line.
LISA (NICK’S GIRLFRIEND)
20 to 30 years old, all ethnicities female. Beautiful on the outside. Think a young Cruella De Vil; as beautiful on the outside as she is ugly on the inside. Her desperate struggle to find love and affection in Los Angeles turns her into a raving lunatic after Nick’s cat scratches her.
ADAM (NICK’S BEST FRIEND)
20 to 35 years old, all ethnicities male. Could be quirky physically (he’s an artist). Nick’s neighbor and best friend; a quick-witted, underachiever slacker with a repressed creative side that he’s dying to unleash. Protective of Nick, Adam blames Nick’s troubles on Angel.
20 to 60 years old, all ethnicities male or female, transgender or gender fluid. In the movie this role is played by a man; but we would be delighted with ambiguity. 30s, a very tall, masculine looking woman, who was born a man but who identifies with being a woman (think Frank-N-Furter). She’s a powerful and possessive witch, obsessed with winning Nick’s affection, even it it kills him or anyone else that gets in her way.
ANGEL (NICK’S CAT)
18 to 30 years old, all ethnicities female. Dancer/mover-type. Angel is onstage almost the entire show; she is very vocal (meows, growls, purrs, demonic noises), but she has no actual dialogue or singing. Nick’s possessed and possessive pussycat, who’s as dangerous as she is adorable. She loathes anyone that tries to get too close to Nick.
NICK (LEAD ROLE)
25 to 35 years old, all ethnicities male. Probably physically strong, but we’re open to non-traditional approaches to the leading man role. The main character, and the owner of the possessed cat, Angel. He’s a struggling horror writer, cat lover, and martial arts aficionado, with a quixotic quest to find love in Los Angeles, and to live to tell one hell of a story.
NMI will be producing the Fringe premiere of the new musical THE BULLY PROBLEM as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. All performers will be volunteers. All rehearsals will take place at NMI (5628 Vineland Avenue), previews and performances will take place at the Broadwater Mainstage in Hollywood. NOTE: The rehearsal schedule has not been finalized. We will not be using ALL the dates listed below - but will be working around schedules within this timeframe. The preview and presentation dates, however, are definite.
THE BULLY PROBLEM is a family-friendly musical with a balance of comedy, humorously distinct characters, and a smidge of science fiction. It focuses on the subjects of bullying, intellectual virtuosity, and the importance of human connections.
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old tech whiz Kevin Dijkstra just wants to be left alone to build robots, but the bullies at Van Der Bort Junior High are making that tough. Things change when Kevin inherits an android that seems to needs his help as much as vice versa. Before long, Kevin is caught in the middle of a struggle between bullies and smart kids. The future of the school hangs in the balance!
All performers should be 18 to 29 to play younger. All performers (except Kevin and Oscar) will also double as various additional characters.
Kevin. 14, male. Budding robotics designer. Passionate about technology. Thinks robots will eventually take over all human jobs. (And that’s a good thing, right?) Bari-tenor (ideally should be able to reach an A above middle C)
Oscar. Appears to be 14 and male. Actually, a prototype android whose purpose is to improve his owner’s life. Hyper-enthusiastic, naive, and not fully debugged. Bari-tenor or tenor (ideally should be able to reach B above middle C)
Margaret. 13, female. Chemistry enthusiast. Fascinated by the underlying nature of the physical world, and loves explaining chemistry — or better yet, demonstrating through experiments. Prone towards accidentally blowing things up. Outgoing generally, but shy around boys she likes. Mezzo-soprano
Katy. 13, female. Leader/organizer of SLAFPOC. Read all the classics of English literature before she was ten. A planner and very detail-oriented. Organizes the club’s bylaws and bully-avoidance procedures. Mezzo-soprano or soprano
Chester, 11, male. Katy’s younger brother. So good at chess that he has trouble finding anyone willing to play him. On the meek side physically. Baritone
Reggie, 14, male. Aspiring sci-fi/fantasy author and classic fandom nerd. A little grouchy and opinionated, but good at heart. Close friends with Chester. Baritone
Charlotte, 13, female. Fell in love with French culture on a trip to Paris, now a fervent francophile. Passionate about French arts and photography. A bit disdainful of things that aren’t French. Mezzo-soprano or soprano
Bertrand, 11, male. Twin brother of Ada. An aspiring software hacker with an interest in bypassing security systems. For… educational purposes. Baritone
Ada, 11, female. Twin sister of Bertrand. An aspiring software hacker with an interest in bypassing security systems. For… educational purposes. Mezzo-soprano or soprano
Dustin. 14, male. A juggler, unicyclist, and acrobat. Constantly practices his juggling with whatever objects are handy. Modest and level-headed despite his impressive talents. Baritone
Gordo. 14, male. Most feared of the bullies at Van Der Bort High. Mean-spirited and physically imposing. Outspoken advocate of the bullying tradition. Baritone
Charley. 13, female. An intern bully. Small but fiery, and can take down much larger kids. Eager to prove herself, and doesn’t want to be seen as weaker than the other bullies just because she’s a girl. Mezzo-soprano or soprano
NMI is always looking for musical theatre performers for ongoing projects.
If you missed our annual auditions (generally in March or April), you can still register for our TALENT BANK and input your information and samples, and then send us an email at admin at nmi dot org to let us know you’d like us to check it out.
PLEASE NOTE that NMI welcomes both union and non-union performers to VOLUNTEER with us.
To understand more about what that means for your involvement with NMI,
please CHECK OUT THIS INFO PAGE.
WHAT TO PREPARE
NOTE that all auditions this year will be ONLINE (with callbacks on March 31st). To register and submit your samples (and be considered for a call-back), please use the form link on this page.
Make sure that you UPDATE YOUR PROFILE INFO button on your NMI Account Home Page, and then scrolling down to the PERFORMER INFO section of the profile page. You can choose to make your resume info public by signing up for the Talent Bank, but you do NOT need to do to take part in an NMI General Audition. However, you should definitely fill out your profile info for our records, whether you are signing up for the Talent Bank or not.
If you are given an in-person call-back, you will be asked to present 16 bars from two contrasting songs, and one 1 minute contemporary monologue.
Please bring at least one picture and resume for the staff to review - but also know that all of the participants will have access to your resume information on line. NOTE that no one will have access to your personal contact information, but they will be able to contact you through your NMI account.
If you find you are unable to attend your assigned slot, PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR ACCOUNT PAGE AND CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT.