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Announcing Auditions: Green Day’s American Idiot

May 8, 2023

The Alabama Center for the Arts is holding auditions for our Summer ’23 production of:

“Green Day’s American Idiot”

Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, Book by Billie Joe Armstrong
and Michael Mayer

Friday, May 19 – from 12-5pm
Saturday, May 20 – from 12-5pm

The Alabama Center for the Arts – Music & Theatre Building
133 2nd Ave. NE
Decatur, AL 35601

Audition Requirements:
Auditions will be comprised of three parts:

Singing – Prepare a 1 minute selection in style from the show, You are asked to bring an accompaniment track for your singing audition

  • Cold Read Sides – these will be distributed at the audition
  • Dance – You may be asked to learn a brief routine with our choreographer

Call Backs: Monday, May 22. 2-7pm
Performance Dates: July 13, 14, 15, & 16


The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Cast Requirements:
We are looking for men and women of all ages who are needed for this production to play a variety of roles. Non-traditional casting is to be expected based on potential pool of actors and casting is open to everyone including students of Athens State University, Calhoun Community College, or other schools, and is also open to all community actors and performers.

Character Breakdown:
Johnny – The self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia.” Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs. Vocal range top: B4, bottom: B2

Tunny – Johnny’s friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny’s ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream. Vocal range top: B4, bottom: D3

Will – Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships. Vocal range top: A4, bottom: C#3

St. Jimmy – Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass.” An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername. Vocal range top: F#5, bottom: C3

Heather – A girl in Suburbia and Will’s girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency and eventually leaves him. Vocal range top: E5, bottom: A3

Whatsername – A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship rather than pursue his addiction. Vocal range top: D#5, bottom: F#3

Extraordinary Girl – A girl in the Middle East who appears as a sexual hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war. Vocal range top: E5, bottom: Bb3

Ensemble: The Men (Carson, Daniel, Brandon, John, Jamal, Dustin, Jared); The Women (Chelsea, Ashley, Aurie)