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Back To The 80s The Musical Auditions-Austin, TX - Casting ID # 1560750
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Austin, TX Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 11-15-17
Audition Date 05-07-18 Submission deadline 05-05-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this “totally awesome” musical in the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day off, The Karate Kid, and The Wedding Singer. Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year – as they experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves, and the loneliness of growing up. . . all set to the biggest hits of the 80’s. biggest hits

Role # 1 Corey Palmer Sr.
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The narrator of the show. Living in the year 2001, Corey Sr is pushing 30. He reminisces about the 1980s, his school days, and his love for Tiffany Houston. He is able to move the story along, comment on action as it is happening, and even provide the internal thoughts of his younger version (Corey Palmer Jr) in the midst of the action.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 2 Corey Palmer
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The hero of the musical. Although it does not focus solely on him, the story is largely about his life, and the people and events surrounding him. He is 17 during his senior year.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 3 Alf Bueller
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One of Corey Jr's two best friends. At one point in the play, Alf insists that he has a day off, a homage to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 4 Kirk Keaton
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Corey's other best friend. He and his two best friends come from excellent homes and are probably considered to be the "nice" boys of their year.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 5 Tiffany Houston
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Tiffany is one of the group of girls that "Just Wanna Have Fun". She is a cute, bubbly teenage female from the 1980s - aspiring to be Cyndi Lauper and Madonna rolled into one. This brings with it the burdens aspiring to be a material girl - big hair and copious amounts of make-up. She has been Corey Jr's neighbor since they were born, and they are good friends. She seems oblivious to his deep-seated love for her, probably because she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman - and applying more blue eye shadow.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 6 Cyndi Gibson
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One of Tiffany's best friends. Rather than having a best friend, all these kids seem to have groups of best friends. Whereas Tiffany is fairly innocent, naive and doe-eyed about boys and love, Cyndi is more street-smart. Cyndi knows that boyfriends are a passport to attention and presents. As with every other female, she would love to have a fling with Michael Feldman, but she settles from time to time for Billy Arnold, or Lionel Astley, or Huey Jackson - or anyone else from the football team who is around.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 7 Mel Easton
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Another one of the inner clique of "the cool girls". She is an all-singing, all-dancing party girl who seems to be happy to be taken along with the group of girls, and burst into song whenever the opportunity arises. With her twin sister Kim, she seems to have a natural affinity for harmonizing, and for backing up solo singers, which is very lucky because Cyndi and Tiffany both continually break into show-stopping 1980s tunes.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 8 Kim Easton
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The twin sister of Mel. Mel and Kim are new to the school, however they have been friends with Cyndi for a long time, so they are automatically accepted into her group. Kim does not do well at school, and makes the decision halfway through their senior year to leave. However, she is talked out of this by her friends. The option of parties, boys and a little bit of studying is far more tempting than working nine to five!


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 9 Michael Feldman
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The coolest guy in the school. The girls all fall at his feet. He is a car-driving, Fonzie-styled football star. He has the romantic attention of all the girls, but particularly Tiffany Houston, (who Corey just happens to be in love with). Michael is very suave in the presence of any females. However, when they are not around he shows his true colours - he is a mean, manipulative oaf who picks on smaller kids. Though, the girls never seem to see this side of him. To them, he is a god. Fortunately, by pure coincidence, his name can be shortened to "Mickey".


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 10 Billy Arnold
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One of Michael Feldman's posse. Another popular, good-looking, guy. The kind of person that every 17-year-old wants to be (particularly if they are not popular, good-looking or athletic). When Billy is around Michael and his group, they all assume coolness. But, like the others, when he is by himself, Billy is a little lost, particularly without Michael's advice. He makes the misguided decision to dress up like Rick Astley and hire backup singers in an attempt to serenade his way into the heart of Cyndi.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 11 Lionel Astley
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Lionel is fairly similar to Billy. All of the cool guys walk and talk the same way, but they all have slightly individual personalities. The group together is stronger than the individuals. In Lionel's case, he is not quite as cool as the others, but because he is in the group, the girls put up with him anyway.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 12 Huey Jackson
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The final guy to round out the group of Michael Feldman's friends. Not much else to be said - big hair, wears clothes that were cool at the time, but now just look like fluorescent mismatches of colour. Huey is a 1980s tragic - he is the only member of the cool group to go as far as wearing a white Michael Jackson glove - as was the fashion of the day.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 13 Feargal McFerrin III
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The school nerd. Feargal is a nice, sensitive young male - but that doesn't count for much when you are 17, get good marks at school and wear glasses. Feargal is supremely intelligent, but his visions of life in the new millennium are always laughed at. He also falls in love with Eileen. He is taking self-defense classes with Mr Miyagi, which proves very fortunate towards the end of the show.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 14 Eileen Reagan
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Eileen arrives at William Ocean High School during the middle of the year. She is a charming girl - full of life and vitality. She is also a dreamer who lovingly longs for the day when she has a boyfriend. However, she is rejected by the popular girls upon her arrival to the school, so she is destined to hang around some of the less popular girls at the school (namely Laura and Debbie). Consequently, the boys are rather cold to her, and some of them make fun of her behind her back.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 15 Laura Wilde
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One of the girls that adopts Eileen into their group when she arrives at the school. Laura and Debbie have been best friends for years and they open a dating website. This is not necessarily by choice, but more by the fact that neither of them fitted in anywhere else, so they found each other. They are basically nice girls, but they have no luck with boyfriends. However, this does not stop them from spending hours ogling at posters and dreaming about various singers.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 16 Debbie Fox
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As with Laura, Debbie is happy to accept Eileen into their group of two people - because there is safety in numbers when you are not accepted as being cool. She also has a tendency to spend too much time looking at posters of all the movie hunks of the time. Both girls have trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy. They make up imaginary boyfriends to impress each other, and these boyfriends always seem to take on the features of the pinup of the month. Strangely, neither girl has ever met any of the numerous boyfriends that the other has had. Despite her outcast appearance for the majority of the show Debbie ends up highly attractive and successful.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 17 Sheena Brannigan
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One of two teachers at the school to be seen. She is around 30, and is the Senior Students Co-ordinator and an English teacher. On the surface in front of classes of children she seems very reserved, very friendly and slightly conservative. What they don't know is that at 18 she posed nude for Hustler. She has an on again, off again relationship with Mr. Cocker. That is to say, it was on while he did not know of her history, and off when he discovers that she stripped for a magazine shoot for $100. She is terribly embarrassed because of this, and tries to hide it from Cocker, but he inevitably finds out. She realizes by the end that she needs him in her life to be happy. They get married in the end.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 18 Steven
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The Deputy Principal and Math (Calculus) teacher at William Ocean High School. He is one of only two teachers who will appear in the show. Steven sees a future together with Sheena, but has major issues when he discovers he is dating a former centerfold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.) Steven has problems with erasing the images of Sheena's prior modeling from his mind. He is surprised that his "homeroom angel is a centerfold." He also realizes that he needs to go back to her or move on, which is absolutely impossible for him. He awkwardly asks her to prom, and they get back together. He marries her and becomes principal later.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 19 Gemstones
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spunky, upbeat girls who love to sing and dance. No lines are really included for these parts.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 20 Pete The Pirate
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the school's mascot. No lines are really included for this part.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 21 Yoda
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the Jedi Master from the Star Wars franchise appears in a dream sequence in Corey Jr.'s dreams, teaching him the ways of the Force.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 22 Mr. Miyagi
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the famous karate teacher from The Karate Kid is the groundskeeper in this play. Although never seen, his voice appears at least once during the fight scene when Feargal is nearly beaten and pleads for help. This character is unseen (unless a director decides to show a train scene with Feargal and Miyagi, which is not in the official script).


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60