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Ghosts of Nashville is a David Lynch-esque darkly comedic epic musical about suicide awareness and prevention. The show takes place almost entirely in Nashville, Tennessee over a time period from the late 1980s to present day. The humor is primarily awkwardness based, but with a large debt to South Park. The script is original and this will be the first time it is ever performed.
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
This is the breakdown for the primary and specialty secondary roles. The script is still being finalized, so some secondary roles are in flux. Any actor playing a character who dies will likely have one scene where they have to play the corpse of their character. (Please note: where alcohol and marijuana use is described in the breakdown, it's assumed that everybody knows that it is simulated usage for the stage and not actually drinking alcohol and smoking weed onstage)
The RAINBOW NASHHOLES-for singers/dancers in excellent physical condition with a high natural energy level. A background in cheerleading is preferable but not required. The RAINBOW NASHHOLES will be our stagehands who change sets under full lights while doing a song and dance routine, and fill in as extras or for roles of 10 lines or less. They will be the highest paid cast members. There will be up to 10 RAINBOW NASHHOLES. Each will be dressed in a different color, and they will wear body paint on any exposed skin not covered by their costume or tights. Their hair will be dyed to match the color of their outfits and the hairstyles will be of the late 1980s styles. One of the RAINBOW NASHHOLES may be required to fire a gun loaded with blanks onstage but otherwise these is no objectionable material for the RAINBOW NASHHOLES.
THE-(F, any race, 20-30) co-narrator, the prophet of the playwright, nothing objectionable. Ability to play either the saxophone or the violin a big plus.
EVERYPERSON-(any gender or race, 20-30) co-narrator, the voice of the unspeaking masses (aka the audience). Nothing objectionable. Ability to play either the saxophone or the violin a big plus.
ANGEL O’ DEATH-(F, any race, tall, 20-35) Comes onstage to claim characters who have died. Nothing objectionable. Slow dances from onstage to off with one recently deceased soul, so a little dancing is required.
DIANE WHITMER/WENDI MILLS-(F, 20-30, any race) One of two double roles intended to be a red herring for the audience. The character of DIANE commits suicide onstage early on in the play leaving her friends to solve the mystery of why and is only seen later in one flashback where she’s stoned at a party. The character of DIANE uses alcohol and marijuana onstage and appears onstage in her underwear (which will be no more revealing than the average bikini) but otherwise has no objectionable content. WENDI is an aspiring country singer who has relocated to Nashville from Winnemucca, NV and eventually provides the first number one hit for rap legend Ice Machine’s country music producing career. Sweet and good natured to a fault, she’s the McCartney to her BFF and bandmate Nikki’s Lennon. Depending on audience interpretation, she is either unjustly executed via electric chair for the murder of Ethan O’Connor (which takes place on stage) or she dies in the May 2010 Nashville flood with Nikki, Ice Machine, and the Bodyguard. Other than briefly drinking alcohol onstage in one scene and a scene where she uses the toilet onstage while wearing a long skirt, there’s no potentially objectionable content for the character of WENDI. WENDI sings an original song with Nikki.
CARTER WAMP-(M, 20-30, any race) Boyfriend of Diane Whitmer, roommate of Jack Whitmer and Bailey Hulme. CARTER spends the majority of the play working with Jack Whitmer to try to solve the mystery of Diane’s suicide and is later shot and killed during an botched attempt to foil a robbery. Appears onstage in underwear in one scene and uses alcohol and marijuana onstage in a party scene. Other than that, nothing potentially objectionable.
BAILEY HULME/NIKKI RYLE-(F, 20-30, any race) The other double role intended to be a red herring for the audience. BAILEY is a roommate of Diane Whitmer and has just discovered she’s pregnant with the child of her live-in boyfriend Jack Whitmer (who happens to be the cousin of Diane) when Diane commits suicide. BAILEY decides to have an abortion following the trauma of Diane’s suicide and is seen taking the RU-486 onstage in a later scene. BAILEY also uses alcohol and marijuana in the party scene and is later shot and killed in a botched attempt to foil a robbery. BAILEY also appears in underwear bottom and an oversized t-shirt in one scene. NIKKI has joined her friend Wendi in Nashville to pursue their country music dreams. (please see the description of WENDI for further information). NIKKI is very sarcastic and has a harder edge than the sweeter Wendi. Other than briefly drinking alcohol onstage in one scene and a scene where she uses the toilet onstage while wearing a long dress, there’s no potentially objectionable content for the character of NIKKI. NIKKI sings an original song with Wendi.
JACK WHITMER-(M, 20-30, any race) Boyfriend/roommate of Bailey Hulme, cousin of Diane Whitmer, and roommate of Carter Wamp. Spends huge chunk of play working with Carter to figure out why Diane committed suicide. Shot and wounded later during a botched attempt to foil a robbery. JACK is in his underwear in one scene, uses profanity onstage a couple of times, and uses alcohol and marijuana in a party scene.
BREE THE CREMATRIX-(F, 20-45, preferably tall and strong, any race) A former “troubled teen” who becomes a mortician. Maintains a sexual relationship with fellow former “troubled teen” Pauly Ramon throughout the course of the play. BREE ages from approximately mid teenager to her mid-40s over the course of the show. The role of BREE has some sexually explicit material, some heavy lifting, and sings two songs onstage, one solo and one with Pauly Ramon.
PAULY RAMON-(M, any race, 20-45) A former “troubled teen” who has become a troubled adult with persistent suicidal thoughts. PAULY has a good heart, but is also exceedingly socially awkward. Longtime boyfriend of Bree The Crematrix. PAULY eventually is shot and killed in a botched attempt to foil a robbery. PAULY ages from mid-teens to mid-40s over the course of the show. The role of PAULY has some sexually explicit material and features singing a duet with Bree The Crematrix.
IAN “HUTCH” HUTCHINSON-(M, any race, 20-45) Socially smooth and affable, overcomes the death of his best friend as a teenager. HUTCH ages from his mid-teens to his mid-40s over the course of the show. HUTCH is eventually shot and wounded in a botched attempt to foil a robbery. The character of HUTCH has some sexually explicit material but otherwise nothing objectionable.
AMBERLY ANNE DYSON-(F, 18-24, any race) Her sorority girl exterior masks a very troubled mind. The audience first meets AMBERLY in a home for troubled teens, where AMBERLY is being held for non-fatally stabbing her own mother. Later, in a plan to reunite forever with her boyfriend who had recently committed suicide (the plan ends up being epically foiled by biology), AMBERLY steals his cremated ashes and after mixing them into bourbon, drinks her ex’s cremated ashes. After spending a year in prison for this, she ends up settling down (finally) and managing the party supply store where Wendi Mills and Nikki Ryle work. As AMBERLY’s story arc takes place approximately between 1987-1992, huge 80’s hair is needed for the role of AMBERLY. AMBERLY drinks alcohol onstage, uses profanity, has sexually explicit dialogue, and has to discuss defecation onstage.
KYLE STEPHENS-(M, any race, 20-30 yrs old), a gay character who converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. KYLE kisses a male character, is seen quite drunk in one scene, has some sexually explicit material, discreetly pees onstage in one scene, and a couple of profanities, commits suicide onstage, although the reality of that death is open to audience interpretation.
MIKE REYNOLDS-(M, any race, 20-30) The most amiable character in the whole show. MIKE is a gay character who previously dated Kyle Stephens before dating Rome Owens. MIKE’s primary characteristics are being nice and friendly. MIKE is eventually shot and wounded during a botched attempt to foil a robbery. The role of MIKE requires a lot of sexually explicit dialogue and actions, multiple kisses with characters of both genders onstage, using alcohol & marijuana, and appearing in underwear onstage.
URSULA ASHWORTH-(F, any race, 20-30) A college student in Nashville with a dark family past. Older sister of Shea. Bisexual. Christian at least in theory. Former girlfriend of Rome Owens, eventual girlfriend of Jenn Goldstein. Eventually shot and killed during a botched attempt to foil a robbery. The character of URSULA uses alcohol and marijuana during a party scene, has sexually explicit dialogue, and one same gender kiss.
ROME OWENS-(M, any race, 20-30) Somewhat ambiguous when it comes to personal ethics. When the audience first meets ROME, he is a closeted gay character who is dating Ursula Ashworth while secretly having an affair with Cully Ericson. He later dates Mike Reynolds and has to deal with the aftereffects of surviving physically unscathed a botched attempt to foil a robbery in which several characters are shot. The role of ROME requires alcohol and marijuana use, multiple same gender kisses, and sexually explicit dialogue. Also, Rome has a song sung as a duet with Cully Ericson.
SHEA ASHWORTH-(F, 20-30, any race) A college student in Nashville with a good heart and a dark family past. Younger sister of Ursula. Girlfriend of Cully Ericson, completely oblivious to Cully being a closeted gay man. Eventually commits suicide after Rome and Cully’s relationship is revealed. The ghost of SHEA later provides a gun to Cully Ericson and encourages his suicide. The role of SHEA requires profanity, alcohol and marijuana use during a party scene, and has heavy sexually explicit dialogue and actions, including a scene where after her attempts to seduce Cully via femdom-ing him fails (he had explained away his physical difficulties in the bedroom with her as being due to his addiction to hardcore internet porn), she ends up being on the giving end of a simulated pegging of Cully. While this is staged as discreetly as possible, the actress playing SHEA will be seen onstage wearing a strap-on dildo over booty shorts, a too large men’s t-shirt, and a baseball hat.
CULLY ERICSON-(M, 20-30, any race) The closest thing to a villain in the whole show. A closeted gay man dating Shea Ashworth to cover his affair with Rome Owens who later is one of the two shooters in the botched attempt to foil a robbery before he is shot and killed by the other shooter. The role of CULLY requires profanity, a same gender kiss, alcohol and marijuana use, discreet simulated urination onstage, heavy explicit sexual dialogue and actions, firing a handgun loaded with blanks onstage, and being on the receiving end of the simulated femdom-ing and pegging mentioned in the character description for Shea Ashworth. Also, Cully sings a duet with Rome Owens.
ROBERTA “BOB” BRAFF-(F, 20-30, any race) Arguably one of the most tragic characters in the show. When the audience first meets BOB, she is a college student in the same friend group as the Ashworth sisters, Kyle Stephens, Mike Reynolds etc. Later, she works as a funeral home receptionist at the funeral home where Bree the Crematrix works and is at a restaurant trying to talk Pauly Ramon out of shooting himself when a robbery occurs. After accidentally shooting & killing Bailey Hulme and wounding Drama Queen Natalie in the women’s restroom, BOB shoots several people trying to foil the robbery before she is shot and fatally wounded by Cully Ericson, who was armed with the gun provided to him by the ghost of Shea Ashworth. (The two robbers escape unscathed.) The role of BOB requires some sexually explicit dialogue, firing a handgun loaded with blanks onstage, and using alcohol and marijuana onstage during a party scene.
JENN GOLDSTEIN-(F, 20-30, any race) A Jewish lesbian college student from New Jersey attending college in Nashville. Eventually dates Ursula Ashworth and is shot and wounded during the botched attempt to foil the robbery. The role of JENN requires a same gender kiss and alcohol & marijuana use but otherwise has nothing objectionable.
ICE MACHINE-(M, 30-45, African American) A legendary rapper turned country music producer and mogul with the ego of Kanye West and a backstory somewhat similar to Diddy. Depending on audience interpretation, ICE MACHINE either dies after being shot by a deranged fan in line for the men’s room in a pizza place or in the May 2010 Nashville flood. The role of ICE MACHINE contains a couple of profanities but otherwise contains no objectionable material.
THE BODYGUARD-(M, 30-45, any race, must look the part of a retired member of military special forces who has kept himself in excellent shape.) The quiet bodyguard of Ice Machine whose backstory is mostly contained in the unfilmed performances of the play “These Things Happen…”. The role of THE BODYGUARD requires firing a handgun loaded with blanks onstage but otherwise contains no objectionable material.
ETHAN O’CONNOR-(M, any race, early to mid 30s) ETHAN’s backstory is covered extensively in the play Abby & Ethan on the YouTube channel for Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions. Depending upon audience interpretation, ETHAN either commits suicide, dies after being caught in the crossfire of the shooting of Ice Machine by a deranged fan, or survives the show unscathed. The role of ETHAN requires singing a song containing strong profanity, committing suicide onstage, being onstage in underwear, and two slow dances.
DR. ABBY D’AGOSTINO-(F, any race, early to mid 30’s) Nashville abortion doctor. ABBY’s backstory is covered extensively in the play Abby & Ethan on the YouTube channel for Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions. The role of ABBY requires singing a full song, some slow dancing, and overseeing a simulated dose of the abortion pill RU-486; otherwise there is no objectionable material.
SAX GIRL-(F, any race, 18 but must be able to pass for much, much younger) A supernatural impish spirit taking the form of a female child with a saxophone. Ability to actually play a saxophone absolutely not required and it is probably better for the role if the actress playing SAX GIRL has absolutely zero ability to play a saxophone. There is no objectionable material for SAX GIRL.
SISTER JOLLEY-(F, 18-24, any race, must be tall and athletic enough to pass for a woman who can play the center position of a good women’s college basketball team.) A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints heavily involved in the after conversion teaching of Kyle Stephens who plays for the BYU women’s basketball team following her mission.
RACHEL DUHAMEL-(F, any race, 18-25) An aspiring singer and abortion clinic receptionist who agrees to a volunteer role in a play directed by Kyle Stephens and later on talks Kyle out of a suicide attempt. The role of RACHEL requires being in underwear onstage, sexually explicit dialogue and actions, and simulated discreet toilet usage; aside from that, there is no other objectionable material.
Feb. 4th and 5th, 7-10 pm
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Feb. 9th, 10 am- 4 pm
email email@example.com for audition monologues and songs; be prepared to sing and briefly dance as well as deliver the monologue.
Salaries are negotiable, but every role is paid.
Ghosts of Nashville added January 10, 2019, 3:01 pm
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