Redding Main Campus | Shasta College Theatre (500 Building)

January 19 & 20 at 6 pm in the Shasta College Theatre

  • Please come prepared with a one-minute monologue, preferably comedic.
  • Come prepared to sing and have fun!

Directed by Dr. Gregory Thorson, PhD
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Audition Information

Hi, I’m Troy McClure! You might remember me from the hit film “Give my Remains to Broadway!” and “Shady Todd: Toby’s Revenge.” Thank you for your interest in Shasta College’s production of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.” I am here today to give you the skinny on auditions.

What is it? 

“Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” is the spring play at Shasta College, as we return to live theatre after all that pandemic awfulness. This play is a dark comedy, and has some music as well! 

‘Can I audition?’ Yes, you can! Auditions are for Shasta College students, but are also open to the general public! The director is looking for actors over the age of sixteen, and the roles are relatively open to different ages. The cast consists of three men and four women, so there are lots of opportunities to be on stage.

When and where are auditions? General auditions are 1/19/22 and 1/20/22 at 6pm in the Shasta College Theatre. Please prepare a one-minute comedic monologue. 

While not a traditional musical, this show does involve a lot of singing for some cast members — please also come prepared to give us a short, acapella rendition of "Uptown Funk" (yes, really!), and to do some basic pitch-matching and part-holding exercises with our music director. Not a singer? Well, maybe you are and just don’t know it! But we have roles for non-singers too. Some come and audition, it’ll be fun!

Who’s-who in “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play”

  • Directed by Dr. Gregory Thorson
  • Music Direction by Dr. Liz Waterbury
  • Sets by David Fraser
  • Costumes by Hilary Fahey
  • Makeup by Mat McDonald
  • Lighting by Tim Dye

These lovely people want to work with you — so see you on the 19th or 20th! And remember, if a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about. 

What the play is about: Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.