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Auditions are by appointment only, take approximately five minutes, and consist of cold reading selections from source material or previous nimbus productions. There will be a variety of script samples for selection, and actors will be given time to prepare the material. All readings will be heard privately by the director and one or two members of the production team.
When you book your audition, you will receive a link to a form to upload your headshot and resume. If you do not have digital ones, you may bring a printed resume and headshot to auditions. Actors who are cast in a production should expect to hear back from nimbus within a week of auditions or call-backs. Call-backs are held for most productions. nimbus casting decisions are color blind, unless script needs stringently dictate otherwise. We encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.
Auditions are publicized on mnplaylist.org, and through our auditions email list. Actors interested in nimbus are strongly encouraged to sign up for this email list.
AEA Members: We regret that we are unable at this time to work with members of the Actors Equity Association. However, our organization is growing, and we hope that this will change someday soon. Please keep an eye on our audition notices- we will make sure to keep the community informed when this does change.
Stipends: nimbus pays a small stipend for all roles. Ultimately, we seek to do work that is exciting and fulfilling to artists, in an environment that lets each artist explore, grow, and collaborate. We greatly respect the time, energy, and commitment that goes in to honing ones art and craft, and are dedicated to growing compensation amounts whenever possible.
Appointments: Appointments are scheduled online. At the bottom of this page is a form that may be used to schedule a time to read. Please note that all auditions are by appointment only.
The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy, the Worst Train Robber in the West
nimbus will hold auditions for its spring 2019 show on January 6 & 7, 2019.
Sunday, January 6: 1 - 5pm
Monday, January 7: 7 - 10pm
Callbacks - Thursday, January 10: 7pm
The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy, the Worst Train Robber in the West will be a new play, written by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun and directed by Liz Neerland. Inspired by true events, this comedy will follow the exploits - in life and death - of one bumbling idiot named Elmer McCurdy. History and tall tales will slam together into a madcap journey of bandits, mummies, and traveling carnivals. In this story, the truth truly is stranger than fiction.
An ensemble-based work, the play will be built around an group of actors who will work together to shape the narrative and the characters in it. The work of the ensemble will be partly grounded in historical research about the wild west, and partly based on developing a fun story grounded in devised theater technique.
This is an ensemble production, and we will be building the show around the actors, not the other way around. That said, we do know that we will want an ensemble of 7 to 10 actors, that we want a wide range in age, that all roles will be for adults, and that we insist upon ethnic and gender diversity in all of our shows.
Important dates (some dates subject to change):
January 6 & 7 - Auditions
January 10 - Callbacks
February 8 - 11, 23, 26, March 3, 5, 9, 12 - all rehearsals 7-10pm - Table/Script work (dates subject to change based on cast availability)
March 13 - Eye opener (staged reading)
March 25 - regular rehearsals begin
Rehearsals are Monday - Thursday evenings, 7-10pm
April 28 - 10 out of 12 rehearsal
April 29 - May 2 - Tech rehearsal 6-11pm
May 3 - Preview 8pm
May 4 - Opening Night
May 19 - Closing Night
Performances are Thursdays at 7:30, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm, with one Monday show on May 13 at 7:30pm.