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Dog Sees God Auditions

  • The Avyarium 274 Goodman St N #D242 Rochester, NY (map)

Grey Noise Theatre Company is honored to produce a specially licensed production of ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ by Bert V. Royal. PAID**

A moving “unauthorized parody,” ‘Dog Sees God’ reimagines beloved characters from the popular comic strip ‘Peanuts’ as degenerate teenagers. Drug use, child sexual abuse, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relationships, and identity are among the issues touched on in this spin-off of the works of Charles M. Schulz. Even though the show cleverly disguises the identity of each character, the use of these well-known figures is what gives the show its emotional punch: Even these beloved child characters must some day grow up and deal with a harsh reality as they find their place in the world.

Production dates are June 6th-16th at the Avyarium in the Village Gate with mandatory tech rehearsals June 3rd-5th. Two to three rehearsals a week are expected. Rehearsals will take place at Mountain Rise UCC in Perinton.

Auditions March 13th and 14th from 6-10pm at the Avyarium. Please arrive as close to 6:00pm as possible for group/orientation information. A PREPARED CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUE IS REQUIRED. NO COLD READS OF SIDES WITHOUT A MONOLOGUE. Actors will be released one by one as they complete their auditions.

Note: Grey Noise Theatre Company practices inclusive and conscious casting. Trans women, men, and nonbinary people as well as Black, Latinx, East Asian, Indigenous, MENASA, etc. actors are especially encouraged to audition. All characters are high school students, but no actors under 18 will be cast in this production.

CHARACTERS:

CB (Charlie Brown) - The main character in the play. He is intensely saddened over the death of his dog, and is forced to question both his sexuality and his social status when he unwittingly falls for his classmate Beethoven.

CB's Sister (Sally) - A teenage girl who cannot “find an identity.” She is intensely goth for much of the play, but cycles through several other personas.

Van (Linus) - Always the philosopher in his childhood and now a pothead with a worldview to match. He repeatedly attempts to pursue a sexual relationship with CB’s Sister,* but is ultimately a “nice guy.”

Matt (Pig-Pen) - A pathological germaphobe whose dirtiness has become internalized. He’s sex-obsessed and homophobic and terrorizes classmate Beethoven mercilessly. He is also a football player and CB’s best friend.

Beethoven (Schroeder) - A boy who has become the school outcast prior to events of the play after it comes out that he was sexually abused by his father. A bit of a recluse, Beethoven takes solace in playing the piano. When he and CB become romantically involved,* his world is turned upside down.

Tricia (Peppermint Patty) - A party girl, who professes herself to be “Pretty” and “Popular.” She is stressed about her physical appearance and weight, and tears others down to make herself feel better. Though never spoken out loud in the play, the general consensus is that her last name is York.

Marcy (Marcie) - Another party girl. She is Tricia’s sidekick but maybe wants to be more. She has a threesome with Tricia and Matt throughout the course of the play.*

Van’s Sister (Lucy) - A diagnosed pyromaniac institutionalized for setting the Little Red-Headed Girl’s hair on fire. Though she appears for only one scene, it is strongly implied that she and CB were once in a romantic relationship and are still close. THIS ROLE HAS BEEN PRE-CAST.

*This production will utilize an intimacy choreographer out of respect for the changing role of consent in the theatre industry.

**All actors will be paid a cash stipend for participation in this production.

Earlier Event: March 13
Dog Sees God Auditions
Later Event: April 9
Rochester Theatre Mix & Mingle