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Website Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

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Pay Rate: Understudy Role: $700 Rehearsal Flat rate + $70 per show performed. 20 shows total. Travel stipend applications available.
Audition Date and Time: By online submission of audition materials only. Submissions accepted until role is filled. *Please note that actors who submitted previously do not need to submit again.
Audition Location: Online audition submissions. Performance Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop. For directions and parking:
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Metropolis PAC is seeking submissions for the Johnny Cash understudy for Million Dollar Quartet, by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Million Dollar Quartet will be directed by Michael Rader, Director (he/him). Artistic Director is Brendan Ragan (he/him). Seeking adult non-Equity guitarists/ singers/ actors. All identities, races, and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.

Million Dollar Quartet Show Description:  Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations that are both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B, and country hits, performed live onstage. Showcased hit songs include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Material to Prepare:

Please SUBMIT an email to with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in the header and include the following:
• Headshot & resume
• Any conflicts with the production
• Self-Tape submission link(s) – Slate & audition (see below)
• Additional links to any of your work are also welcome.

Please PREPARE a self-tape audition submission which includes the following:
• Please click on the Sides Google folder link listed below to request access to the audition sides.
• Include a slate with your name, pronouns, height, and the role you are submitting for. Please confirm in the slate that you have local Chicago/ Arlington Heights housing.
• Please send a video of you accompanying yourself on guitar to “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” or any other Cash song of your choosing.
• The self-tape should be in a shareable format, such as an Unlisted YouTube link.
• Self-tapes are accepted until role is filled.

Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process.

Time Commitment:

Million Dollar Quartet Production Dates: Please note that we are asking about your conflicts for a wider range of availability than may actually be used for rehearsals.

Rehearsals – Tue 6/4–Sun 6/30/24: Weekly rehearsals will be chosen from the following times: 6-10pm Tuesdays-Fridays and 10am-6pm Saturdays & Sundays. Please note that rehearsal on Sunday 6/30 will be 2-8pm. Mondays will be the designated day off each week. There will be one Understudy rehearsal on Tuesday 7/16, 6-11pm.

Tech Rehearsals – Tue 7/2–Thu 7/11/24. Schedule is as follows: Tue 7/2-Wed 7/3, 5-11pm; Fri 7/5, 5-11pm; Sat 7/6, 1-10:30pm; Sun 7/7, 12-5pm & 6-11pm; Tue 7/9-Wed 7/10, 6-11pm; Thu 7/11, 4-6pm. No rehearsal on Thu 7/4.

Previews & Performances – Thu 7/11–Sun 8/4/24. Standard matinee schedule includes 7:30pm shows on Thu, Fri, & Sat; 3pm matinees on Sat & Sun; 2pm matinee on Thu 7/25; no 3pm matinee on Sat 8/3.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Please use this link to request access to the Sides Google folder with the Johnny Cash u/s audition materials: Johnny Cash Understudy Sides

Johnny Cash: (Late 20s-40s, Male-Identifying) singer/guitar player. This is Johnny Cash at the dawn of his epic career. Tall. In the production, Johnny Cash sings “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk The Line,” and “Riders In The Sky.” Must be familiar with his music. Actors should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator.” To submit, please send a video of you accompanying yourself on guitar to “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” or any other Cash song of your choosing.

Metropolis Casting is dedicated to upholding Metropolis PAC’s values of equal opportunity and engages in a policy of promoting a positive model of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility. As such, Metropolis Casting confirms our commitment to equitable hiring practices in order to achieve that goal. We celebrate inclusivity and encourage actors of all genders, ethnicities, body types, and abilities to submit for the roles to which they most identify.

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