Casting Call for “Children of the Grim”
Producer: Bitter Pill
Director: Bitter Pill

Bitter Pill is back at the Players Ring Theatre with a brand new theatrical presentation for the first time in four years since their bloody successful production of William Shakespeare’s, “Titus Andronicus Musicus” in 2018.

“Children of the Grim,” is a neo-gothic musical staging of original and traditional children’s stories, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Suitable for macabre children of all ages, Bitter Pill uses classic story-telling, theatre, multimedia, and music to create a unique theatrical experience. Stories and songs from 17th century nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, Brothers Grimm, Kafka and Kipling as well as brand new original tunes. “Children of the Grim” is a sardonic alternative to the usual sugar-coated children’s theatre and the Bitter Pill ensemble is just weird enough to engage all ages.

Show dates are May 13 – June 5, 2022 at The Player’s Ring, located at 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH. Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. This show will be performed live on stage in front of a masked audience (or as per the most up to date CDC guidelines)
Pay is equal cut of box office.

Youth Actors (any gender) ages 10-16 with great storytelling abilities.
Adult Actors (any gender) with multi-hyphen skills – puppetry, circus, instrumentalists, and other special performance abilities. This is NOT a requirement.

Everyone is encouraged to audition.

Please note that singing is not a requirement for this project. If you do sing, please let us know.

Monday, November 15. Call-backs will be on Wednesday, November 17.

An audition appointment is mandatory and proof of vaccination will be required.
To schedule an audition, please email your headshot and resume to bitterpilltoswallow@gmail.com
If you cannot attend in person you may submit a video audition.

A video of a classic story or fairytale (1-2 minutes). We encourage you to get creative but it is not required. If you sing, play an instrument at any level, or have any other skills please send that as well.

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Self-described as “bloody folk,” Bitter Pill plays a dark and anachronistic combination of Country, Psychobilly, Bluegrass, and Vaudeville. They just released their first album,“Prepare Your Throats,” a collection of traditional and original songs from the soundtrack of their staging of William Shakespeare’s violent, bloody, grotesquely ridiculous abomination of a play, “Titus Andronicus.” Bitter Pill is a family affair featuring Emily Butler on vocals and her dad, Billy Butler, on cello; along with Mike McKay on banjo/mandolin, Michael Wingate Seavey and/or Jon McCormack on acoustic guitar, and a rotating roster of singers, circusers, actors, and awkwards. “Exhilarated. Stimulated." NHPR "Prepare Your Throats is intriguing, creative, humorous, raw and not all that wholesome. Two mighty severed thumbs up.” Modspoke.com “There’s a lot to love about this record.” Chris Hislop

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