In a nutshell, joining the cast is pretty easy, just fill out an application and bring it to our next show. We do not accept online applications as we want to see you in real life and make sure you’ve seen our show. If you’re not sure when that is keep an eye out for periodic website and Facebook page updates. When you bring the application, come before the show and ask a cast member to direct you to a cast executive. We’ll take your application, get a little bit more information from you, and contact you within two weeks.
You should be over 21 years old.
You’re under 21? We hope that you’ll keep showing up to shows and participating in our audience until then!
We want you to show up and participate!
I know, duh, you can’t do the show without showing up. But a lot of people think they can show up whenever they want and do whatever they want… Thing is, when we schedule you to do a part or a job, we’ve slotted you to do a specific thing to help our show and it really screws us when you don’t come to do that job, and we gotta get someone else to do it. We realize shit happens, and we all miss shows at one time or another, but if it becomes a regular thing we usually end up parting ways. We also do have cast meetings and rehearsals, usually about 1 every other month on average that we also want you to attend. They’re usually pretty laid back and many times as fun as the show.
We want you to REALLY participate.
We have a lot of fun doing this, and we all get along pretty well for the most part – but, it also takes a bit of work to put on the show. Sometimes people join thinking it’s going to be nothing but a social gathering and only a few people do the work putting it all together. While certain longtime members do have more responsibility and do more for this during and even outside of the show nights, we expect everyone to chip in and help out on show nights, even if it’s just knowing your role well and having a decent costume, cleaning the theater after the show, and filling in and helping where needed.
Tryouts or auditions and such, or other restrictions for potential cast members?
Not exactly. We want to get to know you a bit, but once we do we’ll accept most applicants as probationary members. Keep in mind we’re a pretty big cast with only a monthly show, so it might take a little while before we can rotate you into that role or character that you’ve got your eye on.
What happens when you start?
We will start you and (seriously) just toss you in as soon as we can. Unless the primary role role needs to be filled immediately though, you will start out performing the Transylvanian Guest role and helping out with props and lights. We do mix it up though and regularly alternate and rotate performers, so if you make any effort and show enthusiasm and get together (or have) a costume, you will be like playing a primary role in no time. If you show up, turn in your cast app, and own a tailcoat you’re already ahead of the game.
We do accept applications for ONLY technical and help positions such as props crew, lighting and security – just note that is what you’re interested on your application.
Yes, we pay money to do this. Cast dues are $60 per year as outlined in our constitution, but you can get that back by helping out on the cast and making costume improvements. This helps keep the cast running and lets us put on better shows.
The Detailed Rules
The Midnight Madness Cast Constitution (in Adobe .pdf format) This goes through all of our rules and guidelines. It outlines your rights as a performer, what we expect of you, and how the cast operates. We do want you to look it over if you join, but most if this is just common sense stuff.