Auditions April 7th for PHIT’s Spring Theatrical Run: The Bat!

KristenSchier_color(small)PHIT is excited to hold auditions for our spring production theatrical run show, a remount of The Bat, a critical and audience hit at the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival. The Bat is an improv show unlike any other: a spontaneously created comedy performed in pitch blackness. Created by Joe Bill of Chicago’s Annoyance Theater, The Bat is a modified version of The Harold, in which characters and stories change and evolve organically during the course of three acts. Without the benefit of lights The Bat functions similarly to a radio play, allowing the imagination to run wild.

The Bat will be directed by Jason Grimley and will run as PHIT’s spring production in the new theatrical run programming being produced by Kristen Schier. Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons beginning April 11th, and a technical rehearsal will be held on Monday, April 29th. Performances will begin with a preview on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. and then run May 2nd through May 19th on Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight. Performers will receive a stipend. More information on compensation will be provided to those offered spots in the cast before they make their final decision to accept or decline an offer to be part of the production.

PHIT will be holding auditions for the Bat on Sunday April 7th, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1526.

Auditioners should have previously completed PHIT’s Improv 201 course or will need to detail their previous training and receive permission from the theater’s Season Producer to attend (in general, having taken an equivalent “201″ or “intermediate” course with another established improv school will meet the requirement). Auditioners who have taken classes at PHIT will not be given special preference over those who have studied elsewhere, although we will have had more time to see you perform which may help. You must be available for the posted audition times to be considered. No other audition times are available.

Sign-ups for audition times begin immediately. To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, a preferred time (if any), and details of your past improv training (if you have not completed PHIT’s Improv 201) to You will receive a confirmation message within two (2) business days – for example, if you contact us on Monday you’ll hear from us by Wednesday, or if you contact us on Friday, you’ll hear from us by the following Tuesday. We will accept sign-ups until no audition times remain. All specific audition times are first-come-first-served.

There are no alternate times. If you are not available for these audition dates and times, please do not email or call to ask for an exception – you simply will not be able to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, you must sign-up for one of our announced timeslots, we will not be taking walk-in auditioners.

BE SURE TO ARRIVE AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME. There will be a short questionnaire for you to complete prior to your audition. Resumes are not required but will gladly be accepted. Please bring a headshot with you if you have one. If you don’t have headshots, a recent snapshot will suffice. Auditioners should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Auditioners will be seen every 30 minutes in groups of 6-10. Auditioners do not need to prepare anything in advance as the audition will be entirely improvised. You will be asked to participate in a few short group exercises and will then perform a short version of The Bat (brief instruction on The Bat will be given during the auditions by the director). The director and members of PHIT’s Artistic Team will be in attendance. PHIT Instructors are also invited and may watch auditions. Anyone who is not a member of this groups or an auditioner will be required to wait outside The Shubin during auditions.

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