NexGen Youth Theatre to Hold Auditions for “Zombie Prom”

Bethany Dellapolla, left, and Magnus Tonning Riise have teamed up to launch NexGen Youth Theatre. Troy Iwata photo

Calling all East End theater kids: NexGen Youth Theatre is holding auditions for its first mainstage production, “Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition,” on Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ripley Grier studios, 520 8th Avenue, 16th floor, in New York City. NexGen Youth Theatre is a performance company and educational workshop series founded by Bethany Dellapolla, an East Hampton native who directs the musicals at Pierson Middle-High School, and Magnus Tonning Riise.

The show has been described as “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Grease” with a nuclear-induced zombie element. “What really drew us to the production was that it was not only really fun and campy, but it also dealt with a lot of real teen issues, like navigating the tricky world of high school, being treated unfairly and following your heart in the face of adversity,” Dellapolla and Tonning Riise said in a statement. “It has great rock songs, too, and many teen roles, so they are playing characters their own age.”

Car pools for East End students are being formed; email Dellapolla at bethany@nexgentheatre.comto learn more. The audition is formatted like a Broadway audition so aspiring actors can get a taste for the experience. Those who are interested should prepare a short selection of a song to sing, and bring the sheet music with them. A headshot and resume are preferred, but not mandatory. They should also wear clothes they can dance in, and be ready to do cold readings from the script.

“Like a professional show, we’ll be rehearsing in rehearsal studios and then transferring that show into the actual theater,” the directors said. “We’ll work on acting and vocal technique to strengthen their skills as performers, too, and help them find truth in these characters with the choices they make. And hey, they are performing on an Off-Broadway stage, which is pretty darn cool.”

Tuition for the educational production is $895 for those who are cast in the show. Performers ages 10 to 20 are invited to learn more at