The sense of excitement was palpable.
First rehearsal. First day of school. As you walked into the rehearsal room, you saw the huge rectangle of folding tables and chairs. You saw the little paper tent with your name and role on it. You saw the binder with your script and score waiting for you.
Werewolf: The Musical! Maybe not the most obvious idea for a hit musical, but you were grateful for the work. And as the read-through began, you were only a few songs in before you realized that this show had a unique voice. More than unique. It was fabulous. It was going to be a smash hit.
By the time you reached the end, the whole company was in tears. The accompanist could barely play the finale through her sobs. As you finished, the director and the producers leapt to their feet. The energy was amazing. The writers, an awkward-looking man and woman hiding in the corner, smiled for the first time today, and maybe for the first time in their lives.
You just knew it was gonna run for years.
It was only at the Equity meeting when you started to feel uneasy. The guy in the suit from AEA looked like he was about to lay an egg. After everyone settled down, he said “This is very unorthodox folks, but we aren’t going to elect an equity deputy for this production. You see, it’s come to our attention that there are four understudies in the company that aren’t union. They aren’t even EMC! They are…non-equity.”
The whole company gasped. He continued.
“So we can’t risk electing an equity deputy that isn’t even equity. But it’s your job to root out the evil understudies. At the end of every day, we’ll have a vote, and whoever gets the most votes will be fired.”
Someone raised their hand.
“Not to cause trouble, but isn’t that against the contract we–”
“SHUT UP!” the equity rep yelled. He composed himself.
“We just can’t risk one of the non-equity understudies working themselves up the ladder to playing a lead. The whole system we’ve built would crumble around us.”
“You know what you have to do.”
CHORUS MEMBERS (13 VANILLA TOWN) – The hardest working people in the show, the chorus members are the glue that hold the whole production together. They may not get to belt out the eleven o’clock number, but they are proud members of Actor’s Equity, and as such they have the power of their vote to attempt to oust the evil understudies in their midst.
PATTI LUPONE (VIGILANTE) – Whether it’s grabbing an audience member’s phone out of their hands during a show or squaring off with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Patti has always been willing to take the law into her own hands. Many years ago, she stole the prop gun from the West End production of Sunset Boulevard. Just a few days ago, Bernadette Peters sent her three lucky bullets as a good luck gift going into previews. She can use up to one bullet per night until all three have been fired in her attempts to eradicate the company of evil understudies.
BETTY BUCKLEY (INVESTIGATOR) – Ever since starring in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Betty has kept her investigative skills honed. She is a master of disguise, and has been known to creep up to actors napping on the Equity cot and rifle through their pockets to determine if they are an evil understudy, or just a normal chorus member.
AUDRA MCDONALD (JAILOR) – Audra’s got six Tony awards, and she keeps them under lock and key ever since the night Judy Kuhn got drunk and tried to sneak one out under her caftan. Every night, Audra can choose one company member to throw in her Tony vault for protection. She cannot jail the same person two nights in a row. She cannot jail herself.
EVIL UNDERSTUDIES (4 WOLVES)
- CHEYENNE JACKSON (WOLF LEADER) – The leader of the evil understudies, Cheyenne’s a veteran, so if investigated he will read as a normal chorus member (VT).
- SUTTON FOSTER (WOLF RECRUITER) – Sutton comes from a theatrical family, so once during the game she can summon her less-talented older brother HUNTER FOSTER to join the evil understudies.
- 2 NAMELESS EVIL UNDERSTUDIES (VANILLA WOLVES)
THE GHOST OF ELAINE STRITCH (SK)
Elaine’s back and she’s hungry for blood…and ATTENTION.
1. MacCrocodile – Carol Channing
3. Mayelbridwen – Ruth & Eileen, Wonderful Town
4. Hoho – King Herod, Jesus Christ Superstar
5. Grumproro – Lucas Steele, Broadway Actor
6. Sic – Rachel Berry, Glee
10. Hayes – Rapunzel, Tangled
11. Demyx – Rupert Giles, Once More With Feeling
14. Owen – Owen, accomplished musical director
16. Lord Stoneheart – The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera
19. Louie – Poppy, Noises Off
20. Goat – Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of Goats!
You are a member of the Chorus (Vanilla Town), and a card-carrying member of Actor’s Equity. As such, you have only the power of your vote to root out those evil understudies.
Night actions will occur in the order that enables the most actions to go through.
Note that you must make a minimum of three posts per day to avoid being mod-killed or replaced.
TWILIGHT WILL BE SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST AT 6:30PM CST.