- (part of a series)

Location: B024 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (basement) (View on map )

Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents

A new musical
Music and lyrics by Jorge "Jay" Rivera-Herrans '20

Performances: February 21 - March 3, 2019
Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Actors and singers are encouraged to audition for Stupid Humans, a new pop musical by current Notre Dame student Jorge Rivera-Herrans, directed by the Head of Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor Matt HawkinsStupid Humans is the first new musical ever produced through the new ND LAB class, where students are currently workshopping and developing the play in preparation for rehearsals starting in January 2019.

We are seeking 14 actor/singers. Actors of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities, as well as students with disabilities, are encouraged to audition. All majors welcome - auditions not restricted to FTT majors - open to all ND/SMC/HCC students, faculty, and staff.


Tuesday, November 27 OR Wednesday, November 28
6:00 - 10:00 pm
B024 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (basement) 
Callbacks will be held on Saturday, December 1, starting at noon.


Please prepare a short excerpt from any pop song of your choosing (a verse and a chorus will be fine). You may sing it a cappella or you can bring sheet music (an accompanist will be provided).
Please prepare the following text from the show: 
(On the phone, leaving a voicemail)
"… Three months! It’s been three months. Every single day, I call, and every single day, there’s no answer! You just… you just run away! With no regard to anyone but yourself! You’re just like your father! You just take what you want from me and run away. You know you’re the reason he left? And you’re just like him! You just leave and never look back, never check to make sure I’m okay! Well I’ve had it! I’m done! Don’t come home! You’re not welcome!"
(Hangs up. Dials Again. Leaving another voicemail )
"Clara… it’s me again. I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean any of that. At all. I’m so sorry… I’m so sorry… You’re so precious and beautiful and I’m grateful for every moment with you. Take care of yourself, Clara. I love you."
The Story
Stupid Humans is a new pop musical about chasing your dreams.  It follows the story of Indigo, Clara, and Jacqueline, as they struggle to find their true paths in life. Along the way they learn the value of friendship, family, and what it means to never give up.
Character Descriptions
Indigo: Med school dropout pursuing his dreams of being a singer
Indigo’s Father: Working class parent who struggles to understand why his child would throw away his future
Clara: Energetic girl next door in love with her childhood friend, trying to escape an abusive home
Clara’s Mom: Single parent who struggles with addiction 
Jacqueline: A genius engineer who has trouble fitting in
John: An imaginary pig who helps his genius creator find friends
Raj: A struggling musician who runs a recording studio and will do anything to be successful
Nadia: An established woman in the workforce who is suspicious of others
Bob: An established man in the workforce who puts himself first
Chief Surgeon: Runs a teaching hospital and demands excellence from all students
Conductor: A wise sage who offers advice to anyone chasing their dreams
Ensemble of Med Students, Workers, Dreamers
The following link includes song demos from the show. Because this is new work and still in process, all recordings are only demo tracks for the show, with the show’s creator voicing all the parts. This is NOT audition material and these songs are NOT the final versions.  This is to give all those auditioning a feel for the show. (There are also book scenes written in the musical but they are not included in the music demos. The script will be available for callbacks)
Please use the following link to sign up for a 10 minute audition slot.
Students studying abroad during the fall semester 2018 may submit a video audition to Patrick Starner at Please note that this option is available only to students who are currently abroad.
If you have any questions regarding the audition process or the show, please reach out to the show’s Creative Producer, Patrick Starner: