May 25, 2017

Audition Info

Audition Information: Seussical the Musical

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Seussical the Musical is coming to Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company! We are looking for a large cast of all ages (5 years to 105 years) to bring this beautiful family musical to life!

Seussical takes us into the world of Dr Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, Sour Kangaroo, and JoJo.

The Cat in the Hat guides us into The Jungle of Nool where we see Horton, the kind hearted elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whoville. He meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton decides he must protect the speck of dust on a nearby clover, while at the same time protecting an abandoned egg left to his care by the lazy Mayzie la Bird. Horton tries to convince the other animals in The Jungle of the existence of the Whos, but he is ridiculed and put on trial for insanity. Only his loyal neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, never loses faith in him.

Seussical weaves a story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Despite all odds, Horton and Gertrude band together to save the Whos, free Horton, and restore peace and unity to the Jungle of Nool.

Information Night:

Wednesday 26th May 2021 6:30pm – 7:30pm

This is a non-compulsory night where you can learn a little more about the show, meet the production team, collect the audition material, ask any questions you may have, and sign up for an audition time slot.

Audition dates:

Saturday 29th May 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 30th May 9:00am – 12:00pm

Show dates:

Wednesday 1st September 2021 @ 7:00pm – Charity Night Performance

Friday 3rd September 2021 @ 7:00pm – Opening Night

Saturday 4th September 2021 @ 7:00pm

Sunday 5th September 2021 @ 2:00pm

Friday 10th September 2021 @ 7:00pm

Saturday 11th September 2021 @ 7:00pm

Sunday 12th September 2021 @ 2:00pm

Friday 17th September 2021 @ 7:00pm

Saturday 18th September 2021 @ 2:00pm

Sunday 19th September 2021 @ 2:00pm – Closing Performance

Please note: It is our intention to double cast the children’s roles for this production. This includes the lead children’s roles of JoJo and Young Kangaroo. Each cast will perform on alternate nights if suitable talent is available at auditions.

All children wishing to audition for Seussical the Musical must turn 5 years old by September 18th (closing night). There is no upper age limit for this production. Please note, all ages listed below are stage ages and should be used as a guide.

All adults over the age of 18 will be required to obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC) to participate in this production.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals for Seussical the Musical will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Children will predominately rehearse from 6:00pm – 7:30pm (please note some adult leads will be required to attend at 6pm for some rehearsals)

Adults will predominately rehearse from 7:45pm – 9:15pm

Sunday rehearsals will be 3pm – 6pm

A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first rehearsal.

Cast will not be needed at every rehearsal and provisions have been made for those families that are unavailable during the school holiday period. 

Audition Format:

Auditions will be held in groups of 5 and will take approximately 1 hour.

Dance: Each group will be taught a short dance combination which they will perform as a group. Do not worry if you are not a strong dancer as there are many roles in this production that do not require dancing.

Singing: Each auditionee will be asked to sing a song from the selected audition material (see below). If you are auditioning for multiple characters please prepare one piece for each character. Auditionees should have their audition song learned off by heart. Please check the sections carefully as you will not be required to sing the entire song. All singing auditions will be conducted to the karaoke tracks below. Tracks with vocal guides are provided below each character to assist with learning the material.

Acting: All individuals auditioning for a lead role will be asked to perform one of the spoken pieces supplied under the character information in the various Audition Packs. While it is preferred that you have this piece memorized for the audition it is not required. Ensemble auditionees do not need to learn a script but may be asked to sight read a short excerpt on the day.

Please note that no parents, guardians, friends, or family members are permitted to watch the auditions, this includes standing side of stage. One guardian per child auditioning may attend backstage and wait for their child. They will be able to watch the audition from the stage monitor. No one is to attend inside the auditorium during auditions.

Characters and Audition Material:

Cat in the Hat

Gender: Male or Female

Vocal Type: Any vocal type

Character Age Range: 18 years and up

The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. As the story’s omniscient narrator, The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping JoJo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Physically adept actor who is able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. Strong mover.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Cat in the Hat)

Audition song: All the Thinks You Can Think

All the Thinks You Can Think – Instrumental

All the Think You Can Think – Vocal Guide

JoJo

Gender: Male or Female (please note the character of JoJo is written as a boy and referred to as a boy throughout the production. If a female is cast in the role of JoJo the character will not be changed to a girl. Please do not audition for JoJo if you are not comfortable with this.)

Vocal Type: Soprano (non-broken vocals)

Character Age Range: 8 years – 14 years

The Mayor’s child and hero of the show, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton. Confident lead role.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for JoJo)

Audition song: It’s Possible

It’s Possible – Instrumental

It’s Possible – Vocal Guide

Horton the Elephant

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Tenor

Character Age Range: 18 years and up

Our story’s main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant, who is commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. He is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle. He is steadfast and responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. Imaginative, receptive, to the world around him, very un-self-conscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes – he believes in it’s goodness.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Horton)

Audition song: Alone in the Universe

Alone in the Universe – Instrumental

Alone in the Universe – Vocal Guide

Gertrude McFuzz

Gender: Female

Vocal Type: Soprano

Character Age Range: 16 years and up

Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid, kind and loyal, and very self-conscious. She is very aware or her shortfalls, and that her one-feather tail isn’t perfect. Some dance ability a plus.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Gertrude)

Audition song: Notice Me Horton

Notice Me Horton – Instrumental

Notice Me Horton – Vocal Guide

Amazing Mayzie

Gender: Female

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano with the ability to belt

Character Age Range: 16 years and up

The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Selfish and vain, and oblivious to her own self-centered ways. She relies on her talent of manipulation and intoxicating beauty to navigate her way through life. Leader of the bird girls and looked up to by Gertrude. Dance ability a plus.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Mayzie)

Audition song: Amazing Mayzie

Amazing Mayzie – Instrumental

Amazing Mayzie – Vocal Guide

Sour Kangaroo

Gender: Female

Vocal Type: Soulful Alto with the ability to belt

Character Age Range: 18 years and up

The “leader” of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, a lot of fun, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful. Please note this character works very closely with the Young Kangaroo. If you are not comfortable working with small children please do not audition for this role.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Sour Kangaroo)

Audition song: Biggest Blame Fool

Biggest Blame Fool – Instrumental

Biggest Blame Fool – Vocal Guide

Young Kangaroo

Gender: Male or Female

Vocal Type: Any vocal type

Character Age Range: 5 years – 8 years

A sassy young character who looks up to her mother and copies her attitude and mannerisms. Still learning about the world but overly confident in her abilites and opinions. This character works very closely with the Sour Kangaoo.

Audition song: Please choose a song to sing without backing. This can be a nursery rhyme, a Christmas Carol, a Disney song – anything you can confidently sing!

Young Kangaroo will also learn the call and response from Biggest Blame Fool and perform this at the audition (you can hear the section in the audition song for Sour Kangaroo).

Sour Kangaroo: “It was the Sour Kangaroo and the young kangaroo in her pouch said…”

Young Kangaroo: “Humpf! Too!”

There is no downloadable audition pack for Young Kangaroo. Please use the notes above to prepare for your audition.

General Ghengis Khan Schmitz

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Baritone

Character Age Range: 18 years and up

Bursting with pride at the military academy he runs and the boys and girls he turns out. A comic character, as he is very misguided, but unaware of that fact. Very confident, loud, and set in his ways.

Audition pack (includes sheet music and a short script for the General)

Audition song: The Military

The Military – Instrumental

The Military – Vocal Guide

Bird Girls

Gender: Female

Vocal Type: Alto, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano

Character Age Range: 14 years and up

A flamboyant “girl group” of birds who love to sing, dance, and perform. They love to tell stories embellished by their melodious voices, live in the moment, and embody the mood and feeling of whatever environment of the time. They act as a Greek chorus, being the narrators when the Cat in the Hat is not around. Dance ability a pluse and an ability to harmonise confidently.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and a short script for Bird Girls)

Audition song: Amazing Mayzie or Notice Me Horton (choose one only)

Amazing Mayzie – Instrumental

Amazing Mayzie – Vocal Guide

Notice Me Horton – Instrumental

Notice Me Horton – Vocal Guide

Wickersham Brothers

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Bass, Baritone, Tenor

Character Age Range: 14 years and up

A youthful group of monkeys that live to impress the world with their strength and prowess. Impulsive would be bad-boys who like to monkey around, creating havoc for fun. Mischievous and work as henchmen for the Sour Kangaroo. Dance ability a plus and an ability to harmonise confidently.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Wickershams)

Audition song: Monkey Around

Monkey Around – Instrumental

Monkey Around – Vocal Guide

Mr Mayor

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Tenor

Character Age Range: 25 years and up

Wants to be a good leader and father. He is a recently-elected official who is proud of his new role and eager to prove his abilities. Jojo’s father.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short script for Mr Mayor)

Audition song: Here on Who (please sing both Mr and Mrs Mayor parts from the recording)

Here on Who – Instrumental

Here on Who – Vocal Guide

Mrs Mayor

Gender: Female

Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Character Age Range: 25 years and up

Wants, above all else, to be a good wife and mother. Married to Mr. Mayor, Jojo’s mother, and extremely proud of him. Wishes to uphold the values they share and strives to present their family as an exemplary, well-put-together unit.

Audition Pack (includes sheet music and short scene for Mrs Mayor)

Audition song: Here on Who (please sing both Mr and Mrs Mayor parts from the recording)

Here on Who – Instrumental

Here on Who – Vocal Guide

The Grinch

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Bass, Baritone

Character Age Range: 16 years and up

A member of the Whoville community who has a cameo appearance retelling his famous Christmas tale. A stong storyteller is required for this role.

Audition Script for the Grinch

Audition song: Please prepare a song of choice up to 60secs in duration that shows vocal range. Please bring song as a karaoke track only and on a device with a headphone jack (no bluetooth devices please).

Yertle the Turtle

Gender: Male

Vocal Type: Bass, Baritone

Character Age Range: 45 years and up

A distinguished and aged member of the Jungle of Nool who takes on the duties of Judge in the trial of Horton the Elephant. When Yertle speaks everyone listens. A fountain of wisdom and quiet confidence.

This role is a cameo role for the right performer or can be part of all the Jungle of Nool scenes.

Audition Script for Yertle the Turtle

Audition song: Please prepare a song of choice up to 60secs in duration that shows vocal range. Please bring song as a karaoke track only and on a device with a headphone jack (no bluetooth devices please).

Ensemble

Gender: Male or Female

Vocal Type: all vocal types

Ensemble Age Range: All children wishing to audition for Seussical the Musical must turn 5 years old by September 18th (closing night). As a guide the children’s ensemble will incorporate children aged 5 – 13 years old (approx). 14 years and above will make up the adults ensemble.

The ensemble in Seussical the Musical will be divided into two groups; the Whos and the Jungle Animals.

Jungle Animals must have some movement ability with dance a plus. They live in the Jungle of Nool and are swept along by the events of the story providing commentary and excitement to the show.

The Whos are innocent, slightly quirky people who value conformity and clean living. For the most part, they are happy, hard-working, earnest citizens who enjoy their lives and one another.

Circus performers will also be drawn from the ensemble for the Circus McGurkus scene. If you have any circus skills please include these in your audition application.

Ensemble audition songs:

Adults and children 8 years and older please bring a song of your own choice up to 60secs in duration that shows your vocal range and type. Please bring song as a karaoke track only and on a device with a headphone jack (no bluetooth devices please). Alternatively choose any of the other audition pieces above to sing at your audition.

Children under the age of 8 please bring a song of your choice which you can sing without backing, this can be a nursery rhyme, a Christmas Carol, a Disney song – anything you can sing confidently!

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All inquiries please email Emma at seussicalatalotco@gmail.com


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