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Seussical – Audition Call!

October 25, 2016

….cue drum roll….

We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Easter production is…

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AUDITION CALL

We are looking to attract a strong and talented cast of community performers for this presentation. It is big, bright, loud and ambitious. This will be a great chance for us to show our audiences and
funders what South Hill Park has to offer – high quality, inclusive, family-friendly community theatre.

Directed By Mark Hooper, Musical Director Tim Cumper, Choreography Charlotte Steele with a set by Victoria Spearing.


Principals – US accent required for animals. British for ‘Who’s’

 

The Cat in the Hat: (Male/Female – Adult) Narrator, Soloist,(speak singing is allowable for this part), some improvisational interaction with audience is required. A strong comedy performer with excellent storytelling skills.

Jojo: (Male/Female – Adult/Child) A ‘who’ child with a wild imagination. Solisit. Strong performerable to hold the stage on their own.

Horton the Elephant: (Male – Adult) Strong soloist with exceptional vocal and dance ability. Tenor/Baritone. Friendly, gentle, caring strong willed. The ultimate star of the show.

Thing 1: (Male/Female – Child Role, under 18’s only please) Strong physical performers with an aptitude for comedy. Improvised lazzi. Will form part of a double act. Additional skills such as tap, gymnastics, ballet and circus preferable.

Thing 2: (Male/Female – Child Role, under 18’s only please) Strong physical performers with an aptitude for comedy. Improvised lazzi. Will form part of a double act. Additional skills such as tap, gymnastics, ballet and circus preferable.

Gertrude McFuzz: (Female – Adult) A ditzy comedic bird who likes Horton, but he doesn’t noticeher. Several solo songs, lines. Soprano.

Mayzie La Bird: (Female – Adult) A bird who is completely irresponsible, selfish, and always takes the better offer. Kind of a boisterous, “hot stuff” character. Must have a very strong, loud voice. Alto belt voice, second soprano range. Sings several solo songs, lines.

Sour Kangaroo: (Female – Adult) Female. Sour until the end. Voices her negative opinion about everything. Think “Queen Latifah” style voice. Alto…definitely gospel, very loud and very strong. Also plays Young Kangaroo – a puppet.


Featured Chorus

 

The Wickersham Brothers: (MaleFemale – Adult) They are monkeys. Picture tough guys hanging out on the street corner like West Side Story. Opportunity to be improvised lazzi. Bullies. Must be able to sing harmony. Will also feature in the chorus.

The Bird Girls: (Female – Adult) Females. Preferably 1 soprano, 2 seconds, and 2 altos. Must be able to sing harmony. These girls will be like backing singers/narrators. They are in a lot of the show. They usually backup Mayzie and Gertrude. The bird girls are all about drama.

Mr. Mayor: (Male – Adult) The mayor of Whoville. Has solos and lines. Jojo’s father.

Mrs. Mayor: (Male – Adult) The mayors wife. Has solos and lines. Jojo’s mother.

Grinch: (Female/Male – Adult) Soloist and lines.

General Gengus Khan Schmitz: (Male – Adult) Tenor/baritone. A general that takes Jojo to the military academy. Sings a solo. Some lines.

Judge Yertle the Turtle: (Male – Adult) Small role in beginning and very end of show. A few solos. Preferably a bass.

Vlad Vladikoff: The eagle. Says one line.
Please note these roles also form part of the chorus, The chorus ‘track’ is a busy one with lots to
do. This show relies on the strength of the chorus to drive the show from beginning to end. The
soundtrack is available on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.

 

Seussical The Musical – Sides

Please be familiar with both of these sides for the audition.

SIDE 1 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

If we didn’t have birthdays,
you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you do?
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you be?
You might be a fish!
Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob!
Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of
hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that…
Why, you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn’t has no fun at all.
No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just
isn’t present. But you…
You ARE YOU!
And, now isn’t that pleasant!

 

SIDE 2 – OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And
you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll
decide where to go.
You’ll get mixed up,
of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great
tact and remember that
Life’s A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE
MOUNTAINS!

 

How Do I Audition?

 

  • Please indicate your first choice character in your email to Joe Malyan (Production manager) as
    well as your audition date preference.

 

  • Two audition days are available: Monday 21 November 2016 between 6pm and 10pm and
    Monday 28 November 2016 between 6pm and 10pm. Slots will be allocated in groups.

 

  • Auditions will take place in 30 minute slots. You will audition in small groups. You will be taught a
    song and a dance at the audition. Please prepare the text on page 3 in the style of your 1st choice
    character.

 

  • While every effort will be made to only call you for the rehearsals you are required for we
    would like you to ensure you are available for all of the following dates. You must let the
    director know at casting if there are any dates which will be a problem. Our Easter show
    carries financial risk and has a reputation for quality. It is important we have commitment
    from our community actors so we can do the best work possible in the given time.

 

  • Auditions may be filmed for marketing purposes.

 

Click here for the rehearsal schedule, dates, rooms and times! 

(please note, the schedule could be subject to change.)

 

 

 

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