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AUDITION NOTICE!

 

Announcing
SEUSSICAL JR.
AUDITIONS!

SEUSSICAL, JR., AUDITION WORKSHOP!
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 17, 18, and 19, 6-8:30 pm
3-day AUDITION WORKSHOP, only $100
REGISTER for the Workshop HERE
Submit this Google Audition Registration Form by Monday, October 17.
Learn how to audition for this show, and audition LIVE!  You will be taught a song and a dance from the show, and you will get experience reading sides in front of the director.  The third day of auditions will include your in-person audition!
NOTE:  Wednesday’s in-person auditions available for Workshop attendees only.

IN PERSON AUDITIONS
Submit this Google Audition Registration Form by Thursday, October 20.
Attend Auditions October 20, 2022 6:00-8:30 pm

Please Bring:
• Headshot and Resume
• A 16-32 bar of a Musical Number (the challenge: DO NOT sing a song from this show)
• Ages 10-18 – Please read (prefered memorized) a monologue attached in this link *you can cut down the monologues to your needs* – Kid Made Monologues for Kids
• Ages 5 to 9 – A 16-32 bar of a Musical Number unless you feel that your child can handle a monologue.
• In your Audition – please state your name, age and height, your song selection, and any roles you are specifically interested in.

Kids Made Monologues for Kids

• Ages 5 to 9 – Just the song will do unless you feel that your child can handle a monologue.

• In your Audition – please state your name, (age and height if under 18), your song selection, and any roles you are specifically interested in.
 
All actors must submit a Google Audition Registration Form 


IN-PERSON CALLBACKS

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9-12:30pm

CAST ANNUONCEMENT
(subject to change)
Monday, October 24, 2022

ORIENTATION & READ-THROUGH
TBA

Masks may be required during rehearsals and performances.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
(subject to change)
Monday 6-8 pm
Tuesday 6-8 pm
Wednesday 6-8 pm
Occasional Saturdays, as necessary

 

SHOW DATES:
Friday, January 6, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 1:00pm

Friday, January 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, January 15, 1:00pm

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
Saturday, January 22, 1:00pm

 

$120 PRODUCTION FEE per actor

Each performer and production team member will be asked to abide by rules of Desert Stages Theatre
Each performer will be asked to help promote this DST show.
Show communications will be through SLACK
Parent volunteers welcome!  Please contact ellen@desertstages.org.

DST COVID-19 Procedures and Policies can be referenced HERE  

 
 
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Youth Production of

SEUSSICAL JR.

Lyrics By Lynn Ahrens
Co-conceived B Eric Idle
 
Directed by Nicole Thompson
A DST Youth Production (Ages 5-18)
 
SHOW SYNOPSIS

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

 

 
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Actors of all races, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are highly encouraged to audition.

JOJO/THE BOY – A “Thinker.” He’s a smart child with a wild imagination. JoJo can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose “Thinks” get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his community, using the power and possibilities of his own “Thinks.”
THE CAT IN THE HAT – The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story of Seussical JR. together.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT – A gentle giant. Think of Horton as a big-hearted, blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible, and always tries to do the right thing. He is sympathetic and receptive to the world around him. He believes in the inherent goodness of the world, so it’s no surprise that he always looks for the good in others. Horton goes on quite a journey throughout the show but stays true to himself, even when the going gets tough.
MR. MAYOR – Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.
MRS. MAYOR – Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.
GERTRUDE MCFUZZ – Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail. Gertrude gains confidence throughout the show, changing from an anxious, nervous, shy bird into someone whose self-worth doesn’t rest on her appearance. In other words, Gertrude realizes what’s truly important in her life.
MAYZIE LA BIRD – Self-centered, vain, and manipulative. She ultimately means no harm, but she’s immature and makes selfish decisions. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of self- awareness – she realizes she isn’t the kind of bird who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.
WICKERSHAM BROTHERS X3 – The Wickersham Brothers, including Wickersham 1, Wickersham 2, and Wickersham 3, are not bad guys! They tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at another’s expense.
BIRD GIRLS X3 – The Bird Girls, including Bird Girl 1, Bird Girl 2, and Bird Girl 3, are a fabulous group of birds who know everything there is to know about the goings on in the jungle and support Mayzie throughout the show.
SOUR KANGAROO – Loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. She’s got a lot of attitude but isn’t mean – she’s just very confident and unafraid to tell it like it is.
 
YOUNG KANGAROO – Sour Kangaroo’s feisty daughter. She may be pint- sized, but she’s got a big personality and is following in her mother’s footsteps.
JUDGE YERTLE THE TURTLE – The authoritative judge who presides over Horton’s trial at the end of the show. Yertle is a great role for a newer performer who may not be quite ready for the responsibility of a larger part.
VLAD VLADIKOFF – The black-bottomed eagle who flies off with the Whos.
THE GRINCH – Arguably the most famous Seuss character of all! He has a brief, fun cameo in Seussical JR.
THE WHO ENSEMBLE – The Whos are the citizens of Whoville and they look a lot like you and me, only so small they are invisible to the naked eye. They are a tight-knit, supportive community.
THE JUNGLE CITIZENS – The Jungle of Nool Citizens, including the hippos, zebras, frogs, snakes, tigers and more!
THE FEATURED FISH – the 5 featured dancers in Jojo’s adventures.
 
LITTLE FISH – (Ages 5 to 8) smaller fishes in Jojo’s adventures.
CIRCUS ANIMALS – Circus animal characters who do small tricks in The Circus McGurkus.