Auditions for Seussical, Directed by Dustin Lawson
Auditions will be held December 9th & 10th, 2019.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of an upbeat song in the style of the show or from one of the songs from the show. A Cappella is allowed. Prepared monologues are great, but not required! Cold readings will be provided. Please come in, or bring a change of clothes that you are comfortable dancing in as you will be doing a small dance audition as well. Please have a list of all conflicts from the audition date through the middle of March. If you are interested in working backstage rather than performing onstage, please come to the auditions as well. I’d love to meet you!
THE CAT IN THE HAT: Is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. 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 a story for the show together. Looking for a physical adept actor (male or female) for playing the Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience.
JOJO: is a “thinker”, a smart child with an imagination. He can be played S being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT: A gentle giant, rotund and appealing. Think of him as a big hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast and responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very un-self-conscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes, he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent
GERTRUDE McFUZZ: Very self-conscious and aware that her one feather tail isn’t perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a vain, neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up.
MAYZIE LA BIRD: Self-centered, selfish and vain, Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can (especially Horton) into doing what she wants but Mayzie isn’t all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity. She realizes she isn’t the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg
SOUR KANGAROO: She isn’t really sour at all. She’s just got a lot of attitude. She’s loud, brassy and a lot of fun.
GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ: General Schmitz is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out. He is not sadistic, mean or abusive. He is proud! He is doing the right thing for his boys! He is making the world a better place! This makes him a comic character, because it’s clear he’s so misguided. Please don’t play him as a villain or a bully. By the end of the show, he’s discovered that making more may not be the right thing to do, and the adults can learn from children as well.
THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS: These are not bad guys! They are simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others expense. They enjoy hanging around with another one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another.
THE WHOS: They’re a lot like you and me only so small as to be invisible. Don’t think of them as cute midgets or weird aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. This goes for MR. and MRS. MAYOR, who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake. Whos include The Grinch, Cindy Lou-Who, Military Cadets, and many more Characters!
JUNGLE CREATURES: No matter how these actors are costume, each one will have a distinct human persona. They are real people at heart just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters be imaginative. Be wild. Be simple. Jungles Creatures include Fish, Yertle the Turtle, Circus Members, Hunches, and many more!