Theatre in the Grove is excited to announce auditions for their fall production of “Seussical.” Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Audition dates are Sunday, June 5th beginning at 6pm and Monday, June 6th beginning at 6:30pm and are by appointment. Callbacks (as needed) will take place on Tuesday, June 7th.
We will be casting singing actors of all ages (10 years and above, please) as well as featuring performers who are strong dancers, have tumbling/acro experience, and/or have “circus” skills (magic, juggling, etc…). All positions are volunteer.
To audition, please prepare 32 bars of a musical that best represents your voice. Bring sheet music in your own key (an accompanist will be provided unless you choose to bring your own.) No taped or a cappella music.
Please bring a current non-returnable photo, resume, and your calendar to list your conflicts.
Wear comfortable clothes as there will be a movement audition after you sing.
Rehearsals will begin at the start of August and performance dates are September 23 through October 9, 2016. 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 pm Sunday Matinees.
Please call or email the director, Michelle Bahr at- (217) 493-2986 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an audition time.
Cat in the Hat – (M or F) The Cat is the spunky, fun-loving narrator of the show. The Cat leads Jojo into an adventurous world and serves as his guide. Singer/dancer. (Tenor or soprano)
Horton the Elephant – (M) A sweet and kind creature who tries to protect all of the Whos. Horton wants to help anyone and everyone, and is so caught up in trying to save the world that he is oblivious to the fact that Gertrude is in love with him. Singer. (Baritone)
Jojo – (boy with unchanged voice or a girl) A young boy from Whoville whose “thinks” often get him in trouble! He is creative, rebellious, and energetic.
Gertrude McFuzz – (F) Adorable bird-girl who is in love with Horton. Gertrude is self-conscious of her one-feathered tail and longs to have a more elaborate and showy tail in order to impress Horton. Singer. (Soprano)
Mayzie LaBird – (F) Lively and energetic bird-girl who has the biggest tail of them all! She is sassy and bold, and is always on the go. Singer/dancer. (Mezzo or soprano with some belt)
Sour Kangaroo – (F) She is loud, boisterous, and sassy! The other animals in the Jungle of Nool always listen to her, and she acts as their leader throughout the show. Singer. (Soprano – belt)
Bird Girls – (F) Three bird girls who hang out with Mayzie. They are colorful, fun, and energetic. Singers/dancers. (all voice parts)
Wickersham Brothers/Sisters (M or F) Three monkeys in the Jungle of Nool. They are mischievous and like to create trouble. Many other animals are afraid of them. (All voice parts)
General Gengus Khan Schmitz – (M) The leader of the Army in Whoville. He is loud and commanding. (Baritone)
Mr. Mayor – (M) The mayor of Whoville, and Jojo’s father. He doesn’t know what to do with his son who disobeys him. (Tenor)
Mrs. Mayor – (F) The mayor’s wife, and Jojo’s mother. She is also struggling with what to do with her rebellious son. (Mezzo)
Young Kangaroo – (girl or boy) The baby joey of the Sour Kangaroo. He/she often echoes what the Sour Kangaroo sings, and is a copycat. Singer.
The Grinch – (M) As most people know, the Grinch is a grouch and he stole Christmas! Singer. (Bass-baritone)
Yertle the Turtle – (M or F) Yertle is a powerful member of the Jungle of Nool and respected by all the other animals. He/she serves as the judge when Horton is on trial. (Bass-baritone or Alto)
Vlad Vladikoff – (M or F) A majestic eagle who is also mischievous and daring.
Members of the ensemble will create the various creatures in the Jungle of Nool and families of Whoville as well as the Fish, Hunches, Circus Animals, Hunters, and Cadets! Not much sitting around here!