NOTICE FOR HAIR AND SUESSICAL
Please be aware we are holding general auditions for both shows on Friday, August 20
HAIR will take place 8/21-8/23
SEUSSICAL will take place 8/24-8/26
SEUSSICAL callbacks will focus on several principal roles and are only preliminary auditions. Final callbacks (including a dance call) will take place Oct. 8-9.
*All callback materials (sides, music, and rehearsal tracks) for both shows will be made available via Canvas.
*Check back for information on signing up for an audition slot and submitting your headshot/resume ahead of time for either or both musicals.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SEUSSICAL
1/31/22 Rehearsals begin
NOTE: Actors must be available Sunday 3/20 12-4pm and 6-10pm
· Rehearsal will be 6:45-10:45 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
· Wednesday’s will be TBA. However, actors are required to be available and may be called.
SEUSSICAL AUDITION INFORMATION CASTING NOTICE
GENERAL AUDITION REQUIRMENTS: Please prepare one of the character song cuts listed below, or a one-minute selection of any song of your choice from the Seussical score. All sides for general auditions and callbacks are located on Canvas.
“Alone in the Universe”
Cat in the Hat
“Oh The Thinks You Can Think” (Opening, including dialogue)
“Havin’ A Hunch”
“Alone in the Universe”
“All for You”
Mr. & Mrs. Mayor
“How to Raise a Child” (solo version)
“Biggest Blame Fool”
The creative team is committed to casting practices that advance the inclusion of diverse artists. We welcome and encourage actors to audition without regard to ethnicity, type, or ability. Additionally, the genders listed in the breakdown below are specific to the pronouns used in the script, however, the creative team is considering all gender identities for all roles provided that the performer can execute the vocal requirements. All auditions will be approached with an open mind and open hearts.
The stories of Dr. Seuss have several important life lessons at their core: show up for one another, embrace and celebrate our differences, and find the courage to be yourself. The characters in Seussical learn these lessons and so much more. Children are innately curious and strive for a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. These instincts, however, can sometimes be lost as we grow up and face our own challenges with our nose to the grindstone. The adult characters in Seussical are reminded of this through the eyes of a child named Jojo who, rather than receiving the lesson, ultimately teaches it. Jojo shows that it is necessary to take a step back, re-explore our understanding, open our minds and hearts, embrace one another with compassion and empathy, and hit the proverbial reset button to enact change that inspires us to create a world where anything's possible.
To support these ideas, this production will bring the world of Dr. Seuss to our world. It is our desire that the world on stage reflects the world in which we currently live and the real-life people in our vast community. Within the world are the loners, the self-conscious, the creatives, the oppressors, and the oppressed. They are single moms, politicians, drag queens, gamers, homeless, straight, gay, bi, men, women, transgender, non-binary, and a beautiful rainbow of color. JoJo, our protagonist, imagines the people in his community as characters of the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss and, through their imagination, they transform them into these characters using materials found in our real and contemporary world. The result of this is a story that shows you don’t need to be a cartoon drawing to live in harmony, celebrate and cherish our differences, and take steps toward a better world. “It’s possible. Anything’s possible.”
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN (16 characters, 8-10 ensemble)
Except for JoJo, each character has an alias from which their Dr. Seuss character is derived through JoJo. The descriptions below largely reflect the characters they play in JoJo’s real-life rather than those of the Dr. Seuss world. These descriptions should serve as the primary inspiration to the portrayal of both the alias and Dr. Seuss characters. Actors are encouraged to expand upon these ideas and investigate parallels to these aliases and their Seuss counterparts.
JOJO: Gender: Written as male, strong consideration for non-binary identifying actor
Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: Ab3
The protagonist of the story. JoJo is a 10-year-old in frequent conflict with their parent’s narrow vision of the world, restricted imagination, and stern prohibition of self-expression. JoJo believes the world could be beautiful if the adults could see the beauty in it as JoJo does.
CAT IN THE HAT: Gender: Any, strong consideration for female-identifying actor
[Female Cat] Vocal range top: C#5 Vocal range bottom: Eb3
[Male Cat] Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: F2
A wise and attentive homeless street artist who “gets it.” The Cat in the Hat befriends JoJo and encourages them to embrace their uniqueness and use their imagination to create a better world. A natural pot-stirrer, the Cat presents a series of challenges for JoJo to overcome and prove that anything is possible.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT: Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2
Horton in “real life” is a bit of a recluse due to his shy nature. He slips in and out of his apartment building, largely unseen. He’s an introverted homebody who is often uncomfortable in social situations due to the isolation he feels as an outcast. He believes that everyone counts, no matter how small, and eventually becomes the definition of “the meek shall inherit the earth.”
GERTRUDE McFUZZ: Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5 (opt. D6) Vocal range bottom: F3
Gertrude is kind and loyal, but deeply self-conscious. Unhappy with her looks, she grapples with social anxiety. For these reasons, she dislikes being the center of attention and struggles to make herself noticed by Horton, her long-time neighbor on whom she has had her heart pinned. Her journey toward self-acceptance ultimately empowers her.
MAYZIE LA BIRD: Gender: Female, open to cast as a drag queen
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3 - Some transposition will be considered
Mayzie is misunderstood as self-centered because she is confident in her sexuality and possesses great intelligence and style. Secretly, however, she is deeply insecure and uses her extravagant lifestyle as a wall behind which she can hide any trace of vulnerability.
SOUR KANGAROO: Gender: Female.
Vocal range top: F5 (w/ possible opt ups)
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Sour is a single mom; she works hard to maintain a high-powered career in a man’s world and is also the president of the neighborhood association. She is very protective of everything she has managed to accomplish and is constantly skeptical of anything that may upset the life she has built for herself and her child.
MR. MAYOR (JOJO’S DAD) Gender: Male.
Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: D3
An early career politician, JoJo’s dad is new to the local limelight. Constantly subject to scrutiny and adjusting to his private life being examined under a microscope, he struggles to figure out how to be a public figure while also being a compassionate father.
MRS. MAYOR (JOJO’S MOM) Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
JoJo’s mom is a small-town transplant. She is very supportive of and preoccupied with her husband’s political career. Also thrown into the limelight, she is concerned with what others may think of her and if she can measure up to their expectations.
GENERAL SCHMITZ (WAR VETERAN) Gender: Male.
Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: B2
A dedicated war veteran who likely uses the phrase “kids these days” frequently. He fears he will be lost and become irrelevant in the evolving world and tries to preserve the traditional values and ideas with which he is most familiar.
BIRD GIRLS (3): Mayzie’s entourage. The trio presents as female but may be any gender. Possibly a mix of burlesque performers and/or drag queens.
WICKERSHAM BROTHERS (3): Any mix of genders. A small street gang who strives to stay in Sour Kangaroo’s good graces to deflect attention from their petty crimes. Likely struggle to keep themselves fed and have not been afforded the advantages of some other residents of the community.
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