OPEN AUDITIONS SEPTEMBER 5th & 6th
Davidson Community Player’s Connie Company is holding open auditions for the Fall youth musical, Seussical Jr. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this musical extravaganza will excite the imagination as we follow the Cat in the Hat and Jojo on a whirlwind adventure!
Auditions will be held
Friday, September 5th from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, September 6th from 10am-12pm
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street in Davidson.
Youth ages 8-20 are invited to audition. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, September 9th from 4:30-6:30. Auditionees should plan to arrive at the start of the audition and stay for the entire session. Actors at all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Please bring 16 bars of a song that shows off your vocal range and ability to act through a song, as well as a recent picture, resume or list of theatre experience, and a list of conflicts for the September through November time frame.
An accompanist will be provided, acapella is not encouraged. Seussical Jr. is part of the Connie Company’s Youth Production season and requires strong singer/actors who move well along with strong singer/dancers. The production will be directed by Katie Mullis, with musical direction by Vicki Harvel. Rehearsals will begin in late September/early October. Production dates are November 7,8,9,14,15,16.
Suessical Jr. Character Breakdown
GERTRUDE MCFUZZ Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a 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.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, 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 unselfconscious. 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.
JOJO Jojo is a "Thinker", a smart child with a wild imagination. He 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 world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. Strong singer.
JUNGLE CREATURES The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters.
MAYZIE LA BIRD Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can 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.
MR. AND MRS. MAYOR Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos 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.
SOUR KANGAROO Sour Kangaroo isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.
THE CAT IN THE HAT 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 the story for the show together. To play The Cat, one should be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat should have good rhythm and timing.
THE GRINCH, YERTLE THE TURTLE, VLAD VLADIKOFF Three great smaller character roles
THE WHOS The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Everyone playing a Who should try to create his or her own unique character.
THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're 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 one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off on another. Find your own Wickersham persona.