SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird 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.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many ‘thinks.’ Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping 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.
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre presents open auditions for SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL, Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m., and Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15 in any school system (must be 10 years-of-age by January 29, 2017, and no older than 15 years-of-age by April 2, 2017). No experience required! It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs.
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde, performances are March 24–26, and April 1 & 2, 2017. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre.
SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL features a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It is co-conceived by Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Available roles include:
• The Cat in the Hat — Our story’s omniscient narrator, he (or she!) is fun-loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive. Vocal range top: F4; vocal range bottom: F2
• Jojo — A Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton. Vocal range top: C5; vocal range bottom: Ab3
• Horton the Elephant — Our story’s main character, a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. Protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle. Vocal range top: F4; vocal range bottom: A2
• Gertrude McFuzz — Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls. Vocal range top: F5; vocal range bottom: F3
• Mayzie La Bird — The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life. Vocal range top: Eb5; vocal range bottom: G3
• The Sour Kangaroo — The ‘leader’ of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful. Vocal range top: F5; vocal range bottom: F#3
• Ensemble — Jungle Creatures (The Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle the Turtle, Bird Girls); The Whos (Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Gengus Khan Schmitz)
Audition requirements include reading and singing from the show (preferred), or a song of your choice that highlights your special talent (encouraged). Do you dance? Juggle? Make yourself stand out! Audition sides will be available at check-in.
Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6–8:30 p.m. with additional rehearsals being added if necessary as performances near. Not every cast member will be called to every rehearsal. Some Saturdays will be added, including mandatory Tech Day. Bring a schedule/calendar for February and March to auditions with any and all conflicts.
After the cast is announced, scripts and materials will be available at the first rehearsal, to-be-determined.
As with all BSA productions, there is no participation fee. A donation of $35 is suggested to cover the cost of purchasing scripts and CDs for each cast member, as well as a show t-shirt and food/refreshments for the Tech Day Rehearsal and Cast Party.
Parents of cast members are asked to participate in a Production Committee during the run of the show. Let the director/producer know your parents’ talents!
Video auditions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, only if you are unable to attend the regular January 29 & 30 auditions.
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