Casting actors 10 years old and up for this multi-generational, family-friendly musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Auditions will consist of singing a 90-second excerpt of a song from a list of well-known Broadway musicals, followed by reading a scene in small groups. We will be posting a list of songs to choose from soon so auditioners can prepare. The purpose of the auditions will be to assess the skills of each actor and how they interact with other actors. If needed, more in-depth work will happen in the callback auditions on April 30. We recommend reading “Demystifying Auditions” and “Demystifying Callbacks” to help you prepare for the audition process.
This musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Falherty is based on the story Horton Hears A Who, with a few other Seuss characters and themes mixed in to add to the fun. We will be performing the original, full version (not Seussical Jr). To read a synopsis, visit http://www.mtishows.com/seussical.
What To Bring to the Auditions
Please attend one of the two sessions and bring:
- Willingness to take direction and roll with whatever auditions throw at you
- A list of your theater experience to save you time filling out the audition sheet
- A head shot (photo) if you have one will help us put a face to the name when we consider casting options
- A list of your schedule conflicts evenings and weekends during May, June an July.
Cast of Characters
Note: We have provided some general guidelines about which roles are most appropriate for different age groups, but the directors reserve the right to cast whoever fits best based on a variety of factors.
- The Cat in the Hat: (older teen or adult) the mischievous, imaginative, comedic narrator of the show. This role may be cast as either a male or female.
- Horton the Elephant: (older teen or adult, similar in age to Gertrude) the heart and soul of Seussical, a thinker and an outsider who tries to protect the Whos.
- The Boy/JoJo: (young actor) a thinker, which makes him an outcast like Horton.
- Gertrude McFuzz: (older teen or adult, similar in age to Horton) bird-neighbor of Horton, envies Mayzie’s bird tail, goes from being nervous and self-aware to accepting who she is
- Mayzie LaBird: (older teen or adult) vivacious, self-centered, selfish and vain bird
- Sour Kangaroo: (older teen or adult) rude, teases Hortongets him arrested for protecting the Whos, but is redeemed in the end
- Mr. Mayor: (young actor) newly elected Mayor of the Whos, JoJo’s father.
- Mrs. Mayor: (young actor) the Mayor’s wife, JoJo’s mother.
- General Genghis Kahn Schmitz: (older adult or senior) the general of the Whos’ military
- The Wickersham Brothers: (older teens or adults, must be strong part-singers) three mischievous monkeys who steal Horton’s flower, henchmen for the Sour Kangaroo
- The Young Kangaroo (Roo): (young actor) apes Sour Kangaroo’s actions
- The Bird Girls: (older teens or adults,similar in age to Mayzie) Mayzie’s friends, narrators when the Cat in the Hat is not around
- The Grinch: (older adult) notable member of Whoville
- The Elephant Bird: (young actor) revealed in the finale as a cute and whimsical mix of dramatic Mayzie and humble Horton
- Yertle the Turtle: (older adult) the judge of the jungle
- Vlad Vladikoff: (all ages) hired by the Sour Kangaroo to steal Horton’s clover
- The Hunters: (all ages) capture Horton, take him to New York City and auction him to the Man from the Circus.
- The Whos: (young actors) Citizens of Whoville
- The Jungle Creatures: (all ages) dancers and singers in jungle scenes
- Hunches: (all ages) representations of Jojo’s thoughts
- Circus Performers: (all ages) acts in the Circus McGurkus
- Fish: (all ages) JoJo’s “Thinks” in “It’s Possible”
Rehearsals are scheduled to begin with a listen-through and cast meet-and-greet on Sunday, May 7. (If callbacks are not needed, the first rehearsal will be on April 30, 2-4pm.) Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday afternoons and Monday and Thursday evenings. Each rehearsal will focus on a particular set of songs or scenes, so not all actors will be needed at all rehearsals. As much as practical we will focus on scenes with our young actors on Sunday afternoons or sometimes the early part of the weeknight sessions. Beginning Sunday, July 16, all cast will be called for technical and dress rehearsals every evening to put the finishing touches on the show. There will be a brushup/pickup rehearsal on Thursday evening, July 27.