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Seussical Jr

Presented by Songbirds Youth Theatre

Information night on September 21st, 7:30 at the Pakenham Dance Studio, 2/907 Princes Highway Pakenham.

Auditions 6th and 7th October, 2018.

Rehearsals on Sundays from October 14th, with a break over Christmas

Performance dates 14th-16th March 2019.

Jump on board with the inaugural production of Songbirds Youth Theatre! We are looking for a vibrant cast or 6-18 year olds with a passion for expression, singing, and dancing.

Character Breakdown:

The Cat In The Hat (14-18 years old)

The Essence of mischief, fun and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo to discover the power of imagination as they create the story of ‘Seussical Jr.’ together. Needs to be a larger-than-life character and preferably comfortable improvising with an audience

Vocal Range: Bb4 to D6

Gender: Either

JoJo (10-12 years old)

Jojo is a “Thinker”, a smart child with a wild imagination. 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, Jojo learns what it means to be a responsible member of the world, using the power and possibilities of your own Thinks. Needs to be a strong singer.

Vocal Range: Ab4 to D6

Gender: Either

Horton the Elephant (14-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: A4 to E6

Gender: Male

Gertrude McFuzz (14-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: F3 to Eb5

Gender: Female

Mayzie La Bird (14-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: G#3 to E5

Gender: Female

Sour Kangaroo (12-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: A3 to Eb5

Gender: Female

Mr. Mayor (14-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: C5 to A6

Gender: Male

Mrs. Mayor (14-18 years old)

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.

Vocal Range: A3 to D5

Gender: Female

 

The Bird Girls x3 (10-18 years old)

The sassy side-kicks of Mayzie La Bird who help narrate the show. Must be strong with harmonies.

Vocal Range: We require one alto, one mezzo and one soprano

Gender: Female

Other characters (but not required for individual auditions)

 

Thing One and Thing Two

The Cat In The Hat’s sidekicks. These cheeky characters don’t speak, but they help The Cat with all his crazy antics throughout the show.

It is preferred that they both have some sort of acrobatic skills.

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 one another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona.

Young Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo’s child. Looks like a small version of Sour Kangaroo with the attitude to match.

The Grinch

One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by a featured ensemble member.

Yertle The Turtle

One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by a featured ensemble member.

Vlad Vladikoff

One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by a featured ensemble member.

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. Encourage everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character.

The Jungle Creatures

The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters. We discourage masks and literal “animal costumes.” Each student should be encouraged to create his or her own individual character with human characteristics.

 

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