Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) version of Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. These auditions will be held on Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th with call backs on Wednesday, December 18th. The production will be performed in the Sutton Theatre and directed by Kathleen Rudolph.
- Dates: Monday and Tuesday, December 16 and 17, 2019 (you only need to come one of these nights)
- Registration: 6:30pm-7:00pm in the lobby of the Gaddy Goodwin Theatre
- Audition begins: 7:00pm
Call Backs: Wednesday, December 18 starting at 7:00pm in the Gaddy Goodwin Theatre. Please enter through the Gaddy Goodwin Lobby.
Measurements and first cast meeting: Monday, December 30, 6:30pm
No conflicts after: February 1. No more than 5 conflicts for the entire duration of the rehearsal process.
Preview: Thursday, February 13
Opening: Friday, February 14
- February 14-23 with possible extension through March 1
- Two School Matinees on February 19
- Sensory-Friendly Performance on February 29
Strike: February 29 or March 1 (if extended) following the final show. All actors are expected to participate in strike.
School Day Performances: Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00am and 12:30pm
Actors must be at theatre at 9:00am. Actors must be able to take off from work/school. Actors should be free by 2:00pm. It is extremely important for students to check this date to verify that it does not conflict with school commitments.
Two show days: February 15-16, 22-23 (possible February 29 – March 1). Shows at 1:00 and 5:00pm. Actors are required to stay at theatre. We will feed you!
Get a Flu shot! Based on our experience last year with Junie B Jones The Musical, where half our cast & crew got the Flu, we STRONGLY recommend that every cast member get a Flu shot before rehearsals start. By not getting the Flu shot, you are putting yourself and others in the cast at greater risk of getting sick. Please be considerate of others and get a Flu shot.
About the show
The infamous Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzi La Bird. The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged, but ultimately emerge triumphantly!
About the roles
All named characters must be strong singers.
Actors ages 12 and older will be considered for the following roles:
The Cat in the Hat – The essence of mischief, fun and imagination. Stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. This actor should be physically adept and able to play many comic cameos.
Jojo/Kid – A smart child with a wild imagination, whose “Thinks” get them into constant trouble.
Horton the Elephant – A gentle giant, who is responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends, sympathetic, believes in the inherent goodness of the world.
Gertrude McFuzz – Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail, she gains confidence throughout the show, changing from anxious and nervous into someone whose self-worth doesn’t rest on her appearance.
Mayzie La Bird – Self-centered and vain, she will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone into doing what she wants. This actor should be a high belter.
Sour Kangaroo – Loud, brassy and a lot of fun, very confident and not afraid to tell it as it is. This actor should be a low belter.
The Wickersham Brothers – These 3 tease, play pranks and get a kick out of making mischief. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together and playing off each other.
Mr. Mayor – Along with Mrs. Mayor, trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination, doing their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t’ understand them.
Mrs. Mayor – Along with Mr. Mayor, trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination, doing their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t’ understand them.
Bird Girls – They are like the popular girls in any school – a clique of pretty, self-centered “back up birds” who do whatever Mayzie does. These actors must have experience singing harmonies.
Ensemble – This group will play a variety of characters including The Whos, Jungle Citizens and Circus Performers.
About the Auditions
Actors 12 and older are eligible to audition. All those auditioning should bring sheet music in the correct key and be ready to sing 16 bars of an upbeat comedic song that showcases their vocal range. In addition, please come prepared to move – this means no skirts, sandals, flip flops or restrictive clothing. Please wear sneakers or jazz shoes and comfortable clothes. All roles involve singing and movement, so we are looking for unique physical talents that you may have (ex: gymnastics, dance, juggling). Auditions may also involve improvisation and ensemble-building exercises. Cold readings from the script will be done during the call back process. Pictures and resumes are welcome, but neither is required. Please remember to fill out the Conflict Calendar.
Callback list will be posted on the RLT website by 1pm on Wednesday, December 18. Callbacks will be that evening at 7pm and will involve singing and readings from the script.
Perusal copies of the scripts will be available for a 48 hour check out before the audition date from the RLT office which is located in the rear of the building and opened from 9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri. Please call the business office to check on availability (919) 821-4579.
Director: Kathleen Rudolph
Assistant Director: Michelle Corbitt
Musical Director: Darylene Hecht
Choreographer: Sue Hill
Scenic Designer: Bob Santaniello
Costume Designer: Jeremy Clos
Lighting Designer: Thomas Matrejek
Sound Designer: Todd Houseknecht
Stage Manager: David Watts
Assistant Stage Manager: Gerrie Kouri
Interested in auditioning? Here are some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions:
Feel free to email Kathleen@nullraleighlittletheatre.org with any questions.