Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Summer Kids Theatre
Monday, June 26, 2023 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: The HFV Wilson Center at 625 E. Main Street
July 26 & 27, 2023 at 6:30pm
(Wednesday & Thursday)
Directors: Doobie Potter and Al Bostick
Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.
In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.
The HFV Wilson Center and Ardmore Little Theatre will team up to produce this production of Aristocats Kids. The two guest artist directing this production are Doobie Potter and Al Bostick. Both are Artist in Residence for the State and reside in Oklahoma City.
Auditions for the musical production of “Aristocats Kids” will take place at the HFV Wilson Center located at 625 E. Main Street. The auditions will be on Monday June 26th, from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Please sign up with the button above. If necessary, there may be a call back audition for some of the more major roles on Tuesday the 27th. Those kids would be notified by text or email.
The following is a handy list of how parents can help their children prepare for auditions.
1. They should be able to sing any favorite song of their choice. If they want they can sing Happy Birthday in a group.
2. They can recite anything by memory. A poem, a story they make up or have read.
They should be as animated as possible and can make up movements for their song, story or poem.
What we are looking for is imagination, spontaneity and ability to move on stage. All of the kids need to be able to be heard from the audience. There will be no microphones used. They need to use their, “outside”, voices.
We will be giving them simple directions and movements to see if they can follow them.
This production will be very fun. A combination of Ms. Potter’s and Mr. B’s creativity mixed in with what the kids will bring to the table.
The most important thing for parents to realize is the commitment. If your child is in the show they must be there everyday for the creative process. We will be learning our lines, blocking movement, learning songs and choreography. Also making props and costume pieces. They will all be part of the process, the puzzle, and when someone is missing, it throw the whole thing off.
There will be two performances at 6:30 on July 26th and 27th. The ticket price will be $5.00.
Aristocats, KIDS – Cast of Characters
Thomas O’Malley is the charming and charismatic lead alley cat. He lives as a free spirit with no attachments but secretly desires to be part of a family. This role is great for a strong actor, singer, and mover. He should also be comfortable flirting with the actress playing Duchess.
Duchess is the elegant and nurturing mother of the Aristokittens. This role involves singing in a group, but no solos. A strong actor and mover/dancer role. A maternal figure.
Edgar is the villainous butler of Madame. He’s allergic to the pampered Aristocats and secretly hates tending to them. An excellent acting and singing role for an actor who can portray a believable sneeze, possesses excellent comedic timing, and is unafraid to play a mean character.
Toulouse and Berlioz (cats) are Duchess’s sons. Strong acting and singing roles with a challenging level of memorization. Berlioz requires no solo singing.
Marie (cat) is the spirited and sassy daughter of Duchess. She is the youngest cat and a charmer just like her mother. A strong acting role with some solo singing.
Roquefort is the naïve yet ultimately brave house mouse who overcomes his fears and saves the Aristokittens from Edgar. A strong singing and character acting role for an actor who can believably play innocent and frightened. Roquefort can be played by either a girl or a boy.
Madame is the eccentric and kind human owner of the Aristocats who loves her pets more than anything else in the world. A maternal character role that calls for a short singing solo.
General Napoleon and Private Lafayette are two country dogs in a comedic power struggle throughout the show. Napoleon is the power-hungry leader and Lafayette the not-so-subservient private. Napoleon and Lafayette can be played by either girls or boys.
Vichy and Soisse are two privates in the dog army who report to General Napoleon. These acting roles are active moving and singing roles.
Amelia and Abigail are the two bold geese sisters who rescue O’Malley from the river and lead the way out of the country back to Paris. These comedic characters sing a duet (but no solos). These character roles move and act like hilarious geese.
Scat Cat is the jazzy leader of the Alley Cat narrators. Ultra hip and enjoys introducing the
Aristocats to jazz music. A strong acting and singing role, singing the lead in “Ev’rybody Want to Be a Cat”. Calls for over-the-top movement and acting improv, creativity and performing outside the box. Scat Cat can be played by either a girl or a boy.
The Alley Cats (Hep, Mad, Slick and Wacky) are the glue that hold the show together. These storytellers set up and comment on the action as well as execute the scene changes. These roles require good speaking voices, and focus onstage for long periods of time. Strong memorization, good memorization for the more complicated blocking of scene changes and transitions.