Seussical Jr.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty , Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Auditions
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Performances
June 24 – 27, 2021

Director: Wendy Chamberlain
Assistant Director: Jenna Elmer Choreographer: Andrea Shahan

Ages are 5 years old through Middle School. If 2020 would have been your last year, we welcome you back this year so you don’t miss out! Everyone is welcome to audition and no experience is necessary.

Auditions will be come and go, you do not need to stay the entire time. We have an online sign up for time slots to help auditions go more smoothly and cut down on your wait time.  It is not required to sign up online, but it is strongly encouraged. Those who do sign up online will be given priority for that time slot.

Seussical Jr. Audition Sign Up Page

Audition Form

   Auditioning will take about 30 minutes and parents should stay while the children audition (please, no drop offs).  You will fill out an audition form (this can be downloaded HERE). In the audition process, the children will learn a short dance with the choreographer (there is a video link below), and then each child will be asked to tell the director a short joke (this is just to hear their voice, they aren’t judged on how funny the joke is) and sing a chorus of any Disney song or “Happy Birthday”.

If the child is unable to attend auditions, we are accepting video auditions. Send us a video audition of your child telling a joke and singing a chorus of a Disney song (or “Happy Birthday” if they don’t know any Disney songs) along with the audition form. Video auditions must be received by Thursday, May 13th. Please email videos and audition forms to alt@ardmorelittletheater.com

Tuition fee per student is $50.00 (which includes a t-shirt and a DVD of performance) and $40 for each additional sibling, payable by the first rehearsal. Some scholarships will be available for those who qualify. Download the Tuition Scholarship Form Here.

IMPORTANT: While this particular script does not allow us to add lines, every child will have an active part. Rehearsals will start Tuesday, June 1st and be from 1-3:00pm Monday through Thursday and from 1-3:30pm on Fridays.

Synopsis:  Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the 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 Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger 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!

Choreography Example
Choreography Step by Step

Seussical Jr. Character Descriptions

Jojo/Boy – A “Thinker.” He’s a smart child with a wild imagination. JoJo is 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, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his community, using the power and possibilities of his own “Thinks.” Strong Singer.

The Cat in the Hat – The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story of Seussical JR. together. The Cat is confident onstage, comfortable with comedy, and able to improvise with the audience if needed. Needs to have good rhythm and timing.

Horton the Elephant – A gentle giant. Think of Horton as a big-hearted, blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible, and always tries to do the right thing. He is sympathetic and receptive to the world around him. He believes in the inherent goodness of the world, so it’s no surprise that he always looks for the good in others. Horton goes on quite a journey throughout the show but stays true to himself, even when the going gets tough. Great singer and actor.

Mr. Mayor – Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.

Mrs. Mayor – Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.

Gertrude McFuzz – Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail. Gertrude gains confidence throughout the show, changing from an anxious, nervous, shy bird into someone whose self-worth doesn’t rest on her appearance. In other words, Gertrude realizes what’s truly important in her life. Needs to be a great actor and singer.

Mayzie La Bird – Self-centered, vain, and manipulative. She ultimately means no harm, but she’s immature and makes selfish decisions. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of self- awareness – she realizes she isn’t the kind of bird who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg. Needs to be a good singer and great actor and have a larger-than-life personality.

Wickersham Brothers – The Wickersham Brothers, including Wickersham 1, Wickersham 2, and Wickersham 3, are not bad guys! They tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at another’s expense. Needs to be great movers who work well as a group.

Bird Girls – The Bird Girls, including Bird Girl 1, Bird Girl 2, and Bird Girl 3, are a fabulous group of birds who know everything there is to know about the goings on in the jungle and support Mayzie throughout the show. Needs to be girls who are great movers, singers, and work well together as a group.

Sour Kangaroo – Loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. She’s got a lot of attitude but isn’t mean – she’s just very confident and unafraid to tell it like it is.  A great actor with a bring-down-the-house singing voice who is unafraid of making bold choices onstage.

Young Kangaroo – Sour Kangaroo’s feisty daughter. She may be pint- sized, but she’s got a big personality and is following in her mother’s footsteps. Young Kangaroo doesn’t have to be the best singer, but she should be a great actor with lots of attitude and pair well with Sour Kangaroo.

Judge Yertle the Turtle – The authoritative judge who presides over Horton’s trial at the end of the show. A good singer and actor who can command the stage.

Vlad Vladikoff – The black-bottomed eagle who flies off with the Whos. Vlad is onstage very briefly and doesn’t sing, needs to be able to make a big impression in a short amount of time.

The Grinch – Arguably the most famous Seuss character of all! He has a brief, fun cameo in Seussical JR. A good actor and singer who can have fun with the Grinch’s short solo.

The Whos – The Whos (including First Who Family, Second Who Family, Third Who Family, Fourth Who Family, and Fifth Who Family) are the citizens of Whoville and they look a lot like you and me, only so small they are invisible to the naked eye. They are a tight-knit, supportive community.

Ensemble – The Jungle Citizens, Hunters, Circus Animals, Fish, Nurses, Courtroom Attendants, additional Wickersham Brothers and Bird Girls all help fill out the world Seussical JR