Seussical the Musical

Student grades 6-12 are invited to audition for S.K.I.T. Theatre's presentation of Seussical the Musical. Auditions will be held at Salem First Free Methodist Church on January 13 and 14, 2017. You only need to sign up for one group audition time.

Friday, Jan 13, 6-7:30 pm

Friday, Jan 13, 7:30-9 pm

Saturday, Jan 14, 3-4:30 pm

Saturday, Jan 14, 4:30-6 pm

Optional: A memorized monolog can be presented for the audition panel separate from a group audition. You must sign up for the monolog audition separately from the group audition, using the sign up button. Monologs must be no longer than 2 minutes and you will be expected to participate in a group audition as well.

Friday, Jan 13, 5-6 pm

Saturday, Jan 14, 2-3 pm

A confirmation email with your audition packet (including audition script) will be sent once your submission has been processed.

Format

Auditions will take place in groups of 10. Each group will participate in 30 minutes of dance and 30 minutes of cold readings from the script, then combine for 30 minutes of vocal audition. All auditioners must stay for the entire audition.

Casting choices will be narrowed down after initial auditions. Some actors will be called back to do further read-throughs from the show.

Call-backs - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017, 6-9 pm

Rehearsals

Seussical the Musical rehearsals are Thursdays, 6:30-9pm, and Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm. Performances are April 27-May 6, 2017. View the entire schedule here.

Show Summary

Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss. We revisit beloved characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. The Cat in the Hat takes us into The Jungle of Nool; we see Horton, the kind hearted elephant who finds a speck of dust containing Whoville. He meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton decides to protect the speck of dust on a nearby clover, while also protecting an abandoned egg by the lazy Mayzie la Bird. Horton, trying to convince The Jungle of Nool animals of the existence of the Whos, is ridiculed and put on trial for insanity. Only his loyal neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, never loses faith in him. Eventually, the two fall in love. Seussical weaves a story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Despite all odds,Horton and Gertrude band together to save the Whos, free Horton , and restore peace and unity to The Jungle of Nool. Seussical teaches us the power of being unique and the importance of fighting for your beliefs.

Cast of Characters

THE CAT IN THE HAT
Male or female. The essence of mischief, fun and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again. Is the host and emcee of the evening, playing many comic minor parts throughout the story, sometimes improvising with the audience, and a presence in almost every scene. Strong singer with strong movement skills and comic ability.

HORTON THE ELEPHANT
Male. An elephant and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Gentle, big-hearted, appealing. He is very imaginative and believes in the world’s goodness. He is responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is responsible for saving the planet Who and in doing so befriends JoJo. Strong singer/actor with good comic timing.

GERTRUDE McFUZZ
Female. A bird and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Very self-conscious, shy, and nervous at first, she grows into a
kind and caring protector. Is in love with Horton and does what she can to get his attention, including foolishly growing an enormous feathered tail. She is a bit naïve at times, but always is a voice of reason. Strong singer/actor with good movement skills and comic timing.

JOJO
Male or female. A young boy. JoJo is a Who and is the only child of the mayor and his wife. A "Thinker"--a smart child with a wild imagination. A little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose 'Thinks' get him into constant trouble. In the end, his Thinks save his planet. Strong singer/actor.

MAYZIE LA BIRD
Female. A bird and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Self- centered, selfish and vain. She manipulates anyone she can (especially Horton) into doing what she wants, but she isn’t all bad. Strong singer/actor with strong movement skills. Very comic.

MR. MAYOR
Male. A Who. The Mayor of Whoville and JoJo’s Dad. He and his wife try 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. Strong singer/actor.

MRS. MAYOR
Female. A Who. The Mayor’s Wife and JoJo’s Mom. Her and her husband try 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. Strong singer/actor.

THING 1 & THING 2
Male or Female. The Cat’s main helpers and an extension of his personality. Essence of mischief, fun and imagination. They assist The Cat in many ways, either playing small roles or causing havoc. They have a presence in almost every scene. Strong singers and movers with good comic ability.

SOUR KANGAROO
Female. A kangaroo and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. She isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy and a lot of fun. Is the main antagonist and the cause of all Horton’s trouble. A strong singer/actor with good comic ability and soulful singing. Think Patti LaBelle meets a Desperate Housewife.

YOUNG KANGAROO
Female. A baby kangaroo and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. She is the Sour Kangaroo’s daughter and does whatever her mother does. She’s very sassy with lots of attitude. Good singer/actor with comic ability.

WICKERSHAM BROTHERS
Male or Female. Three monkey brothers and citizens of the Jungle of Nool. These 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 side with the Sour Kangaroo in her campaign against Horton and cause more trouble for poor Horton. Strong singer/movers with lots of soulful singing, much like a hip hop group.

BIRD GIRLS
Female. Three sassy birds and citizens of the Jungle of Nool. The popular girls in any school--a clique of pretty, self-centered "back up birds" who do whatever Mayzie does. They often act as storytellers, picking up where The Cat left off. A big presence throughout the evening. Good singer/movers with lots of soulful, sassy singing. Think Destiny’s Child.

YERTLE THE TURTLE
Male. A turtle and citizen of the Jungle of Nool. He is the King of the Pond and thinks he is more important that what he really is. Presides as the Judge at Horton’s trial. Strong singer/actor.

GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ
Male. A Who. A General who is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out. He is not mean; he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing and is making the world a better place. Strong singer/actor with comic ability.

CITIZENS OF NOOL
*Male and Female. Jungle animals and other characters that live in the Jungle of Nool. They all side with the Sour Kangaroo on her campaign against Horton. Strong singer/movers.
*Male and Female. Citizens of Whoville on the Planet of Who. They're a lot like you and me only so small as to be invisible. They live in fear that their planet is in trouble. Strong singer/actors.
*Male and Female. Cadets of General Schmitz’ Military Academy and Citizens of Who. They bully JoJo. Not mean, just doing what they are told to do. Strong singer/movers
*Male and Female. Other roles as cast from the ensemble. Play circus animals in Mr. McGurkus’ Circus, Hunches, and ‘Thinks’ that JoJo creates. Strong singer/movers.

Cast of Characters

Act One  
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! – Company (except The Grinch and Vlad Vladikoff)
Our Story Begins – The Cat and JoJo
Horton Hears a Who! – Bird Girls, Horton and Citizens of The Jungle Nool
Biggest Blame Fool – Sour Kangaroo, Young Kangaroo, Horton, Wickersham Brothers, Bird Girls, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, Citizens of the Jungle, JoJo and The Cat
Here on Who – The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, The Grinch, Whos, Schmitz and Horton
A Day for The Cat in the Hat – The Cat, JoJo, and Cat’s Helpers
It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool) – JoJo, The Cat and Fish
How to Raise a Child – The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor
The Military – General Genghis Khan Schmitz, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo and Cadets
Alone in the Universe – Horton and JoJo
The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz – Gertrude
Amayzing Mayzie – Mayzie LaBird, Gertrude, and Bird Girls
Amazing Gertrude – Gertrude and Bird Girls
Monkey Around – Wickersham Brothers and Horton
Chasing the Whos – Horton, Sour Kangaroo, Young Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat, Vlad Vladikoff and Whos
How Lucky You Are – The Cat and Whos
Notice Me, Horton – Gertrude McFuzz and Horton
How Lucky You Are (Reprise) – Mayzie LaBird and Horton
Horton Sits on the Egg – Full Company

 

Act Two

 
Our Story Resumes – The Cat, JoJo, Horton, Gertrude McFuzz, General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Bird Girls, and Hunters
Egg, Nest, and Tree – Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat, and Hunters
The Circus McGurkus – The Cat, Horton, and Circus Animals
Mayzie in Palm Beach – Mayzie LaBird, The Cat and Horton
Amayzing Horton – Mayzie LaBird and Horton
Alone in the Universe (Reprise) – Horton
Solla Sollew – Horton, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo, and Circus McGurkus Animals, and Performers
The Butter Battle – JoJo, General Genghis Khan Schmitz, and Cadets
The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast – The Grinch, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog, Schmitz, and Whos
Havin’ a Hunch – The Cat, JoJo, Hunches and Cat's Helpers
All for You – Gertrude, Horton, and Bird Girls
The People Versus Horton the Elephant – Principals (except Mayzie and Schmitz), Wickershams, Yertle, Bird Girls, and Young Kangaroo
Finale / Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! – Full Company
Curtain Call / Green Eggs and Ham – Full Company