performances July 28 – July 31
SPONSORED BY: Vernal’s TaVaci School of Performing Arts
MUSICAL – Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
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 while also guarding an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care, facing ridicule, danger and even a trial. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Seussical JR Audition Information
Auditions will be held Monday, July 5th from 6pm to 8pm. Callbacks will follow at 8:30pm.
Auditioners must be between the ages of 8 and 16.
A few things to note:
- Audition songs must be kept to 60 seconds or less. Time limit will be enforced.
- You must bring your own accompanist or a track (no backup vocals) to sing along with.
- Bring the completely filled out audition form with rehearsal calendar & cast rules contract to your audition. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role. Auditioners will NOT be cast if there are three or more missed rehearsals on their audition form.
- Performances are July 28 through July 31.
The show runs July 5 through July 31.
Auditions are open to performers 8 to 16 years of age. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing no longer than 60 seconds of music in a Broadway style. You must bring your own pianist or recorded music (no backup vocals). The time limit will be enforced.
Bring completed audition form, including any conflicts during rehearsals from July 5th through July 31st along with a color 4×6 headshot. Callbacks will be by invitation on July 5th following auditions.
There is a MANDATORY parent/guardian meeting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 6.
There is a $25 fee plus $5 per additional family member to participate in ‘Seussical JR’.
Email the theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition time. Include in the email the auditioner’s name and age. Time slots are assigned by age.
Auditions take place at the theatre located at 40 East Main in Vernal. Enter the building through the main doors on the north side.
Email any questions to email@example.com.
Audition Form & Rehearsal Schedule, Cast Rules and the Theatre Production Guidelines are attached below. Please read each carefully and know the commitment you / your child are making if cast.
Youth ages 14-18 can apply to be on our Youth Production Team by filling out the following application: https://forms.gle/
AUDITION TIPS FOR YOUTH
1. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. Do NOT apologize if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.
2. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying. Be memorized on your audition material.
3. Find your spot. Wherever it is, there’s usually an X on the floor, done with tape. Find it and go stand there to start, but don’t stay rooted to that X. Remember, the space is yours for two whole minutes. So feel free to move around.
4. Act. Acting means TO DO, not to talk. Find your actions and play them! (A wonderful resource is the book “Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” by Marina Caldarone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams.) Think about opposites that can be shown. Yelling isn’t the only way to show hatred or anger. Sometimes being quiet as you make your point is a powerful display of emotion. Playing opposites is a much more interesting choice than the obvious. And remember to show variety. Feel the levels and dynamic in the scene.
5. Stick to the time limit. You get 60 seconds starting from the first note. And 60 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too. This is a great way to show consideration for the production team and other auditioners, and show that you can follow instructions which is essential in the theater.
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