Audition Pack 2020

Summer School dates

Rehearsals: 
20th – 24th July 2020
27th – 31th July 2020

One Saturday promotional day in The Arc, Bury St. Edmunds – Date and Times TBC
Performances at Theatre Royal
5th – 8th August 2020

Auditions will be held at: Westgate Primary School, Brookland’s Close, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 3JX

On: Sunday May 3rd 9:00am-5:00pm

Audition Information for our 42nd Annual Summer School

All auditions are by appointment. If you wish to audition please fill out the online audition application form. We will then email you with a time slot for the day.

On the day of the auditions, please bring with you 2 x passport photographs.

Auditions will consist of performing a song and a monologue from memory chosen from this pack and participating in a movement class.

Dance: There will be a movement element of auditions that everyone should participate in. Please wear dance shoes or sneakers. We are looking for dancers, and actors that move well with personality. There is no need for specific preparation. Clothing should be easy to move in (no jeans or skirts). You will be dancing bare-footed.

Singing: Please choose a song to prepare for your audition from the list provided.  Click the link to access the songs. Please note, the songs chosen cover a range of parts and do not mean you are only auditioning for that role. We will be considering you for lots of different roles. Some roles are non-gender specific. You will be expected to sing from memory.   

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpbmbg4tuj4dyf6/AADrAI5pSTSR3l7gaKP1QuvHa?dl=0

Acting: You must choose and perform from memory one of the monologues included in this pack.

NOTES FOR THE AUDITION:

  • You will present your acting and singing audition pieces in private to the audition panel. Your dance audition will be as part of a group.
  • Please be prepared that you may be asked to perform sections of your acting/singing piece instead of the whole piece.
  • You may be asked to have a go at something we give you – in which case we will teach it to you! (Don’t panic!)
  • Please try to perform with an American accent.
  • Please put as much thought and preparation into your character as you can – Seussical is full of big characters with bizarre voices, postures and gestures, it’s very cartoon-like and we need to see what potential you have for playing a character that is very different to you!  Be brave!

The Story

 “A strange and fantastic red-and-white striped top hat appears on an empty stage, full of possibilities. A Boy enters and is drawn toward the magical hat. The Cat in the Hat suddenly materializes. “I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age,” quips the Cat as he/she begins singing about the power of imagination (“Oh The Thinks You Can Think”). Throughout the song, famous characters are introduced who will figure in the musical: Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz–the bird with the one feather tail, the Whos of Whoville–including the Mayor and his Wife, General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour Kangaroo and the Citizens of the Jungle of Nool. As the energizing opening number comes to a close, the Boy and the Cat use their imaginations to transport everyone to the Jungle of Nool, and the adventures begin.”

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge—not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, 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.

Casting is open, all roles are available and newcomers SYPT shows are particularly welcome and encouraged.  You must be no younger than 14 and no older than 21 at the start of rehearsals to participate.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

  • The Cat In The Hat, M or F, Range: F2-F4. Our story’s omniscient narrator, he is fun-loving and enjoys rhyming.Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.
  • Jojo, F, Range: Ab3-C5. The Mayor’s son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton.
  • Horton the Elephant, M, Range: A2-F4. Our story’s main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. He is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle.
  • Gertrude McFuzz, F, Range: F3-F5. Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbour. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls.
  • Mayzie LaBird, F, Range: G3-Eb5. The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation – and intoxicating beauty – to navigate her way through life.
  • The Sour Kangaroo, F, Range: F#3-F5. The “leader” of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.
  • General Gengis Khan Schmitz, M, Range: F#2-E4. A general that takes Jojo to the military academy.
  • Bird Girls, F, Ranges vary. Must be able to sing harmony. They are like backup singers/narrators, usually backup
  • Mayzie and Gertrude. The Bird Girls are all about drama.
  • The Wickersham Brothers, M, Ranges vary. Must be able to sing harmony. These monkeys are bullies who like to be tough.
  • Thing 1 and Thing 2: These 2 characters don’t have any speaking or singing, but could steal the show with their hilarious, mischievous movements throughout the show.
  • Chorus of Jungle Creatures and The Whos. Many small roles are included in the chorus.

Monologues:

ENSEMBLE:

I have wings, yes, I can fly. You teach him Earth and I will teach him Sky. Just call my name and I’ll see you through. One small voice in the universe, One true friend in the universe, Who believes in your. The adventures were over. The sky became pink. And then guess what happened?
Well, what do YOU think?

HORTON:

I say! How confusing! I’ve never heard tell of a small speck of dust that is able to yell.
So you know what I think? I think there must be someone on top of that small speck of dust!
Some poor little person who’s shaking with fear that he’ll blow in the pool!
He has no way to steer! It’s true. Please believe me. I tell you sincerely, my ears are quite keen and I heard him quite clearly. I know there’s a person down there. And what’s more, quite likely there’s two. Even three. Even four. Hello? Is anyone there?

MAYOR:

I’m the Mayor of Who. Why, I’ve just been elected. And upright behaviour is thus forth expected.
But we’ve just had a talk with your teachers today and they didn’t have one single good thing to say! You invented new Thinks which defy all description! You gave Miss O’Dooley a nervous conniption! Your Thinks were so wild they disrupted your classes and made Mrs. Mackel-Who drop her new glasses. Which is why you’re suspended! Yes, that’s what they said! Young man, what in Who has got into your head?! Now Horton has found us. We’re safe on a clover. But clearly our troubles are far, far from over. We don’t mean to scold you. We love you, oh yes, dear. But couldn’t you try thinking just a bit less, dear?

HORTON:

I’ve been guarding this clover for over a week, getting laughed at for thinking a dust speck can speak. Well, let them all laugh, I’ll try not to mind. For I have found something that they’ll never find. There are secrets on a leaf, In the water, in the air Hidden planets, tiny worlds, All invisible! Not a person seems to know, Not a person seems to care. There is no one who believes a thing I say. Well, I’m fairly certain “In the battle of butter, your son has been lost. When the battle began the young man paid the cost” He did not want to go, he did not want to fight. We made a mistake, he might have been right.

JUNGLE:

Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I mean? They made themselves heard though they still can’t be seen! They’ve proved they ARE persons, no matter how small. And their whole world was saved by the Smallest of All! “How true! Yes, how true!” said the sour kangaroo. “And, from now on, you know what I’m planning to do? From now on, I’m going to protect them with you!” Their troubles were ended. They hailed his great Yopp. And Jojo was honored as Thinker Non Stop! Now all Jojo’s Thinks would forever be heard. Including this Think… An elephant bird!

GERTRUDE:

I galloped through the snow in eleven below for you. Yes, even though I knew I was catching the flu for you! And then came the hole where I caught my sole And I rolled downhill out of all control Till I broke my fall on a jagged shoal For you! There’s nothing that I wouldn’t, And I couldn’t, And I haven’t gone through. Now, here I am, the worse for wear. And here you are, I’m here, you’re there! And maybe now you’ll know I care for you. It took me seven weeks, but I found your clover, too.

JOJO:

Sir, This war makes no sense. Just one Think and you’d quit. Spreading bread up or down doesn’t matter a bit! We’ve crashed in the clover! There’s no help in sight. So why are you here teaching children to fight? And not only that sir, It’s Christmas on Who! I’d rather have Christmas than war, wouldn’t you? So here is my sword and here is my hat. I’m going home! And that sir is that.

CAT IN THE HAT:

I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one think and you dragged me right on to the stage! Now I’m here there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a thinker like you! Our story begins with a very strange sound the drums of a jungle beginning to pound. An unusual story will soon be unfurled of an elephant trying to save a small world. [talk show voice] Our topic today is “Psychic Elephants who hear voices.” Whaddaya think folks, is the elephant off his trunk?


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