AUDITION INFORMATION

FAQ: IS IT POSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN seuss & lES mIS?!

ANSWER: YES! REHEARSALS WILL NOT CONFLICT! 

DA COMPANY is seeking actors for their upcoming production of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL!! All roles are open to audition. We are seeking a large ensemble cast of kids and teens for this production.

"Oh, the thinks you can think!" Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Seussical lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables.

 

DACO will present SEUSSICAL from July 20-21, 2017 at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI.

 

Auditions will take place on May 19 & 20, 2017. Callbacks will be held on May 21,2017.

 

Students ages 6-18 are eligible to audition.

Rehearsals are weeknights after 5p.m.

Projected rehearsal days are Tuesday-Thursday.

 

Students can take trips and/or attend overnight camp during the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips and camps on your audition form.

 

FEE: $200 for students selected for the production.

No fee to audition.

See additional tuition and production details below. 

This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN AUDITIONING!! 
 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

There is tuition and additional production related fees for youth and teens who are currently in elementary, middle or high school. See details below.

 

Partial financial scholarships are available for teen actors currently in high-school! If assistance is needed, please indicate interest in your audition email request.


Tuition Fee: Participants in elementary, middle or high school, who are cast, will pay a $200 production fee. Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable. 100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production. All shows and final rehearsals are mandatory. Partial financial scholarships are available for teen actors currently in high-school! If assistance is needed, please indicate interest in your audition email request.

 

Costume Fee. Participants in elementary, middle or high school--Rented or custom made costumes are not fully covered by the production fee. Participants will pay a nominal fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items. Prices will vary depending on size and number of roles.


ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional): 
Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)
Cast Retreat (not optional)
Show tickets
Field trips
Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional); 
Cast Party. 
These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.


Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for all parents with children currently in elementary, middle or high school.


After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs. The strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.


 Children of parents who fail to volunteer for both a pre-production duty and show duty will be dismissed from the cast. Tuition is non-refundable.


Audition & Rehearsal Location: Primarily our Bloomfield Hills studio. 

ABOUT THE SHOW

A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. The Cat in the Hat guides us into The Jungle of Nool where we see Horton, the kind hearted elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whoville. He meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”Horton decides he must protect the speck of dust on a nearby clover, while at the same time protecting an abandoned egg left to his care by the lazy Mayzie la Bird. Horton tries to convince the other animals in The Jungle of the existence of the Whos, but he 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. Now one of the most widely produced musicals in the country, 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. Charming Seussical teaches us the power of being unique, and the importance of fighting for your beliefs.

AUDITION

REGISTRATION

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

 

To make an appointment please email your name, age, current grade, school, phone and parental contact information to dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: SEUSS AUDITION)

 

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow a few days for a response.

What to prepare:
1. Please prepare a one- one full  UPBEAT Broadway or Disney song that best highlights your range in the style of the show.  
2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.
3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 
4. A cappella auditions are not an option.
5. Bring a 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only one in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.
6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.
7. Please NO selections from, "SEUSSICAL", Les Miserables”, “HAMILTON”, "WICKED”. Please, no selections from Stephen Sondheim. No POP songs!
8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.
9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 
10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.
11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!
12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com

 

ACTING AUDITION NOTE--

As SEUSS  is a sing-through musical with little dialogue, there will be no readings as part of the auditions. Acting ability will be judged from the vocal audition, so performers must demonstrate acting talent through their song.

REHEARSAL & CASTING POLICY

Projected rehearsal days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after 5:00p.m. beginning May 23, 2017.

 

Rehearsals typically take place weeknights (2-3 times a week) after 5p.m. and a few Saturday’s – early morning. All cast members are not scheduled for all rehearsals.

 

Projected rehearsal days are Tuesday-Thursday.

 

Students can take trips and/or overnight camp during the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips and camps on your audition form.

Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants. Once you receive your audition form --you are asked to indicate if you have regular rehearsal conflicts during the week and on weekends.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Technical rehearsals are scheduled for: July 14-19, 2017

ATTENDANCE/CONFLICT POLICY DETAILS

1. We require you to submit all conflicts during the auditions.

2. All conflicts must be handed in by the last night of callbacks.

3. Additional conflicts or new conflicts are considered unexcused absences, and may lead to being dropped from the show.

3a. If a performer is forced to withdraw because of too many conflicts, no tuition will be refunded.

4. We accept one unexcused absences and we do keep track of unexcused absence

5. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.

6. Participants may have NO conflicts during technical weeks (the last week of rehearsals before the show opens.)

Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize that the way a person auditions is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.

The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every member in the cast. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.

Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible. 
Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is very important that we know up front whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that up front. It would not be fair to anybody if we gave you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you chose to drop out.

It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including ensemble) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.

That actor will also NOT be considered for a principle role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written references.
Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

 

character list

all roles are open

THE CAT IN THE HAT – (male or female, strong actor, character singer) The essence of mischief, fun and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again. This actor should have strong comedic abilities, flexible physicality, strong mover, and is comfortable improvising with an audience
 
HORTON THE ELEPHANT – (male, strong singer/actor) A big-hearted guy who is steadfast and responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He does his best to fight for the tiny Who world that is in danger.
 
GERTRUDE McFUZZ – (female, strong singer/actor) She is very self-conscious that her one-feather tail isn't glamorous enough. She goes to great lengths to try to impress Horton.
 
MAYZIE LA BIRD – (female, strong singer/actor/dancer) She is brassy, stylish and vain. 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.
 
SOUR KANGAROO – (female, strong singer/actor) She's a loud, brassy character with a ton of attitude. Gospel / R&B vocal styling a plus. Along with the Wickershams, she loves to pick on Horton.  

JOJO – (male or female, strong singer/actor/dancer) Jojo is a "Thinker"-- a smart kid with a wild imagination but always feeling out of place. Jojo eventually use his/her imagination to save the Who planet. 
 
MR. & MRS. MAYOR – (male and female, character singers/actors) Jojo’s nervous and over protective parents. They love Jojo, but are unsure how to raise a difficult child in a difficult world.
 
 
THE BIRD GIRLS – (female, strong singers/dancers) The popular girls in any school--a clique of "back up birds" who narrate much of the action.  
 
THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS – (male and/or female, character singers/actors, strong dancers) A group of comic, mischievous monkeys who like to play pranks and tease Horton. They need strong movement/dancing and physicality.  
 
ENSEMBLE – will play many roles – Jungle Creatures, Whoville citizens, Cadets, Hunches, circus characters, Fish, and Hunters. Parts of Vlad Vladikoff, the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle will be chosen from the Ensemble. Seeking enthusiastic dancers and singers. 

 

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