Seussical Auditions 2017

Open auditions for Phoenix’s November revival of SEUSSICAL will be held Saturday, September 16th from 11am to 3pm, with the first two hours reserved for youngsters ages 6 to 13, and Monday and Wednesday September 18th and 20th from 7pm – 9pm.

No appointment is necessary. Callbacks will be by invitation the following weekend. As always at Phoenix, all roles are open and will remain so until the close of auditions.

For auditions, please prepare 16 bars of an upbeat musical theatre song in the style of the show (think whimsical Disney, Hairspray, Charlie Brown, etc.). Please be prepared to learn a short dance combination at the audition – make sure to bring comfortable clothes to move in as well as jazz shoes or sneakers. As always at Phoenix, all roles are open and will remain so until the close of open auditions. No appointment is necessary.
Auditions and rehearsals will be at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center at 59 Chestnut Street in Red Bank. Performances will be at the Count Basie Theatre From Friday, November 10th through Sunday, November 19th. 
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WHO’S IN THE ROOM: Producer – Lindsay Wood. Director – Corey Rubel. Musical Director – Francois Suhr. Choreographer – Kelly Gemellaro.


TRIPLE-THREAT ENSEMBLE (Ages 14 – 45) – Looking to cast a strong ensemble to play a number of roles throughout the story. The ensemble will become Jungle Creatures, The Who’s, The Military, The Circus, The Hunches, and much more. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are also cast as members of the ensemble (strong tumbling skills desired).

YOUTH ENSEMBLE (Ages 7 – 13) – Seeking strong young actors to play a number of roles throughout the story! Members of the youth ensemble should be outgoing with a willingness to try new things and a desire to have fun!

THE CAT IN THE HAT (Male or Female, 16 – 40, 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 (Child, 6 – 12, To play Male, 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 (Male, 21 – 40, 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 (Female, 18 – 30, Range F3 – F5) – Horton’s one-feathered- tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self- conscious of her shortfalls.

MAYZIE LABIRD (Female, 25 – 35, Range G3 – Eb5) – The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent for manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.

THE SOUR KANGAROO (Female, 25 – 50, 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.

THE BIRD GIRLS (Female, 16 – 25) – The flamboyant “girl group” – very Destiny’s Child meets Fifth Harmony. Strong movement ability desired. Casting THREE Bird Girls.

THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS (Male, 16 – 25) – They live to impress the world with their strength and prowess – very *NSYNC. Great physical presence and ability to move well desired. Casting THREE Wickersham Brothers.

MR. MAYOR (Male, 35 – 50) – Wants to be a good leader and father. He is a recently- elected official who is proud of his new role and eager to prove his abilities. He feels he must embody the high standards he hopes his citizens will live up to.

MRS. MAYOR (Female, 35 – 50) – wants, above all else, to be a good wife and mother. She is married to a recently-elected politician who takes great pleasure in representing the community he loves. She is proud to be his wife and wishes to uphold the values they share and she strives to present their family as an exemplary, well-put- together unit.

GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ (Male, 30 – 60) – sees the world in simple contrasts: good and evil, weak and strong, boy and man. He believes in values of militaristic regimentation: conformity, rigorous and disciplined physical training, and following orders without questions. There is no place on the battlefield for dreaming.