Audition Opportunities

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a volunteer organization, a member of the Prince William County Arts Council, NVTA (formerly the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) and WATCH (the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors).  Castaways  is a community theatre, there is no pay involved.  Partial funding is provided by a grant from Prince William County.

AUDITION INFORMATION

We do color-, gender-, and age-blind casting. The actor’s abilities are more important than their race, gender, and age for every role in the show. The only exception is when children are required or where historical accuracy or traditional roles outweigh blind casting. Both seasoned actors and first timers are encouraged to audition.

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Spring 2019

Seussical Complete

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Suess

 Director Zina Bleck

Email to: seussicaldirector@castawaystheatre.org

Seussical is a musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz”) that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play’s story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books.

Auditions*: Thu Feb 7, 7:00-9:30 pm and
Sat Feb 9, 2019, (in Senior Center) 10:30 am -1:30 pm
Callbacks: Mon Feb 11, 2019, 6:00-10:30 pm

Adults, Teens and Children will be cast in this production.  Auditions will consist of:

1) Song (please bring your own accompaniment music. Recorded music on an electronic device is fine. A piano is available.)
2) One minute monologue – does not have to be memorized.
3) A short dance routine will be taught.
4) There might be readings from the script (TBD).
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to move about the stage.
Any questions, contact the director at: seussicaldirector@castawaystheatre.org

Mainstage* Performances: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
May 4, 12, 18, 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

* the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

The characters in Seussical are fantastic and imaginary creations based on characters featured in the Dr. Seuss collection of stories. They speak in Seussian verse, very rhythmic with incredible rhymes, even when not singing.
Even though there are four main characters (The Cat, Horton, Gertrude, and JoJo), this is an ensemble based show. The characters work together to tell the story, each playing an important part.

The majority of the show is accompanied by music and involves all the characters. In the individual character breakdown, only the main songs each character is featured in are listed, however, the each character may be involved in many other songs.

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.
Main songs include:
Oh, The Thinks You can Think
A Day for the Cat in the Hat
How Lucky You Are
Having a Hunch

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.
Main songs include:
Horton Hears a Who
Alone in the Universe
Notice Me Horton
Solla Sollew

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 inger/actor with good movement skills and comic timing.
Main songs include:
One Feathered Tale
Amayzing Gertrude
Notice Me Horton
All For You

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.
Main songs include:
It’s Possible
Alone in the Universe
Solla Sollew
Having a Hunch

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.
Main songs include:
Amayzing Mayzie
How Lucky You Are
Amayzing Horton

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.
Main songs include:
Here on Who
How to Raise a Child
Solla Sollew

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.
Main songs include:
Here on Who
How to Raise a Child
Solla Sollew

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.
Main songs include:
Oh, The Thinks You can Think
A Day for the Cat in the Hat
How Lucky You Are
Having a Hunch

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 troubles. A strong singer/actor with good comic ability and soulful singing. Think Patti LaBelle meets a Desperate Housewife.
Main songs include:
Biggest Blame Fool
Chasing the Whos
Egg, Nest, and Tree
The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant

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.
Main songs include:
Biggest Blame Fool
Chasing the Whos
Egg, Nest, and Tree
The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant

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.
Main songs include:
Biggest Blame Fool
Monkeying Around
Chasing the Whos
Egg, Nest, and Tree

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.
Main songs include:
Horton Hears a Who
Amayzing Mayzie
Amayzing Gertrude
All For You

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.
Main songs include:
The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant

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.
Main songs include:
Military Academy

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.
Main songs include:
Biggest Blame Fool
Chasing the Whos
Egg, Nest, and Tree
The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant

THE WHOS
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.
Main songs include:
Here on Who Solla Sollew

THE CADETS
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.
Main songs include:
Military Academy

OTHER ROLES
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.
Featured in the following songs:
It’s Possible
Circus McGurkus
Solla Sollew
Having a Hunch

Back stage opportunities: We are also looking for volunteers to be our stage crew. Adults and children (10-18) are welcome.

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If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email  the Show Director at the email address above or email info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

Rehearsals: Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge.

• Rehearsals Schedules will be based on cast availability. Actors are called only when needed.
• Dates may be subject to change according to Weather, Space Availability, Etc.
• Any conflicts not listed after final production schedule has been developed is on the actor/actress to resolve; otherwise attendance is still required.
• Closed Rehearsals:  Cast, Crew, and Production Staff Only. No guests allowed without Director authorization.

Note: Rehearsal dates may be subject to change. Keep checking this page and/or Facebook Specific Production cast page for more specific information as the audition date approaches.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see Directions under the “Productions” tab above.

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Volunteer Opportunities: If you are not interested in acting, we are always looking for technical help, skilled and unskilled; training will be provided. Persons interested in helping should contact the director.

For every production we need Audition Staffing, Producer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer/Construction, and Props.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PERFORMER TO GET INVOLVED!!

We welcome all interested participants into our membership.

Technically experienced or willing to learn, we can hook you up!

Interested in doing or learning about design, stage management, directing, crew, front of house or other areas of our organization?

Interested in working on the technical side of one of our productions this season?
Please contact our technical director: td@castawaystheatre.org

We require everyone that is cast in, or working on our productions, join as members. Please contact our membership chair: membership@castawaystheatre.org (See Membership page.)

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This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

Date published: February 7, 2019