Audition Information

Please read the entire page:
For those who are interested in auditioning and who can commit to the show production schedule please review the below information.

AUDITION FORM (PDF).   AUDITION PACKET (PDF)

SCRIPT (PDF).                    VOCAL SCORE (PDF)

BASIC INFORMATION

The Maumee Valley Civic Theater (www.mvctohio.org)

Production Staff
Jeffrey Tonjes                         Director
Amanda Tonjes                      Assistant Director
Rhonda Malone Lehman        Vocal Director

AUDITIONS:
May 23 5:30PM – 8:30PM
May 24 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Callbacks, if needed, will be on May 24th at the end of the night.

Auditions will be held at Kids Haven (NEW PLACE – Airconditioned) 440 Independence Drive, Napoleon, OH 43545

SHOW DATES AND TIME
July 22-24 and 30-31, 2021 at 7:00PM (NEW DATES)

SHOW LOCATION
Cultural Center of Henry County Front Lawn (303 W. Main St, Napoleon, OH 43545)

TYPICAL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will generally be 1 to 3 times a week during June on Sunday (1PM-5PM), Monday (6-9PM), and Tuesday (6-9PM), or Thursday (6-9PM) in Napoleon area usually at Kid’s Haven or outside at the performance space at the Cultural Center of Henry County front lawn. In July rehearsals will be more frequent likely Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Please also note there are scheduled set build/paint days that we require everyone to participate (family members are encouraged)

These rehearsals will be divided up into blocking, vocal, and choreography.

PARTICIPATION FEE

There is a participation fee to participate in this summer’s show. Since the Maumee Valley Civic Theater (MVCT) relies on donations, program ad sales, ticket sales, and your participation fee to ensure our shows are high quality. This fee helps with obtaining the rights for the show, costumes, set pieces, props, and advertising. Please note you may be asked to provide certain costume pieces as well as shoes.

ALL $50

 

**The participation fee SHOULD NOT deter anyone from auditioning and participating. There are several ways for Actors to pay this participation, include obtaining Stage Bill program Ads from local business and individual sponsors in the amount of double of the participation fee (i.e. $100 in ads and sponsors). If this is something you need help with, please see the production staff for guidance.**

AUDITION DETAILS

This year’s show will again have many opportunities for all ages. All auditionees should complete an Audition Form (available to download on our website or on the day of auditions) and ensure ALL conflicts during the rehearsal and show period are noted on the audition form. Each auditionee this year should be ready to sing 16-32 bars of a song, read a “side” from the script, and be prepared if asked to read and sing additional items.

MUSIC AUDITION
Each auditionee should sing either acappella or by using a track, aka karaoke track from your own personal device, of a 16-32 bars of a song that highlights your range and, if at all possible, in the style of the show that is not from the show.

This website has some of the best audition song ideas to audition with for Seussical
https://performerstuff.com/mgs/the-best-audition-suggestions-for-seussical-the-musical-by-character/

SCRIPT SIDES
Each auditionee should be prepared to cold read a portion of the script (side) that will be provided if necessary at the auditions.

You may peruse the entire script/vocal score by downloading it here > Script   and   Vocal Score

DANCE AUDITION
This year, while there is some dancing in this show, there will not be a specific dance audition.

CALL BACK/ADDITIONAL SONGS
Auditionees may be asked to sing one of the following songs with a pianist and/or rehearsal track during their audition and/or a specified call back time.

The vocal score can be found on the MVCT website to obtain the sheet music for these songs. Also, you may listen and practice with the provided accompaniment by logging into the MTI App using the below instructions.

 

Cat in the Hat

Oh The Thinks You Can Think

Havin’ A Hunch

Sour Kangaroo

Biggest Blame Fool

Mayzie

Amayzing Maysie

Amazing Horton (Part 2)

Horton

Horton Hears a Who!

Alone in the Universe

Gertrude

Notice Me, Horton

Amazing Gertrude (Part 2)

JoJo

It’s Possible

Alone in the Universe

Please note you may also be asked to sing something not on this list.

MTI Player Instructions

MVCT’s Rehearsal Access Code for SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL is SEU1573446

There are three options available for using the rehearsal music:

  1. MTI Player from the Apple store:

If you have an iPad, iPhone, iPod with an iOS of 10.0 or later you can download our free app, The MTI Player from the Apple store:

LINK TO APPLE STORE

Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code) in the Password box, leaving the username box empty. Click on “Shows” to download and then play the rehearsal music on your device. You will need an internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connection. Please note: The production tracks are only available on iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, or a Mac Computer running QLab

  1. MTI Player from Google Play (Only Plays Rehearsal Tracks):

Rehearsal Tracks are available on Android devices and you can download the free app, The MTI Player from Google play:

LINK TO GOOGLE PLAY

Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code in the Rehearsal code box. Click on “Downloads” to download the rehearsal music to your device. Then go to “Shows” to play the music. You will need an internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connection. Please note: The android app is only available for rehearsal music.

  1. Laptop (Only Plays Rehearsal Tracks):

If you are using a laptop or do not want to download the app, you can stream the rehearsal tracks through the internet by going to the websitehttps://player.mtishows.com and clicking the “Rehearsal Tracks” button. This will take you to the Rehearsal Track Access page. In the box labeled “Streaming Access” enter the rehearsal code (provided by MTI once your show is booked) in the rehearsal code box. You do need internet connection to play the music from the website. Please note: The laptop streaming is only available for rehearsal music.

Please note:

  • For any of the options for the Rehearsal music. You will not need to create a username and password to access the music.
  • You will need to make sure that you have enough space on your device to download the music in a strong wifi area.
  • Once the tracks are downloaded, you will also want to run the show with the device on airplane mode. Receiving a phone call or text message, automatic updates, etc can disrupt the app.
  • If you leave the app, it will cancel your download and you may have to start over again in downloading the music. You can find a copy of the show cue sheet when you login to the website https://player.mtishows.com with your organization username and password (provided in the Welcome email sent to your organization contact person).

SYNOPSIS

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 kindhearted 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.

CAST REQUIREMENTS

Below are descriptions of each character and some important attributes. Please keep in mind just because it says male doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a female as well as if it says a younger or older actor should play it doesn’t mean the opposite couldn’t be cast.

The Cat In The Hat

The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Look for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat does not need to be your strongest singer but should still have good rhythm and timing.

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: D6

Vocal range bottom: Bb4

Jojo

Jojo is a “Thinker”, a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. He should be one of your stronger singers.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: D6

Vocal range bottom: Ab4

Horton The Elephant

Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes – he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: E6

Vocal range bottom: A4

Gertrude Mcfuzz

Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn’t perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3 

Mayzie La Bird

Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn’t all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity-she realizes she isn’t the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G#3 

Sour Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo isn’t really sour at all. She’s just got a lot of attitude. She’s loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: A3 

The Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers 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 enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona. If you can roller blade and/or skateboard it is a plus!

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G6

Vocal range bottom: A4

The Whos

The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don’t think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Encourage everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character.

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: D#5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Mr. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying 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.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A6

Vocal range bottom: C5

 Mrs. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying 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.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

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 strong dancers and singers. Looking especially for strong skills in roller-skating, ballet (pointe), and any “circus” skills.

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: Db5

Vocal range bottom: A3

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