The Stratford Community Players are exploring their imagination and thinking up new “thinks” with their 2013 production, Seussical the Musical.
Auditions for the former Broadway show will be held Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 in Eckert Hall at St. Michael Catholic secondary school.
Fourteen lead roles are available – seven male, six female and one child – as well as many supporting characters from Whoville and the Jungle of Nool. All vocal ranges are welcome to try out.
“While Seussical is exactly what its title sounds like – a musical based on Dr. Seuss’s most-loved stories and characters – don’t be fooled into thinking this is a play meant only for kids,” says Community Players president Adam Gardiner.
“It’s got a rousing yet heartwarming plot, and a broad range of musical styles, written to connect with audiences of all ages. This show’s going to be two hours of gleeful, Seuss-inspired entertainment – not just for kids, but for kids at heart.”
Rehearsals will begin Oct. 14 and will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Six performances will be held Feb. 6-10 in the Stratford City Hall auditorium.
Returning to the director’s chair is Jim Hill, an experienced actor and director in Southwestern Ontario who helmed the Community Players’ Annie Get Your Gun earlier this year.
David Spence, a former Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician, is taking the reins as the show’s musical director. Kelly Aarts, owner of Aarts Dance Academy, is again lending her talents as choreographer.
Auditions are by appointment only, with slots available from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 7, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sept. 8. Auditioners must prepare a song, either a capella or with provided accompaniment if they bring sheet music. Songs from the musical are welcome. Young auditioners must be at least eight years of age.
Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Seussical came onto the Broadway scene in 2000, spawning several tours and script versions in the years since.
It follows the tale of Horton the Elephant, who one day hears a voice coming from a speck of dust upon a clover. Horton quickly learns that the dust is carrying Who, the tiniest planet in the sky, but he’s mocked by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believeing in something he cannot see.
When the clover is stolen, Horton goes on a desperate adventure to find it “because after all, a person’s a person no matter how small.” Along the way are characters such as Mayzie LaBird, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle and of course the Cat in the Hat. Some characters fall in love and some even save the world!
To book an audition time or for more information, contact Altiera at 519-274-0490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.