The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Location and Times
The Bama Theatre
600 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:30 pm
The Actors Charitable will be holding opening auditions for its upcoming production of Seussical on Sunday, January 7th and Monday January 8th at The ACT Studio. On Sunday, January 7th, sign in will begin at 12:30pm with vocal auditions beginning promptly at 1pm.
On Monday, January 8th, Due to the success of our Alabama football team, we will be moving the Monday auditions earlier. Sign in will begin at 5:30, (We ask any one auditioning to make your best effort to be signed in by 7:00) with vocal auditions beginning promptly. We will move through the vocal and dance auditions as efficiently as possible so we are all able to go watch the Tide Roll!
A pianist will be present, so feel free to bring sheet music as it is preferred, or we will be able to accommodate music on CDs or cell phones. Please avoid singing acapella or using tracks with vocals. On both dates, all participants will be required to stay for a dance audition, so please dress appropriately or bring a change of clothes. Callbacks will be held Tuesday, January 9th if needed, and the first cast meeting will be Thursday, January 11th.
Seussical performances -
Friday, March 2nd: 9am for schools, 7:30pm for public
Saturday, March 3rd: 2pm and 7:30pm for public
Sunday, March 4th: 2pm and 7:30pm for public
Monday, March 5th: 9am for schools, 7:30 for public
Alisha Lay will be working as Director and Choreographer for this production, Taylor Morgan Duren will be Musical Director, and Matt Cornelson will be the Stage Manager. Rehearsals will begin with the cast meeting. Most rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings with some rehearsals on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Please bring ALL conflicts that occur between auditions and performances with you to auditions. You will be required to provide these dates with your audition information form. Cast descriptions are listed below.
THE CAT IN THE HAT: He playfully provokes change in the lives of those around him by creating obstacles and rites of passage. As in Dr Seuss’s books, the Cat’s intentions, although mischievous, are benevolent. The Cat’s main objective is to have fun stirring things up, using some risky tactics, but always to a good end. He is a loose-limbed, fluid mover with some vaudeville skills, and comedic and athletic propensities. Vocal range: tenor/baritone
HORTON THE ELEPHANT: His main objective throughout the show is to protect the defenseless charges in his care — Mayzie’s abandoned egg and the invisible planet of Who. Horton, as an elephant, is a slow-moving, gentle giant — a contemplative thinker in a world of agile, fleet-footed, quick and opinionated jungle animals. Although physically and socially different than the other animals, Horton’s bulk is matched by his steadfast integrity and grounded beliefs. His experience as an outcast empathically connects him to those in need and he is so preoccupied with their troubles that he is oblivious to Gertrude’s romantic interests. Vocal range: tenor
JOJO: He is a young boy who feels unseen and unappreciated by his family and community and begins to doubt his own worth. JoJo stands out in a world that values conformity. When he expresses the wondrous thoughts in his head, instead of inspiring awe and emulation, he is met with disdain and disapproval. He longs for a friend with whom to share his thoughts, a soul mate who can understand his experience. His friendship with Horton helps boost his courage to speak his own mind in the face of oppression, and to follow his intuition. Vocal range: tenor
GERTRUDE MCFUZZ: Her main objective is to win Horton’s attention and affection. She is determined to do whatever it takes to make that happen. She is a wallflower who is more comfortable observing others than being the center of attention, which makes it difficult for her when she wants to be noticed by the elephant she has come to love. Gertrude doesn’t quite fit in with the other jungle animals. Her quirky personality is rooted in her unusual physicality. She feels mismatched with her very large feet, scrawny tail, and out-of-tune squawk. She is a bird of great spirit, but little grace. Socially and physically awkward, she is a little off-beat, but delightfully so. Vocal range: soprano/mezzo soprano
MAYZIE LA BIRD: She finds great pleasure in living life to the fullest and enjoys being admired, adored, and sought after, whether by her Bird Girls, groupies, or by the paramours she meets on her adventures. Many have a hard time keeping up with her, as she is a real powerhouse, with great intelligence, beauty, and style. She has real star power and enjoys nothing more than being in the spotlight. She has salsa in her bones and could easily be a Las Vegas headliner. She flaunts her beauty, making men weak-kneed and women envious. Vocal range: soprano/alto.
THE SOUR KANGAROO: She is the diva queen of the jungle. She has style and flair, but she is also hard-hearted and sour. As she sees it, Horton’s fantasies attempt to alter the reality she depends on and undermine her security and sanity. She expresses herself through her fierce, soulful vocalizing and her passionate, deliberate movements. She is a mother who does not tolerate silliness. Baby K is raised to be tough and fierce, not a dreamer. Vocal range: soprano/alto
BABY K: She is the child of Sour Kangaroo. Determinedly imitating her mother, Baby K has guts and gumption and a similar defiant attitude.
BIRD GIRLS (3): Individually, each is a gorgeous, tropically decked-out, hot jungle bird. As a trio, they live to sing, dance and perform. On the whole, they reflect the world around them, enjoy a good time and do not have a strong moral compass. Because of this, they are swayed by the crowd and by those in power, and easily adopt the prevailing belief. The Bird Girls serve as back-up performers to the exquisite talents of Mayzie La Bird, and through their affiliation with her are lifted to the upper echelons of the jungle hierarchy. They are powerhouse movers who love to dance in tight synchronicity with each other. Their styles are Latin, nightclub and Motown. They are a physically expressive Greek chorus who, along with the Cat, tell the show’s story. Vocal range: mixed ranges
WICKERSHAM BROTHERS (3): These three brothers live to impress the world with their strength and prowess. They are impulsive bad boys who like to monkey around, creating havoc for fun. They pride themselves on their agility, speed, and cunning. In order to feel a sense of superiority, they intimidate, bully and harass those they consider to be weaker. However, their bravado has its roots in insecurity, not evil. They are attention-seeking daredevils who live for thrills and status as the bad biker boys of the jungle. The Wickershams are athletic, primo movers. They swagger, leap, roll, squat, and turn on a dime. Vocal range: mixed ranges
MR. MAYOR: He is a recently elected official who is proud of his new role and eager to prove his abilities. He likes his world to be tidy and predictable. Mr. Mayor expects his son to exhibit upright behavior, not the disruptive behaviors that have him sent home from school. Coming to learn that JoJo found his way home by himself, Mr. Mayor comes to value JoJo’s thinking abilities, and eventually depends on JoJo to use his imaginative powers to help save the planet. Vocal range: tenor/baritone.
MRS. MAYOR: She wants, above all else, to be a good wife and mother. She is proud to be the wife of the recently elected mayor and wishes to uphold the values they share as she strives to present their family as an exemplary, well-put-together unit. Mrs. Mayor shares her husband’s worry about not knowing how to best care for their “different” child, and desperately tries to conform him to societal norms. Vocal range: soprano
GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ: 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. He has an authoritative bearing and commands with a loud voice and intimidating presence. Vocal range: baritone
THE GRINCH: This green beast is a happy member of the Who community, but this wasn’t always the case. His story and change of heart are all part of Who culture now. Vocal range: baritone/bass
YERTLE THE TURTLE: He has a sense of entitlement and has a need for order. He likes to be the one who is looked to for decision-making and setting things right. Vocal range: baritone/bass
VLAD VLADIKOFF: He does the Wickershams’ dirty work. In his full glory, with his large imposing wing span, he is scary and formidable. His movement is powerful and precise and needs to be executed carefully. Vocal range: any range
ROLES TO BE FILLED BY ENSEMBLE: 4 Jungle Creatures, 4 Whoville Adults, 4 Whoville Children, 10-12 Hunches/McElligot’s Pool Creatures **Cadets and Circus McGurkus Performers will come from these ensemble groups
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