Summer Mainstage 2018







Auditions


April 13th & April 14th

4:00-7:00pm

67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY

Open to ages 8-18 by appointment ONLY

Audition sign ups open on March 1st!

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. This is an ensemble-heavy show. The characters work together to tell the story, each playing an important part.


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" 

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 singer/actor with good movement skills and comic timing. Main songs include: "One Feathered Tale of Miss Gertrude McFuzz," "Amazing 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," "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: "Amazing Mayzie," "How Lucky You Are," "Amazing 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"

MRS. MAYORFemale. 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"

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 trouble. 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 Who's," "Egg, Nest, and Tree," "The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant"​

BABY 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 Who's," "Egg, Nest, and Tree," "The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant"

WICKERSHAM BROTHERSMale 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 Who's," "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," "Amazing Mayzie," "Amazing Gertrude," "Egg, Nest & Tree," "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"

JUNGLE CREATURESMale 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 Who's," "Egg, Nest, and Tree," "The Trial of the People vs. Horton the Elephant"

WHO CITIZENS: 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"

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 as cast from the ensemble: Vlad Vladikoff, Circus animals in Mr. McGurkus’ Circus, Hunches, Hunters, Fish, and ‘Thinks’ that JoJo creates. Strong singer/movers. Featured in the following songs: "It’s Possible," "Circus McGurkus," "Having a Hunch"




Summer Mainstage Performances on July 20, 21, 22


The Spotlight Arts Summer Mainstage is a large-scale commercial production directed by industry professionals and is by audition only. Rehearsals take place three evenings per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) between 5-9pm beginning May 29th. Only ONE absence is allowed in the mainstage program. Summer vacations can be pre-approved prior to casting.


What to prepare for your audition: 

Bring a headshot and resume as well as 32 bar cut of a song from the show or contemporary musical theatre repertoire. You must schedule an audition appointment online on our website in order to audition!