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    Auditions Aug 18, 19 and 20 for SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at the Ojai Art Center Theater

     

    SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL will run weekends November 22 – December 15
    Auditions for an inter-generational cast will be held at the Ojai Art Center, in Ojai on Sunday August 18 4:30-7 pm Monday August 19 6-8 pm or Tuesday August 20 6-8 pm.

    Rehearsals will be in the evenings Monday through Thursday, August, September, early October.

    The Ojai Art Center Theater and director Gai Laing Jone announce auditions for SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, the holiday production of the 2019 theater season. The play will run weekends beginning November 22 through December 15.


    The Story of SEUSSICAL

    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.

    Seussical the Musical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables

    Auditions for an inter-generational cast.

    Many roles for boys and girls, men and women, ages 7-adult. Young ones must be able to read play scripts. 

    Prepare 16 bars on any song; dress for dance movement; sides will be provided on arrival. Bring a headshot and one page resume. 

    Email [email protected] for more information and to schedule an audition date and time.
     

    CHARACTERS: 

    The Cat In The Hat
    Our story’s omniscient narrator, he is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.
    Gender: any
    Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: F2

    Jojo
    The Mayor’s son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton.
    Gender: boy or girl
    Age: 10 to 12ish 
    Vocal range top: C5; Vocal range bottom: Ab3

    Horton The Elephant
    Our story’s main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. He is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle.
    Gender: male
    Age: 20 to 40ish
    Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: A2

    Gertrude Mcfuzz
    Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls.
    Gender: female
    Age: 20 to 40ish
    Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: F3

    Mayzie La bird
    The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.
    Gender: female
    Age: 20 to 40ish
    Vocal range top: Eb5; Vocal range bottom: G3

    The Sour Kangaroo
    The ‘leader’ of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.
    Gender: female
    Age: 25 to 40 ish
    Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: F#3

    Jungle Creatures (The Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle The Turtle, Bird Girls); 
    The Whos (Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Gengus Khan Schmitz)

    Youth Ensemble of Whovilles; all ages

    About the Director:

    GAI LAING JONES– Founder of California Youth in Theatre, and Theatre Teachers Bootcamp, graduated from Oklahoma College for Women, which offered a specialized Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama. She was the first woman to complete a MA in Theatre at CSU Fullerton. She taught Theatre at El Dorado High School for thirty-four years. Upon her retirement, the Black Box Theater was named The Gai Jones Theater.  She has served on the boards of CETA and DTASC; she is past Chapter Director of CA Thespians and is proud to serve on the EdTA Board of Directors as Vice President/President, and a recipient of the EdTA President’s Award.  She writes Theatre education books, directs, and is a guest artist and inspirational speaker at various conferences, an arts provider, and is a SAG/AFTRA member. Ms. Jones has taught elementary, middle, high school, and college level educational Theatre, along with Professional Developments for Theatre Educators, and Osher Sage to Stage for Lifelong Learning. 

    She began her directing career in college with a production of WINNIE THE POOH, so now she brings other beloved storybook characters to life with this upcoming production. 
     

    About the Ojai Art Center Theater…

    The Ojai Art Center is the longest continuously-operating multi-disciplinary center serving the arts in the State of California. Opened in 1939, the Center has eight branches for the various art disciplines. The Theater Branch presents a variety of dramatic productions, ranging from comedy to drama and musicals, annually. The branch has its own directors and monthly meetings to address all theater-related issues. The Artistic Director annually screens proposals for future productions and presents a tentative schedule for approval to the Center’s Board of Directors.

    Ojai Art Center is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

    The Ojai Art Center Theater is located inside the Art Center at:
    113 South Montgomery Street
    Ojai, California 93023
    OjaiACT.org

     

    Ojai Art Center Theater


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