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Youth Theatre Auditions

2019-2020 Season

Auditions for THE CAT IN THE HAT

CASTING for “DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT!”

***AUDITION DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED***

***PERFORMANCE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED***

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss

Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain

Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell

Dr. Seuss text, characters and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Directed by Scott Dunlap

ABOUT AUDITIONS:

Parking is free. Obtain a parking pass upon your arrival for our parking lot, adjacent to CTC.

PLEASE SCHEDULE AN AUDITION DATE by emailing [email protected], this will help us control the number of people we are seeing, should there still be suggested guidelines on large groups at that time.

You only need to come to one initial audition, please EMAIL A REQUEST TO AUDITION either DATES TBA. If you are flexible to either day, please let Scott know. This will also allow us to email you directly, should we have to make further changes to our schedule.

You do not need to prepare anything. We do not need a headshot or resume.

Callbacks date to be announced.

Your picture may be taken as a part of the audition process. This helps track who has auditioned and gives us a record of proportions compared to other actors who are auditioning.

This is a highly competitive audition, it is understood that if you are auditioning you will accept any role assigned to you. A part of the process of learning about theatre is embracing the role you have been given and making it the very best you can.

Be prepared to introduce yourself. Be able to project your voice. Speak slowly and clearly. Project confidence, be careful not to fidget.

Bring a list of any conflicts with rehearsals. The conflict list should specify conflicts from the rehearsal start date until the date of the last show. You should have NO CONFLICTS during show performances or the last week of rehearsals (“tech week”).

When you arrive, please make sure to read and/or listen to the audition instructions carefully.

Be prepared to wait. Audition process in a long process, all productions hit snags, delays, etc. Don’t complain, be patient. A part of your audition is how you behave when others have the spotlight. Each person is given enough time for the professional staff to make a casting decision.

Bottled water is permitted during the audition and in the backstage area. ABSOLUTELY, NO FOOD, GUM/CANDY, or DRINKS in the theatre or rehearsal space.

No mobile phones, electronic games, laptops, tablets, iPads, etc. These items must remain in your backpacks/ purses/bag with the ringer turned to silent and NOT on your person!!

If you are not called back, you may already be cast, and we saw everything we needed to at the initial audition.

Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production, trust the professional staff to do what is best for this particular production.

ABOUT CONFLICTS:

Please be aware of any date you might have a conflict with our normal rehearsal schedule; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7pm.

Rehearsals most likely begin as early as TBA this totally depends on the availability of the cast.

We might rehearse during holidays, this includes Memorial Day and Father’s Day, so please let us know at the audition if you have a conflicts. This doesn’t mean you can’t have conflicts with holidays, it just means that we will still rehearse and you will be responsible for getting any information you might’ve missed.

Casting can depend on conflicts, if you miss too many rehearsals then we can’t help you prepare and it puts your fellow cast mates at a disadvantage as well. But let us be the judge of that, it never hurts to audition.

Be certain there are no conflicts with performances or tech week. “Tech Week” for will be TBA.

Please check with teachers and administrators to make sure that there isn’t some conflict with your child’s school.

When preparing your conflict list, include conflicts with sports, school activities, vacations, doctor appointments (avoid orthodontist appointments during tech and show weeks), birthday parties and other activities. Help your child decide which activities are priorities to him/her. Also, pay close attention to the “mandatory” rehearsal dates such as technical (tech) week rehearsals, school performances, dress rehearsal, and show days.

A full POTENTIAL rehearsal/performance schedule can be obtained at the audition.

ABOUT REHEARSALS:

The theatre is a big commitment of time and energy.

When making the decision to participate in our program please be mindful of our schedule and the importance of rehearsals.

Please note that not everyone may be called for every rehearsal.

Actors will only be called when they are needed to work. When the actor is not called to rehearsal, it is expected that he or she will continue to practice their scenes at home.

Attendance at ALL technical (tech) week rehearsals as well as ALL performances is mandatory. “Tech” involves actors and backstage crew, so it is vital that everyone participate.

Please note that two unexcused absences may result in the forfeiture of your child’s role.

All rehearsal schedules are made by the Director. These decisions are based on several factors such as cast and staff availability, space availability, progress made on scenes and blocking, etc. Each rehearsal builds on the next, so if one is missed, there will not be a “make-up” session.

A potential rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions, this isn’t definitive, because an actual rehearsal schedule is NOT made until we know your availability.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world.

In this lively, engaging adaptation, not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss’ classic, ensuring that anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined. There are however, fun-filled physically comic bits that embellish some of the more silly capers caused by The Cat and his “assistants.” The show has lots of movement and “clowning.” From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure… but what will mom find when she gets home…?

ABOUT THE ROLES:

Currently, there are up to 12 ROLES AVAILABLE: There will be two casts (The GRINCH cast and the HORTON cast) of 6 Actors (this is subject to change, depending on availability, we may have ONE cast). The show can be quite funny with lots of physical comedy, so dancers, gymnasts and athletes are welcome. This is a great show for those who might not want to learn a lot of lines or afraid to have large speaking roles. Special skills such as tumbling, unicycle riding, and juggling aren’t required, but can be great assets to the show.

MOST ROLES can be EITHER MALE or FEMALE, and FLEXIBLE in AGES.

THE BOY (Grade 4 – 8) Sally’s brother, can be either male or female. Curious and excitable, but responsible and cautious.

SALLY (Grade 4-8) The Boy’s sister, female. She is wide-eyed and very curious.

THE CAT (Grade 8-12) Male or Female. A showoff and in wild pursuit of fun. Magical, mischievous and daring. Lots of opportunities for physical comedy.

THE FISH (Grade 8-12) This Is the family fish and parental figure of the story. Cane be either male or female. Anxious, uptight, and sapient.

THING 1 and 2/KITTEN A and B: (Grade 4-12) Things 1 & 2 are the kite-flying duo that wreaks havoc on Boy and Sally’s house. They will double as Kittens A & B, who are The Cat’s playful assistants. Lots of opportunities for physical comedy.

F.A.Q.

“Where do I park?”

You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.

“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”

The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. PLEASE, SCHEDULE AN AUDITION DATE, by emailing [email protected]

Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks, if necessary, for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition, so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.

“Is it okay to arrive at 5pm for the audition?”

Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 5pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 5pm.

“How old do I need to be to audition?”

The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12.

It is recommended that you be in 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.

“Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?”

No, we will work with you at the audition and give everyone the same opportunities. We often play theatre and improve games. The attitude with which you work on these is just as important, if not more so, than the way you perform them or the lines you read. Behavior during the audition tells the professional staff a lot about what your behavior will be like during the rehearsal. If there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please email the Youth Theatre Director, Scott Dunlap at [email protected]

Hope to see you there!

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Youth Theatre Audition FAQ

“Where do I park?” 
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.

“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition (August 29 at 5pm), so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.

“Is it okay to arrive at 5pm for the audition?”
Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 5pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 5pm.

“How old do I need to be to audition?” 
The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12.
It is recommended that you be in 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.

“Do I need to prepare anything?”
No, if there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting.