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Uptown Music Theater of Highland Park

Seussical Auditions

Uptown Music Theater of Highland Park is excited to announce non-equity auditions for Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination, Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Directed by Debra Goldman - Music Direction and Orchestra Direction by Marty Karlin - Choreography by Sarah Makkawy - Set Design by Bob Silton - Costume Design by Martha Shuford

Audition Dates: June 6, 7, and 9, 2022 at 6pm with callbacks on June 11. Walk-ins welcome!

Location: West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park, IL 60035

Stipend, Commission, and Comps Policy: Uptown Music Theater offers a $100 stipend for lead and supporting roles. In addition, our ticket policy offers all performers two options: traditional comps or a commission on tickets sold. More details available at auditions.

Time Commitment: Read through will be on June 14th at 6:30. Rehearsals will be held at West Ridge Center in Highland Park between June 27 and August 26 before moving to the performance space in Highland Park on August 27. Performances are at the brand-new Northwood Theater in Highland Park on Fridays and Saturdays September 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays September 4, 5, 10, and 11 at 2pm. Rehearsal and performance spaces are near Metra train stations.

COVID-19 Policy: All cast and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted, as recommended by the CDC guidelines, for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Proof of vaccination and booster status (as applicable) must be provided at auditions before being seen. This information will be verified at auditions against a physical vaccination card, photocopy of vaccination card, digital record of vaccination, or a printed record from your vaccine provider. Performers must remain masked at all times until their audition. Staff will be fully masked at all times.

Safety at Rehearsals and Performances: Uptown Music Theater intends to have mask-free performances of this production. Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, Uptown and the production staff will follow the latest local and CDC guidelines for rehearsals and performances and will partner with cast and staff to ensure the safety and comfort of all involved. Presently, masks that cover the lower half of the face including the nose must be worn at all times during rehearsals.

Material to Prepare: 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that shows your voice at its best. Music must be in the key you plan to sing. Please provide music in a book or double-sided in a 3-ring binder. Be prepared to dance. Please complete this digital form before arrival. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

Contact Info: Please make an audition appointment here. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Uptown Music Theater is committed to diversity, positivity, and inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

Auditions may be recorded on video. Expect to stay for some time past your chosen time slot for dance auditions. It is the policy of Uptown Music Theater to accept walk-in auditions.

All roles are available.

Lead Roles:The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, JoJo, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird

Supporting Roles: Sour Kangaroo, Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, Bird Girls (3), The Wickersham Brothers (3) 

Other roles: Ensemble

Character Breakdown:

The Cat in the Hat - Our story's omniscient narrator, the Cat is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive. (male identifying, female identifying, or non-binary) Age: 18 - 40 Vocal range: F2 to F4 or Bb4 to D6

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. Age: 18 - 40 Vocal range: A2 to F4

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. (male identifying, female identifying, or non-binary)  Age: 10 - 17 Vocal range: Ab3 to C5

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. She endeavors to help Horton. Age: 18 - 40 Vocal range: F3 to F5

Mayzie Labird - 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. Age: 18 -40 Vocal range: G3 to Eb5

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. Age 25-50 Vocal range: F#3 to F5

General Genghis Khan Schmitz - Proud and misguided military leader of children, which renders him comical. Age: 30-? Vocal range: Baritone

Mr. Mayor - JoJo's father, who loves JoJo dearly, trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. Age: 30 - 50 Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone

Mrs. Mayor - JoJo's mother, who loves JoJo dearly, trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. Age: 30 - 50 Vocal range: Soprano

Bird Girls Mayzie's friends – a jazzy, sassy girl group Age: 18 - 40 Vocal range: Alto, Mezzo, Soprano

The Wickersham Brothers - Mischievous boys, who like to tease, play pranks, and make music together. Age: 18-40 Vocal range: Bass, Baritone, Tenor

Ensemble - Including The Grinch, Judge Yertle the Turtle, Vlad Vladikoff, Jungle Creatures, Circus Characters, and The Whos. Age and range: 10 and up, various

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