Rockwall Community Playhouse

AUDITIONS: MOANA JR.

Music and Lyrics by
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i & Mark Mancina

Book Adapted by
Susan Soon He Stanton

Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by
Ian Weinberger

 

Based on the 2016 Disney film Moana

RCP Children's Summer Musical is for ages 6-12
(Tuition: $150)

Director: Darlene Singleton
Music Director: Paul Burnam

Audition Date & Time:
Saturday, May 8 - 10am

Audition Location:
Rockwall Community Playhouse
609 E. Rusk
Rockwall, Texas 75087
972-722-3399

Performance Dates:
July 15-16-17-18, 22-23-24-25

Audition Requirements:

  • SING: Prepare to sing 16 bars of your chosen song. Songs from the show will not be accepted. Pianist will be provided - bring your own sheet music. OR bring your own accompaniment (Tracks (CD), with no backing vocals, that are pre-cut and cued are preferred.)
  • READ: Be prepared to read from the script.
  • DANCE: Learn a short movement combination, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. No flip-flops or boots.
  • HEADSHOT/RESUME: A photo is REQUIRED for your audition. Professional headshots are not necessary. A school photo or other clear photograph will be accepted. While resumes are not required for this audition, it is always encouraged to have a resume at the audition. This is particularly helpful if you have extensive dance or vocal training.

Show Information:

Disney’s MOANA JR. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage.  MOANA JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by composers Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, MOANA JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, MOANA was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands.  MOANA features two Oceanic languages: Samoan, the language of Samoa and Tokelauan, the language of Tokelau.  Everyone in the cast will learn to sing in these Oceanic languages.  

Our production will benefit from a cast that includes a variety of races, genders, abilities, and body types, we will approach our casting process with care and an open mind.  Producing a musical is a wonderful way for our young actors to engage with stories and cultures from around the world.  At the same time, respectful representation of the people and cultures celebrated in MOANA JR. is essential.

Audition Tips

  • Sing an appropriate song in your range - a children's song or show tune is recommended.
  • While performing your song or reading from the script be sure to show the best of your talents!
  • Introduce yourself with energy and confidence.
  • Smile!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What if I have vacations/conflicts?
A: We understand that conflicts will happen. Please bring any conflicts with you to auditions. If we are aware of conflicts in advance, we can be sure to plan around them. NOTE: It is tentatively planned beginning JUNE 15 all rehearsals will be mandatory.

Q: When are rehearsals?
A: The complete schedule will be provided at auditions and at the first rehearsal. Please note: Rehearsal dates and times may shift due to availability of personnel.

  • Rehearsals in May will be after school (4:30pm to 6pm)
  • Rehearsals beginning June and July will be afternoons (1pm - 4pm)

Q: Do I have to find my own costume?
A: RCP will provide most costumes. You may be asked to bring in basic clothing items. These include: Undergarments, undershirts, socks and shoes. Characters shoes are encouraged.

Q: How can other members of my family or my friends get involved without being in the cast?
A: We are always looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Set building
  • Painting
  • Poster distribution
  • Providing snacks
  • Working backstage during tech week, dress rehearsals, and performances

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

MOANA (Girl) - the vibrant, tenacious, and optimistic daughter of Motunui's chief, struggles to reconcile her father's plans for her to take over as the village chief with her own desires to voyage beyond the reef. Ultimately, Moana proves a compassionate and capable leader.  The Director will be looking for an actress who can portray great maturity, possess incredible energy, a fun sense of humor and a strong singer. 

MAUI (Boy) is a demigod and master wayfinder with charisma to spare, has a reputation of being a trickster. Despite his hard exterior, Maui becomes a wonderful friend and mentor to Moana throughout their journey.  Note: The character Maui is based on the fabled Pacific Island demigod (if interested in this role we suggest you research him).  The Director will be looking for a high energy confident actor with great facial expressions and comic timing, who can portray Maui's larger-than-life personality making moments like "You're Welcome" true showstoppers.  Strong confident speaker and singer.

CHIEF ANCESTORS (1-3) (Girl or Boy) the three ancient leaders of Motunui, guide Moana on her quest and narrate her story through speaking and singing solos. These ancestors should be animated storytellers who have excellent diction.  The director will be looking for animated storytellers, clear and confident speakers and singers. These roles will sing solos in both the Oceanic languages and English. 

GRAMMA TALA (Girl) - Moana's wise grandmother and the mother of Chief Tui, is the village storyteller known for being eccentric and dancing to the beat of her own drum.  The Director will be looking for a playful actor with great facial expressions and good comic timing. Strong confident speaker and singer.

CHIEF TUI & ENSEMBLE (Boy) - The proud leader of Motunui and Moana's father, prioritizes the safety of his people and his family.  The Director will be looking for a mature and poised actor and a strong singer.

SINA & ENSEMBLE (Girl) - Moana's supportive mother, is compassionate, perceptive, and strong-willed, and trusts her daughter to make the right decisions.    The Director will be looking for a confident singer who can embody a mature and respected leader. 

HEI HEI & ENSEMBLE (Girl or Boy) Moana's not-so-bright friend, is well­meaning, but naive.  The Director will be looking for an animated actor who can portray innocence and a confident singer.

PUA & ENSEMBLE (Girl or Boy) - Moana's fiercely loyal friend, always supports Moana - even if it means facing her own fears. PUA is sweet, unconditionally loyal, and easily scared. The Director will be looking for an animated actor and a confident singer.

TAMATOA & ENSEMBLE (Girl or Boy) - the vicious and egotistical giant crab who lives in Lalotai, the Realm of Monsters, enjoys gathering shiny baubles to add to an ever-growing collection.  The Director will be looking for an actor who isn't afraid to own the stage with a hip-hop style.  Strong confident speaker and singer

FEATURED ROLES & ENSEMBLE GROUPS 

TE FITI / TE KA (Girl) is the mother island from whose heart all life was created. Deprived of her heart - stolen by Maui - she transforms into the vengeful demon of earth and fire, TE KA. With just two lines and no singing solos the director will be looking for an actor who is a strong lyrical style dancer.

ANCESTOR ENSEMBLE consists of Moana's proud and noble voyaging ancestors who understand her longing to venture beyond the reef and only want what is best for her. This ensemble helps narrate Moana's journey.  The director will cast those who can articulate key storytelling moments clearly through voice and movement. 

OCEAN ENSEMBLE comes together to create the lively and playful sea that frequently interacts with Moana as she voyages. Look for a group of actors who can work well together to create storytelling through movement, as this group helps Moana on her journey to restore the Heart. Additionally, ensure that the Ocean contains enough strong singers to create a rich ensemble vocal sound. 

VILLAGERS ENSEMBLE are hardworking and compassionate people who live on the island of Motunui and include:

  • DANCERS are featured villagers who practice their dancing during "Where You Are (Part 1)
  • WEAVERS are featured villagers who weave baskets during "Where You Are (Part 1 }
  • FISHERS (1-2) are the villagers who bring the news that there are no more fish in the lagoon.

MAUI ENSEMBLE possesses lots of energy and swagger as they help deliver the vibrant and fun number, "You're Welcome:' Within this ensemble there are various opportunities for group and individual singing and spoken solos.

MONSTERS ENSEMBLE including the terrifying GATE MONSTER who growls menacingly at Moana and Maui, are the fearsome inhabitants of Lalotai, the Realm of Monsters. These creepy creatures have little to say, but lots of scaring to do! 

SHINY ENSEMBLE – shares Tamatoa's love for all things that sparkle and shine and includes LEFT CLAW and RIGHT CLAW, Tamatoa's menacing claws who will stop at nothing to help Tamatoa pursue a glittery trinket. As egotistical extensions of the selfish crab, these claws need to be snarky and self-assured singers in "Shiny:' 

If you need additional information, please email us at [email protected]

Date: 05/08/2021 (Sat.)

Time: 10:00am - 10:05am CST

Location: RCP, 609 E. Rusk St, Rockwall

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