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AUDITION PACK

Thank you for your interest in Border Show Business Academy's production of Seussical Jr.! All eligible registered BSBA students aged 7-18 will be cast in this production of Seussical Jr.!

 

To be eligible;

- you must be aged 7-18 years old.

- commit to an audition, the rehearsals (separate from your normal class) and production dates.

- help to promote the show to get tickets sold.

- be enrolled in at least one Border Show Business *class for terms 3 and 4, 2022 (*places are limited and may become exhausted).

 

Please note, that the production dates may conflict with Year 11 and 12 exams – we are aware of this but are unable to get any other dates at the theatre. 

 

There are no additional show fees, except you will be asked to purchase small incidentals and a cast t-shirt!

 

Incidentals include students' own stage make-up (we will guide you) and although most costume pieces are taken care of by us, we may ask for you to provide items like a basic tee, shorts, leggings, attire for underneath costumes, and coloured plimsoll/canvas or dance shoes - we will let you know once you're cast.

 

Please fill out all required paperwork prior to arriving at the auditions found in this packet. 

 

*Students who prefer to be involved in other roles, such as backstage, costumes, hair and make-up, sets etc, can volunteer via email.

 

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATIONS 

IMPORTANT! If you are not a current student and wish to participate, you will need to register prior to your audition. You must read all terms and conditions, and fees and register prior to coming to auditions. All term fees must be paid in full for students to be able to participate.  

 

AUDITIONS 

Auditions will take place on Saturday 30th July, 10:00 am-4:00 pm in groups of 5, at the BSBA studios. Upon arrival, please check in at reception and hand in your AUDITION FORMS.

 

The BSBA team provides a safe and encouraging environment during the audition process. It’s OK if your child hasn’t performed in a show before or if it’s their 20th time - just encourage them to do their best-  this is NOT “Broadway-Bootcamp!” :)

1. Please find the forms here to bring to your audition.

2. Book your audition online here. Please ensure you read all of this document.

3. See this link for audition materials.

  

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION

SINGING: 

Please prepare one of the songs from Seussical Jr! according to the audition materials and only sing the areas highlighted in yellow. You can also visit the following link for the Seussical Jr! soundtrack on YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drY9t5EO_XE&list=PLAFC62DB9C8B66FB3

 

ACTING: 

All of the audition “sides” are also found in the audition materials. The scenes do not need to be memorized, although you should be familiar with them. Please look over specific roles/scenes you are interested in. The director may ask you to read any of these.

 

DANCE: 

We may ask you to learn a short dance combination from Cait. Please come in clothing and shoes you feel comfortable moving in.

*You will feel more confident if you familiarise yourself with the story of the show and characters prior to auditions! Youtube is your friend here!

 

CASTING 

The creative team work hard to place each child in the role that is best suited for them with regard to their audition, experience and readiness. There will be no further discussion about the decisions made during casting. The Cast List will be sent out by email before the first rehearsal on FRIDAY,  5th August 5-8 PM.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

PRODUCERS- Lauren Schmutter, Caitlin Clarke, Allyssa Constable 

DIRECTOR- Allyssa Constable  

MUSIC DIRECTOR- Lauren Schmutter 

CHOREOGRAPHER- Caitlin Clarke 

ASST. DIRECTOR- Lauren Schmutter 

STAGE MANAGER- TBD 

 

REHEARSALS 

Rehearsals are held at the BSBA studios Sundays 2-5 pm and Fridays 5-8 pm. Not all cast members may be needed at all rehearsals. A rehearsal schedule will be sent before the 1st rehearsal. It is important that cast members are on time for rehearsals and come prepared with their script, pencil, and comfortable clothing/shoes to dance. Unexcused absences may affect the student’s participation and/or role in the show.

 

TECH & DRESS REHEARSALS are at the Albury Entertainment Centre, Sunday, October 30th 2-5 pm, Monday 31st October, Tuesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November, 5-9 pm.

 

PERFORMANCES  

Fri, 4th November - 7 pm

Sat, 5th November - 2 pm and 7 pm

 

*Please note, we will still be holding our annual concert Saturday 3rd December.

 

VOLUNTEERS

We are always in need of extra hands with costumes, publicity, spotlights, set building, backstage help, and an assortment of other tasks!  Please let us know if you or anyone you know is interested in any of these positions.

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

The Cat In The Hat 

The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Look for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience.

 

Jojo 

Jojo is a "Thinker", a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks.

 

Horton The Elephant 

Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton's view of the world never changes - he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.

 

Gertrude Mcfuzz

Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up. 

 

Mayzie La Bird 

Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity-she realizes she isn't the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.

 

Sour Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.

 

The Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers 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 enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. 

 

The Whos

The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. 

 

Mr. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying 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. 

 

Mrs. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying 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.

 

Jungle Creatures, The Grinch, Yertle The Turtle, Vlad Vladikoff 

Ensemble and Featured Ensemble

Contact BSBA, with any questions or call 0414 814 570.

* BSBA Creative Directors reserve the right to exercise discretion in allowing ex-students to participate in this production.