Announcing Seussical! – Fall Musical Theatre Course

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I absolutely love the music and heart of Seussical! Our musical theatre course features a touching story featuring many characters from the beloved Dr. Seuss books. Horton, Cat-In-the-hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, Sour Kangaroo, the who’s from Whoville- all fascinating and unique personalities that interact with Jojo- the Mayor’s son who gets into hot water because of his vivid imagination.

We’re going to hold auditions for our Musical Theatre Course this summer for kids and teens ages 7-16. Those who don’t want to audition and take an ensemble role are welcome to do so. I understand how scary it can be to audition!

Here’s some character descriptions so you can see which fabulous characters you’d be interested in playing. The images below are from when we produced Seussical 5 years ago- Most of these kids are in High School or University majoring in Acting, Tech or Musical Theatre!

Musical Theatre Course: Character Breakdown

musical theatre course seussical cat in the hatThe 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. A physically adept actor (male or female) will play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat does not need to be the strongest singer, but should still have good rhythm and timing.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: Bb4

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical jojo

Jojo is a “dreamer”, a smart child with a wild imagination. Depending on the child, she/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, she/he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. This actor should be a strong singer with natural acting instincts.

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: Ab4

 

 

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical horton

Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. He’s a big-hearted fellow 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. 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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E6
Vocal range bottom: A4

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical Gertrude McFuzz

Gertrude McFuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn’t full like the other bird girls. 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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical mayzie

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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
 

  

  

 
 

 
musical theatre course seussical sour kangaroo
Sour Kangaroo has a lot of attitude. She’s loud, brassy, and challenges Horton that he’s crazy for thinking there are people living on the clover.  She is also a protective mama over her Baby Kangaroo.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical wickersham brothers
The Wickersham Brothers 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. Each brother or sister will find their own Wickersham persona. These characters will be learning hip-hop style chorepgraphy.
Gender: Male/ Female
Vocal range top: G6
Vocal range bottom: A4

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical bird girlsThe Bird Girls are essential to Seussical’s narrative. They are ‘the voices in your head’ and help to further the story through solo lines. They are sassy and follow Mayzie’s lead. Girls who have dance and singing experience will be cast in these roles.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical the whos

The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible.  They should be played for their inherent humanity. They are kind and desperate to be saved by Horton. Everyone playing a Who will create his or her own unique character.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: G3

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical mr and mrs mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are Jojo’s 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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A6
Vocal range bottom: C5
Mrs. Mayor
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical jungle creatures

Jungle Creatures
The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters. Each student will be given the tools to create his or her own individual character with human characteristics.

 

 

musical theatre course seussical jungle creatures
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

The Grinch
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
Gender: Both

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical yertle the turtle

Yertle The Turtle
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
Gender: Both

 

 

 

 

 

 

musical theatre course seussical vlad vladikov

Vlad Vladikov
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by a featured chorus member.
Gender: Both

 

 

 

 

I hope to see many of you returning to our fall musical theatre course as well as seeing new faces!

Click here for more info on our musical theatre course