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Auditions for Seussical!   - Project ID # 1592692
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   McLean, Virginia Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   03-28-19
Audition Date   04-06-19 Submission Deadline   04-05-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Washington, DC>Baltimore, MD

A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. The Cat in the Hat guides us into The Jungle of Nool where we see Horton, the kind hearted elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whoville. He meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”Horton decides he must protect the speck of dust on a nearby clover, while at the same time protecting an abandoned egg left to his care by the lazy Mayzie la Bird.

Role # 1 - Horton The Elephant Submit yourself for this role
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Horton's main objective throughout the show is to protect the defenseless charges in his care  Mayzie's abandoned egg and the invisible planet of Who. His secondary objective is to become connected with another being that values and cares for him. Horton, as an elephant, is a slow-moving, gentle giant a contemplative thinker in a world of agile, fleet-footed, quick and opinionated jungle animals. Physically and socially different than the other animals, Horton is an easy scapegoat. But Horton's bulk is matched by his solid, steadfast integrity and deeply-grounded beliefs.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Getrude McFuzz Submit yourself for this role
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Gertrude's main objective is to win Horton's attention and affection. She is determined to do whatever it takes to make that happen. Gertrude is a wallflower who is more comfortable observing others than being the center of attention. This is a difficult personality trait for her when she wants to be noticed by the elephant whose kind heart she has come to love. Gertrude doesn't quite fit in with the other jungle animals, feels unsure of herself socially, and the physical flaws she perceives in herself give support to her insecurities. Feeling unworthy and too unattractive to capture Horton's affection, Gertrude is swayed by Mayzie's tips on self-beautification and the promise of grandiose results. Gertrude embellishes her tail in an attempt to fit the norm. When her change goes unnoticed by Horton, and then becomes a calamitous hindrance, Gertrude realizes the benefits of function over fashion and finds her power when she abandons the need to conform. She refocuses on what is most important to her, and her approach to winning Horton's love matures. Knowing the depth of his commitments, Gertrude dedicates herself to helping him in his pursuits. She is ferociously diligent, endures many perils and sacrifices, but is ultimately triumphant. In the end, the enormity of her efforts and accomplishments captures Horton's admiration and affection, and Gertrude finally sees her own value and beauty reflected through Horton's love.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Mayzie Labird Submit yourself for this role
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Mayzie's objective is to have a good time while leading life to the fullest. She finds great pleasure in her flashiness and enjoys being admired, adored, sought after and serviced, whether by her Bird Girls, groupies, or by the paramours she meets on her adventures. Many have a hard time keeping up with her, as she is a real powerhouse, with great intelligence, beauty, and style. She has real star power and enjoys nothing more than being in the spotlight. When her escapades leave her saddled with an egg, she realizes that she is not qualified for the job and is relieved and grateful when she finds in Horton a better caregiver than herself. She is also relieved that her exciting lifestyle will not have to be interrupted.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - The Sour Kangaroo Submit yourself for this role
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The Sour Kangaroo is the diva queen of the jungle. She is a tyrannical marsupial with attitude! She has style and flair, but she is also hard-hearted and sour. She has worked her way to the top and commands power and respect, but her rise to power did not come easily and she knows how hard life can be. Having been around the block a few times, she does not suffer fools gladly. She believes nonsense leaves people out in the cold, without food or home, and survival is the key instinct to coping in the jungle. To her, reality is not open to interpretation, and Horton's claims are seemingly impossible, and therefore disturbing. As she sees it, Horton's fantasies attempt to alter the reality she depends on and undermine her security and sanity. His crazy assertions endanger the normalcy of the Jungle of Nool and she, wanting to protect the jungle from harm, believes he needs to be stopped, if needed, by a Kangaroo Court. She is a mother who does not tolerate silliness. Roo is raised to be tough and fierce, not a dreamer. The Sour Kangaroo holds onto her power by rewarding those who cater to her opinions and punishing those who do not. She is General Genghis Khan Schmitz's parallel in the jungle world. Both are driven, rigid thinkers. Sour Kangaroo does have a change of heart. When she realizes she is wrong, she is quick to acknowledge it and correct her mistakes. Her maternal instincts come to bear when pledging to care for the Whos.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Roo Submit yourself for this role
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The Sour Kangaroo is the diva queen of the jungle. She is a tyrannical marsupial with attitude! She has style and flair, but she is also hard-hearted and sour. She has worked her way to the top and commands power and respect, but her rise to power did not come easily and she knows how hard life can be. Having been around the block a few times, she does not suffer fools gladly. She believes nonsense leaves people out in the cold, without food or home, and survival is the key instinct to coping in the jungle. To her, reality is not open to interpretation, and Horton's claims are seemingly impossible, and therefore disturbing. As she sees it, Horton's fantasies attempt to alter the reality she depends on and undermine her security and sanity. His crazy assertions endanger the normalcy of the Jungle of Nool and she, wanting to protect the jungle from harm, believes he needs to be stopped, if needed, by a Kangaroo Court. She is a mother who does not tolerate silliness. Roo is raised to be tough and fierce, not a dreamer. The Sour Kangaroo holds onto her power by rewarding those who cater to her opinions and punishing those who do not. She is General Genghis Khan Schmitz's parallel in the jungle world. Both are driven, rigid thinkers. Sour Kangaroo does have a change of heart. When she realizes she is wrong, she is quick to acknowledge it and correct her mistakes. Her maternal instincts come to bear when pledging to care for the Whos.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 7 to 13
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Bird Girls Submit yourself for this role
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The three Bird Girls are a dynamic "girl group." Individually, each is a gorgeous, tropically decked-out, hot jungle bird. As a trio, they live to sing, dance and perform. They love to tell stories, embellished by their melodious voices and expressive physiques. The Bird Girls are visceral, opulent beings who respond to the stimulus around them. Whenever there is music, they are "on." They live in the moment, embodying the mood and feel of their environment at any given time. Because they have a heightened awareness of the external world and themselves in it, they are less internally aware and are not introspective or contemplative. On the whole, they reflect the world around them, enjoy a good time and do not have a strong moral compass. Because of this, they are swayed by the crowd and by those in power, and easily adopt the prevailing belief. The Bird Girls serve as back-up performers to the exquisite talents of Mayzie La Bird, and through their affiliation with her are lifted to the upper echelons of the jungle hierarchy. They enjoy being appreciated for their beauty and performing talents and flirt with the powerful Wickersham Brothers.

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Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Wickershams Submit yourself for this role
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The Wickersham Brothers live to impress the world with their strength and prowess. They want to be seen as virile, dominant, alpha males. They are impulsive bad boys who like to monkey around, creating havoc for fun. They pride themselves on their agility, speed, and cunning, and feed off of each other, seeking out vulnerable prey to subordinate. In order to feel a sense of superiority, they intimidate, bully and harass those they consider to be weaker. However, their bravado has its roots in insecurity, not evil. Their macho posturing increases when around the beautiful Bird Girls. They are henchmen for the powerful Sour Kangaroo, acting as her aggressive arms of law. But they are not sociopaths  just attention-seeking daredevils who live for thrills and status as the bad biker boys of the jungle. The Wickershams feel their power in making Horton cower. They enjoy feeling his fear and dislike him for his insecurity and tenderness  attributes they are uncomfortable with. They value speed, he is slow; they love agility, he can't move well. They see his contemplation as slowness/stupidity and his talking to the speck as insanity, which frightens and disturbs their world.

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Age: from 14 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Yurtle the Turtle Submit yourself for this role
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Yertle believes he has been endowed with some superior gifts not shared by the other animals and deserves a higher stature. He has a sense of entitlement and has a need for order. He likes to be the one who is looked to for decision-making and setting things right.

Physical attributes and movement abilities: He has a solid physique, does not need to be a great mover.

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Age: from 14 to 60
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Role # 9 - Vlad Vladikoff Submit yourself for this role
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Vlad Vladikoff does the Wickersham's' dirty work. In his full glory, with his large imposing wing spread, he is scary and formidable. Physical attributes and movement abilities: His movement is powerful and precise and needs to be executed carefully. Two characters come together to create Vlad Vladikoff: the eagle, Vlad, and the eaglet.

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Age: from 14 to 60
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Role # 10 - Jungle Animals Submit yourself for this role
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The Jungle animals are "street-smart" creatures who live by the laws of the jungle. They are motivated by base survival urges and live to be a part of the herd. They follow the pack, needing to fit in, conform to group dynamics and not be ostracized. They know their place in the jungle kingdom hierarchy; they follow the powerful Kangaroo without question and do not cross the Wickershams. They reside instinctively in their bodies and are alert and agile while grazing, lazing in the sun, or being on a chase. They are easily excited into mob frenzy and will enthusiastically join in a hunt or a Kangaroo Court. All the animals have individual movement and character traits that distinguish them from one another. The jungle animals are the jewels of the jungle, brightly anointed with Seussian colors.

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Age: from 14 to 60
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Role # 11 - Jojo Submit yourself for this role
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JoJo will be referred to as "he" regardless of who is cast. JoJo wants to be valued and loved for himself. He lives in a society that doesn't seem to notice or care about any of the things he holds dear to heart. He feels unseen and unappreciated by his family and community and begins to doubt his own worth. He longs for a friend with whom to share his thoughts, a soulmate who can understand his experience. JoJo stands out in a world that values conformity. When he expresses the wondrous thoughts in his head, instead of inspiring awe and emulation, he is met with disdain and disapproval. JoJo's travails increase when he is sent to the military for training. His parents and the General hope that his extravagant individual expression will be suppressed by military regimentation and that he will become an obedient soldier who follows orders unquestioningly  a non-thinking cog in an efficient machine. But his marvelous fantasies cannot be contained nor can he stop thinking or questioning. His felicitous connection and subsequent friendship with Horton helps boost his self-esteem, and as he witnesses the mindless conformity of the cadets and General Schmitz's nonsensical pursuit of the Butter Side Downers, he comes to believe more deeply in himself. His courage to speak his own mind, in the face of oppression, and to follow his intuition, in the midst of danger, finally leads to a triumphant recognition of his heroic visionary strengths.

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Age: from 10 to 14
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 - Mr. Mayor Submit yourself for this role
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Mr. Mayor wants to be a good leader and father. He is a recently-elected official who is proud of his new role and eager to prove his abilities. He feels he must embody the high standards he hopes his citizens will live up to. Mr. Mayor has taken a leadership role at a difficult time. Not only is the planet rudderless, and open to dangers from without, but there are internal problems as well. War is brewing on his home front, and, in his own home, he is disturbed by the troubling antics of his dreamer son, JoJo. As a public official, Mr. Mayor expects his son to exhibit upright behavior, not the surprising, unruly, disruptive behaviors that have him sent home from school. Mr. Mayor likes his world to be tidy and predictable. JoJo's active imagination creates messy and unpredictable results. These results confound, bewilder and embarrass his father. Although beginning to worry about his ability to rule his community and household, Mr. Mayor is able to seek external help. He calls out for assistance and his cries reach Horton's ears. He enlists the help of General Genghis Khan Schmitz to bring JoJo into conformity. He is dedicated to making his world better, and does what he knows to make changes happen, but he learns something about his values in the process. After meeting General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Mr. Mayor wonders if the harsh military training is really what JoJo needs. After receiving word of JoJo's death, Mr. Mayor deeply regrets his decision to to send JoJo off to war. After JoJo returns home, Mr. Mayor is so grateful to have his son back that he unconditionally accepts him, wild thoughts and all. Coming to learn that JoJo found his way home by himself using his thoughts/hunches, Mr. Mayor comes to value JoJo's thinking abilities, and eventually depends on JoJo to use his imaginative powers to help save the planet.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 - Mrs. Mayor Submit yourself for this role
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Mrs. Mayor wants, above all else, to be a good wife and mother. She is married to a recently-elected politician who takes great pleasure in representing the community he loves. She is proud to be his wife and wishes to uphold the values they share and she strives to present their family as an exemplary, well-put-together unit. But this is not an easy time in Mrs. Mayor's life. The planet they live on has only just nearly been rescued from peril. And although temporarily safe from that danger, she worries about the war that looms on the horizon and she has concerns closer to home. Her son JoJo's "thinks "have been causing all sorts of consternation at home and at school. JoJo's behavior shames her family's public face and while Mrs. Mayor strives to keep their world tidy, neat, and free from unexpected occurrence, JoJo's imagination is disruptive and creates turmoil and mess. The society she lives in frowns on such spontaneous outbursts and Mrs. Mayor is at her wits' end with JoJo. She wants what is best for him and sees that he is naturally inclined to be a dreamer, but she fears his imaginative tendencies will only continue to get him in greater trouble. Mrs. Mayor shares her husband's worry about not knowing how to best care for their "different" child, and, together, they decide to send him away for military training, with the hope that it will cure him of his errant thoughts and help him conform more to societal norms.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 25 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 - Gen. Genhis Schmitz Submit yourself for this role
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General Genghis Khan Schmitz sees the world in simple contrasts: good and evil, weak and strong, boy and man. He believes in values of militaristic regimentation: conformity, rigorous and disciplined physical training, and following orders without questions. There is no place on the battlefield for dreaming. General Genghis Khan Schmitz believes in what is familiar to him, and aberrations from that frighten and confound him. He champions fighting wars but does not think deeply about the core conflict. He is zealous in his belief that Butter Side Downers oppose what he knows to be right, whether the issue is trivial or not. His objective is to curtail thinking and behavior that is different from the norm. His main two enemies are unruly children and the Butter Side Downers. General Genghis Khan Schmitz does have a change of heart and ends up questioning his mission. In the end, he supports and celebrates imaginative power.

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Age: from 30 to 65
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Role # 15 - The Grinch Submit yourself for this role
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The Grinch is a green beastie who lives in Whoville. He is a happy member of the Who community, but this wasn't always the case. He once lived angrily apart and wished to disrupt the pleasantry of the Whos. His story and change of heart are all part of Who culture now, and happily retold every Christmas.

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Age: from 25 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 - Who Citizens Submit yourself for this role
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The Citizens of Who are innocent, slightly quirky people who value conformity and clean living. For the most part, they are happy, hard-working, earnest citizens who enjoy their lives and one another. The Whos do not examine their lives deeply. They live simply from day to day and depend on those in charge to lead them. They live in a bubble of pleasant uniformity. Their thinking is restricted to what is known and familiar to them; any deviations from the norm are viewed with confusion and suspicion. The Whos' main objective is to keep the status quo: to keep their planet safe, their bread butter side up, and their lives tidy and predictable. Their enemies are those that disrupt their steady, accustomed way of life (Butter Side Downers and kids with overly extravagant imaginations).

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Age: from 18 to 60
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