Project Theatre Youth Theatre
Auditions Information for Little Mermaid JR 2018
Read all the information here in the note given out at rehearsals:
Auditions Dates Schedule
All at Grangemouth High
4 April – Auditions Preparation Workshop - 6.30-8.30pm
This workshop is for everyone regardless of if you are going for a role in the show or as a chorus member so you can learn vital skills for future auditions and learn more about the show and the characters.
11 April – Dance & Movement Workshop / Audition - 6.30-8.30pm
This workshop is for everyone regardless of if you are going for a role in the show or as a chorus member so you can learn vital dance and movement skills which everyone will need as a member of the cast and chorus.
18 April – Roles Auditions - 6.30-9pm
Those auditioning for a Principal role will audition performing an acting and singing piece from the show.
25 April – Roles Auditions & Callbacks - 6.30-9pm
Remaining auditions and those we wish to see again to possibly audition for another part.
Please note: Those not auditioning will watch film, have member photos and costume measurements taken and rehearse chorus numbers so must attend.
Picking a character role(s) to audition for
You can audition for two roles. Please be aware though after your first audition you may be called back to read for another part and you should be open to this if you wish to be considered for a Principal role. Below tells you about each character and the chorus roles which do not need auditioned for and the singing ranges required.
We ask that all those wishing to audition let us know by putting name on the audition list at the rehearsal before or during the week by email or SMS to the company mobile before auditions.
Characters you can audition for:
Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Jetsam, Flotsam, Ursela, Flounder, Sebastian, Grimsby, Mersisters/Princesses, Scuttle & Chef Louis.
What you will need to prepare and do on the audition day
You will be given all the information and audition material you will need to prepare and know about in advance on 4th April at the Audition preparation workshop including what script pieces and songs you will perform.
Please note: you are not required to memorise lines or lyrics nor wear any costume etc.
Acting Script Pieces:
Singing Audition Lyrics:
We will hope to have cast confirmed and announced by Wednesday 2nd May ready for first full company rehearsal, give out scripts and possibly have a read through with principals only on Sunday 29th April 3.30pm-5pm.
Ariel, the heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role. Ariel has some beautiful solos but must be able to convey meaning through gesture once she loses her voice.
Carlotta is the headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s greatest human ally. This non-singing role needs to be warm and maternal to make Ariel feel welcome.
Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer. (May double up as the Pilot also).
The Chefs are Chef Louis’s assistants. The music in “Les Poissons” can be challenging, so good choral singers are a plus for this group. Our Chefs can also double as members of the Sea Chorus.
FLOTSAM & JETSAM
Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so we will look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls.
Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in “She’s in Love.” Flounder can be cast with a girl or a boy with an unchanged voice. This may be a wonderful role for a younger performer who is ready to take the next step into the spotlight.
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. While Grimsby does have some singing to do, strong acting trumps singing ability for this role.
The Gulls are Scuttle’s flock of zany “back-up singers” who help explain human stuff to Ariel. While there are three principal gulls written in the score, we may add more if needed. The Gulls’ solos can be spoken if necessary.
King Triton rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent. We will look to cast a mature performer who feels comfortable playing father to Ariel and the Mersisters. May be female playing male.
LAGOON ANIMALS (part of Chorus ensemble - no specific audition needed)
The Lagoon Animals try to convince Prince Eric to kiss Ariel. This ensemble can double as the Sea Creatures.
MERFOLK (part of Chorus ensemble - no specific audition needed)
The Merfolk of King Triton’s Court and can double as Sea Creatures.
The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters. These characters may double up as the Princesses.
The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship. This nautical expert who entertains the sailors with wild tales of the sea presents an opportunity to highlight a developing performer. The Pilot has a few speaking lines, but his singing voice is most important. (May double up as Chef Louis)
Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart. We will look for a charming performer with a sensitive nature. Prince Eric has a few small solos, but it is more important to cast a strong actor in this role. May be a female playing male.
The six Princesses try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric. Since none of them possesses the voice Prince Eric is searching for, cast actresses who can create an exaggerated and comedic personality through song. The six Princesses can double as the six Mersisters.
SAILORS (part of Chorus ensemble - no specific audition needed)
The Sailors are the crew of Prince Eric’s ship. They are eager for adventure and ready to tackle a storm. The Sailors will be played by boys and girls and can double as Sea Chorus.
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans. He is funny and off-beat. While a good singer will rock “Human Stuff,” this song can easily be spoken in rhythm. Look for a performer with good comedic timing who is willing to have fun with Scuttle’s eccentricities.
SEA CHORUS (part of Chorus ensemble - no specific audition needed)
The Sea Chorus is responsible for creating each world within the show as performers who can move gracefully and are capable of being part of a scene without drawing focus. This can also be an opportunity to showcase some of your more skilled dancers. The Sea Chorus can double as Merfolk, Sea Creatures and Lagoon Animals.
SEA CREATURES (part of Chorus ensemble - no specific audition needed)
The Sea Creatures are the ensemble under water animals in King Triton’s court. They can include as few or as many performers as your production permits. There are several moments to showcase both dancers and singers in “Under the Sea.”
The Seahorse is the court herald for King Triton. This non-singing part is a good role for a young performer with a clear speaking voice.
Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! We will look for a strong singer who can also handle Sebastian’s emotional range. Sebastian can be played by a boy or girl.
The Tentacles are extensions of Ursula, perhaps the poor unfortunate souls who are now trapped in her lair. We will look for upto six or eight performers who work well together and can move as a unit.
Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. We will look to cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s humor while finding texture in Ursula’s complexity. Ursula’s songs can be challenging, so we will be looking for a singer who will feel comfortable with these solos.