AUDITIONS FOR "SEUSSICAL"

Familiarize yourself with the musical. There are many versions you can watch on Youtube... the soundtrack is there too.  Here is the version we recommend:
Your audition appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and appointments are booked closely together, so please make every effort to arrive on time (or early!)
Here is what you should prepare for your audition:
SINGING PORTION
ACTING PORTION

 

Once you're familiar with the show, choose 1-2 different characters that you feel you are right for.  Prepare the song they sing in the show.  Pick 16 bars of the most difficult part of the song.  You will be singing this acapella (no accompaniment).  

 

You are permitted to bring a copy of your music in the room but we would really like you to be memorized!  

 

It's very, very important that you make bold, exciting choices and give the character a strong personality - that is much more important to us than having you sing perfectly!  We can always change the key of the song for the right actor.  We want to see you act!

All of this music can be found online.  If you are having difficulty, send us an email. 

SUGGESTED VOCAL AUDITIONS

HORTON
“Horton Hears a Who” and “Alone In The Universe” 

GERTRUDE
“Amazing Gertrude” and “Notice Me, Horton” 

CAT IN THE HAT
“Oh, The Thinks You Can Think (Cat Intro)” 

 

MAYZIE
“Amayzing Mayzie”

 

SOUR KANGAROO, BIRD GIRLS, and FEMALE JUNGLE ANIMALS 
“Egg, Nest, and Tree”

WICKERSHAMS, VLAD, YERTLE , and MALE JUNGLE ANIMALS 
“Egg, Nest, and Tree”

MR. & MRS. MAYOR and WHOS 

“Here On Who”

GENERAL GENGHIS KAHN SCHMITZ 

“The Military”

JOJO

“Alone In The Universe”

 

Choose 1-2. 

You are permitted to bring a copy of your sides in the room but we would really like you to be memorized!

Make interesting choices with your character!!!

  

THE CAT IN THE HAT

 

SIDE 1

(THE CAT appears wearing a stethoscope.)

THE CAT
Tut tut, the Doctor said. 
Such talk! It's too absurd!  
Your little tail is just right  
for your kind of bird! 
(pause)
All right already! Bring in the Pill-berry bush!
 

SIDE 2

(THE CAT appears as an auctioneer. NOTE: Another "free" improvisational area for THE CAT please start with what's here, and improvise with audience a little.)
 

THE CAT

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Seusseby's. Our first item up to bid this evening is lot 39, a pendulous pachyderm on egg, nest and tree. The bidding will begin at ten thousand dollars. Do I hear ten, ten thousand? 
(THE CAT improvs with the audience.) 
Going once, going twice and..... 
(THE CAT bangs his gavel.) 
Sold!  to the man with the sideburns and the greasy black moustache - oh, excuse me, Madam! 
Sold instead, to the man from the circus!

 

 

JOJO

SIDE 1

(A red-and-white-striped hat sits on a very empty stage. JOJO enters and notices it.)
 

JOJO

Now that is a very unusual hat.
I wonder what's under a hat such as that. 
It could be a creature they call the Ga-Zat
Who balances things on his head, 'cause it's flat. 
Or a stripe-loving Pipester from Upper Mount Bat. 
Or a sort of a kind of a hat-wearing...
(The BOY picks up the hat, and THE CAT IN THE HAT (THE CAT) suddenly appears.)
Cat!
 

SIDE 2

HORTON

Hello...hello?
 

JOJO

(casually to his clover)  Hello?
 

HORTON

Who's there?
 

JOJO

It's me, JoJo. The Mayor's son.
 

HORTON

I'm Horton. The elephant.
 

JOJO

Are you real, or are you a very large Think?
 

HORTON

Oh, I'm real all right. I would state that in ink.
 

JOJO

In my Thinks, I imagine a lot of strange things, and I go to strange places, as if I had wings! I love a good Think!
 

HORTON

Well, for me that goes double.
 

JOJO

Sometimes my Thinks are what get me in trouble.
 

HORTON

When you think, do you dream?
 

JOJO

In bright colors!
 

HORTON

Me, too.   (pause)  And I got to strange places. Like Solla Sollew!
 

JOJO

When you think, do you think you could fly to the stars?
 

HORTON

Little friend, no one else could have Thinks such as ours!

 

 

HORTON THE ELEPHANT

SIDE 1

HORTON

Hello...hello?
 

JOJO

(casually to his clover)  Hello?
 

HORTON

Who's there?
 

JOJO

It's me, JoJo. The Mayor's son.
 

HORTON

I'm Horton. The elephant.
 

JOJO

Are you real, or are you a very large Think?
 

HORTON

Oh, I'm real all right. I would state that in ink.
 

JOJO

In my Thinks, I imagine a lot of strange things, and I go to strange places, as if I had wings! I love a good Think!
 

HORTON

Well, for me that goes double.
 

JOJO

Sometimes my Thinks are what get me in trouble.
 

HORTON

When you think, do you dream?
 

JOJO

In bright colors!
 

HORTON

Me, too.   (pause)   And I go to strange places. Like Solla Sollew!
 

JOJO

When you think, do you think you could fly to the stars?
 

HORTON

Little friend, no one else could have Thinks such as ours!
 

SIDE 2

(The clover drops, and the WHOS scream. HORTON tries to catch it, but it's too late. They are lost in a huge field of clover. HORTON stands alone.)

HORTON

That bird let that clover drop somewhere inside
Of a great patch of clovers, a hundred miles wide! 
I'll find it. I'll find it! I'll find it or bust! 
Well, I shall find my friends on their small speck of dust. 
Yes, clover by clover by clover with care 
I'll listen and call, are you there? Are you there?

 

SIDE 3

HORTON

Why, Mayzie, I couldn't. Of all silly things! 
I haven't got feathers. I haven't got wings. 
And not only that, but I'm here on a search.
I just couldn't leave my poor Whos in the lurch!
 

MAYZIE

I won't be gone long, kid. I give you my word.
I'll hurry right back, 'cause I'm that sort of bird!
Oh, Horton, I promise! I'll fly back real soon.
I'd only be gone for, say, one afternoon!
 

HORTON

(A beat, as HORTON considers this.)
Well, we all need vacations. 
All right, go on, take it. 
I'll sit on your egg and I'll try not to break it. 
But please come back quickly   
One hour, maybe two. 
I need to find JoJo. 
I've got to save Who!

 

 

GERTRUDE MCFUZZ

SIDE 1

GERTRUDE

Horton, I bought you a scarf.
 

HORTON

Thank you, Gertrude. Have you heard from Mayzie?
 

GERTRUDE

She sent a card from Palm Beach.
 

HORTON

Palm Beach! Gertrude, what if she never comes back!
 

GERTRUDE

Don't worry, she will. Um- Horton, notice anything different?
 

HORTON

Yes, its g-g-getting colder.

 


SIDE 2

GERTRUDE

I'll bet you forgot about Gertrude McFuzz.
Well, thats nothing new.
I mean, everyone does.
But Gertrude did something
that few birds could do.... 
 

HORTON

(pause)  What? Who is it?

GERTRUDE

It's me, Gertrude! Horton! Oh, Horton! I was so worried! Are you all right?
 

HORTON

Gertrude! How did you find us?
 

GERTRUDE

Well, it's a long story.

 

 

 

MAYZIE LA BIRD 

SIDE 1

HORTON

Two million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine. It's hopeless.
 

MAYZIE

You said it, kid.
 

HORTON

Who's there?
 

MAYZIE

It's me. Mayzie. Up here.
 

HORTON

Mayzie!  Are you on a nest?
 

MAYZIE

Yeah. You wanna make something of it?
 

HORTON

No, I just never thought I'd see you on a nest.
 

MAYZIE

Neither did I, Hort. Neither did I.

 

SIDE 2

HORTON

Why, Mayzie, I couldn't. Of all silly things! 
I haven't got feathers. I haven't got wings. 
And not only that, but I'm here on a search. 
I just couldn't leave my poor Whos in the lurch!
 

MAYZIE

I won't be gone long, kid. I give you my word. 
I'll hurry right back, 'cause I'm that sort of bird! 
Oh, Horton, I promise! I'll fly back real soon. 
I'd only be gone for, say, one afternoon!
 

HORTON

(relenting) 
Well, we all need vacations. 
All right, go on, take it. 
I'll sit on your egg 
and I'll try not to break it. 
But please come back quickly   
One hour, maybe two. 
I need to find JoJo. 
I've got to save Who!
 

MAYZIE

(ad lib)  Hit it, Cat! Thanks. Thanks a million! Toodle-oooo!!

 

SOUR KANGAROO

HORTON

Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I mean? 
They made themselves heard though they still can't be seen!
 

GERTRUDE

They've proved they ARE persons, no matter how small.
 

HORTON

And their whole world was saved by the Smallest of All!
 

SOUR KANGAROO

(grudgingly)
How true! Yes, how true! Said the Sour Kangaroo. 
And, from now on, you know what I'm planning to do? 
From now on, I'm going to protect them with you!

 

 

MR. MAYOR & MRS. MAYOR

MR. MAYOR

Jojo! I'm the Mayor of Who. Why, I've just been elected.
And upright behavior is thus forth expected.
 

MRS. MAYOR

We've just had a talk with your teachers today
And they didn't have one single good thing to say!
 

MR. MAYOR

You invented new Thinks which defy all description!
 

MRS. MAYOR

You gave Miss O'Dooley a nervous conniption!
 

MR. MAYOR

Your Thinks were so wild they disrupted your classes
And made Mrs. Mackel-Who drop her new glasses.
Which is why you're suspended!
 

MRS. MAYOR

Yes, that's what they said!
 

MR. MAYOR

Young man, what in Who has got into your head?!
 

JOJO

I, um....
 

MR. MAYOR

Now Horton has found us. We're safe on a clover.
But clearly our troubles are far, far from over.
 

MRS. MAYOR

We don't mean to scold you. We love you, oh, yes, dear.
But couldn't you try thinking just a bit less, dear?
 

MR. MAYOR

Stop telling such outlandish tales.
 

MRS. MAYOR

Stop turning minnows into whales.
 

MR. MAYOR

Now take your bath and go to bed.
 

MRS. MAYOR

And think some Normal Thinks instead.

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 􏰀  We may ask you to dance, so dress comfortably.

  • Auditions are competitive and roles are limited.  Knowledge of the music and the show is required. Show us what role you deserve.

  • 􏰀  We are looking to see you act a character through song and dance, as well as your musical proficiency and competency.

  • 􏰀  Be familiar with the style of the show and make clear choices.

  • 􏰀  Please do not merely imitate other actor's performances.

  • 􏰀  The key to comedy is timing, being in the moment and making fresh choices!

  •   Break a leg!  We are rooting for you. 

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