Altoona Community Theatre will hold Open Auditions for the Disney musical THE LITTLE MERMAID. All roles are available for high school and college students and adults (there are no children’s roles)
* Auditions — Sunday and Monday, January 28 and 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. – Singing & Readings (You do not need to attend both nights)
* Callbacks: — Thursday, February 1, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with dance auditions
The Historic Mishler Theatre — 1208 12th Avenue, Downtown Altoona
Director: Steven C. Helsel
Music Director: Cathy Young
Choreographer: Marissa Carney
Pit Orchestra Conductor: Jack Sears
We would prefer anyone auditioning to prepare the specific measures of the songs listed below for the character in which they’re most interested (click on links for PDF of the song) …
Auditionees have the option preparing 16 to 32 measures of a Disney-style Broadway standard of their own choosing. Please bring music for the pianist in the correct key with full accompaniment (not just vocal line and chord symbols). No unaccompanied singing. No recorded background tracks.
ARIEL: “Part of Your World” – measures 31 to 53
and Ariel’s “aaaahs” in “Act I Finale” – measures 18 to 26
PRINCE ERIC: “Her Voice” – measures 70 to end of song
KING TRITON: “If Only (Triton’s Lament)” – measures 1 to 12
SEBASTIAN: “Under the Sea” – measures 92 to 108 & 167 to end of song
URSULA: “Poor Unfortunate Souls” – measures 86 to end of song
SCUTTLE: “Positoovity” – measures 1 to 39
CHEF LOUIS: “Les Poissons” – measures 1 to 40
MERSISTERS/SINGING PRINCESSES: “She’s in Love” — measures 8 to 40
plus sopranos should look at ‘The Contest” – measures 40 to 63
ALL OTHERS CHARACTERS including Grimsby, Pilot, Sailors, Flounder, Flotsam, Jetsam, Ensemble Members and Puppeteers : “She’s In Love” – measures 8 to 40
CHARACTERS: ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE / NON-TRADITIONAL AND CROSS-GENDER CASTING WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Ariel — A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter who’s obsessed with the human world and wishes she could live there. 20 to 25 – clear soprano voice with a strong belt to E. (see flying note below)
Prince Eric – Handsome human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. Obsessed with finding girl who saved his life and hearing her voice once more. 20 to 30 – controlled lyrical tenor or baritenor with a soaring sound to A.
King Triton – King of the undersea world and Ariel’s father. Imposing presence and commanding nature but a harried single father (deeply wounded by the death of his wife) who will do anything to protect his daughters. 40 to 60 – booming baritone with a strong E. (see flying note below)
Sebastian – A sandcrab and advisor to King Triton, a showman with a dry sense of comedy. 30 to 45 – tenor virtuoso with a strong character calypso sound. Strong sense of comedy and Caribbean accent a must.
Ursula – The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton, malevolent, calculating and deceptive. 35 to 45 – Larger-than-life belt voice. (see flying note below)
Scuttle – A loudmouthed, optimistic seagull who’s an “expert” in human artifacts. 20 to 50 – strong comic character tenor who tapdances. (see flying note below)
Flounder – A spunky, young fish smitten with his best friend Ariel. 15 to 20 – Heeley, rollerblade or hoverboard ability a plus.
Flotsam & Jetsam – Ursula’s electric eel lackeys, sinister and devious. and one of Ursula’s lackeys, who might also double as Pupeteers. 20 to 40 – Physical dexterity a must. Heeley or rollerblade ability a plus. (see flying note below)
Chef Louis – Flamboyantly-melodramatic French chef at Eric’s palace. 30 to 50 – Comic high tenor with an overdone (but always understandable) French accent
Grimsby — Prince Eric’s droll and stuffy British valet. 40 to 60 – baritone/ tenor.
Mersisters – Ariel’s six sisters Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella and Allana, who also double as the showy contestants in Prince Eric’s singing competition and other ensemble roles. 20 to 35 – Alto harmony and showy soprano singing.
Male and Female Ensemble – Sailors, Sea Creatures, Seagulls, Palace Maids and Chefs. Tap-dancing and gymnastic abilities a plus.
Puppeteers – Four to six individuals (most likely costumed in full-face-covering morphsuits) who will operate various sea creature puppets and manipulate Ursula’s tentacles. Physical dexterity a must.
* Flying Note: This production will utilize flying for some underwater sequences. The characters of Ariel, Triton and Scuttle must be comfortable with heights and capable of performing the physical rigor of theatrical flying (plus, possibly, Flotsam & Jetsam or Ursula). We also will need Ariel and Prince Eric flight doubles for one key moment in the show.
* Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 25, 2018. Rehearsals until the final two weeks will most likely be Sundays through Fridays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. but not everybody will be required every night.
* Load-In for the show will be Saturday, April 21, 2018.
* Cast members must be able to attend all final rehearsals beginning April 21
* Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday & Friday, May 3 & 4 / 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 / 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6
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PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers cast in or working on the production will be required to provide Act 33 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History) and Act 34 (Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Check) clearances which can be obtained without charge.
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Questions? Please contact Director Steven C. Helsel at the ACT Administrative Office – (814) 943-4357