AUDITION: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Presented by The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts
Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 noon
Thursday, January 30th at 6:30pm
(Ages 8-16*) *You must be within these ages at the time of audition; proof of age may be required.
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Music by Alan Menken
Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film
produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
DIRECTED BY COLLETTE FORTIN / Assisted by TBA
CHARACTERS (All ages considered for all roles):
- ARIEL: The heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. 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.
- PRINCE ERIC: The adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart. A charming performer with a sensitive nature.
- SEBASTIAN: The meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! A strong singer who can also handle Sebastian’s emotional range. Sebastian can be played by a boy or girl.
- FLOUNDER: 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.
- 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. A mature performer who feels comfortable playing father to Ariel and the Mersisters.
- MERSISTERS: (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. Great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters.
- URSULA: 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. 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 are looking for a singer who will feel comfortable with these solos.
- TENTACLES: Extensions of Ursula, perhaps the poor unfortunate souls who are now trapped in her lair.
- FLOTSAM & JETSAM: Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls.
- SCUTTLE: 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. A performer with good comedic timing who is willing to have fun with Scuttle’s eccentricities.
- GULLS: Scuttle’s flock of zany “back-up singers” who help explain human stuff to Ariel.
- GRIMSBY: Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne.
- CHEF LOUIS: is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. An excellent featured role for a comedic performer.
- CHEFS: Chef Louis’s assistants. The music in “Les Poissons” can be challenging, so good choral singers are a plus for this group.
- CARLOTTA: The headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s greatest human ally.
- PRINCESSES: 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.
- PILOT: 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.
- SAILORS: The crew of Prince Eric’s ship. They are eager for adventure and ready to tackle a storm. The Sailors can be played by boys or girls.
- SEAHORSE: The court herald for King Triton. This non-singing part is a good role for a young performer with a clear speaking voice.
- SEA CHORUS: Responsible for creating each world within the show.
- SEA CREATURES: The ensemble under water animals in King Triton’s court.
- MERFOLK: The Merfolk of King Triton’s Court.
- LAGOON ANIMALS: Try to convince Prince Eric to kiss Ariel.
- REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (at Majestic Studios)
- FULL GROUP REHEARSALS START 2/8/20 (small groups on 2/3 and 2/5)
- MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS from 6pm-8:30pm (small groups)
- SATURDAYS from 10:00am-1:30pm (full cast)
- MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSALS: (at Derry Opera House)
- SUNDAY, MARCH 15th from 11am-2:00pm
- MONDAY, MARCH 16th from 6:00-9:00pm
- TUESDAY, MARCH 17th from 6:00-9:00pm
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th from 6:00-9:00pm
- THURSDAY, MARCH 19th from 6:00-9:00pm
- MANDATORY PERFORMANCES: (at Derry Opera House)
- FRIDAY, MARCH 20th at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
- SATURDAY, MARCH 21st at 2:00pm / 1:00pm call
- SATURDAY, MARCH 21st at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
- SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd at 2:00pm / 1:00pm call
- followed by MANDATORY STRIKE for all cast members (usually about 30 minutes past the end of the final show).
- You do not need to make an audition appointment, simply show up. We see people in the order they arrive and complete paperwork. To print and fill out the audition form ahead of time please click here: Audition Form 2018-19 – Youth
- IMPORTANT: If you audition for our production and are cast it is expected you will follow through and do our production; failure to do so may prevent you from being cast in a future show as you will have possibly taken a spot from someone who was not cast. If you are auditioning ONLY for specific roles you may specify that on the audition form and you will only be considered for those roles. If you do not specify we will assume you will accept ANY role offered.
- There is a $125 production fee associated with this production (if you need financial assistance please fill out our Majestic Theatre Scholarship App Form 18 – this should be done immediately AFTER casting as needing scholarship assistance is NOT a factor in casting). This includes all rehearsal materials for the show, a show t-shirt, and a professionally taken photos from the production.
- In addition, there is a $75 “Doing Your Part” deposit that you get back once all production support items are completed: Mermaid DYP-
- Please prepare a musical selection that shows off the character of your voice; please bring sheet music (pianist provided) or a backing track (no voices); you may blu-tooth to our stereo or bring a CD.
- Audition may also consist of readings from the script (provided at audition time).