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Register: Seussical Jr.

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

A youth musical produced in one week during the April School Holidays. Register today!

Directed by Bea Blackmore
Musical Direction TBA
Choreography by Cassidy Prosser

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!


Casting Day

A casting day for Moreton Bay Youth Theatre Co.’s production of Seussical Jr. will be held on Saturday, 27 March — from 10am to 12pm — at NeverLand Theatre in North Lakes.

To book a spot, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page. If you require any assistance, please email youth@mbtc.com.au.


Rehearsal Week

An intensive, 5-day Rehearsal Week will take place from Monday, 12 April to Friday, 16 April — during the April school holidays.

During Rehearsal Week, the cast and their production team produce a show that will delight audiences at NeverLand Theatre. You will be amazed by what can be accomplished in only five days!

Participants are given frequent meal and rest breaks. Please note — due to COVID-19 safety precautions, meals will not be provided during Rehearsal Week.

Rehearsal Week is intensive, rewarding and FUN!


Performance Season

There will be four performances of Seussical Jr. at the conclusion of Rehearsal Week:

Friday, 16 April — 7pm
Saturday, 17 April — 2pm
Saturday, 17 April — 7pm
Sunday, 18 April — 6pm

Please note call times for all performances are 90 minutes before the scheduled performance time.


Cast Age Range

5 – 17 years


Financial Commitment

A fee of $275 applies to each cast member. This fee covers rehearsal materials and tutoring daily during Rehearsal Week.

A $25 discount applies to current MBYTC students.

Click here to pay the fee (via TryBooking).


Casting Day Format

All Participants

At Casting Day, all participants will learn and present the songs, “Oh, The Thinks You Can Think” and “Egg, Nest, and Tree”. Participants are encouraged to listen to these songs in advance.

LISTEN: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think (via YouTube).

LISTEN: Egg, Nest, and Tree (via YouTube).

Lead Role Auditions

In addition to requirements for All Participants…

Auditionees for the roles of Horton, JoJo, Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, Sour Kangaroo / Young Kangaroo and Mr. / Mrs. Mayor are asked to prepare and present songs specific to these characters (see Roles Available).

The audition panel are interested in vocal ability and the ability to act through song.

Featured Dancers

In addition to requirements for All Participants…

Please prepare and present a short (32 bars) dance solo in a classical/lyrical style to either “Horton Hears a Who!” (pretend you are a jungle animal) or “Solla Solew”.


Roles Available

Jojo/Boy

A “Thinker.” He’s a smart child with a wild imagination. JoJo can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose “Thinks” get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his community, using the power and possibilities of his own “Thinks.”

Gender: Any
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Audition song: “It’s Possible”
[LISTEN HERE]


The Cat in the Hat

The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story of Seussical Jr. together.

Gender: Any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Audition song: “Oh, The Thinks You Can Think”
[LISTEN HERE]


Horton the Elephant

A gentle giant. Think of Horton as a big-hearted, blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible, and always tries to do the right thing. He is sympathetic and receptive to the world around him. He believes in the inherent goodness of the world, so it’s no surprise that he always looks for the good in others. Horton goes on quite a journey throughout the show but stays true to himself, even when the going gets tough.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Audition song: “Solla Solew”
[LISTEN HERE]


Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Audition song: “How to Raise a Child”
[LISTEN HERE]


Mrs. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition song: “How to Raise a Child”
[LISTEN HERE]


Gertrude McFuzz

Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail. Gertrude gains confidence throughout the show, changing from an anxious, nervous, shy bird into someone whose self-worth doesn’t rest on her appearance. In other words, Gertrude realizes what’s truly important in her life.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Audition song: “Notice Me, Horton”
[LISTEN HERE]


Mayzie La Bird

Self-centered, vain, and manipulative. She ultimately means no harm, but she’s immature and makes selfish decisions. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of self- awareness – she realizes she isn’t the kind of bird who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Audition song: “How Lucky You Are”
[LISTEN HERE]


Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers, including Wickersham 1, Wickersham 2, and Wickersham 3, are not bad guys! They tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at another’s expense.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Bird Girls

The Bird Girls, including Bird Girl 1, Bird Girl 2, and Bird Girl 3, are a fabulous group of birds who know everything there is to know about the goings on in the jungle and support Mayzie throughout the show.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3


Sour Kangaroo

Loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. She’s got a lot of attitude but isn’t mean – she’s just very confident and unafraid to tell it like it is.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Audition song: “Biggest Blame Fool”
[LISTEN HERE]


Young Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo’s feisty daughter. She may be pint- sized, but she’s got a big personality and is following in her mother’s footsteps.

Gender: Female

Audition song: “Biggest Blame Fool”
[LISTEN HERE]


Judge Yertle the Turtle

The authoritative judge who presides over Horton’s trial at the end of the show. Yertle is a great role for a newer performer who may not be quite ready for the responsibility of a larger part.

Gender: Any
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3


Vlad Vladikoff

The black-bottomed eagle who flies off with the Whos. Vlad is onstage very briefly and doesn’t sing, so this is a good role for a member of the ensemble who can make a big impression in a short amount of time.

Gender: Male


The Grinch

Arguably the most famous Seuss character of all! He has a brief, fun cameo in Seussical Jr.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: F3


The Whos

The Whos (including First Who Family, Second Who Family, Third Who Family, Fourth Who Family, and Fifth Who Family) are the citizens of Whoville and they look a lot like you and me, only so small they are invisible to the naked eye. They are a tight-knit, supportive community.

Gender: Any


Ensemble

The Jungle Citizens, Hunters, Circus Animals, Fish, Nurses, Courtroom Attendants, additional Wickersham Brothers and Bird Girls all help fill out the world Seussical Jr.

Gender: Any

Audition Form

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