Auditions

AUDITION NOTICE

Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Music by Stephen Flaherty

Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy

Parkview Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for the spring musical production of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND! We are seeking a HIGH ENERGY, DIVERSE CAST of actors, singers, dancers, and movers!  

AUDITION DATES:

Monday, January 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm–Audition Prep Session (OPTIONAL-for help with your audition).

Tuesday, January 28 at 3:15 p.m.-Open Auditions! You must attend this day to be cast!

Thursday, January 30 beginning at 3:15 p.m. Callbacks (if we need to see you again).

Monday, February 3 from 5:00-6:30p.m.-Cast & Parent Meeting/First Rehearsal/Headshots

AUDITION LOCATION:Parkview Auditorium (To enter from inside the school, go down the theatre hallway near the front office.)

WHAT TO PREPARE:Please prepare a one-minute vocal selection and bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Dress in clothes that won’t restrict movement as you will be led through a dance/movement combination. Please be prepared to list all conflicts on the audition form. If you are a gymnast, acrobat, or do any special tricks, be prepared to demonstrate those at the audition. Please note: A monologue is not required for this audition. If you wish to audition, but do not feel you are a “singer,” don’t let that stand in your way!!! Please speak with Mr. Willadsen in Room 105 (Drama Room).

AUDITION PREP SESSION–WANT SOME EXTRA AUDITION HELP?If you’d like some additional help on your audition, we’ll have a special Audition Prep Session on Monday January 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the auditorium. You’ll have a chance to learn the dance and speak with older students about audition prep.

NEED HELP PICKING A SONG?If you’re not sure what to sing, don’t worry! We will teach you a short song that you’re welcome to use…show up to the audition prep session on Monday, January 27  at 3:00. However, if possible, pick a song on your own. 

REHEARSALS:Rehearsals will (typically) be held Monday-Friday after school from 3:00-6:00 p.m.There will be some variation in this due to “The Diviners” rehearsals. A DETAILED rehearsal schedule will be issued shortly after the show is cast. There will be some variation in this due to “The Diviners” rehearsals. If you are not on the schedule for a given day, you will not have to attend rehearsal. Beginning April 6, rehearsals will move to a 6:00 p.m. start time!

PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND will perform
    • Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 pm
    • Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
    • Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm
    • There may be a special daytime performance for students at some point in the run.
  • Cast members are expected to be available for EVERY SINGLE performance. No exceptions. You must be at school on the day of performances.
  • Anticipate additional promotional appearances.

ABOUT ONCE ON THIS ISLAND:From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime), comes the Olivier Award-winning Once on This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

We are seeking a diverse cast of actors, singers, dancers, movers, and performers to fill the following:

Peasant Storytellers An ensemble of storytellers from the poor side of the Island. Strong dancer/movers. Male and Female.

Grands Hommes Storytellers An ensemble of storytellers from the rich side of the Island. Strong movers/stage presence. Male and Female.

Papa Ge: The god of Death. He is proud and sly. His menacing ways are often a cause of distress, as he is in control of life and death.Male OR Female. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: C3

Asaka The Mother of Earth. She is very caring and nurturing. Her motherly disposition make her well-suited to provide inhabitants with anything they need. Robust voice. Female. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: A3

Agwe The god of Water. He is strong, clever, and compassionate. Enjoys playing with the rain and ocean.

Male. Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: B2

Erzulie The goddess of Love, beautiful and elegant with a strong belief in the power of love. She has a sympathetic heart. Female. Vocal range top: C#5. Vocal range bottom: A3

Mama Euralie Ti Moune’s adoptive mother. She is fearful of social status and greatly protective of her family. Female. Vocal range top: B4. Vocal range bottom: Gb3.

Tonton Julian Ti Moune’s adoptive father. Filled with courage that is fueled by the love for his wife and daughter. Male. Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: A2

Ti Moune Our story’s protagonist. A peasant girl who has been adopted, she’s an island girl with much curiosity and energy. Earnest and romantic about all creatures. Falls tragically in love with Daniel. Female. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: G3

Little Ti Moune A young peasant girl found in a tree; grows intoTiMoune.This actress will be cast once the role of TiMoune is cast. Female.

Daniel A youthful man from the wealthy part of the island. He is bound to fulfill the expectations of his higher social class. Struggles with his feelings for Ti Moune. Male. Vocal range top: F#4. Vocal range bottom: C#3

Andrea Engaged to Daniel. An aristocratic young woman from the wealthy side of the Island. Female

Monsieur Beauxhomme Daniel’s wealthy father. Disapproves of Daniel’s relationship with TiMoune. Male. May double as Armand.

Armand An ancestor of Daniel who was driven out of the Island by his son. Male. May double as M. Beauxhomme

Break-a-leg!

Mr. Willadsen, Mrs. Busch & Mr. Cook!

For more information, please contact Mr. Willadsen in Room 105Email: lawilladsen@spsmail.org Phone: 523-9305