Welcome! We are so glad you are interested in auditioning!
Friday, January 17
Saturday, January 18
Wildwood United Methodist Church, 8911 Farm to Market Road, Magnolia, TX 77354
(Time slots will be opened up for all who wish to audition)
To begin the audition sign-up process, please gather all the following information and have your actor hanging out close by. Our current sign-up process does not give you the ability to save and come back later to finish the form. In order to complete this process you will need the following:
- Dates and roles of any performing and/or training experience.
- Your cast member so they can sign the agreements along with you.
- A credit card to pay the $225 production fee, non-refundable unless your child is not cast in the show. Once an actor has auditioned, this is non-refundable.
- Dates and reasons for ALL rehearsal or show conflicts:
Rehearsals – Friday nights & Saturdays, 2/14 – 4/25; (except weekend of 3/6, 3/13 and 4/10)
Fridays 5:30-8:30 pm; Saturdays 9:30 am – 2:30 p.m.
Tech Week – Monday 4/26 through Thursday 4/30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (No conflicts allowed for Tech Week or Shows)
Five Performances – 5/1 through 5/3
**Once you have completed all forms, registered and paid, you will be emailed the link to sign-up for your audition within 2 to 3 business days.** Please be sure to complete ALL steps AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. While we will open as many audition times as necessary for all who wish to try out, the prime slots will be taken quickly. We ask that you DO NOT SHARE THE AUDITION LINK with anyone else. Thank you!
CONFLICT/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE POLICY: Those absences not listed on the audition form are considered unexcused. **Please note: unexcused absences could result in a cast member being cut from a scene. Unexcused absences once the run-through process, dress rehearsals, or shows have begun WILL cause an actor to be eligible ONLY for an ensemble role in the next NYT show for which they audition. Exceptions, on a case-by-case basis, are made for illness and emergency.
ROLES TO BE CAST
Female, sings solo, many lines, mezzo soprano
Ariel is a strong-willed teenage mermaid who longs to be human. She possesses a keen curiosity for the world both under and above the sea – much to the chagrin of her father, King Triton. Big-hearted, she’s more accepting of and delighted by others’ differences than most of her fellow merfolk, but she also has a rebellious streak that can get her into trouble. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, this actress must be able to move well in order to clearly convey meaning once Ariel loses her voice.
Male, sings solo, many lines, tenor
Prince Eric is the adventurous human monarch who captures Ariel’s heart. Charming and sensitive in nature, he has a warm voice and demeanor that evoke his flair for romance. There is also a stubborn side to the Prince, who is determined to do whatever it takes to get what he wants – including the girl with the mysterious voice.
Male or Female (TBD after auditions), sings solo and ensemble, many lines, tenor
Sebastian is the choirmaster of King Triton’s court who has a flair for the dramatic. A meticulous and uptight crab, Sebastian is ever-anxious, whether they are conducting a concert premiere or protecting Ariel from Ursula. When they are performing – which is almost always – they are undeniably charismatic. The movement should be more fidgety than fluid, and they should be able to perform a broad send-up of a Caribbean accent (rather than an authentic Jamaican one). This role requires an exaggerated character performance with strong physical commitment to crab-like movement.
Female, sings solo, many lines, Alto/contralto
Ursula is the tentacled and manipulative Sea Witch who is sister to King Triton. Cunning and calculating, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants – and what she wants is Triton’s throne. To gain the upper-hand, she utilizes her slick sense of humor, a flash of glamour, and larger-than-life confidence. This role requires an over-the-top villainous character performance with exaggerated physicality, but it is important that the performer remember that Ursula considers herself a victim who has been denied her rightful throne.
Male, sing solo, many lines, baritone
King Triton, King of the Sea and a harried single father to seven girls, struggles to balance his political and paternal powers. A widower, Triton is as fond of his daughters as he is frustrated with their teenage angst. Even when unsure of his parenting technique, he is a tender patriarch who becomes a royal force to be reckoned with when Ariel’s safety and happiness is threatened by his sister, the Sea Witch Ursula. This role requires a powerful performance that sometimes reveals a softer side.
Male or Female (TBD after auditions), sings solo and ensemble, many lines, Tenor, Treble/Boy Soprano
Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who rarely leaves her side. A spunky fish with a sweet sense of humor, he/she can be awkward and anxious.
Male or Female, sings solo and ensemble, many lines, tenor or alto
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on all things human. Garrulous and off-beat, Scuttle’s eccentricities are more endearing than aggravating. Even as he makes up ridiculous names and functions for common human objects, his intentions are friendly and his enthusiasm is infectious. This role requires an exaggerated character performance with strong physical commitment to bird-like movement.
Male, sings ensemble, many lines, baritone
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. Rigid in bearing and personality, he is constantly trying to guide Prince Eric toward the throne and a suitable bride fit for a royal marriage. Under his stern demeanor, Grimsby truly is fond of Eric, whom he worries about and attends to as though his own son. Though he has a few small solos, Grimsby needn’t be a strong singer – this actor can speaksing his part
FLOTSAM & JETSAM
Male or Female, sing solo and duet/trio, many lines, alto or tenor, need to mix ranges for harmony
Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula’s sinister lackeys. With devious charm, these electric eels convince Ariel to visit the Sea Witch. Tricky and menacing, they are always lurking about, ready to take advantage of sea inhabitants at their most vulnerable moments. These roles require an extremely physical performance, as well as the ability to work together seamlessly. Ability to rollerskate/rollerblade is a plus, but not required.
Male, Sings solo, a few lines, tenor
Chef Louis is the melodramatic head chef in the palace. Wild and frenetic, he becomes physically and vocally flustered by Sebastian, who always manages to escape his grasp. He should be highly comedic with exaggerated movement and an over-the-top French accent.
AQUATA, ADRINA, ARISTA, ATINA, ADELLA, and ALLANA
Female, Sing solo and ensemble, a few lines each. Soprano or Alto.
AQUATA, ADRINA, ARISTA, ATINA, ADELLA, and ALLANA are Ariel’s older sisters. A fun-loving, gossipy group of mergirls who are excited when they realize Ariel has fallen in love. These actresses also double as the Princesses who are attempting to win Prince Eric’s hand in marriage, in which roles they must perform singing that is as comically bad as the Mersisters is good. These roles require versatile performers with good comic timing who are also strong dancers with big, fun energy. Each is very distinct in character. The Princesses try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric. As none possesses the voice he is searching for, each should have an exaggerated and comedic personality that is revealed through song.
Male or Female, Sings ensemble, small solo, a few lines, baritone
The Pilot, the uniformed helmsman of Prince Eric’s ship, is a nautical expert who entertains the sailors with wild tales of the sea. A little too superstitious for Grimsby’s taste, the Pilot nevertheless maintains strict control of his ship and crew even as he sings with a jolly cadence.
WINDWARD & LEEWARD
Windward and Leeward, trumpet fish, are heralds in King Triton’s court.
Cast members may be cast in one or more of the following groups:
Male and Female, sing ensemble, featured movers The crew of Prince Eric’s ship sing chorally and perform choreographed blocking in several scenes, including the show’s opening number. Must be strong singers with good breath support who move well, but do not need to be advanced dancers.
Those in attendance in the court of Prince Eric
Male and Female, sing ensemble, puppeteer the ocean, ship, and other set elements These performers represent the sea itself, as well as many other elements of the environment, and are on stage for a large percentage of the show. Requires responsible performers who are good movers and strong singers.
Male and Female, sing ensemble, featured dancers Scuttle’s “posse” of seagulls sings chorally and perform character dance in the song “Human Stuff.” Must be strong character actors with clear, supported singing voices and good dance skills.
The Maids are palace servants who report to Grimsby. They haughtily assist Ariel in preparation for dinner with Prince Eric and are a bit jealous of this pretty stranger in their midst. Singing ability required.
Male and Female, sing ensemble with mini-solos, dance feature – The Chefs comprise the sous staff of the eccentric Chef Louis. Their equally overblown movement adds to the comedic chaos of dinner as they chase Louis around the dining room. Must be strong singers and advanced dancers.
POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS
Male and Female, The unfortunate souls who have become trapped in Ursula’s undersea garden because they could not pay her price for the magic help she gave them.
Male and Female, featured in Kiss The Girl and may be assigned as frogs, greenery, birds, or other land features/creatures.
Please note: Other ensemble roles may be assigned during the rehearsal process.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at auditions!
If you have any questions, please contact RachelHolland@nationalyouththeater.org.