Auditions

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production featuring Adult Actors
and AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Director: Ian Moore
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien
Musical Director: Stephen Strouse
Producers: William Whitefield, Jan Topoleski & Julie Nagy

AUDITION DATES: March 17-21
ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY

Adults
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:30-10 pm
Auditioners will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2-6 pm
Auditioners will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4-7 pm
Auditioners will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Students | Algonquin Youth Ensemble Students (Ages 7-18, currently enrolled in school)
Thursday, March 17, 2016: 4-7 pm
By Appointment Only. Students will be scheduled for an audition time. Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2-6 pm
Auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4-7 pm
Auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis

NOTE: All students under 18 who are cast in this production will be enrolled in the tuition-based 2016 Summer Performing Arts Academy's ALGONQUIN YOUTH ENSEMBLE (AYE), A Theatre Education Program. Acceptance through audition only! All must be able to attend scheduled performances, tech week, and all mandatory scheduled rehearsals.

*Actors, if for some reason you cannot attend any audition day listed above, please email Julie Nagy at Julie@algonquinarts.org.

CALLBACKS
Monday, March 21, 2016
7-10 pm (All Actors/All Ages)

*Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled for Mon, March 21, 2016. If for some reason, the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form.

LOCATION OF AUDTIONS:
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan.

AUDTION REQUIREMENTS:
Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Research the Musical. Look songs up on YouTube, listen to the soundtrack.
3. One (1) prepared song from a musical, either ballad or up-tempo not from The Little Mermaid (bring sheet music in the correct key).

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin in May of 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble
Be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor’s role and all tech/performance dates.

Algonquin Youth Ensemble students are enrolled by audition and are featured in the main stage production at the conclusion of the class. Students will work and learn with professionals in the field as part of an educational classroom experience. The AYE class will educate students on the principles of acting, warm-ups, script analysis, stage terminology, jobs and responsibilities that go into preparing for a performance, genre and history of a play or musical, performance articulation, vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance

CLASS TIMES FOR AYE STUDENTS:
Class will meet for three weeks starting the week of June 27.

2016 Summer Performing Arts Academy
Algonquin Youth Ensemble & Main Stage Performance
June 27-July 15 - Monday through Friday
Time: 2 - 5:30 p.m.

TECH WEEK:
Technical Rehearsals are mandatory for all performers and will run July 11-15, starting at 6 p.m.

PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, July 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 – 3 p.m.
Friday, July 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 – 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 – 2 p.m.
Friday, July 29 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 – 3 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

ROLES:
(ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE)

Ensemble – Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills – various ages and personalities. Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses.

Ariel – A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted.
Gender: female
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Prince Eric – A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Grimsby – Prince Eric's British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Flounder – A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water.
Gender: male or female
Age: 12 to 20
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Scuttle – A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise.
Gender: male or female
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

King Triton – King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans.
Gender: male
Age: 30 and older
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Sebastian – A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can't bring himself to stand in Ariel's way.
Gender: male or female
Age: 25 and older
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Flotsam – An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.
Gender: male or female
Age: 14 to 40
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Jetsam – An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.
Gender: male or female
Age: 14 to 40
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Ursula – The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive.
Gender: female or male
Age: 25 and older
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Chef Louis – The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular.
Gender: male
Age: 25 and older
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2