UPCOMING AUDITIONS AT THE WICHITA THEATRE
June 17 & 18 at 6:30pm
YOU MUST BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 8-12 AT THE TIME OF AUDITIONS.
Character BreakdownCINDERELLACinderella is the heroine of the show. She is a strong-willed girl with enormous faith. Cinderella believes that, in time, good things happen to good people, and deep down she knows her day will come. She does not resent her Stepfamily - she is aware of their social and emotional limitations. She sings a beautiful ballad, so cast your strongest singer/actress combination. This role requires an actress who can convey Cinderella's conviction and her inner beauty.
ENSEMBLEThe Ensemble in Cinderella is used quite often. Strong singers and dancers are needed for "The Tale of Cinderella," "The Ball," "Cinderella/Dream Finale," and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bows." Encourage your ensemble members to create unique characters for all the villagers in the kingdom.
B2 - D4
FAIRY GODMOTHERThe Fairy Godmother is the quintessential female mentor. She is kind, gentle and loving, yet strong and extremely capable. Her goal is to help Cinderella succeed by teaching her how much power she has within herself. Cast an actress who can portray the maturity of a maternal figure. Fairy Godmother sings "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," so a strong singer must be cast in this role.
C3 - D4
GRAND DUKEThe Grand Duke is clearly the brains behind the royal family. He knows how much he is needed by the royal family and thinks very highly of himself. Cast this role with an actor who has good comedic timing. No solo singing is required.
GUSGus is the most innocent of the mice and Cinderella's biggest fan. Often simple, shy and fearful, Gus responds immediately when Cinderella calls to him. Given the additional characteristics of this famous mouse, cast an exceptionally strong mover and character actor in this part. There are only a handful of sung solo lines, so choose a stronger actor over a singer. This actor should also be able to take on the characteristics of a mouse. Gus can be played by a boy or a girl.
D3 - B4
HERALDThe Herald is a wonderful sidekick to the Grand Duke and is a good featured role. Because there are several key moments in the show that rely on the timing of the Herald (e.g., the shoe fitting), it is recommended to cast a responsible actor in this role. No solo singing is required, but comedic timing is a must.
JAQJaq (pronounced Jacques) is Luke's partner in crime. A happy, playful mouse, he is always eager to help. Jaq has the most solo lines of all the mice, so make sure you cast a strong singer. This role requires a strong mover and character actor. The actor should be able to move, talk, and sing like a mouse. Jaq can be played by a boy or a girl.
D3 - C4
KINGThe King is a parent who jsut wants his child to be happy. The King throws the royal ball so his son, the Prince, can meet a potential mate. Once the Prince meets and then loses Cinderella, the King does everything in his power to help his son find her again. This role requires an actor who can portray the stature of a king and the caring of a father. No solo singing is required for this part.
LUKELuke is Jaq's partner in crime. Even though he is just as playful as Jaq, he is more level-headed. He is fiercely loyal to Cinderella. Luke gets the most upset when the Stepfamily is mean to Cinderella. This role requires a strong mover and character actor. There are no solos for Luke, so cast based on acting. The actor playing Luke should be able to move, talk, and sing like a mouse. Luke can be played by a boy or a girl.
NARRATORSThe Narrators are storytellers--the show's plot and the
actions and reactions of the characters are expressed. Good
narration looks easy, but requires strong actors. Cast actors that
are mature enough to stand for long periods of time. Clear, loud
voices with good diction are a must. These are good roles for actors
that might not be your strongest singers. By redistributing the
Narrators' lines, you can use fewer or more actors as needed to
accommodate the number of students you have available.
OTHER MICECasting extra Mice is a wonderful way to use additional
children. The Mice are used in several numbers and can double as
Villagers in the opening. Pick you strongest movers, even gymnasts,
for these roles. There are endless opportunities to incorporate
tumbling and more intricate choreography with the mice ensemble.
Strong singers here will help fill out the sound of the singing mice
in the big numbers.
C3 - D4
PERLAPerla is the most mature of the mice and is always ready to
straighten out a mess. She is the only female role of the four main
mice, so there can be a maternal instinct about her. She is often
near Gus, helping him on his way. This role requires a strong mover
and character actor. The actress must not only move like a mouse,
but also talk and sing like a mouse. There are solo singing lines
for this role.
C3 - D4
PRINCEThe Prince is a young man who is not happy with his duty to
find a bride. At the royal ball, he is bored and petulant. The
Prince's world changes when he finally meets Cinderella. No solo
singing is required in this role. Cast an actor who can portray the
Prince's longing as he searches for Cinderella.
STEPMOTHERStepmother is the mother to Anastasia and Drizella and
the stepmother to Cinderella. She is cold, cruel, and calculating.
She is unhappy with her place in life and is determined to use her
daughters to get where she wants to be: the Palace. She is
threatened by Cinderella's kindness and the effect it has on people.
Casting an actress with the maturity to maintain the
level-headedness of the Stepmother around her frenzied daughters is
important. No solo work is required of this character, so cast a
stronger actor versus singer. Try to audition Stepmother hopefuls
with the Stepsisters, looking for the best chemistry for this trio.
STEPSISTERSThe Stepsisters should be cast with two of your
stronger actresses with excellent comedic timing and physical comedy
skills. ANASTASIA works well when played as spoiled rotten and not
very bright. She's used to getting her way and throws a fit whenever
she hears the word "no." DRIZELLA works well as the bully of the
two. Although both Stepsisters hate Cinderella equally, Drizella is
more likely to be the one that starts a fight with her. There are no
solos for the Stepsisters, so cast your stronger actors rather than
singers. Mix and match your Stepsister hopefuls into different pairs
to see who works best together. If possible, audition Stepmother at
the same time since this "evil" trio always appears onstage
TOWN CRIERSThe Town Criers can be cast as one person or more than
four depending on cast size. They are pivotal in all "royal
announcements." Cast actors who can project their voices well for
these featured roles that require no solos.
Only those who are auditioning for a role will be allowed in the auditorium during auditions.
YOU CAN ONLY AUDITION ONE OF THE TWO NIGHTS LISTED.
ALL AUDITION MATERIAL WILL BE PROVIDED.
Auditions for all shows are open to the general public.
Auditions are held at the Wichita Theatre, 10th & Indiana Avenue, in Wichita Falls.
For complete information, call the theatre box office at (940) 723-9037,
open Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm.
TYPES OF SHOWS WE OFFER AT THE WICHITA THEATRE
SHOWCASE shows feature any performers 8 years old and up, according to the show
KIDZ ON STAGE shows feature our youngest performers, age 8 - 12
ENCORE THEATRE 4KIDZ shows feature our performers, age 8-18
YOUTH SHOWCASE shows feature our performers, age 13-20
All other shows feature an age range based on the character requirements per play...and will be posted at the time of the audition information.