Auditions Announced for 2022-2023 Season at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoTCT AUDITION CASTING NOTICE

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions in August for their acclaimed MainStage productions and a Touring Production in their 2022-2023 season, which includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR., Princess & Frog, and Disney’s Moana JR., and a touring production of A Seussified Christmas Carol.

All roles are paid positions and are open to all ethnicities. Upon audition registration, you may indicate which shows you would like to be considered for this season.

Auditions are by appointment only.

Visit https://www.theaterforms.com/TCTCincinnati/2223mainstageauditions/auditionform/ to sign-up for an audition appointment.

You only need ONE audition appointment even if you are interested in all productions.

Adults 18+ and professional young actors ages 9-17 may be considered for all productions for TCT’s MainStage. Our touring actors must be out of school (high school and/or college) and will need full-day availability between November 7-December 18, 2022.

Audition appointments may be made:

  • Sunday, August 14th, 2022 between 1:00 PM and 6:00PM
  • Monday, August 15th, 2022 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

You may be asked to return and attend a “movement callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. callbacks will take place on Friday, August 19th, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Princess & Frog callbacks will take place on Saturday, August 20th, from 11AM-3PM.

Disney’s Moana JR. callbacks will take place on Sunday, August 21st, from 4 PM-7 PM.

A Seussified Christmas Carol Tour, talent will be contacted and asked to either submit callback material electronically, or to come to an in-person reading, if needed.

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at:  4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

For information concerning auditions, call Maddie Jones at 513-569-8080 ext. 12 or email maddie.jones@tctcincinnati.com.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. To best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Conflicts will result in a stipend adjustment. Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech and performance schedule, and bring your calendar with you to the audition.

PREPARE

FOR TOUR:
Please prepare to recite a cutting of a Dr. Seuss book, ideally memorized. We may ask you to read the rhymes in different voices and as different types of characters.

FOR MAINSTAGE:
You will need to prepare an age-appropriate song (1-minute max) to best show your skill set and vocal range.

PIANO SHEET MUSIC is required to audition.  Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist. You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.

You may be asked to show your dance ability later in the evening. Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.

You must bring a RECENT 8×10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume.  Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.

PRODUCTION BREAKDOWN

ABOUT RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER JR.
Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas!

Directed by: Nate Bertone
Music Direction: Mark Femia
Choreography: Diane Lala

Music and Lyrics by: Johnny Marks
Script Adaptation by: Robert Penola
Arrangements by: Timothy Splain
Orchestrations by: William C. White

Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” adapted from the story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Rehearsals: November 7- December 3, 2022 (Off November 23-26 for Thanksgiving)
  • Tech Rehearsals: December 7-9, 2022
  • Performances:  December 10-19, 2022

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

  • [SAM] A snowman. A warm, middle-aged man with a relaxed demeanor. A powerful storyteller who never gets in the way of the story he’s telling. A knowing sense of humor; an appealing, warm singing voice.
    Gender: Male
    Portrays Age: 40 to 60
  • [SANTA CLAUS] Larger-than-life personality; cheerful but distracted. Agelessly youthful but should read middle-aged. Should not be cast as heavyset. Strong singing voice.
    Gender: Male
    Portrays Age: 40 to 60
  • [MRS. CLAUS] Feisty, matter of fact, inherently warm. A strong belter.
    Gender: Female
    Portrays Age: 30 to 50
  • [DONNER] Rudolph’s father (can be double-cast as Boss Elf). Physically agile; tougher on the outside than he is on the inside.
    Portrays Gender: Male
  • [MRS. DONNER] Rudolph’s mother. Maternal, soft-spoken, quietly strong. Warm mezzo
    Portrays Gender: Female
  • [RUDOLPH] A young buck. Youthful; physically agile; winning performer; vulnerable but strong; a solid singer. Portrays Age: 16-28
  • [COACH COMET] Reindeer Games Coach; Clarice’s father (can be double-cast as Yukon). Physically agile; featured member of Santa’s team; leads the reindeer games with coach-like quality.
    Gender: Male
    Portrays Age: 20-40
  • [HERMEY] An Elf. Charmingly apologetic, but with inner strength. Strong comic sensibility; must move well and have a strong character voice.
  • [BOSS ELF] (Can be double cast as Donner) Humorless manager of the Elves’ workshop, innate comic sensibility. Also plays Blitzen in the finale sequence.
  • [FIREBALL] A young buck. Featured member of the chorus; young, sparky, boyish – will also understudy Rudolph.
    Gender: Male
  • [CLARICE] A young doe. Youthful; physically agile. Strong, willful, loving, flirtatious, must have a lilting pure soprano voice.
    Gender: Female
  • [YUKON CORNELIUS] A prospector. Tall, large man who should read mid-40s; instantly likable character; slightly absent-minded; physically agile and strong comedic ability.
    Portrays Age: 30 to 50
  • [KING MOONRACER] King of the Island of Misfit Toys. King Moonracer is conceived as a large stage puppet; his personality must come through his voice, which projects a strong, decisive personality; stern but warm.
    Gender: Male
  • [BUMBLE THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN] The Bumble is actually a series of three-dimensional puppet/set pieces, with a distinctive growl and series of sound FX.
  • [ELVES CHORUS] 6-10 children. The Misfit Toys, Santa’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    Portrays Ages: 13-18
  • [MISFIT TOYS] Within the Elves Chorus.
    • Charlie
      A jack-in-the-box, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Santa’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Doll
      A girl doll, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Spotted Elephant
      An elephant with spots, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Train
      A train engine with square wheels, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Bird
      A bird that swims, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Cowboy
      A cowboy who rides an ostrich, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.
    • Plane
      An airplane that doesn’t fly, one of The Misfit Toys (puppets with performer-puppeteers who voice these toys). The Misfit Toys, Satna’s reindeer, and the Elves chorus should be double-cast as needed.

ABOUT PRINCESS & FROG
When a beautiful, but spoiled, princess throws her new golden ball down the palace garden well, she encounters an enchanted prince-turned frog, whose only hope at breaking his curse and turning back into a human is to be invited for dinner. Oh… and to be kissed on the nose by a princess. But this frog prince isn’t the only one under an enchanted curse. With the help of his amphibi-friends, the two form an unlikely bond by teaching each other the importance of self-discovery, friendship, and standing up to bad influence. This fresh new musical adaptation will have you croaking the showtunes all the way home!

Directed and Choreographed by: Maddie Jones
Music Directed by: Jason Alexander Holmes

Book and Lyrics by: Debra Clinton
Music by: Jason Marks
Adaptation by: Roderick Justice

  • Rehearsals: January 14- February 11, 2023
  • Tech Rehearsals: February 12- 17, 2023
  • Performances: February 18-27, 2023

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

  • [PRINCESS ACRIMONIA] A spoiled, bratty, and selfish (but beautiful!) princess. Doesn’t feel comfortable with the duties of being a princess and takes her frustration out on everyone. Learns the value of friendship from Croaker, and ultimately decides to discover who she truly is outside the kingdom walls. Must be simultaneously likable and annoyingly detestable. Strong singer, belts to D.
    Gender: Female
    Age: Portrays ages 16-18
  • [CROAKER] A prince that was turned into a frog. Kind, charismatic, charming, and a little sassy. Big heart, and full of personality. Teaches Acrimonia the value of friendship, love, and patience. Lyric baritone, to G.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Portrays ages 18-25
  • [QUEEN HELENE] Mother of Acrimonia, and second wife to King Arnold. A ruler with a dark secret. Think Norma Desmond without all the crazy. Must be a fine comedic actor, with a flair for a flared nostril and a raised eyebrow, and totally able to let her hair down and sing and dance as the disco diva she is. A highly interpretive role that can be done many ways. Mezzo, to D.
    Gender: Female
    Age: Portrays ages 40s-60s
  • [KING ARNOLD] King and ruler of the Kingdom of Astorya, married to Queen Helene, and stepfather to Acrimonia. Misses his long-lost son terribly, and rules with a kind heart. Always flustered and thrown by Acrimonia’s behavior. Has a little bit of a “song & dance man” in his spirit. Good singer/baritone, up to F.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Portrays ages 40s-60s
  • [ROYAL PAGE] The hapless (and ever-loyal) royal page in the Kingdom of Astorya. Thinks he’s a comedian and plays his trumpet…badly. Always running around, trying to answer doors, and meet the needs of the King and Queen. A role with much physical comedy. Should be a good mover and singer. Tenor, up to Ab.
    Age: Portrays ages 20s-40s
  • [FRANK, FRITZ, FRED] Croaker’s frog posse (“Frosse”) friends. Also double as cook/servants, and dark spirits. Should be good dancers and singers. Baritone/Tenor up to Ab.
    Age: Portrays teens-20s.
  • [LADY ISABELLA, LADY ADELLA, LADY CARMELLA] Acrimonia’s ladies-in-waiting. Also double as Disco Divas during “Ugly Tonight.” Must be a good mover and strong belter. Soprano up to F.
    Age: Portrays ages 20s-30s.
    [ENSEMBLE] Looking for a strong group of dancer/singers for the ensemble track. Must be proficient in tap dance and be good singers.
    Any age or gender.

ABOUT DISNEY’S MOANA JR.
This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

The majority of this production will be performed with puppets in blacklight. Puppetry experience will be instrumental.

Stage Directed and Choreographed by: Roderick Justice
Puppetry Directed by: Kevin Frisch
Music Direction: Mark Femia
Cultural Consultant: Siaa Alama

Music and Lyrics by: Opetaia Foa’I, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Script Adaptation by: Susan Soon He Stanton
Score Adaptation and Arrangements & Orchestrations by: Ian Weinberger
Based on the 2016 Disney film Moana

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Rehearsals: March 11- April 8, 2023
  • Tech Rehearsals: April 12-14, 2023
  • Performances:  April 15-24, 2023

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

  • [MOANA UNDERSTUDY] Singer/Actor/Mover/Live Actress on Stage. The vibrant, tenacious, and optimistic daughter of Motunui’s chief. She struggles to reconcile her father’s plans for her to take over as the village chief with her own desires to voyage beyond the reef. Ultimately, Moana proves a compassionate and capable leader. Cast an actor who can portray great maturity, possesses incredible energy, a fun sense of humor, and can confidently deliver songs like “How Far I’ll Go.”
    Gender: Female Identifying
    Age: Portrays 16-20 years old
    Ethnicity: Southeast Asian/ Pacific Islander
  • [MAUI] Puppet/Mascot/Mover.  A demigod and master wayfinder with charisma to spare and a reputation of being a trickster. Despite his hard exterior, Maui becomes a wonderful friend and mentor to Moana throughout their journey. Cast an actor with great comic timing who can portray this shapeshifter’s larger-than-life personality through big gestures and high energy, making moments like “You’re Welcome” true showstoppers.
    Gender: Any
    Age: Any
    Ethnicity: Any
  • [PUPPETEER ENSEMBLE] Non-speaking/ Non-Singing Puppeteers. Seeking a strong group of 12 puppeteers/movers.
    Gender: Any
    Age: Any
    Ethnicity: Any
  • [VOCAL ENSEMBLE] Singers and Voice Actors. Seeking a strong and diverse group of singers and voiceover artists to voice a plethora of characters in the production. May not need to be present at all performances. Much of the vocals will be primarily pre-recorded.
    Gender: Any
    Age: Any
    Ethnicity: Any

ABOUT A SESSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL
Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming word, Our classic Christmas show this year is better seen and heard! From Ghosts of Past and Present, to Timmy Loo Hoo, This festive holiday tale is a gift from us to you!

Directed by: Christopher Stewart
Written By: Peter Bloedel
Touring Manager/Company Management: Brandi Sherill

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Rehearsals: November 7- 23, 2022
  • Touring Performances: November 28 – December 18, 2022

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

  • [MALE IDENTIFYING ACTOR] Portrays The Scrooge, The Ghost of A Christmas Present
  • [MALE IDENTIFYING ACTOR] Portrays Jake Marley, Bed-Headed Fred, Young Scrooge
  • [FEMALE IDENTIFYING ACTOR] Portrays Solicitor #1, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit
  • [FEMALE IDENTIFYING ACTOR] Portrays Solicitor #2, Belle, Timmy Loo Hoo, Sven, A Boy

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

Sign up for an audition time here: https://www.theaterforms.com/TCTCincinnati/2223mainstageauditions/auditionform/

More information here: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/jobs-auditions/

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