Acting Up, young performers community theater, is holding open auditions for our fall musical, SEUSSICAL JR., Aug. 9 and 10. Participants must be ages 6-18 years old and still in high school. To secure an opportunity to audition, you must sign up for a date/time via SignUpGenius.
Show Info: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
What to prepare and bring:
Song: Be prepared to perform 32 measures (no longer than 1 minute) of any song that highlights your voice. This should be a Broadway-type song. You should sing with karaoke-type music (no vocals) downloaded on your phone, iPod, or CD. There will not be an accompanist. (Please note, no WiFi is available in our building and cell service is spotty, so please have any music pre-downloaded.)
Monologue: You should perform a monologue no longer than 1 minute that demonstrates your acting ability (you may be cut off).
Dress to dance. A short piece of choreography will be taught and performed as part of the audition process.
Audition Form: Found on our database at ActingUpdb.com. Please create an account and enter all your information, including conflicts. If you already have an account, DO NOT create a new one, but make sure to update your information before printing. Bring a printed copy of the audition form, including your conflicts list, with you to your audition. Please make sure that ALL of your CONFLICTS are listed in the database and printed with your form. ALL conflicts must be reported at auditions.
Photo: Bring a recent photo that looks like you, that you do not need returned. No need at all for professional photos, a selfie is fine. It is merely to help the casting board recall who is who.
Schedule: Rehearsals will begin the week of August 23, and are expected to be Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:00pm and Sundays 2:00-5:00pm. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal.
Performances will be Nov. 5-7 at the Mason High School Theater.
Who’s Directing?: Acting Up’s Fall Musical will be directed by Brent Peebles, with assistant director Rachelle Penilla. Music Direction by Jeanne Bilyeu.
Acting Up COVID protocols: If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks since final dose of vaccine), masks are optional. If you have not been vaccinated, masks are required. Current protocols do allow for masks to be removed when actively performing (not during rehearsal). We will continue to watch the recommendations of the Warren County Department of Health as well as Mason City Schools throughout rehearsals and will adjust protocols accordingly. If any changes are made, we will notify parents.
For auditions – The above protocols are in place. During the monologue and song portion of the audition, we will ask that actors remove their mask. The actors will be in small groups and will be socially distanced. Everyone on the casting team has been vaccinated.
Performances of Seussical Jr. will be Nov. 5-7, at Mason High School.
Acting Up is excited to offer 6-week small group fall classes and a high school workshop beginning October 5, 2020! While we are disappointed we cannot produce our usual fall musical due to the on-going restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for young actors to continue to hone their performance skills during this time!
We will be offering Acting classes for grades 2-12 (grouped by grade level), an Improv class for grades 6-12, and a high school workshop production of “Freaky Friday”! All classes will be held at our facility in Mason. Details for each individual class can be found in the EventBrite link for your actor’s grade level. Spots are extremely limited, and several classes are already SOLD OUT, but we do have a few remaining spots in our Acting Class for grades 8-12 and our high school workshop!
Click on the following links for more information and registration:
All registered participants will receive a detailed guide of Acting Up’s COVID-19 policies and protocols prior to the start of classes, as well as a medical/liability release form that must be completed for the first class. Actors registered for the “Freaky Friday” workshop will receive a separate email with (optional) audition information.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Excellence in Choreography – Catherine Dresbach & Anna Duvall Sheehan
- Excellence in Costume Design – Sue Speno & Alicia Farbstein
- Excellence in Dance Execution – The Cast
- Excellence in Direction – Brahm Corstanje
- Excellence in Light Design – Allen Young
- Excellence in Producing – Adrianna Hartmann
- Excellence in Set Decor – Brent Peebles
- Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Ashlynn Hezlep
- Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Izak Lord-Wohlstein
- Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Katie Short
We hope this email finds you well! One of Acting Up’s set build volunteers is the President of the Cincinnati Woodworking Club, and has organized an N95 mask collection for local hospitals currently facing a shortage due to the pandemic. Acting Up keeps N95 masks in our shop, which we will be donating, and is hoping some other area theaters may also have masks to donate!
Please see the note below from the Cincinnati Woodworking Club, and note the drop-off points around town. If you have masks, but cannot get them to a drop-off location, please email Acting Up at ActingUp@ActingUp.com:
The Cincinnati area hospital systems are in desperate need of supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. http://www.hamiltoncountyohioema.org/donations-needed-during-covid-19/
As a club, we want to help by donating any N95 masks that you might have. Open, but unused, or new boxes of masks are being accepted. They will be UV sterilized prior to use. We have set up a few neighborhood collection points. Please drop off your supplies prior to Thursday evening. Each donation will have a box outside — you do not need to contact anyone at the home.
The following are the collection points:
John Libbert SE
5565 Wild Rose Ln. Milford, 45150. Front porch is covered and a box will be on one of the chairs near the front door.
Herb Retzsch Northwest group.
6321 Anthony Drive, Hamilton, OH 45011. Box will be on the front porch.
Larry Saupe SE
7776 Shadowleaf Ln
Cincinnati, OH 45247
(White Oak / Monfort Hts area)
Will Hartmann N central – Acting Up Affiliate
7817 Hedgewood Cir
Mason, OH 45040. Bin on front covered porch
A Message from the Acting Up Board of Directors: The health and well-being of everyone in our community and beyond is the highest priority for Acting Up. Due to the Governor’s recent mandates on large gatherings and community precautions, our previously scheduled April 3-5 performances of TUCK EVERLASTING have been POSTPONED.
Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks while we explore options including the possibility of a venue change in addition to the performance date changes. If you have any information on possible alternative venues, please email: ActingUp@ActingUp.com with the details. We appreciate your continued support.