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The Explorers Club
By Nell Benjamin

Directed by Tracy Olin

Performance Dates:
April 22 - May 7, 2016

Audition Date:
Monday, January 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San March Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

About the Show:
London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville. It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

Available Roles:
8 Men
1 Woman

LUCIUS FRETWAY: (male, 30-50) a botanist and a man of science, Intelligent and fastidious, relates better to his plants than to women. In love with Phyllida.

PHYLLIDA SPOTTE-HUME: (female, 25-40) an anthropologist, smart, feminine, and adventurous, trying to be accepted in a man’s world/COUNTESS GLAMORGAN a countess, née Andromache Spotte-Hume, twin sister to Phyllida, entitled aristocrat.

HARRY PERCY: (male, 30-50) an intrepid explorer, bold, robust and arrogant, discoverer of the East Pole…he got there first…no one else…first.

LUIGI: (male, 20-30) a NaKong tribesman, strong, smart, and observant. Must be able to do extreme physical comedy.

PROFESSOR COPE: (male, 30-65) an herpetologist, unassuming, sweet-natured and gentlemanly. Best friends with Professor Walling.

PROFESSOR SLOANE: (male, 50-65) an archeo-theologist, strongly opinionated, rude and outspoken, but also likeable. Does not approve of women.

PROFESSOR WALLING: (male, 30-65) a zoologist, amiable and gentlemanly. Best friends with Professor Cope.

SIR BERNARD HUMPHRIES: (male, 30-55) a private secretary to Queen Victoria, a smooth politician, serene and smug, he will handle the dirty work in the most pleasant of ways.

BEEBE: (male, 35 – 50) an explorer, a survivor seeking vengeance, one that should not be crossed/IRISH ASSASIN dies a quick, but great death.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.


Disney's The Little Mermaid
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashamn and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film

Directed and choreographed by Kevin Covert
Musical Director: Joe Montelione

Performance Dates:
June 10 - 26, 2016

Audition Date:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San March Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script, as well as vocal and movement auditions. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary (musical theatre) up-tempo piece. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment permitted.

Also, wear clothing and shoes you are able to dance in and be prepared to learn and perform a short piece of choreography from the show.

About the Show:
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, 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.
 
Disney's The Little Mermaid offers a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets, and the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years.

Character Breakdown:
12 Roles (1 Female/10 Males/1 Flexible) plus Ensemble


Ariel (Female)
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.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Prince Eric (Male)
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.
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

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

Flounder (Male)
A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water.
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Scuttle (Male)
A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise.
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

King Triton (Male)
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.
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Sebastian (Male)
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.
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Flotsam (Male)
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.
Age: 20 or older
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Jetsam (Male)
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.
Age: 20 or older
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Ursula (Flexible)
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.
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Chef Louis (Male)
The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular.
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Ensemble
Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

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Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.