The Little Mermaid Auditions - Morris Park Players!

Morris Park Players announces open auditions for DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

Morris Park Players will hold open auditions for DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, on Monday and Tuesday December 17-18 (Callbacks Wednesday December 19th from 6 – 9:30 p.m. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Wade Fields, conducted by Blake Brauer and produced Laura Bracken Dierke for Morris Park Players with rights secured from Music Theatre International (MTI).

Rehearsals will start on Monday, February 11th.  

Performances are April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, & 27 - 7:00 pm April 14 & 28 - 2:00 pm.  

 

Auditions and performances take place at 700 22nd Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418.  Casting decisions will be made and accounced within a week of auditions. 

Please go online and to complete paperwork and select an audition time. 

Morrisparkplayers.org

 - Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as you will be asked to note any conflicts. 

 - Everyone must sing and dance. 

 - Please prepare 16 bars of a standard musical theatre song – less than two minutes long, please. 

 - An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the correct key. 

 - Come dressed for movement and be prepared to stay for a short dance audition.

Morris Park Players embraces a non-traditional casting approach to our productions - seeing the possibilities that exist when roles are cast against stereotype. "Non-traditional casting" is defined by Actors Equity as "the casting of ethnic, minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity or sex is not germane to character or play development."  All are welcome.  Whomever best fits the artistic vision of the production will earn the role. 

We expect a big turnout for auditions, and though we wish we could we cannot cast everyone.  The final cast size will be approximately 40-45 actors with 15-20 aged 10-18.  Minimum age: 10 years old. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the production team at [email protected].

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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, bargaining 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.

Character Breakdown

Ariel: 

Female 16-25, Mezzo to Gb5, Spunky and determined without being obnoxious, Loves her family but knows she belongs with the humans

Songs include “World Above”, “Part of Your World”, “If Only”, “Beyond My Wildest Dreams”

 

Erik: 

Male 20-30, Tenor to G4, Would rather spend his time sailing instead of taking up the crown 

Songs include “Her Voice”, “One Step Closer”

 

Ursula: 

M/F Any Age, Alto to C5, Perpetually angry at being passed over in favor of her brother, Triton

Songs include “Daddy’s Little Angel”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”

 

Sebastian: 

M/F Any Age, Tenor or Alto to Bb2, Fussy music master, loves Ariel dearly

Songs include “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”

 

Triton: 

Male 40+, Baritone to F4, King of the Sea, quick to anger, but underneath is a loving father

Songs include “If Only”

 

Flounder: 

M/F Any Age, Tenor to G4, Carries a deep love for Ariel, but impulsive

Songs include “She’s in Love”, “Under the Sea”

 

Scuttle: 

M/F Any Age, Baritone/Mezzo to G4, Fancies himself an expert on all things human

Songs include “Positoovity”, “Kiss the Girl” Should have some tap experience.

 

Chef Louis: 

M/F Any Age, Tenor to A4, Boisterous, French accent; could double as sailor, sea creature

Songs include “Les Poissons”, “Fathoms Below”, “Under the Sea”

 

Grimsby: 

M/F, 50+, Guardian to Erik, wants nothing more than to see him married and on the throne

Songs include “Beyond My Wildest Dreams”, “The Contest”

 

Flotsam/Jetsam:   

M/F Any Age, Bari-tenor/Mezzo, Electric eel assistants to Ursula, sneaky and evil

Songs include “Daddy’s Little Angel”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Dear Child”

 

Mersisters: 

6 M/F, Ages 25+, alto, mezzo and soprano, Ariel’s older sisters, each has a unique personality

Could double as sea creatures, lagoon creatures, seagulls, maids and princesses

Songs include “She’s in Love”, “Daughters of Triton”, “The Contest”

 

Pilot: 

M/F, Any Age, Baritone, could double as sea creature, gull, lagoon creature, courtier

Songs include “Fathoms Below”, “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”

 

Sailors: 

5 – 7 men/women, any age; could double as sea creatures, gull, lagoon creatures, chefs

Songs include “Fathoms Below”, “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, “Les Poissons”

 

Contact information

Morris Park Players
Laura Dierke
612-470-7153
Email/contact
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Tuesday, December 18
Posted November 19