Candlelight will be holding auditions for:
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright.
This musical story is about Ariel, a teenage mermaid princess that dreams of becoming human, and who falls in love with Prince Eric. Actors of all abilities, ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition.
ALL ROLES WILL BE CAST AGES 18+
Auditions will be held on February 15. Call backs will take place by invitation on February 21.
Performers should prepare 16 to 32 bars of a musical theater song that is similar in style to the show AND a monologue that is one minute long.
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Please note: Bring sheet music with the appropriate key and cuts; an accompanist will be provided. No a cappella or taped music. All positions are paid a per performance stipend and a rehearsal stipend. Other front of house opportunities are potentially available.
Matthew Dailey (Director) is thrilled to return to Candlelight to direct Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Most recently, Matthew was Co-Choreographer and Associate Director for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on Candlelight’s stage. He is originally from Denver and studied Musical Theatre at Western Michigan University before moving to New York City. There, he toured with Cameron Mackintosh’s MISS SAIGON for two years and starred in JERSEY BOYS for three years. As a lifelong fan of Disney, Matthew is excited to take the magic the company is known for and marry it with the excellence both performers and patrons alike have grown to expect of the Candlelight.
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Seeking Actors with commanding and expressive instruments for an ensemble-driven production. All actors may be asked to play multiple roles. This production will be practicing conscious casting.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN TO ANY RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER IDENTITY, AND BODY TYPE/ABILITIES.
Ariel (18+ to play 16 years old):
Ariel is a strong-willed teenage mermaid who longs to be human. She possesses a keen curiosity for the world both under and above the sea – much to the chagrin of her father, King Triton. She is big-hearted, and more accepting of (and delighted by) others’ differences than most of her fellow merfolk; but she also has a rebellious streak that can get her into trouble.
Strong Disney-pop voice to E. Pantomime skills a plus.
Prince Eric (18+ to play 17 years old)
Prince Eric is an adventurous human monarch who captures Ariel’s heart. Charming and sensitive in nature, he has a warm voice and demeanor that evoke his flair for romance. There is also a stubborn side to the Prince, who is determined to do whatever it takes to get what he wants – including the girl with the mysterious voice.
Strong tenor to a floating F#.
King Triton, King of the Sea, and a harried single father to seven girls, struggles to balance his political and paternal powers. A widower, Triton is as fond of his daughters as he is frustrated with their teenage angst. Even when unsure of his parenting technique, he is a tender patriarch who becomes a royal force to be reckoned with when Ariel’s safety and happiness is threatened by his sister, the Sea Witch Ursula.
Strong baritone to F.
Ursula is the tentacled and manipulative Sea Witch and sister to King Triton. Cunning and calculating, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants – and what she wants is Triton’s throne. To gain the upper hand, she utilizes her slick sense of humor, a flash of glamour, and larger-than-life confidence.
Performers of ALL genders are encouraged to audition.
Sebastian is an overly anxious crab with a flair for the dramatic. He is simultaneously Triton’s confidant, Ariel’s chaperone, and a bit of her moral compass. He always has the best intentions but often loses himself in what he knows is a magnificent performance. He is undeniably charismatic.
Strong tenor to high C. Puppetry skills a plus. Performers of ALL genders are encouraged to audition.
Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who rarely leaves her side. A spunky fish with a sweet sense of humor, he can be awkward and anxious around his unrequited crush.
Tenor to G. Puppetry skills a plus.
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on all things human. Garrulous and off-beat, Scuttle’s eccentricities are more endearing than aggravating. Even as he makes up ridiculous names and functions for common human objects, his intentions are friendly, and his enthusiasm is infectious.
Tenor to G. Tap dancing and puppetry skills a plus.
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. Rigid in bearing and personality, he is constantly trying to guide Prince Eric toward the throne and a suitable bride fit for a royal marriage. Under his stern demeanor, Grimsby truly is fond of Eric, whom he worries about and attends to as though his own son.
Minimal singing required.
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. Each has her own distinct character. The Mersisters will also double as the 6 Princesses in Act II, who are vying for Prince Eric’s hand in marriage.
Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.
The over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic singer/performer.
Exaggerated French accent.
Flotsam and Jetsam:
Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky.
They need to be good movers or dancers and will back-up Ursula with vocal harmonies.
The head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship. The Pilot has a few speaking lines, and his singing voice is most important because it opens the show!
Seeking strong dancers and singers to embody everything including creatures of the sea, mermaids, seagulls, eels, maids and any other type of character you can imagine.