CATS Audition Information
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FAMILY MUSIC THEATRE IS ANNOUNCING:
OPEN AUDITIONS for FALL 2017 PRODUCTION OF CATS
Monday, August 14 - 4:30 PM - Children Auditions / 7:00 PM - Adult Auditions
Tuesday, August 15 - 4:30 PM - Children Auditions / 7:00 PM - Adult Auditions
LOCATION: Cedar Valley College Performance Hall
3030 N. Dallas Ave, Lancaster, TX 75134
Friday, October 13th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 14th - 1:30 PM
Saturday, October 14th - 7:30 PM
Friday, October 20th - 10:30 AM - Child Excerpts
Friday, October 20th - 12:30 PM - Child Excerpts
Friday, October 20th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 21st - 1:30 PM
Saturday, October 21st - 7:30 PM
Friday, October 27th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 28th - 1:30 PM
Saturday, October 28th - 7:30 PM
Based on these auditions, the directors will determine who they will need for callbacks. If needed call backs will take place Wednesday, August 16th - 7:00 PM. We will make every effort to have the entire show cast and announced by the end of week.
BACKGROUND: Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has become one of the world’s best known and most loved theatrical productions. A tribe of cats gathers in a junkyard for the Jellical Ball. The members celebrate their special abilities and unique personalities in the process of selecting one cat to go to the “Heavyside Layer.” Amidst the revelries, themes of identity and redemption will be interpreted in this CVC FMT production.
GREAT SONGS: Memory, Gus: The Theatre Cat, Bustopher Jones, Mr. Mistoffelees, and Macavity just to name a few from this production.
LARGE CAST. Many named roles. Great singing / dancing rolls for kids, teens, and adults alike.
- Vocal Audition:
- Sing best 16 bars of Broadway song, or popular song. Must have sheet music. Accompanist provided.
- It is imperative that you come prepared to "act" this number. This will impact our selection for call backs.
- Dance Audition:
- All will participate in movement audition
- Wear appropriate footwear and come dressed to move.
Auditionees will be required to fill out an audition form at online sign-in, including previous theatre experience, conflicts during the rehearsal period, and contact information.
Rehearsal/Workday commitment will include 3-4 weeknights per week and most Saturdays. All must guarantee no conflicts in final rehearsal period (October 2nd - 12th) and ALL performances.
Auditionees are encouraged to enroll in one of CVC’s drama music theatre workshop classes (DRAMA 1120, MUSP 1391), whose only meetings entail regular rehearsals, workdays, and performances of this production. Have fun AND get college credit at the same time! Continuing Education equivalent courses are also available.
- A Tentative, detailed rehearsal schedule will be posted online at a later date.
CATS Character Descriptions
Male - Singer/Movers (all have principal solos)
Munkustrap – (strong baritone, B2-G4 – solos on “The Pekes and the Pollicles”) The show's de facto narrator. A black and silver tom who is storyteller and protector of the Jellicle tribe. He is thought to be second in command after Old Deuteronomy, possibly his son. Emphasis on the voice but good movement skills required.
Rum Tum Tugger – (high rock’n’roll baritone B2-F#4, with good falsetto flip) The ladies' tom. His temperament ranges from playful to serious, often flirtatious, the feline equivalent of Elvis Presley, recognizable by his wild mane. Charismatic, notoriously hard to please and sets himself apart trying to be different, obviously self-centered and relishes it. Must be a strong dancer.
Male - Singer/Dancers (all have principal solos)
Mungojerrie – (gymnastic skills helpful; high baritone/tenor to F#4) Half of a pair of notorious cat-burglars, with Rumpleteazer. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer are most commonly remembered for their unique dance number where at the end, they both latch onto each other and do a "double windmill" across the stage.
Skimbleshanks – (tap skills required; tenor/high baritone with clear F4) The railway cat. An active orange tabby cat, who lives on the trains and acts as an unofficial chaperone to such an extent he is considered rather indispensable to the train and station employees.
Male - Dancers who sing (featured dancing roles)
Macavity – (no solo singing) the show's only real villain; character is a literary allusion to the Sherlock Holmes character Professor Moriarty. Will double in ensemble (Plato or Admetus).
Mr. Mistoffelees – (Must be a highly advanced dancer with outstanding classical technique) A young tom with magical powers. (could be cameo role, but we prefer one willing to be in ensemble)
Male – Non Dancing Principals
Old Deuteronomy – (must be Strong, legit baritone with excellent high range up to G#4) The lovable patriarch of the Jellicle Tribe. He is very old and dignified.
Asparagus / Gus – (mature actor required, moderate range) The theatre cat. Probably a cameo role, although could serve also in general ensemble in alter ego.
Bustopher Jones – (cameo role, tenor Bb2-Bb4) A fat cat, a "twenty-five pounder." Dresses in a snappy tuxedo and spats. Respected by all, as the upper class. Can double as Gus, or Old Deuteronomy, or serve in general ensemble as well.
Female – All Singer / Dancers: Soloists
Bombalurina – (range G3-E4; strong belt to C5) Saucy red female. “Macavity” duet w/Demeter.
Demeter – (G3-D#5; strong belt to C5) Very skittish female cat. “Macavity” duet w/Bombalurina.
Jellylorum (G#3-G5) - A female who watches out for the kittens, along with Jennyanydots. She has a close relationship with Gus. Named after T. S. Eliot's own cat.
Jemima – (G4-F5; must be soprano with good upper range) A kitten who is also a Rum Tum Tugger fan and friends with Electra, Etcetera, and Victoria.
Jennyanydots – (G3-C#5; tap skills required) The old Gumbie cat. She sits all day and rules the mice and cockroaches at night, forcing them to undertake helpful or useful functions, or creative projects, to curb their naturally destructive habits.
Rumpleteazer – (gymnastic skills helpful, strong character voice, mezzo belt to D5) Female half of a pair of notorious cat-burglars, with Mungojerrie.
female - Ballet Specialty
Victoria – (no solo singing) A pure white kitten gifted in dancing; extensive classical ballet technique. The "official" Jellicle Ball begins with her solo dance.
Female - Non Dancing Principal
Grizabella – (prefer mature actress, must have wide vocal range with rich lower register and dramatic high belt to E5; overall G3-E5) The former Glamour Cat who has lost her sparkle and now only wants to be accepted. Grizabella left the tribe when she was younger to see the world for herself. In doing so she faced the harshness of the outside world, as well as the equally harsh status of pariah in the cats' society.
Chorus Ensemble: (Size of this group will vary, depending on strengths of the principals. All will be named characters, many will have featured solo spots.) Must be singers who move; vocally strong enough to complete the needed choral sound. Dancers who sing; with dancing skills to fill out dancer chorus needs.
Specific characters for Chorus Ensemble
Chorus and dance roles. Many characters are production-specific versions of the same role. Often non-principal characters are omitted from smaller productions. Our production will flesh out the general ensemble by selecting from these characters and potentially creating our own.
Admetus - A young cat, who in many productions, also doubles as Macavity. Generally productions have either Admetus or Plato filling the same function.
Alonzo - A black and white tom in most productions; in the US and the early European productions, he is depicted as being a black and gold tabby. Sometimes considered the third in command after Munkustrap as he also fights Macavity.
Bill Bailey - Primarily from the London production, a young white and brown male. Often able to do acrobatics, interchangeable with the character of Tumblebrutus.
Carbucketty - The name was one of T. S. Eliot's ideas for cat names for a "knockabout cat." Sometimes interchangeable with the character of Pouncival.
Cassandra - A brown and cream Abyssinian queen, with a braided tail. Unique and somewhat mysterious.
Coricopat - Male twin to Tantomile. The conventional stage action suggests that Coricopat and Tantomile are psychic cats, they sense the presence of danger before it becomes apparent to the other characters.
Electra - A tabby kitten who seems to be friends with Etcetera as well as a fan of Rum Tum Tugger.
Etcetera - A happy, energetic kitten who is a big Rum Tum Tugger fan. She is generally a pale tabby pattern.
Exotica - A female character who first appeared in the video version, and was a role initially created specially for Femi Taylor. The character also appears in the South African and World Tour.
George - A young patchy male kitten that only appeared in the London production.
Plato - Teenage male cat; the actor usually doubles as Macavity. He does a pas de deux with Victoria during the Jellicle Ball.
Pouncival - A playful tom kitten, generally interchangeable with Carbucketty.
Sillabub, the Broadway version of Jemima, although the Japanese and Swedish productions include both.
Tumblebrutus - A playful young adult cat in his prime. Tumblebrutus is a brown and white tabby, characterized by a large, flame-like brown patch over his left eye. Very energetic, this young tom is featured in many dance numbers and has many featured soloes throughout the show. He is the Broadway version of Bill Bailey.
Tantomile - Female twin of Coricopat. The name was created by T.S. Eliot for a "Witch's Cat".
Victor - Primarily a character from the London production, a young grey male.
Kids Ensemble - (Age range: 8-12) Dancer/Singers à MUST TAP!
To be featured on: Old Gumbie Cat, Jellicle Ball, Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, Mr. Mistoffelees