Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Audition Information for A Little Princess (Musical)

Directed by Peter Wolfe and Produced by Lanny Langston

Auditioners must be available for all dates and times listed below

Saturday March 24, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – Noon - Girls, Age 8 through 16; Singing Only
Sunday March 25, 2012, 6:30-- 9:00 pm Girls, Age 8 through 16; Reading and Movement
Monday March 26, 2012, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Adult Men and Women and Girls over 16: Singing and Reading
(Some younger girls who audition on Saturday and Sunday may be called back to read on Monday)

Tuesday March 27, 2012, 6:30 - 9:00 pm Call-Back Audition & Casting; All Ages
Saturday April 7, 2012, 9:00 am – Noon Read-Through and Cast Meeting

Audition Requirements

Singing: Auditioners may sing any song with musical accompaniment from a CD or I- pod or with a live piano accompanist. (An accompanist will be available). Backing recordings must be instrumental only (No vocal back-up). Singing without accompaniment will not be allowed. Songs must be sung from memory.
Readings: Will consist of cold readings from the script. Scripts are available for check-out from the Imagination Theater Box Office after January 1, 2012.
Movement & Dance: Advanced dancing experience is not necessary. Auditioners will learn and then demonstrate some very basic dance steps. Auditioners should wear comfortable, loose-fitting shoes and clothing. Flip-flops, sandals, and bare feet are not allowed for auditions.
Photographs: Auditioners must bring a photograph of themselves (minimum 5”x7” size) to attach to the audition form they will receive at the auditions. Expensive or elaborate head-shots are not required. Resumes from all auditioners are encouraged.
Fees: There is no fee for auditioning. There is a $65.00 Participation fee for those cast in the production. (Used primarily to pay for insurance). This fee is due at the April 7th Read-Through.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedules: Will be distributed at the end of the Call-Back Audition.

Story Summary

Adapted from Frances Hodgson Bumett’s classic story “Sara Crew,” this new musical version of a “Riches-to-rags-to-riches” story takes place mostly at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Victorion-era London. The scenes of the play occur in a classroom, an attic, and the parlor of the wealthy Mr. Carrisford.


• Sara Crew A little Princess, intelligent and imaginative. Age 10-12

• Becky An orphan servant girl. Sara’s new friend. Age 10-13.

• Lavinia A pupil at the school. Dislikes Sara. The “mean Girl. Any age.

• Ermengardde St. John A “challenged” student. Spells poorly. Nice. Age 10-12.

• Lottie The youngest pupil. Age 8-10.

• Alice Same age as Ermengardde. Friendly.

• Jessie Another pupil. Any age. Energetic.

• Ensemble of Students Girls of various ages 8-12. Various heights.

• Miss Minchin School Owner and Head Misstress. Stern, mean, money-hungry. Adult.

• Miss Amelia The teacher. Miss Minchin’s younger sister. Sympathetic and nice. Perky. Age: older teen or adult.

• Mr. Barrow An Attorney. Adult.

• Cook Character role. Busy-body. Overworked. Adult Woman.

• Mr. Carmichael A wealthy neighbor. Works for Mr. Carrisford. Could be “older.”

• Mrs. Carmichael The neighbor’s wife. Non-singing role.

• Mr. Carrisford Another wealthy neighbor.

• Perkins House Servant to Mr. Carrisford. Adult male or female. Singing role.

• Ram Servant to Mr. Carrisford. Adult male. Singing role. “Mysterious and exotic”

Musical Requirements

The entire cast is on-stage as street people on a London Street for the prologue. The pupils perform several numbers as an ensemble chorus. Sara, Lavinia, and Becky have major solos as do Miss Minchin, Miss Amelia, Cook, Ram, and Perkins. One of the adult males will sing off-stage as the voice of Captain Crew, Sara’s Father.

A note about the production schedule: The Little Princess is being cast well in advance of the start of actual rehearsals to accommodate a trip being taken by the Director during the period April through July. During those months, there will be periodic read-throughs and vocal assessments to be conducted by the production staff in the Director’s absence.