Once On This Island Auditions

Auditions from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Friday February 23rd and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 24th

ART INC is thrilled to present ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR!

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island Jr. is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island, guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

 

AUDITION DETAILS: 
Auditions will be held from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Friday, February 23rd and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 24th at ART Inc in The Romain Arts & Culture Center located at 919 NE Jefferson, Peoria, IL 61603. Roles Age Range: 7-18 

Please prepare 32 bars of a song from the show or in the style of the show, and come dressed to dance. We will not have an accompanist, but we will have a speaker that you may use, if you provide us with the link to a karaoke or backing track.  

Auditionees should come with a list of potential conflicts that fall within February 26 – May 5, 2024. 

Performances are on May 3rd-5th, 2023. 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

* Storytellers – These four narrators tell the story of the Once On This Island Junior. They can be female or male. These four roles are perhaps the most difficult of the show. Not only do they sing the bulk of the show, they also tell the story, and if properly directed, focus the audience’s attention on important events throughout the production.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Ab4
Lead. All Genders. 12-18

* Mama Euralie – Mama is the symbolic mother of us all. She is loving, practical, funny and earthy. This is a great role for a good actress with a pleasant voice.
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: G4
Lead. Female. 14-18

* Tonton Julian – Tonton is the loving father to his adopted daughter, Ti Moune. Tonton is strong, practical, and supportive. He is faced with the difficult task of letting Ti Moune chase her dreams, even if it means that he may never see the daughter he loves again. The performer who plays this role should have a nice voice and be a good actor.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Lead. Male. 16-18

* Little Girl / Little Ti Moune / Peasant Girl – Little Girl and Little Ti Moune are played by the same actress. Look for someone that can portray a frightened girl, as well as a spunky, young girl who enjoys running and playing around. These characters have no solo singing lines, so this is the perfect place to cast a younger performer with good acting skills and a dynamic stage presence.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Supporting. Female. 7-10

* Ti Moune – Ti Moune is the forcus of our story and is featured in solo songs and dance. The actress performing the role should have an excellent voice and be an excellent dancer. The music Ti Moune sings is written in a pop style; make sure the actress can sing this style of music. She must be able to drive the energy of her scenes. Ti Moune performs a pivotal dance solo.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Lead. Female. 12-16

* Daniel Beauxhomme – Daniel is the leading male character in Once On This Island JR. Cast a boy with a good voice and who is comfortable acting ang moving. His role is dramatic and exciting.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Lead. Male. 12-16

* Daniel’s Son – This is a very small walk-on part at the very end of the show. Cast the smallest, cutest boy available to play Daniel’s son. This is a non-singing and non-speaking role.
Supporting. Male. 7-9

* Gatekeeper – The Gatekeeper has one scene. This role can be portrayed by a boy or a girl, but he or she needs a booming voice and strong stature. This is a great place for an actor or actress who’s not quite ready for a large part or for someone who doesn’t have a strong singing voice.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Supporting. All Genders. 10-18

* Daniel’s Father – Unlike Tonton Julian, Daniel’s father is not sympathetic or understanding of his son’s wishes. This is a small male role requiring some singing and acting. This is a good role for an actor who is not quite ready for a large part.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Supporting. Male. 15-18

* Andrea – Andrea is Daniel’s refined and beautiful fiancée. Daniel and Andrea have been promised to each other by their parents since birth. She is sophisticated, educated and the exact opposite of Ti Moune. The actress performing the role should have a reasonably good voice and be able to move gracefully. Andrea needs to come across as the ultimate snob.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Supporting. Female. 12-16

* Papa Ge – Papa Ge describes himself as “the sly demon of death.” He is also the closest thing to a “bad guy” in Once On This Island Junior. The actor playing this role must be able to create a strong character and have an evil laugh! He should be a good singer, but he does not need to have a polished, pretty voice – in fact, the more unique his vocal quality is, the better. Papa Ge could be portrayed by a girl, but generally works best with a male actor.
Vocal range top: Ab5
Vocal range bottom: C#4
Lead. Male. 14-18

* Asaka – Asaka is the Goddess of the Earth and sings one of the most popular and fun songs of the show, “Mama Will Provide.” Cast an excellent singer who moves well and has a robust personality. This performer should be played by a female who can create a fun character larger than life!
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Lead. Female. 12-18

* Agwe – Agwe is the God of Water. He or she has a solo early in the show that requires an excellent voice (“Rain”). Cast an actor capable of driving the energy of this scene.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C#4
Lead. Male or Female. 12-18

* Erzulie – Erzulie is the triumphant Goddess of Love. Cast a graceful mover with a pretty voice. This is a perfect role for an actress who can be confident yet charming.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Lead. Female. 12-18

* Choir Of Storytellers
(Peasants, Villagers, Guests, Grands Hommes) – The ensemble is easily expandable to accommodate kids of nearly any ability. The ensemble has the opportunity to perform many roles, transforming from Peasants to wealthy Grands Hommes.

Chorus / Ensemble. All Genders. 8-18

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