MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE

Students on a stage performing a grand finale number from Urinetown the musical

 

Our renowned summer Musical Theatre Intensive will be bringing the bright world of Seussical, The Musical to life! This six-week intensive is designed for comprehensive training bridging the gap between professional and educational theatre.

Performances will be held at the Puth Family Theater at the Music Institute of Chicago.

*By audition only — email [email protected] for information on how to submit (please include a headshot/resume if you have one)*

About MTI

This summer, our team will be bringing the wonderful world of Seussical, The Musical to life! We’re going to create a SEUSSICAL that ROCKS, recaptures the joy of play, the joy of community, and that celebrates all that is possible together! This six-week intensive is designed for comprehensive training bridging the gap between professional and educational theatre.


Week 1:

An immersive bootcamp that will cover crucial acting, singing, and dancing technique with Chicago’s top professionals.

Weeks 2-5:

Put those skills to work in rehearsing this complex work featuring incredible storytelling, building satirical characters and tackling the intricate score.

Week 6:

Students prepare in Tech Week (may include altered times) for their final performances, July 30th and 31st!

About Seussical: The Musical

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat in the Hat.

Casting/Character Breakdown

Cast Size: 11 to 20 Performers

Dance Requirements: Standard

The Cat In The Hat

Our story’s omniscient narrator, he is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: F2

Jojo

The Mayor’s son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton.

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Horton The Elephant

Our story’s main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. He is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle.

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Gertrude Mcfuzz

Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls.

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Mayzie Labird

The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: G3

The Sour Kangaroo

The ‘leader’ of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: F#3

Ensemble

Jungle Creatures (The Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle The Turtle, Bird Girls);

The Whos (Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Genghis Khan Schmitz)