Auditions

 

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Audition Notice

Zilker Theatre Productions is currently seeking non-Equity actor/singers Age 14+ of all ethnicities for various roles in the upcoming Zilker Theater production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which will mark the company’s 61st summer musical season.
Direction by Scott Shipman
Musical Direction by Lyn Koenning
Choreography by Judy Thompson-Price
All roles will be paid.

Synopsis

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Auditions and Callbacks

Auditions: March 16 and 17 @ Keller Williams Realty International
Adults and children 14 years of age and older are invited to audition, and Zilker Theatre Productions warmly encourages actors of all ethnic/racial backgrounds to audition.
Prepare two contrasting (one up tempo, one slower) songs from a contemporary musical written in the last 10-15 years. It’s okay to sing a song from a Disney musical or film as long as it’s not from THE LITTLE MERMAID. Sheet music should be in the correct key for the performer’s voice, and each of the pieces should be cut down to 16 bars (approx. 45 seconds to one minute each).
Things to consider:
  • The cut might not necessarily be 16 literal bars. A 16-bar audition might be 12 bars of a very slow song or 32 bars of a very fast song.
  • The cut might not necessarily be 16 consecutive bars. For example, it might be the first 8 and the final 8, or the first 4 bars followed by the bridge and a tag. Please make sure your music is clearly marked.
  • Performers should arrive 30 minutes before their audition slot, and prepare to stay for approximately 1 hour.
  • Performers will dance at their initial audition and at callbacks. Please bring jazz or tennis shoes to the initial audition. PLEASE BRING TAP SHOES IF YOU HAVE THEM!
  • Performers with tumbling experience/ gymnastic tricks should highlight that on their resumes.
  • Bring a headshot and résumé.  Note:  Photos may be taken on-site.
Callbacks: March 23 @ Keller Williams Realty International

Additional information and callback sides will be provided via email to those invited to attend.

Show Dates

  • Rehearsals begin the week of May 20, 2019.
  • Production opens at the Zilker Hillside Theater on Friday, July 12, 2019.
  • Production closes on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Video Auditions

If you cannot attend the General Auditions in person please fill out this Video Audition Form.

Character Breakdown

Ariel

A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted.

Prince Eric

A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.

Grimsby

Prince Eric’s British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage.

Flounder

A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water.

Scuttle

A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise.

King Triton

King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans.

Sebastian

A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can’t bring himself to stand in Ariel’s way.

Flotsam

An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.

Jetsam

An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear.

Ursula

The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive.

Chef Louis

The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular.

Ensemble

Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses

 

 

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