OPEN AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S “THE LITTLE MERMAID” RESCHEDULED
Due to current directives established by state and local governments, the audition dates and location for the Redlands Bowl summer musical, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” have changed.
New audition dates are now announced for the fully staged Broadway musical for this year’s Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Producer-Director Wayne Scott has scheduled the open auditions for two Saturdays, May 16 and May 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The auditions will be held at LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church Street in Redlands.
“The auditions are conducted on a first come, first served basis, without appointments,” said Scott, “and all roles are open at this time.”
Scott emphasized that the first Saturday, May 16, will be devoted to those auditioning for principal or choral roles. The second Saturday, May 23, will be for select candidates who are called back and for those unable to audition on May 16. These auditions will be conducted by appointment throughout the morning.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16 measures of any familiar Broadway musical style song, preferably from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” They must bring their own sheet music in their key, and Scott will provide an accompanist. He will not consider electronic sound accompaniment such as tracks on CD and no a capella singing will be considered.
In addition to singing, Scott may ask auditioners to interpretively recite the lyrics of their song or to read excerpts from scripted scenes. Memorization is not necessary as they may refer to the lyrics or lines provided. Those auditioning may also be asked to perform a single dance routine to be taught at the auditions.
The musical is currently scheduled to be performed with a live full orchestra and presented on Tuesday, July 21 (Public Dress Rehearsal) and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, July 23 through 26 at the Redlands Bowl. The performances begin at 8:00 PM each evening.
After the cast is selected, Scott and his production staff will hold a required orientation meeting the evening of Thursday, May 28 and rehearsals will begin the following week. The cast will rehearse at the Redlands Bowl as often as possible.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is the critically acclaimed Broadway smash hit musical based on Walt Disney Pictures’ beloved 1989 Academy Award-winning animated movie. With Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” features the world famous tunes “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” among others that have sold millions of copies.
“The public health situation is fluid at present, so the dates announced may be subject to change,” Scott cautioned. “If any schedule changes occur, they will be widely publicized. I encourage those auditioning to consult redlandsbowl.org for the latest information.”
Scott encourages people interested in backstage and technical staff work to also come on the scheduled audition days. He has already secured some positions, including Music Conductor Nolan Livesay, Assistant Director Jeff DeWitt, Choreographer Michael Milligan, Set Design Consultant Tim Mahoney and Cast Coordinator Jennifer Keeney.
For additional information, contact Audition Coordinator Jennifer Keeney at (951) 259-9130.