Magical Starlight Theatre will hold auditions for Tarzan, our January 2019 Production, onand at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Avenue at the northwest corner of Eagle and Jackson Streets in Naperville (enter from upper level). Lead and supporting roles are available for all ages, as well as a strong ensemble of all ages. Auditions for youth under age 16 will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and auditions for actors 16 and older will be 2:30-4:00 p.m. both days. Youth must be in fourth grade or higher. Call backs, if necessary will be held on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Youth and adults are asked to prepare an up-tempo song highlighting their vocal range and versatility approximately one minute long. All auditioning should bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. There will be a general movement audition and cold reading from the script. There will be a dance audition as well, come prepared to move. All auditioning only need to come to one of the two days of auditions, and no time slot reservation is required. Auditionees will be grouped as you register. Once your group has concluded music, reading, and choreography auditions, you will be excused.
All performances and tech week are mandatory. Flying characters will have additional training and rehearsals right before tech week. Eight performances will be presented: January 11-13 and 18-20, 2019. Performances are at Naperville Central High School Auditorium. Friday performances are 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday performances are 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will generally be scheduled for Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Please bring all conflicts for rehearsals, tech week, and performances to auditions. Stay tuned to this website for additional information or email: info@MagicalStarlight.org.
Tarzan the Stage Musical
Discover the Magic
Spectacle, Fun, Heart
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his gorilla father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his troop’s territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan’s curiosity and determination lead him to discover where he truly belongs.
We invite you to be part of something new and exciting on the community theatre stage!
|Character||Description||Stage Appearance / Gender||Vocal Range / Other Notes|
|Father, Earl of Greystoke||Tarzan’s Father. Brave, strong, determined, agile, not afraid of heights, stage combat, willing to fly||Adult, male|
|Mother, Countess of Greystoke||Tarzan’s Mother. Brave, strong, determined, agile, not afraid of heights, willing to fly||Adult, female|
|Young Tarzan||Boy raised by gorillas. Innocent, curious, ingenious, playful, wants to fit in – agile, not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics||Youth, male|
|Tarzan||Curious, loyal, fearless, strong, and great sense of integrity, vulnerable, wants to know where he belongs – agile, not afraid of heights, stage combat, willing to fly, dance||Young Adult, male|
|Kala||Motherly gorilla who raises Tarzan. Strong, compassionate, nurturing, strong willed, determined, loving. – agile||Adult, female|
|Kerchak||Kala’s mate, Tarzan’s father figure. Strong leader, authoritative, responsible, tender heart within – agile, stage combat||Adult, male|
|Young Terk||Friend to Tarzan & self appointed “advisor”, Exuberant know it all, loyal, sense of fun mixed with sarcasm. – agile, not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics||Youth, male or female|
|Terk||Tarzan’s best friend. Exuberant know it all, loyal, sense of fun mixed with sarcasm. – agile, not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics, willing to fly||Young Adult, male or female|
|Jane Porter||Wide-eyed adventurer & botanist, effervescent with enthusiasm, passion, & charm. Proper, well-bred, and tomboyish all in one, – agile, dance, not afraid of heights, willing to fly||Young Adult, female|
|Professor Archimedes Q. Porter||Jane’s father. Slightly eccentric professor, willing adventurer, open minded, devoted single father||Adult, male|
|Clayton||Villain in disguise as British expedition guide. Opportunistic, self-centered, greedy, unscrupulous.||Adult, male||No solo vocals|
|Jungle Inhabitants *Ensemble will be selected for only one Ensemble Role for this Production|
|Leopard||A fierce carnivore that threatens both gorillas and humans. Menacing. Extremely agile, not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics, stage combat||Youth – Young Adult, male or female||No solo vocals.|
|Gorillas||The troop of gorillas who become Tarzan’s family. Fun, loving fiercely protective. – varying degrees of agility and some not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics, willing to fly||Youth – Adult, male and female||All Vocals Parts|
|Flora||Living “Song” of the Jungle. Beautiful, blooming – varying degrees of agility and some not afraid of heights, dance, acrobatics, willing to fly||High School – Adult, female||All Vocal Parts|
|Reptiles & Insects||Quirky pest control jungle inhabitants. – agile||All ages, male & female||All Vocal Parts|
|Expedition Crew||Opportunistic travelers with Professor Porter, Clayton co -conspirators||Young adult – adult, male||No solo vocals|
Frequently Ask Questions
Q: Do I need to come on both days of auditions?
No. You only need to come on either Saturday or Sunday, not both days.
Q: Do I need to schedule an audition time?
Magical Starlight Theatre does not schedule audition time slots. Everyone auditions on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: Where do I go to audition?
Auditions are held on the upper level of the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center located at 305 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540. Upon arriving, proceed to registration located in the “Community Hall” room (also on the upper level) – signs will be posted to help guide you.
Q: How old do I have to be to audition?
Magical Starlight Theatre casts youth and adults of all ages; however, youth auditionees are required to be enrolled in 4th grade or above at the time of the audition.
Q: How long will this audition take?
Auditions will take at least one hour – we strive to allow each and every auditionee an equal opportunity to audition their best.
Q: What will I have to do for the audition?
- Each auditionee will sing approximately 32 measures of the song they have prepared.
- An accompanist is provided.
- Recordings and personal accompanists are not permitted.
- Auditionees may be stopped before finishing if the staff has heard what they need.
- The Music Director may ask auditionees to sing a scale to determine their range.
- Auditionees will participate in reading a cutting from the script.
- Script cuttings are available for you to peruse before you go into the room.
- Auditionees may be asked to read additional cuttings of the director’s choice.
- Auditionees may be asked to participate in a brief acting exercise with others.
- Auditionees will then learn and perform a brief piece of choreography as a group.
- The choreographer may ask you to stay, if s/he would like to see more.
Q: Do I need my own music?
Each auditionee is asked to bring their sheet music. An accompanist will be provided for you. NO recorded music or outside accompanist is permitted.
Q: Do you have to sing a song from the musical?
It’s suggested, but not necessary.
Q: Do you have to speak with an accent?
If the role you are auditioning for has an accent, it’s suggested, but not necessary.
Q: Will there be tap shoes required for auditions?
No but if called back for tap please bring tap shoes to demonstrate mastery level.
Q: Can a parent(s) watch their child’s audition?
Q: If I have a conflict during my age groups scheduled audition time, may I still audition?
Yes, you may.
Q: Is there a cost if I am cast in the show?
There is no registration or production fee. You will be expected to provide the designated footwear, undergarments, and personal make-up that your character requires.
Q: Will I have to provide my own costume?
Depending on your character, there may be components to your costume that you would need to provide. For example: black pants.
Q: Will there be callbacks?
It depends on who auditions and if the director deems necessary.
Q: If there are callbacks, when would I be notified?
No later than 11 pm on Sunday.
Q: If I am not called back, does that mean I am not in the show?
No. Many roles are cast based on the first audition. Not all roles are called back.
Q: When will I know if I am cast in the show.
If you are cast, you will be called by the end of the day Monday no later than 10 pm.
Q: How can I find out the cast list?
The cast list will be posted on www.magicalstarlight.org website by noon on Tuesday. The cast list will be posted on the Riverwalk Community Center front doors by noon on Tuesday.
Q: In general, when are rehearsals?
Sundays: 12 – 6 pm, Tuesdays 7 – 10 pm, Thursdays 7 – 10 pm
There are other dates as well.
Q: Will I have to attend all rehearsals?
Your attendance is required at all rehearsals that your character is called for and that you have NOT communicated an existing conflict.
Q: When are the performances?
January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2019
Q: When do tickets go on sale & how much are they?
Ticket sale date will be announced soon. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, all general admission.