Musical Theatre of Anthem

           

Once on this Island JR.

Auditions:
January 13-14, 2018
Performances:
February 22-25, 2018
No-cut production for ages 6-18

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical 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.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition and costume fee for this production is $275. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received. Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Click here for more information.

Audition Information

Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed.

Please complete the following paperwork and bring it to your audition.
Audition Form
Conflict Calendar
Contact Information (to be filled out only once per season)
Performer Contract (to be filled out only once per season)
Measurement Form


Character Descriptions

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, focusing the audience's attention on important events throughout the production. Excellent singers who sing in harmony and are strong actors.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: Ab4

Mama Euralie
Mama is the symbolic mother of us all. She is loving, practical, funny and earthy. Good actress with a pleasant voice. Mama and Tonton should perform well together and have stage chemistry.
Vocal range top: B5 Vocal range bottom: G4

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. Mama and Tonton should perform well together and have stage chemistry.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

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 should have good acting skills and a dynamic stage presence. The Peasant Girl is often played by the same actress, but can be played by another actress.
Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: E4

Ti Moune
Ti Moune is the focus 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. She must be able to drive the energy of her scenes. Ti Moune performs a pivotal dance solo. This dance isn't as much about choreography as it is about storytelling.
Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Daniel Beauxhomme
Daniel should have a good voice and be comfortable acting and moving. His role is dramatic and exciting.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Daniel's Son
One of the smallest boys should play Daniel's son.

Gatekeeper
This role can be portrayed by a boy or a girl, but he or she needs a booming voice and strong stature. The actor should take command of the stage and is capable of taking instruction for stage combat.
Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: E4

Daniel's Father
Unlike Tonton Julian, Daniel's father is not sympathetic or understanding of his son's wishes. Singer and actor.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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 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

Papa Ge
Papa Ge describes himself as "the sly demon of death." He is also the closest thing to a "bad guy." 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.
Vocal range top: Ab5 Vocal range bottom: C#4

Asaka
Asaka is the Goddess of the Earth and sings one of the most popular and fun songs of the show, "Mama Will Provide." Excellent singer who moves well with 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

Agwe
Agwe is the God of Water. He or she has a solo early in the show that requires an excellent voice ("Rain"). The actor should be capable of driving the energy of this scene.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C#4

Erzulie
Erzulie is the triumphant Goddess of Love and should be 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

Peasants, Villagers, Guests, Grands Hommes
These actors should be singers, dancers, or actors and portray Peasants to wealthy Grands Hommes. Some have solos or dialogue.

Gossipers
The Gossipers have featured lines and should be actors and singers that take direction well.



Once on This Island Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com