Audition Announcements

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for boys and girls ages 8 through 14 for Disney’s The Lion King JR. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Ages 8-11 will be seen from 4:30pm – 6pm and ages 12 – 14 will be seen from 6pm- 7:30pm at the theater located at: 2 East Main Street, Smithtown.  If you are needed, Call Backs will be on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.  Performances are February 10 – February 24, 2017.

February 10, 2018 @ 2PM
February 11, 2018 @ 11AM
February 17, 2018 @ 2PM
February 18, 2018 @ 11AM
February 19, 2018 @ 1PM
February 20, 2018 @ 1PM
February 21, 2018 @ 1PM
February 22, 2018 @ 1PM
February 23, 2018 @ 1PM
February 24, 2018 @ 2PM

NO PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Rehearsals will begin in early November and will be Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

There will be Wednesday rehearsals added in the month of January.

There are NO rehearsal conflicts the week of tech week, February 5th-9th, no exceptions!

There is no audition fee, but a $200 performance fee must be paid at the parent information meeting on Monday October 2 at 4:30 PM.

For additional information, please email Heatherthinkbig@gmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE.  THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BEYOND WHAT IS POSTED HERE.

Prepare a musical theatre song of your choice.  You may not be asked to sing the entire song, so select a portion that best shows off your voice, just in case.  Bring sheet music! An accompanist will be provided.   There will be NO DANCE AUDITON.  If called back for a Lioness, you will be asked to dance at call backs.  Please bring a headshot and resume.  If you do not have a headshot, we may take a picture of you at auditions.

Director: Heather Van Velsor
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

Character Breakdown

Ensemble
The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and multiple supporting characters throughout the show.

Rafiki
A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3 

Mufasa
The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3 

Sarabi
A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen.

Gender: Female

Scar
The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands.  Looking for a performer who can bring out this villain’s dark side while handling Scar’s sarcastic sense of humor.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Simba
The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Simba
Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3 

Lionesses
The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,” “The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.” These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging.  Particuarly for “The Lioness Hunt,” strong dancers may be desirable as well.

Gender: Female

Young Nala
A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Nala
Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.  Strong actress.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarafina
A featured lioness and Nala’s mother.

Gender: Female 

Shenzi
One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala.

Gender: Female

Banzai
A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Looking for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness.

Gender: Male

Ed
The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed should be played by an actor who can laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words. This role can be played by a boy or girl.

Gender: Both

The following roles will be played by actors who will also be learning the art of puppeteering.

Timon
An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. This part can be played by a boy or a girl.

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: B3 

Pumbaa
A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. CastIing a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4 

Zazu
The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu’s lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and the role can be played by a boy or girl.

Gender: Both

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is currently accepting letters of interest via email and snail mail for its 2017/2018 season. Submissions can be forwarded to submissions@smithtownpac.org or by snail mail to – 2 East Main Street, Smithtown NY, 11787.

Upon receipt of your submission you will be contacted via email to advise you of our interest and to either invite you to a closed or open audition.

Submissions should be in the form of a letter (accompanied by a resume and head shot – DO NOT SEND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS AT THIS TIME). Include in your submission – show(s) you are interested in, parts you feel you are right for, any rehearsal and/or performance conflicts you might be aware of, and any other pertinent information you feel is important to your submission.

Rehearsals will begin approximately 6 weeks prior to the scheduled opening of each show. All shows will rehearse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Some Thursday evenings and some Saturday and Sundays. Tech weeks begin two weeks prior to our Saturday openings. We rehearse every weekday evening leading up to opening and some weekend days.

Performance schedules are available at Smithtownpac.org. (Click on the “Buy Tickets” prompt for each show to see complete schedule).

Most performers receive a stipend, 16 – 18-year-olds receive a fixed stipend for the run. Over 18 receive a per performance stipend. Under 16 years old DO NOT receive a stipend.

Actors’ Equity contracts are available under a Guest Artist Contract basis. We do not participate in EMB programs.

PLEASE NOTE: UNDER 16 YEAR OLDS INTERESTED IN OLIVER! DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST. AN OPEN AUDITION FOR ALL UNDER 16 PERFORMERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

Questions can be forwarded to the above referenced email. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE – THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAN WHAT IS POSTED HERE.

Smithtown Center for the performing Arts 2017/2018 season:

OLIVER!
November 11, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Director: Jordan Hue
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: Jessy Waller Gill

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – A play with music
February 3 – March 4, 2018
Director: Ken Washington
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: TBD
Fight Coordinator: Ashley Reyes

PLEASE NOTE: This show is being offered for School Performances at the theatre. Some daytime performance availability could be necessary.

SOUTH PACIFIC
March 24 – April 29, 2018
Director: Ronnie Green
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: TBD

DREAMGIRLS
May 12 – June 17, 2018
Creative team to be determined

A CHORUS LINE
July 7 – August 19, 2018
Director/Choreographer: M. E. Junge
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

FUN HOME
September 8 – October 21, 2018
Director: Ken Washington
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts performs at least one Thursday Matinee during the run of each show. Please take note of that when reviewing the performance schedule. PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS ARE FROWNED UPON – BUT ACCEPTED UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Again, please send letter of interest, resume and headshot and any questions you may have to submisssions@smithtownpac.org DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE.