Davis Musical Theatre Company Young Performers Theater
Announces Auditions January 13 & 14, 2020, for ‘Junie B. Jones, junior’
Wowie, Wow, Wow! Auditions for ‘Junie B. Jones, the musical’
Set for DMTC’s Young Performers Theater on Jan. 13-14
Yippee! Yippie! Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theater announces auditions for its upcoming production of “Junie B. Jones.” Morgan Bartoe will direct and choreograph, with Steve Isaacson musical directing, this fun for all ages musical.
Auditions for “Junie B. Jones” will be held on Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m., with select call-backs on Wednesday, January 15, at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis, CA.
It’s Junie B.’s first day of school, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie B. has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and school has never been more exciting.
Auditions require singing, acting and dancing at the director’s discretion, and auditioners must bring sheet music of a song they are prepared to sing (do not use a song from the show). A piano accompanist will be provided; no recorded music or a cappella singing. The production offers many roles for experienced and new-to-the-stage boys and girls, ages 7-17, plus 18 year-olds who are still in high school. Newcomers are warmly encouraged.
The general rehearsal schedule is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning on Monday, January 20. Not all actors will be called for every rehearsal. Performances are every Saturday at 2 p.m., March 14 through April 4, plus Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m.
Junie B. Jones is a spunky, intelligent girl who is starting the first day of school as our show begins. Determined and a bit impulsive, Junie B. finds herself at the center of many classroom antics. Cast an experienced actor with a strong singing voice and excellent comedic timing. Your actor must be able to balance Junie B.’s charm and precociousness so the audience cheers for her right from the start. Gender: Female (ages 10-17)
Daddy is Junie B.’s encouraging father who always looks on the bright side. Look for an actor who can comfortably portray an adult figure in a world full of young school kids. Daddy sings a song with Junie B. and Mother, so find a performer with a nice voice who can portray Daddy’s kind heart.
Gender: Male (ages 10-17)
Mother is Junie B.’s no-nonsense mom. She can be tough on Junie B., but it is all out of love. As with Daddy, find a performer who can play a more mature person. Mother is a perfect role for someone with a good voice who can portray a supportive parent.
Gender: Female (ages 10-17)
Lucille is Junie B.’s former best friend who has moved on to new friendships. Poised, put together, and probably a bit spoiled, Lucille controls and plans everything she does – quite the opposite of Junie B.’s bold impulsiveness. Cast a strong singer and confident actor in this role.
Gender: Female (ages 9-17)
Mr. or Mrs. Woo is the supervisor on the school bus. This featured role is great for an actor with a commanding speaking voice as he or she, is in charge of corralling the Kids on Bus. (Boy or Girl)
Bobbi Jean Piper is Grace’s new friend. Bobbi Jean happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and unintentionally ends up on Junie B.’s bad side. This is a nice cameo role for a new performer. Gender: Female
Herb is Junie B.’s new best friend. An endlessly kind and charming little boy, Herb easily balances out Junie B.’s more demanding side. Find a performer who has great chemistry with Junie B. Herb should be one of your stronger singers and a very likeable actor. (Boy or Girl)
May is the teacher’s pet. Eager to prove her brilliance, May does not prioritize making friends with any of her classmates, and they do not mind. Cast a performer who can tap into the humor and confidence of this vibrant role. Gender: Female
Lennie and Jose are classmates and friends of Junie B. and Herb. These two roles are good features for actors with good energy and nice voices. (Note: Jose is bilingual, so the actor would have to be comfortable with saying a few words in Spanish)
Mr. or Mrs. Scary is the Room One teacher. Unlike his name suggests, Mr./Mrs. Scary is a supportive and encouraging teacher. This is a perfect role to showcase a mature and energetic actor. Though he or she, has a few short singing lines, they could easily be spoken if the actor isn’t a strong singer. (Boy or Girl)
Sheldon is definitely not the most popular kid in class. Plagued by a myriad of allergies and a general clumsiness, Sheldon’s good intentions often end in disaster. Cast a great singer who can bring out the nerdy charm in this endearing role.
Shirley is a featured soloist in a few of the School Kids’ songs. This is perfect introductory role for a great singer who is new to acting.
Mrs. Gutzman is the sweet old lunch lady, revered by all of the School Kids. Cast a mature performer who can capture her warm, grandmotherly nature. Mrs. Gutzman does not have to sing, so this is a great opportunity for a strong actor.
Ensemble consists of Tickle the dog, the School Kids, Lunch Student 1, Kids on Bus, Student 1, Student 2, Student 3, Student 4, Student 5, Lunch Server and Cheerleaders. These are great roles for anyone who wants to be involved in the production!