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AUDITIONS

JUNIE B. JONES JR.
(Performance Dates August 30 - September 15, 2024)


 

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Synopsis:

Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade, 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 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 first grade has never been more exciting.

AUDITION DATES:

Saturday, June 22nd @ 6:30 PM

Sunday, June 23rd @ 3:00 PM

 **Auditioners only need to come to one audition day**

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Josh Salinas

Stage Manager: Theresa Loera

Music Director: Bethany Goldson

Jr. Choreographer: Leila Hoefelmeyer

Choreography Mentor: Sarah Juarez

GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION

Children ages 8-15 are allowed to audition for this production (you must turn 8 years old before the date of August 30th to be considered. If you are 15, you will not be considered if your birthday happens before September 15th).

 

A rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions, but please note that many mandatory rehearsals will be taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Some rehearsals will be taking place during the week as well - we will try our hardest to not call a child more than 4 times per week. The rehearsal period is 12 weeks. All conflicts MUST be on the audition form, as conflicts given after casting might end in dismissal from the cast.

Dance:

You will be taught a new dance with our Jr choreographer. She will teach you as a group, then small groups will perform the dance. We know this dance is brand new to everyone, so we aren’t looking for perfection. This is your chance to show us your stage presence and performance skills!

If you have jazz shoes or ballet slippers, bring them to learn the dance. If you don’t own dance shoes, closed-toe sneakers will do.


Music:

Below is all the information and resources you need for the audition cuts. Please practice and prepare them ahead of time - we like to see how well you can prepare on your own. It is recommended to memorize the audition cut, but not required. Everyone will have a chance to do vocal warm-ups and sing the audition cut a few times with the full group. After that, auditioners will be lined up in numerical order to sing the audition cut on their own.

 

Here is a google drive link to view the sheet music & reference recordings of the cuts. The reference recordings are just so you can hear an example of how the cut sounds, you will be singing on your own with the accompaniment tracks from YouTube links further down.

Google Drive link:

 

 

 

 

For girls auditioning for any role:

Please prepare measure 22 - 37 of Top Secret Personal Beeswax. The google drive has sheet music, the guide vocal track, and the accompaniment track we will be using at auditions.

 

For boys auditioning for any role:

Please prepare measure 24 - 55 of Sheldon Pott’s Halftime Show. The cut can be sung up or down the octave, depending on whether your voice has changed or not. The google drive has sheet music, the guide vocal track, and the accompaniment track we will be using at auditions.

Acting:

We are asking auditioners to prepare and memorize one of the selected monologues in the google drive. It is highly recommended that you memorize your selected monologue. If it’s not memorized, we will have you read it out loud. If you do not see the character you’d like to audition for listed on the monologue selections, choose any one that you enjoy. Everyone will only be reading one, and you will still be considered for all roles.

 

ROLES:

Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones is a spunky, intelligent girl who is starting the first grade 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

Age: 8-12

 

Daddy

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

Age: 12-15

 

Mother

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

Age: 12-15

 

Lucille

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

Age: 8-12

 

Camille and Chenille

Lucille’s new best friends, Camille and Chenille are twins. Just like Lucille, they are well dressed and very composed. These two roles are great for performers with bright energy who are also good singers. Remember, the actors playing Camille and Chenille don’t have to look exactly alike – so long as they are wearing matching costumes, the audience will get the idea.

Gender: Female

Age: 8-12

 

Grace

Grace is another one of Junie B.’s former best friends. She is not as calculated as Lucille, she has simply made new friends apart from Junie B. This is a perfect role for a young performer who can portray a kind and laid-back character and has a good voice.

Gender: Female

Age:8-12

 

Mr. Woo

Mr. Woo is the supervisor on the school bus. This featured role is great for an actor with a commanding speaking voice as he is in charge of corralling the Kids on Bus.

Gender: Male

Age: 12-15

 

Bobbi Jean Piper

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

Age: 8-12

 

Herb

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 veœry likable actor.

Gender: Male

Age: 8-12

 

May

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

Age: 8-12

 

Lennie and José

Lennie and José are classmates and friends of Junie B. and Herb. These two roles are good features for actors with good energy and nice voices.

Gender: Male

Age: 8-12

 

Mr. Scary

Mr. Scary is the Room One teacher. Unlike his name suggests, Mr. Scary is a supportive and encouraging teacher. This is a perfect role to showcase a mature and energetic actor. Though he has a few short singing lines, they could easily be spoken if the actor isn’t a strong singer.

Gender: Male

Age: 12-15

 

Sheldon

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 8-12

 

Shirley

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.

Gender: Female

Age: 8-12

 

Mrs. Gutzman

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.

Gender: Female

Age: 12-15

 

Ensemble

The 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!

Age: 8-12

 

 

 

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