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Yes! We are bringing back this Kensington favorite!
Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
- Auditions: September 25 or 26, 2019 from 6-9p
- Call Backs: September 28, 2019 from 8a-1p
- What to prepare: 16 bars from a musical. An accompanist will be provided. If you are auditioning for a non-singing role, please prepare a 30 second monologue. If you are auditioning for the Dance Ensemble, please sing for your audition and list your dance experience on your resume. You may sign up for an audition time beginning September 9.
- Ages: 10+
- Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin September 30. Generally, rehearsals are M-TH from 6-10p and Saturday from 8a-5p. We will not rehearse October 21-26 and November 27-30.
- Performances: December 6, 7, 9, 13, 14 and 16, 2019 at 7p.
Tarzan: (16-25) Tarzan is still untainted by civilization. His curiosity has grown as his skills develop. Tarzan is long, lean, and very athletic. He has great integrity and a strong sense of fairness. He must be able to sing, act, and dance well (bari-tenor). He should also be acrobatic and able to perform stage combat.
Listen to: Strangers Like Me, You’ll be in my Heart (Reprise), Everything That I Am, For the First Time
Jane: (16-25) Jane is a proper, well-bred, British young lady, but a bit of a tomboy, too. She is very much the turn- of-the-twentieth-century independent female adventurer and scientist. Jane is an attractive ingénue with a bit of a motor mouth brought on by her fascination and passion for all the expedition has to offer. Once meeting Tarzan, this young girl blossoms into a woman. She must act and sing well (mezzo). She should be able to perform some combat and have a convincing British accent.
Listen to: Waiting for This Moment, For the First Time, Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen
Terk: (Male. 14-25) Terk is a young adult male ape whose friendship with Tarzan has only grown stronger through the years. He would like to think he knows it all and often relies on his great sense of humor. He must sing and dance extremely well (tenor). He should also be acrobatic and have good comedic timing.
Listen to: Trashin’ The Camp, Who Better Than Me (Reprise), Son of Man
Kala: (18-40) Kala is a motherly ape who raises Tarzan after he loses his parents to the leopard. She is incredibly strong, even after suffering the loss of her own child. Kala is very earthy and nurturing, yet very strong-willed. She must sing and act well (mezzo).
Listen to: You’ll be in my Heart, Son of Man, Sure as Sun Turns to Moon
Kerchak: (18-40) Kerchak is the gruff bull-ape who leads the tribe and insists that Tarzan, even as a baby, poses a threat to the family. He is conflicted by his dedication to his mate, Kala, and his responsibilities as leader of the tribe. He should have a strong, authoritative presence while being able to display key glimpses of the silverback’s tenderness. Kerchak is a baritone but must have a big sound and commanding presence. He should also be comfortable with stage combat.
Listen to: No Other Way, Sure as Sun Turns to Moon
Porter: (30-50) Porter is a British professor and gentleman who is traveling to Africa to prove his theory on the social habits of apes. A single father to Jane, he maintains his temper and demeanor to the very last moment. He offers a bit of humor through his slightly eccentric, mad-scientist enthusiasm. Porter is a baritone. He should act well and also have a British accent.
Listen to: Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen
Clayton: (18-40) Clayton is a brutish British expedition guide and the villain of the show. He has been hired by Professor Porter to lead a scientific research trip but is actually planning to hunt apes for profit. Clayton is a greedy and self-centered macho male who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He needs to be a very strong actor. No singing. May double as Leopard.
Young Tarzan: (10-14: Looks 11) Young Tarzan is an innocent young human, raised by apes. He is immensely curious and possesses a keen ingenuity. Tarzan is daring but desperately wants to fit in with the rest of the family. Young Tarzan is written for an unchanged voice. He must sing and dance well (tenor). He should also be acrobatic.
Listen to: Who Better than Me, I Need to Know
Young Terk: (Male. 10-14: Looks 11) Young Terk is a sarcastic adolescent ape. He is an outcast due to his meager size and inability to keep up with his brothers and sisters physically. Terk replaces his physical inadequacy with eloquence and intelligence. He finds a kindred spirit in Tarzan, the other outcast of the family. He must sing and dance well (tenor). He should also have good comedic timing.
Listen to: Who Better Than Me, Son of Man
Leopard: (16-30) The leopard is the enemy of the Apes. He/she is a villain, a killer, and very strong. He/she must dance very well, and be comfortable with stage combat. Non-speaking role. May double as Clayton.
Snipes: (18-40) Snipes is second in command of Clayton’s expedition crew. He performs stage combat. No singing.
Tarzan’s Father: (20-30) He is a strong, determined man who braves the unknown to provide for his wife and son after a shipwreck leaves them stranded in an unfamiliar jungle. This role is featured briefly at the top of the show but sets the tone for the entire musical. He must sing well (baritone). He also performs some stage combat.
Listen to: Two Worlds
Tarzan’s Mother: (20-30) She protects her son with all her might, braving the shipwreck, storm, and jungle to keep him alive. Together with her husband, she builds a house in the canopy of the trees, trying to create a safe haven for her family to live in. She must sing well, (mezzo).
Listen to: Two Worlds
Young Apes: (10-14) These Apes must be very strong dancers and singers.
Featured Singing Ensemble Apes: (15-50) The tribe of gorillas who become Tarzan’s family. They are fun, loving and fiercely protective of their own. Ensemble should be comfortable with movement and strong singers.
Featured Dancing Ensemble Apes: (15-50) The tribe of gorillas who become Tarzan’s family. They are fun, loving and fiercely protective of their own. Ensemble should be comfortable with singing and strong dancers. They will also portray the insects and plants that attack Jane in her first jungle expedition.
Expedition Crew (15-40) This is the crew that follows Clayton’s orders. They should be good actors and able to perform stage combat. No singing.
Little Shop of Horrors
Meek flower shop assistant, Seymour, pines for acceptance. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant. This Dark Musical Comedy is an audience favorite!
- Auditions: January 9, 2020 from 7-10p
- Call Backs: January 11, 2020 from 8a-1p
- What to prepare: 16 bars from a musical. An accompanist will be provided. More details will be posted in November
- Ages: 18+
- Characters Descriptions: These will be posted in November.
- Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin January 13. Generally, rehearsals are M-TH from 6-10p and Saturday from 8a-5p. We will not rehearse January 16-20.
- Performances: February 21, 22, 28, 29, March 2, 5, 6, and 7.
Les Miserables, School Edition
Early Light Academy in partnership with Kensington Theatre is pleased to bring back this Kensington favorite.
Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time.
- Registration: Registration will open January 1 at 12:01a. It is $100 (includes a cast T and an amazing experience!). Everyone registered is guaranteed to be cast in Les Miserables. Once you are registered you can either choose to not audition and just be in the chorus or to audition for a solo role on April 14 or 15. Space will be limited to 30 girls/30 boys (ages 15-18). You must be 18 or younger by January 1 to participate. There will also be 5 boys/5 girls (ages 10-14) but they must be 5′ or shorter to register for Gavroche’s Gang. There are NO REFUNDS on registration.
- Scholarships: If you need financial assistance to participate, a limited number of scholarships will be available. You will audition on April 14 or 15. You will not be guaranteed to be cast, but based on your audition, you may be offered a scholarship for Les Miserables.
- Auditions: April 14 and 15 (7-10p).
- Call Backs: April 16 (6-10p) and 18 (8a-1p)
- What to prepare: 16 bars from a musical. An accompanist will be provided. More details will be posted in December
- Ages: 10-18 (Must be 18 or younger January 1, 2020 to register)
- Characters Descriptions: These will be posted in December.
- Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin April 20. Generally, rehearsals are M-TH from 6-10p and Saturday from 8a-5p. We will not rehearse May 22-25 or June 3-5.
- Performances: June 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, and 29.
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