From Mandy Maloney, Director of The Little Mermaid, Jr.
On behalf of Rome Little Theatre and the entire production team for The Little Mermaid, thank you for your interest in our show!
Ages 5-18 are invited to audition. I apologize if I had told you it was only through the 9th grade. I was misinformed. Please don’t tell my husband I was wrong. I have to keep up the appearance that I’m always right.
Character descriptions, sides (scenes from the script) and songs can be found HERE
I have also attached a list so that you can have a better understanding of what our specific casting committee will be looking for, with skills that each character/actor should be prepared to demonstrate. Please understand- there are A LOT of roles in this show. Some may be doubled, or not. Some are non-singing, but could be cast with a singer (since it would be helpful in a musical that everyone can sing). Some will be better suited to younger, less experienced actors, while others will need to be played by older actors. There are many, many factors to consider when casting. Actors have to be believable in their characters- not just in their performance, but also in the way they look and interact with the actors playing opposite them. So please remember that acting/singing/dancing are only part of the equation!
Also- having so many folks that do so many things gives us great flexibility! If you like to dance, but don’t want to have a solo role- there’s a place for you (as long as you don’t mind singing with a group!). If you like to act, but don’t want to dance or sing- there are roles for you too! So please review the character list and see what each of them do. Then, be honest with yourself about your strengths. If you aren’t a strong dancer, it’s ok to let us know, or ask not to dance, just to read for a part. I’d much rather you be comfortable and give your best performance at what you are great at, then feel embarrassed that you have to dance and loose your confidence. Auditioning is hard enough as it is! We want this to be a fun, rewarding experience for everyone.
We have had an overwhelming response to this show, and therefore, it is hard to predict how many of you may audition- but please know- the more the merrier! If this is your first time, please don’t hesitate to ask questions and jump right in. It might take awhile, so please be patient. Everyone deserves a turn. Bring something to occupy yourself, but please do come on time. We may be able to move through auditions quickly and I’d hate for you to miss your time on stage. You will audition one time- either Monday or Tuesday night, whichever you choose, NOT both nights. If you audition the first night, you may come watch the second night from the upper level. Auditions are open to anyone who wants to watch.
Since we have a wide range of ages to accommodate, we will be breaking into groups to get everyone seen by the committee. The groups will be : Non- Readers, Elementary, Middle and High School aged.
Everyone will have an opportunity to sing, dance, read or recite. Please wear comfortable clothes and proper shoes for dancing. Please keep your hair out of your face. If you would like to be considered for a singing role, please be prepared to sing up to 30 seconds or so of a song from the show accapella (without music), keeping in mind that there are songs in the show that are not in the movie. If you are auditioning for a specific character, please sing one of the character’s songs. You can find great videos and clips online that will help you, as well as the above link. Make sure you act the song as well as sing it!
Non- Readers who are interested in a speaking role may come prepared to “recite”. This means you can recite something from memory. Reciting will count as the reading portion of the audition for Non Readers. Keep it brief, a Bible verse, a small poem, etc. We want to hear/see how well you project and interact with the committee.
Rehearsals will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. During the week we will meet from 4 pm to 6 pm. Not everyone will have to be at every rehearsal all the time, a specific rehearsal calendar will be released after casting. This is different than other shows- we will be rehearsing after school, not in the evenings- until closer to show time.
Please make sure that you mark ALL conflicts on your audition form. This show is a huge undertaking, and while I understand that everyone has a life, if you decide to audition for this show, you will need to be at rehearsal when you say you will. Only conflicts marked on audition forms will be excused. Please be honest with yourself. If you cannot commit to being at rehearsal on time, every time you are asked, your fellow actors and the show suffers.
Don’t forget, you can fill out your audition registration form online at romelittletheatre.com. This saves lots of time, and makes things easier!
Thank you for your interest, and we will see you at auditions!
Mandy Maloney, Director
Ariel-(sing/dance/read) a little mermaid who longs to be human
Prince Eric- (sing/dance/read) the adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart.
Sebastian- (sing/dance/read) the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe.
Flounder- (sing/dance/read) Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend.
King Triton- (read) Rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with.
The Mersisters- (sing/dance/read) Ariel’s six sisters full of personality and sass.
Ursula-(sing/dance/read) the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton
The Tentacles-(sing/dance) extensions of Ursula who move and guide her tentacles
Flotsam and Jetsam- (sing/dance/read)- Ursula’s slippery spies.
Scuttle- (sing/dance/read) The know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans.
The Gulls- (sing/dance) Scuttle’s flock of backup singers who help explain human stuff.
Grimsby- (sing/read) Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet (servant)
Chef Louis- (sing/dance/read) the over-the-top head chef in the palace. Wild and frenetic, comedic!
The Chefs-(sing/dance) Chef Louis’ assistants.
Carlotta- (read) The headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s greatest human ally.
The Princesses- (sing/dance/read) These girls try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric. (Remember- the script is a bit different than the movie!)
The Pilot-(sing/dance/read) the head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship.
The Sailors- (sing/dance) the crew of Prince Eric’s ship
The Seahorse- (sing/dance/read) The court herald for King Triton.
The Sea Chorus- (sing/dance) dancers who can create scenes within the show.
The Sea Creatures- (sing/dance) under water animals in various scenes
The Merfolk- (sing/dance) Extra Merpeople
The Lagoon animals- (sing/dance) animals in the Lagoon