The Pearl Theater is holding auditions for children ages 5 - 18 for Once on this Island, Jr.
With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens, and Flaherty.
Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.
Please prepare an uptempo song from a musical that showcases your range. There will not be an accompanist at the audition so please bring a backing track with out vocals. Accapella is permitted though not preferred. Please have a printed copy of your headshot and resume as well. There may be a callback on Wednesday the 28th at 6:30 if needed. Materials for this will be sent out via email.
14803 Park Almeda Dr.
Houston, TX 77047
Sunday, March 25th from 4 - 6pm and Monday, March 26th from 6:30 - 8:30pm
**Possible Call backs Wednesday March 28 at 6:30pm if needed.
There is no fee to audition. Production fee is $250 if cast.
Children and teens ages 5-18. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! There are roles for all types of performers.
May 18 at 7:30, 19 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm, 20 at 3:00pm and May 25 at 7:30pm, May 26 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm, and May 27 at 3:00pm at the Pearl Theater
These four narrators tell the story. They can be female or male. These four roles are perhaps the most difficult of the show. Not only do they sing the bulk of the show, but they also tell the story.
- Mama Euralie
Mama is the symbolic mother of us all. She is loving, practical, funny and earthy.
- Tonton Julian
Tonton is the loving father of his adopted daughter, Ti Moune. Tonton is strong, practical, and supportive. He is faced with the difficult task of letting Ti Moune chase her dreams, even if it means that he may never see the daughter he loves again.
- Little Girl / Little Ti Moune / Peasant Girl
Little Girl and Little Ti Moune may be played by the same actress. The actress should be able to play a frightened girl, as well as a spunky, young girl who enjoys running and playing around. These characters have no solo singing lines. The Peasant Girl may also be played by the same actress, but may be cast separately.
- Ti Moune
Ti Moune is the focus of our story and is featured in solo songs and dance. The actress performing should have a strong voice and be an excellent dancer. The music Ti Moune sings is written in a pop style.
- Daniel Beauxhomme
Daniel is the leading male character in Once On This Island JR. His role is dramatic and exciting.
- Daniel's Son
This is a very small walk-on part at the very end of the show. This is a non-singing and non-speaking role. Perfect for a younger sibling of a cast member!
The Gatekeeper has one scene. This role can be portrayed by a boy or a girl, but he or she needs a booming voice and strong stature. This role involves stage combat.
- Daniel's Father
Unlike Tonton Julian, Daniel's father is not sympathetic or understanding of his son's wishes. This is a small male role requiring some singing and acting.
Andrea is Daniel's refined and beautiful fiancée. Daniel and Andrea have been promised to each other by their parents since birth. She is sophisticated, educated and the exact opposite of Ti Moune. Andrea needs to come across as the ultimate snob.
- Papa Ge
Papa Ge describes himself as "the sly demon of death." He is also the closest thing to a "bad guy" in the show. The actor playing this role must be able to create a strong character and have an evil laugh! He should be a good singer, but he does not need to have a polished, pretty voice - in fact, the more unique his vocal quality is, the better.
Asaka is the Goddess of the Earth and sings one of the most popular and fun songs of the show, "Mama Will Provide." This performer should be played by a female who can create a fun character larger than life.
Agwe is the God of Water. He or she has a solo early in the show that requires an excellent voice ("Rain").
Erzulie is the triumphant Goddess of Love. This is a perfect role for an actress who can be confident yet charming.