Auditions for "The Little Mermaid"

The Little Mermaid auditions

Auditions for the Upstage Players' production of "The Little Mermaid" will be held Sunday, May 14th and Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upsala Auditorium (you only need to come on one of those days).

Prospective cast members will be asked to read a short monologue that will be provided, and sing a short selection. You can either sing part of the "Star Spangled Banner" or, if you like, prepare one of the songs from the musical. You will sing for about a minute or so.

If you do not wish to be considered for a speaking role, you do not need to sing for your audition.

We hope to have the cast list published by the end of that week, and the first rehearsal (read-through) will be Monday, May 22. Regular rehearsal times will be Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings, with other times added as necessary. Most people will not need to be at every rehearsal.

There is no experience necessary. If you cannot make either audtion date or you have questions, feel free to contact the director Dan Cheney at

No one will be cut. If you do not get a speaking role, there will be a place for you in the chorus. Here's a short rundown of the available roles:

Ariel (16 - 29 yrs): The lead. Many solos.
Prince Eric (18 - 29 yrs): Two solos and two group songs
Sebastian (crab - any age): Jamaican accent, two solos and one quartet
Ursula (evil sea witch - any age): Two solos and two reprises
King Triton (Ariel's father): One solo, one quartet
Six Mersisters (13 - 29 yrs): Two group songs together
Flounder (fish - 13 - 20 yrs): Solo in a group song
Flotsam & Jetsam (eels - any age): One duet and backup to Ursula
Scuttle (gull - any age): one solo
Chef Louis (any age): French accent, one solo, one reprise
Grimsby (Eric's caretaker - 30+): two group songs

Chorus Groups:
Sailors (backup two songs)
Sea Creatures (backup two songs)
Gulls (backup one song)
Maids (backup one song)
Chefs (backup one song)
Princesses (one song)

If you choose to do a song from the show:

We will have backing tracks and sheet music for the following songs: Fathoms Below, Daughters Of Triton, Part Of Your World, She's In Love, Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Beyond My Wildest Dreams, Les Poissons, and Kiss The Girl. The track will be about the first minute of the song and follows the score we will be using - which means it may not exactly match other movie or broadway soundtracks.

You could also bring your own background track on a phone or ipod, sing a cappella or, as stated earlier, sing the National Anthem (words and background music provided).