The Disney classic is brought to the stage with our By Kids, For Kids Program!
Winnie the Pooh auditions will be Feb. 9 at noon and Feb. 10 at 3.
There will be two parts to our auditions. We will bring groups of 10 auditioners into the Main Hall, where the director will need to observe how willing each auditioner will be, to freely portray a “caricature” onstage of various forest animals such as rabbits, gophers, skunks, pigs, kangaroos, and of course a loveable cuddly bear. Many of the actions by each character will carry humanistic mannerisms, however must also perform in the manner of each prescribed animal.
Part one of auditions will involve some interactive scenes where the group of auditioners will be asked to walk and talk like one of the characters of the play. Everyone in each 10 person group will be asked to participate in this activity together as a group, so they should feel more comfortable, not singled out, and willing to take risks.
The second part of the audition will include a scene reading. There are 6 scenes from which the Director will appoint auditioners to readfor whichever character they have indicated their interest. The scenes ARE NOT required to be memorized. The scenes have been made available via email for familiarization purposes. However, memorization will be considered a bonus by showing initiative and could influence my final decisions on casting if it comes down to choosing between two or more equal candidates. Listed are all the characters required to participate in each scene, however it has also been indicated the characters on whom the focus for casting in each scene.
The following is a listing of the characters, and a brief description for each.
Christopher Robin- May be played by either boy or girl. Christopher is a young person who escapes into the Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher Robin is cheerful, compassionate, adventurous, fun-loving, imaginative, and helpful. Despite being a child, he is much wiser and more mature than any of the other characters and is someone who Pooh, and the others look up to.
Winnie the Pooh- Pooh is naive and slow-witted, but not unintelligent. He is also friendly, thoughtful and steadfast. Although his friends may agree that he “has no Brain”, Pooh is occasionally acknowledged to
have a clever idea, usually driven by common sense. Pooh is also a talented poet and the stories are frequently punctuated by his poems and “hums”. Although he is humble about his slow-wittedness, he is comfortable with his creative gifts.
Piglet- Piglet is Pooh’s closest friend. Although he is a “Very Small Animal” of a generally timid but anxious disposition, he tries to be brave and on occasion conquers his fears. Piglet’s adventures include impersonating Roo in an attempt to trick Kanga, which backfires on Piglet who gets stuck being bathed by Kanga through much of the story. Piglet is also seen as Pooh’s gossip channel. He is always in tune with all happenings in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Rabbit- Rabbit is friendly, yet capable of being impatient and irritable. He fancies himself the smartest animal in the Hundred Acre Wood, since he is not scatterbrained like Owl. He insists on doing things his way and is obsessed with rules, planning and order. He often bosses others around, but deep down, he cares a lot about his friends, and he likes to be put in charge. He sees his relationship to Christopher Robin as being the one on which Christopher depends. While loyal to his friends, Rabbit shows a certain reluctance to welcome newcomers, as evidenced by his initial negative reaction to the arrival of Kanga and Roo. Nonetheless, he warms up to all of them in time.
Eeyeore-Eeyore is Pooh’s ever-glum, sarcastic, pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old grey donkey friend. He may be considered the yang to Pooh’s yin as Pooh tends to be disconnected from his surroundings with his own introspections, he is chronically content and happy go lucky where Eeyore can’t seem to find one ray of sunshine under any rock he looks. Eeyore is Eeyore is slow-talking and more cautious than some of the other animals and is often reluctant to go along with their actions, but usually does not bother trying to oppose anyone because he believes it to be futile to try.
Owl- Owl is the stuffy and talkative eldest main character who presents himself as mentor and teacher to the others. Owl and most of his friends believe that he is the most intelligent animal in the wood, but he is truly quite scatterbrained. He often rambles on into long-winded speeches and uses words that his friends do not understand. Though Owl likes to present himself as very knowledgeable, like most of the other characters he does not spell very well; he even spells his own name “Wol”.
Kanga- Kanga is a female kangaroo and the doting mother of Roo. Kanga is kind-hearted, calm, patient and docile. She likes to keep things clean and organized and offers motherly advice and food to anyone who asks her. She is obsessively protective of Roo but treats him with kind words and gentle discipline. She also has a sense of humor, as revealed when Rabbit connives to kidnap Roo, leaving Piglet in his place; Kanga pretends not to notice that Piglet is not Roo and proceeds to give him Roo’s usual bath, much to Piglet’s dismay.
Roo- Kanga’s cheerful, playful and energetic joey, who is her son and moved to the Hundred Acre Wood with her. Roo is the youngest character in the play.
Several Forest Animals- Including 1 small skunk, 1 small rabbit, and 2 adolescent rabbits. May be expanded with other animals depending on the number of auditioners.
The Voice ‘Narrator’- Very parental in nature. Could be done by a parent, if necessary.
Typical rehearsal times are Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 7:00, Saturdays 1 – 3, and Sundays 4 – 6. These are likely to change due to
***Due to a limited budget we must ask for a $30 costume fee. If this fee is a determent due to financial limitations, arrangements can be made if you make it clear to us during auditions. This fee is an unfortunate necessity and SHOULD NOT be a preventative measure for participation.
I am sure we will need additional assistance with the costumes and technical aspects of this production. If any parent would be willing to add their expertise to our production, please feel free to inquire during auditions. It will be much appreciated.