Pelican Productions

Written By: Composer: Stephen Flaherty
Lyricist: Lynn Ahrens
Book by: Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty
Directed By: David Lampard

In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favourite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colourful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story centres around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognises "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Roles Available:
GERTRUDE MCFUZZ: Very self-conscious and aware that
her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a
vain, neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and
care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she
stops worrying about her looks and grows up

HORTON/THE ELEPHANT: Gentle, rotund and appealing.
Think of him as a big-hearted blue collar guy who is steadfast and responsible
and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and
receptive to the world around him. He is very un-self-conscious. Horton's view
of the world never changes--he believes in its goodness. But by the end of the
show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent

JOJO/THE BOY: A "Thinker"--a smart child
with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a
little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose 'Thinks' get him into
constant trouble

MAYZIE LA BIRD: Self-centered, selfish and vain,
Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can
(especially Horton) into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In
giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of
generosity--she realizes she isn't the kind of person who'd be a good parent,
and she does the best thing she can do for the egg

MR. AND MRS. MAYOR: Parents trying hard to raise a
difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but
they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be
a mistake

SOUR KANGAROO: She isn't really sour at all. She's
just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy and a lot of fun

THE BIRD GIRLS: They are like the popular girls in
any school--a clique of pretty, self-centered "back up birds" who do
whatever Mayzie does

THE CAT IN THE HAT: The essence of mischief, fun
and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets
things right again, helping JoJo to discover the power of his imagination as
they create the story for the show together. Look for a physically adept actor
(male or female) to play the Cat, one who will be able to play many comic
cameos (Dr. Dake, helicopter reporter, TV interviewer, auctioneer, Mr McGurkus,
etc.) and is comfortable improvising with an audience

THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS: These are not bad guys!
They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks and get a kick out of
making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around
with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off
one another. Encourage each of your actors to find his own Wickersham persona

ENSEMBLE: Jungle Creatures and The Whos

Thursday evenings 6-8.30pm from 8th June
Sunday afternoons, occasional full days from 8th June
Intensive rehearsal week July 17-21 9-6pm

Friday 15th-Sunday 17th September

Norwood Concert Hall

First round - Sun 12th March, Monday 13th March
Call backs - Thursday evening 16th March
Book your audition time at:

To be advised on audition booking

Date: 16/03/2017

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