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OWEN & MZEE
Non-Union Musical Theatre
V/T: Vital Theatre
Artistic Director: Stephen Sunderlin
Director & Choreographer: Stanley Mathis
Musical Director: TBD
Music & Lyrics: Danny Larsen
Book & Lyrics: Michelle Elliot
Based on the book by: Craig Hatkoff
Casting Director: Holly Buczek, HDB Casting
$75 per performance
Rehearsal Pay: $11/hour
Auditions: November 14th, 7pm-10pm & November 15th, 7pm-10pm
Callbacks: November 18th, 10am-4pm
Rehearsals: November 27th – December 23rd– times TBD
Tech: January 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Performances: All performances will be at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament. Show Schedule:
January 6th, January 7th, January 13th, January 14th, January 20th, January 21st, January 27th, February 4th, February 10th and February 11th. All performances are at 11am.
Note: There may be performances added based on availability. There may also be pick up rehearsals scheduled for January 8th or 12th.
Synopsis: The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.
The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.
This play takes place in Kenya, East Africa. Special skills are a definite plus such as percussion, African drums, acoustic guitar, stilt walking, African dance, gymnastics, puppetry. African accents helpful. We are looking for a company that looks like modern day Kenya yet expresses the diversity of the African diaspora.
SEEKING PERFORMERS OF VARIOUS ETHNICITIES WHO ARE SKILLED STORY TELLERS AND EXCITED TO WORK IN A DEVELOPMENTAL AND COLLABORATIVE ENSEMBLE. MUST SING AND MOVE WELL. AFRICAN DANCE AND PUPPETRY/INSTRUMENT/ACRO SKILLS A PLUS.
OWEN: (Male, 20s to play young hippo) An orphaned young hippo. Should be an actor of small stature who can believably be childlike and youthful. High Tenor
MZEE/NARRATOR/CROCODILE: (Male, 20s-30s to play old tortoise) Mzee is a wise old tortoise who is set in his ways. Actor who can portray a wise old Elder as the human narrator and an old, sometimes cranky tortoise. This track will also play a crocodile! Bass or Baritone
MAMA HIPPO/AFRICAN EAGLE: (Female, 20s/30s) Mama is the sweet and loving mother of Owen. This track will double as the African Eagle, who helps young Owen at the Animal Sanctuary. Puppetry skills a plus. Alto
FATHER HIPPO/GIRAFFE: (Male, 20s/30s) Father Hippo is the gentle and loving father of Owen. This track will double as the Giraffe who helps young Owen at the Animal Sanctuary. TALL performer a plus! Baritone
FLAMINGO 1&2/MONKEY: (Female, 20s/30s) A skilled character actress who is adept at different voices who can play various animals. Puppetry and dance skills a plus. Mezzo-Soprano
ANTELOPE/SPRINGBUKS: (Male, 20s/30s) A skilled character actor who is adept at different voices who can play various animals. Puppetry and dance skills a plus. Tenor
To be considered for an appointment in the evening on November 14th or 15th, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org