Auditions

This page shows auditions and opportunities to work backstage, front of house, and on the technical sides of future productions.

Kanata Theatre is a community organization which originated in the then-new Beaverbrook community of Kanata. From the start, members were expected to take part in all activities: building and painting scenery, making costumes, setting up lights and sound, selling tickets and so on, as well as acting. We have tried to keep that tradition, even though our “community” is now the whole City of Ottawa.

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Current Auditions

Just So, The Musical

Music by George Stiles
Book & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling
Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Ellen Seguin

Auditions dates:
Saturday, September 10 at 1:00pm
Monday, September 12 at 6:45pm
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00pm (call-back, if required)

Location: Ron Maslin Playhouse – 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata, ON

Performance dates:
December 27-30, 2022

Please note that COVID masking protocols will be followed.

Synopsis

Why should you audition? This is going to be an amazing show to work on, there are some super fun characters for any age, gender, size or shape! Even the ensemble is full of great opportunities to shine and will be the backbone of the show. We hope to challenge and inspire you, if you want to have a great way to spend your fall, singing, dancing, acting, working and playing with an incredible group of performers and crew book your audition asap. Spots are limited but we will see as many of you as possible!!

Just So is a fantastical musical based on a series of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. Join us on a musical journey with the Elephant Child and the Kolokolo Bird guided by the whimsical Eldest Magician. We encounter a series of animals as they begin to evolve into the forms we know today as our adventurers travel across the world in search of a mysterious foe. Great fun for all ages, with fabulous musical numbers and some life lessons along the way.

Characters

Age and gender expression are flexible for all roles and at the discretion of the directing team.

Eldest Magician, An active character and the show’s narrator, he tells the story to the audience and interacts with the characters on their journeys, acting as a God-like figure.
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Elephant Child, Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist and hero. A kind-hearted and curious elephant who can be a little reckless.
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Kolokolo Bird, Elephant Child’s reluctant and cynical guide. A gawky, sparky, flightless bird.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Cooking Stove, The Parsee Man’s most beloved possession that is feeling neglected due to its lack of use.
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: A#2

Crocodile, A sinister, hungry, shady crocodile who is hungry for his next meal.
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Dingo Dog, Australian. The wild dog sent to chase Kangaroo

Giraffe, Zebra’s open-minded friend
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Jaguar, The smarter members of the villainous Leopard & Jaguar Duo.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Kangaroo, Australian. Humble character with HUGE legs. Used to be vain. Lots of jumping involved.

Leopard, The dim-witted member of the villainous Leopard & Jaguar Duo.
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Parsee, An Indian man specializing in French cooking. Lives on an island with only a cooking stove for company. 
*CHARACTER MAY BE CHANGED TO SUIT CASTING NEEDS
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Pau Amma, The inconsiderate, self-absorbed King of Crabs who creates mayhem with the sea. The show’s antagonist.
Non-Singing Role
*will sing offstage with the ensemble

Rhino, A lazy, messy creature with tight, thick skin.
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Zebra, A diva, Giraffe’s best friend.
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E5

Ensemble (will play multiple roles), Adult Elephants; Ingredients; Wallabies; Wildebeests etc.

To book your audition, please email Brian McManus.

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Seguin (Director) – bestwifester@gmail.com
Brian McManus (Producer) – brian.mcmanus@kanatatheatre.ca

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