Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre is casting for the third show of our 2016-17 Season

Announcing Open Auditions for


Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Co-Conceived by Eric Idle

Based on the Works of DR. SEUSS

Directed by ANNE GESLING
Music Direction by DANIEL KOH
Choreography by LAUREN BLAIR

Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite 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. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in 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. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.


Auditions will be held on:

Saturday, April 15th, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, April 17th, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, April 20th, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

You will be informed by email if you are required for callbacks.

Advance appointments are not necessary. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.  

All Auditions, and any necessary Callbacks, will be held at the

Morgan-Wixson Theatre
2627 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(Street parking available, or use the VENICE FAMILY CLINIC after 6 p.m.  
DO NOT PARK  in AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will likely be towed!!!)


32 bar of a ballad or uptempo piece in a standard musical comedy style (ie no pop or rock). Actors should be prepared to dance and therefore have clothing and shoes appropriate for a dance audition.


June 23rd through July 31st, 2017

Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons (Matinees) at 2:00pm.

Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances unless otherwise negotiated with the production staff prior to casting.


Rehearsals will begin April30th. All rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only those rehearsals where they are being used for a scene.  


Picture, resume and your conflicts for the whole rehearsal period.  We must have all conflicts no later than callbacks or you will not be cast in the show. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.



HORTON THE ELEPHANT:  20-40, bari/tenor,  gentle and appealing, a big-hearted guy who is steadfast and responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends, imaginative and receptive to the world around him and very un-self-conscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes—he believes in its goodness.

THE CAT IN THE HAT:  20-40, baritone, the essence of mischief, fun and imagination, he stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, physically adept actor who will play many comic cameos (Dr. Dake, helicopter reporter, TV interviewer, auctioneer, Mr. McGurkus, etc.) and improvise with the audience.

GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ: 30-50, baritone, the General is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out, he is not sadistic, mean or abusive, he is proud! This makes him a comic character, because it’s clear he’s so misguided.  Actor will double in ensemble.

Mr. MAYOR: 13-18, tenor, a parent trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world, he may get aggravated but tries to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake. Actor may double in ensemble.


GERTRUDE McFUZZ:  20-40, alto with good high belt, very self-conscious and aware that she isn’t perfect, changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care others, in other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up.

MAYZIE LA BIRD:  20-40, alto with big belt, good dancer, self-centered, selfish and vain, but will never admit to her own flaws, manipulates anyone she can (especially Horton) into doing what she wants, but isn’t all bad.

MRS. MAYOR:  13-18, alto with good range, a parent trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world, she may get aggravated but tries to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.  Actor may double in ensemble.

SOUR KANGAROO:  20-40, alto with high gospel belt and a big voice, she isn’t really sour at all, she’s just got a lot of attitude, loud, brassy and a lot of fun.

THE BIRD GIRLS:  20-40, all voice types, strong singers and dancers, good with harmonies, a clique of pretty, self-centered “back up birds” who do whatever Mayzie does, they also serve as narrators from throughout the show, we may cast up to 6 girls.


JOJO: 8 to 12, boy soprano/alto, a smart child with a wild imagination, a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, his ‘Thinks’ get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own ‘Thinks’, strong actor and singer with a sense of maturity.

THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS:  18-40, all voice types, strong singers and dancers, good with harmonies, they are not bad guys, but just like to tease, play pranks and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others’ expense, gymnastic abilities a plus.


JUNGLE CREATURES:  16-40, all voice types, must move well, although they are dressed “animal-like” they should create real human personas.

THE WHOS:  10-18, all voice types, must move well, actual people but just little and invisible (except to the audience)

 The Ensemble will also play Yertle the Turtle, Vlad Vladistock, cadets, circus performers, fishes, hunters, etc.

Non-Equity, There is no pay.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Anne Gesling at


General Information for Auditions at the Morgan-Wixson

All auditions are open calls, with notices posted in BackStage West, by email, and on our website. You may also call the box office for audition information, approximately 8-10 weeks before a show opens. To sign up for our Mainstage Audition email list, please click here.