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2018 Musical Season

Audition Information

Palisade Playhouse is a family-friendly theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. We strive to provide local entertainment for people of all ages who are looking for screen-free fun in Pittsburgh.  For that reason, we ask that our cast and production staff maintain a high moral standard while at Palisade Playhouse, to protect this family-friendly community.

Audition Requirements:
Adults & Students currently in 9-12th grade: Please prepare a a 32-bar vocal audition (can be any song - sing whatever is most comfortable for you!). Audition will also include a cold read from the script. A parent or legal guardian should attend auditions for children under 18.
Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade: Please prepare a short song or 32 bar audition.  Audition will include singing prepared song and a brief interview to assess their stage presence and focus. Each child may be asked to read from the script.  A parent or legal guardian must attend auditions. Rarely will we cast children who have not yet entered kindergarten.
For casting information, rehearsal schedule, and to sign up for an audition slot, please click on each production's graphic below.  See you at auditions!

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Seussical auditions at Palisade Playhouse
Curtains Audition at Palisade Playhous
Big Fish Audtions

Big Fish Auditions

Thursday, April 12, 6:30-9pm

Saturday, April 14, 9am-noon



(Invited Dress Rehearsal) Thursday, June 14, 7:00pm

Friday, June 15, 7:00pm

Saturday, June 16, 2pm and 7:00pm

Friday, June 22, 7:00pm

Saturday, June 23, 2pm and 7:00pm

Friday, June 29, 7:00pm

Saturday, June 30, 2pm and 7:00pm

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself -- spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. -

Casting Information

Edward Bloom: Male Lead, Baritone, needs to be able to transition between his 20s to his late 50s/early 60s. We will cast someone 20s-50s for this role.

Sandra Bloom: Female Lead, Soprano, Edward's wife, and Will's mom. Needs to be able to transition between her 20s to late 50s/early 60s.  We will cast someone in 20s-50s for this role.

Will Bloom: Male Lead, Tenor, late 20s/early 30s. 

Josephine Bloom: Female, Mezzo Soprano, supporting. Early to late 20s. Will Bloom's wife, who carries their baby, and has the baby by the end of the show. Needs to be costumed to look pregnant.  Sings with the ensemble.

Karl the giant: Male Supporting role, bass. Disgruntled giant, who is befriended by Edward Bloom, and turns his life around.  Sings with ensemble.  Needs to be very tall and be prepared to stand on stilts.

Amos Calloway: Male supporting role, baritone.  Werewolf, and ringmaster of the circus where Edward bloom meets his wife.  This role is not age specific.

Don Price: Male featured role, baritone. Townsperson from Edward Bloom's hometown, who is engaged to Sandra before Edward wins her over.  Sings with ensemble.   This role is not age specific.

The Witch: Female featured role, mezzo soprano. Must be able to belt sing. The witch tells Edward Bloom how he dies, which gives Edward hope because when things look bad, he knows its not his time to go yet.

Jenny Hill: Female featured role, mezzo soprano. Edward Bloom's first love, townsperson from Edward's hometown.  She needs to age from 20s to 50s during the show.

Dr. Bennett: Male featured spoken role.  Doctor who diagnoses Edward Bloom with terminal cancer and shows Will and Josephine that they're having a baby boy. 

Young Will: Male featured role, 5-12 years old. Sings Fight the Dragons with Edward Bloom, and listens and participates in many of his father, Edward's stories. Must be able to sing with an unchanged voice. 

Zachy Price: Male featured role, tenor. Don Price's brother, townsperson from Edward Bloom's hometown.  This role is not age specific.

Ensemble: Male and Female, townspeople from Edward Bloom's hometown, circus acts, and college students when Edward Bloom shares his love for Sandra.

Seussical, the Musical Auditions

Thursday, July 26, 6:30-9pm

Saturday, July 28, 9am-noon



(Invited Dress Rehearsal) Thursday, September 13, 7:00pm

Friday, September 14, 7:00pm

Saturday, September 15, 2pm and 7:00pm

Friday, September 21, 7:00pm

Saturday, September 23, 2pm and 7:00pm

Friday, September 28, 7:00pm

Saturday, September 29, 2pm and 7:00pm

Casting Information

The Cat in the Hat: either gender. Vocal range: F2-F4, fun loving and enjoys rhyming.  Pops up throughout the story to help the audience.  Wise and attentive.

Jojo: age 8-12, male. Vocal range: Ab3, C5.  The mayor's son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble.  Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Finds solace in his friendship with Horton. 

Horton, the elephant: Male. Vocal range A2-F4. The story's main character, compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his large size. 

Gertrude McFuzz: Female. Vocal range: F3-F5. Age 20-30. Horton's one-feathered-tail bird neighbor.  Gertrude is sweet and timid, kind and loyal, and self conscious of her shortfalls. 

Mayzie Labird: Female. Vocal range: G3-Eb5.  Most beautiful bird in all of the jungle.  Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation to get through life. Age 20-40.

The Sour Kangaroo: Female. Vocal range: F#3 - F5. The leader of the jungle.  Loud, brassy, stubbornly set in her ways.  

Ensemble, including Jungle Creatures, the Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle the Turtle, Bird girls; the Whos in Whoville (the Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Gengus Kahn Schmitz)

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