101 Dalmatian KIDS Character Descriptions ANITA is the sweet, nurturing owner of the Dalmatians and a painter. This role requires a strong actor with a good singing voice. She should be comfortable playing a wife, and ideally should resemble Perdita.
CANINE NARRATORS need to have loud speaking voices and strong stage presence.
CRUELLA DE VIL should be a strong actor, singer and mover. She should be a natural leader with dramatic flair who is unafraid to be mean and bossy.
DALMATIAN PUPPIES PATCH, LUCKY, PENNY, PEPPER and other DALMATIAN PUPPIES are the often funny and spirited puppies of Pongo and Perdita. If possible, cast your smallest children as puppies. The named puppies should be the strongest actors of this group with loud speaking voices. A few should be strong enough singers to lead the group. These actors should be comfortable using their bodies to transform into dogs.
DOGCATCHER The Dogcatcher appears at the end of the show to dramatically remove Cruella from the scene. A perfect role for an actor without a strong singing voice. This actor can be a boy or a girl.
HORACE and JASPER Horace and Jasper provide comic relief à la Abbott & Costello or Laurel & Hardy. They should be good singers but stronger actors. Actors who are good at physical comedy and are willing to use Cockney accents are even better.
LONDON DOGS The London Dogs are the "ethnic" dogs who help rescue the Dalmatian Puppies from Cruella. They should be strong singers and movers with a willingness to do a British, Scottish, French or Spanish accent.
BOXERS, SCOTTIES, POODLES and CHIHUAHUAS should use appropriate accents and movement in the style of their country of origin.
NANNY Nanny is the warm yet outspoken housekeeper to Roger and Anita.
OTHER DALMATIAN PUPS OTHER DALMATIAN PUPS are discovered in the fur vault and should be strong actors.
POLICE OFFICER The Police Officer arrests the villains at the end of the show.
PONGO and PERDITA are the Dalmatian parents. These parts require good actors. They should ideally resemble their human counterparts Roger and Anita and be slightly larger in stature than the Dalmatian Puppies.
ROGER is a songwriter and owner of the Dalmatians. He is soft spoken yet confident and displays leadership in a quiet and composed way, contrary to frenetic Cruella. He should be a strong actor, singer and mover, and comfortable playing a husband. If possible, Roger should physically resemble Pongo.
SERGEANT TIBBS is the army cat who rallies the London Dogs to rescue the Dalmatian Puppies. This role can be played by either a girl or a boy. He or she should have a strong singing and speaking voice to deliver a solo.
Seussical Jr. Character Descriptions Cat In The Hat is 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 own 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 and is comfortable improvising with an audience. VOCAL RANGE Bb4 - D5
Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a 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. VOCAL RANGE F3 - Eb5
Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can 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 would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg. Vocal Range G#3 - E5
Sour Kangaroo isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. Vocal Range A3 - Eb5
Wickersham Brothers 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 on another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona. Vocal Range A4 - G6
The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Encourage everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character. VOCAL RANGE G3 - D#5
Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, 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 unselfconscious. Horton's view of the world never changes - he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent. VOCAL RANGE A4 - E6
Jojo is 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. 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. Can be played by a boy or girl. Vocal Range Ab4 - D6
The Grinch, Yertle the Turtle, Vlad Vladikoff are three great character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
￼The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters.
Dear Edwina Jr. Character Descriptions Edwina Spoonapple The creator, director and choreographer of The Dear Edwina Show and is the main-staple of the play. Her character goes through a tremendous arc throughout the series of events in the play; from frustration to relief, anger to joy, horror to happiness& all within one afternoon in her own garage! The role of Edwina demands your most talented actor to pull off her bossy yet lovable character. Also, since the play is designed around her and she has the most stage time, the actor playing Edwina should feel more than comfortable onstage. Edwina's music is also a bit challenging. Your actor should have a strong, clear voice with good diction. A musical background would be helpful. Gender: Female Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Becky Edwina's enthusiastic friend and the top of the cheerleading pyramid for the Paw Paw Wildcats. Cheerleading consumes her life and creating new cheers for everyday occasions brings her great joy. This girl even cheers her anger! Becky is a vocally non-demanding role with only a few vocal lines. Stage presence is more important when it comes to casting Becky. Cast the loudest, most outgoing un-shy person you can. Athletic ability, if not cheerleading experience, would be helpful, but not necessary. Gender: Female
Scott A neighbor boy who is helplessly in love with Edwina. He dotes on her every move and is always conniving a way to gain her attention. Choose a strong actor who feels comfortable being bold with his emotions. A good singer is a must for this role. Scott's song requires vocal dexterity and is demanding in style. An actor with strong comedic timing will be an asset to your production during Scott's 'transformation.' Gender: Male Vocal range top: Ab5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Kelli Edwina's neighbor and Paw Paw, Michigan's resident ballerina. The character of Kelli can go one of two ways, depending on your talent pool. If you have a cast member with a background in ballet, great! Let her go wild, perhaps even choreograph her own piece, and turn "Poshkonozovich Dance" into a showcase. If the actor playing Kelli has no ballet experience, not a problem. We've all flapped our arms and stood on our tippy-toes pretending to be ballerinas, have her do the same and turn it into a comedy bit! No one said Kelli was a good ballerina. Gender: Female
Bobby Edwina's new next-door neighbor. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others. The character of Bobby will be able to get away with imperfections throughout the show, as he is a last minute replacement for Lars. Cast an actor who is outgoing and gets along with everyone. Gender: Male
Lars Vanderploonk One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina. He is incredibly accident-prone and twists his ankle in the first scene. Lars has many prat falls before he actually twists his ankle. Casting an actor with good physical comedy skills would be helpful (always remember that any staged fall or injury should be carefully choreographed and rehearsed to prevent a real injury. Safety first!). You may want to consider having Lars return to the stage a little while after his injury in a wheelchair, a cast or leg brace, or on crutches. This adds to the comedy of the play and opens up the casting of Lars for the actor who wants to be in your show so badly but isn't exactly Baryshnikov.
Gender: Male or Female
Annie (Combining Cordells lines with hers) Edwina's friend and the Girl Scout of Paw Paw. Annie works for and collects her Girl Scout badges like they were buried treasure. No matter what problem may arise, she is prepared with the know-how and resources to solve it in a flash - A MacGyver for the new generation! She is perky, energetic and helpful& maybe even too helpful. Gender: Female
Aphrodite, Carrie, Abigail, and Periwinkle Each are one of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos (aside from the Marching Band, who only sing backup vocals) whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice. Consider casting these roles from your ensemble or you can have any of the other characters above perform one of the roles. Gender: Both Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Ziggy & The Marching Band One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos (aside from the Marching Band, who only sing backup vocals) whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice. Consider casting these roles from your ensemble or you can have any of the other characters above perform one of the roles. Gender: Both Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Vladimir Edwina's scary uncle from afar. The actor should be a strong enough singer to feel comfortable with their own song and a strong enough actor to engage the audience with their story (and keep them engaged through the duration of the song). Impeccable diction is a must for this character as Vladimir's lines are written with a Transylvanian "Dracula" accent in mind. The actor may be pulled from the company or, depending on your cast size, carry just this one role. Gender: Male or Female Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Frank A rude, self-centered, bratty, offensive, disrespectful, socially inept child and the subject of Vladimir's song, Frankenguest. This non-singing role requires the actor to speak their lines during musical breaks in the song. Cast an "over the top" actor and you'll be just fine. Gender: Male
Chef Ludmilla Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills. Gender: Both Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3
William and Sonoma Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills. Gender: Male or Female Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Eb4
Fairy Forkmother Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Bb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb4
Susie & The Napkins Susie and The Napkins are a local band who have just come from a Battle of the Bands concert at the Paw Paw Community Center to sing "Say No Thank You." Susie and The Napkins should be able to move well, if you choose to choreograph the number. Gender: Both Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Johnny and Queen Of Boola Boola Johnny and The Queen act out the story in the lyrics. They are not required to sing, but to merely speak in rhythm during the song. Be sure you cast someone who can 'feel the beat.' Gender: Both Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Lola New to America, Lola expresses her shyness in the song, "Hola, Lola." It would be helpful if this actor speaks Spanish or has a good ear for languages. Gender: Female Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: B2
Harry Lola's cousin and the reason she flies from Lima, Peru, to Honolulu. He is a fun, happy-go-lucky character show just wants to make sure his favorite cousin is having a good time. Gender: Male Vocal range top: C#4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Mary Sue Betty Bob Mary Sue Betty Bob's backup for "Put it in the Piggy." The girl company members play the "Girls" and the "Pigs" are played by the boy company members. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Farmer Jerry, Girls and Pigs Mary Sue Betty Bob's backup for "Put it in the Piggy." The girl company members play the "Girls" and the "Pigs" are played by the boy company members.
Katie Spoonapple Edwina's little sister and a math wiz. Although she arrives at the end of the play, she has the very important role of influencing Edwina's thoughts and feelings. It is Katie that brings about the climax of the play, showing Edwina the "best advice of all." Choose an actor who looks younger than Edwina or is diminutive in stature. Gender: Female
Ann Van Buren The Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza talent scout. She is represented only by a brief voice-over that may be recorded beforehand. When it comes to casting this voice, think very L.A., sweetie darling. Gender: Female
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