Disney's the Little Mermaid Jr.
Audition Preparation Information
Audition Dates: January 25-31
Callbacks as necessary February 1-3 during school hours
There are a variety of ways that students can participate!
IMPORTANT: Fill out the “Participation Selection Form” and return by Friday, January 20th. Late forms will not be considered for auditions. Forms will be sent home on Tuesday, January 10. A link to download the form can also be found at: https://hhe.desotocountyschools.org/alaynaweiss
How to prepare for auditions:
What to expect at auditions:
Individual letters will be sent home notifying all students of the role they have been cast in during the week following auditions. Those cast in featured roles will be required to sign and return a contract. Scripts and information regarding accompaniment and rehearsal tracks will be sent home once their contract is turned in. They will need your help at home.
Ariel (female) speaking and singing part
The heroine of the story, Ariel is a mermaid who longs to be human. Dynamic singer, must be able to convey meaning through her motions once she looses her voice.
Audition song: “Part of Your World”
Flounder (male or female) speaking and singing part
Ariel’s sincere and loyal best friend. This spunky fish has lines and a fabulous solo.
Audition song: “She’s in Love”
Grimsby (male) speaking and singing part
Prince Eric’s prim and proper butler/valet. He rigid and constantly pushes Prince Eric toward the throne.
Audition song: “The Contest”
Prince Eric (male) speaking and singing part
An adventurous prince. Charming and thoughtful. Small solos required:
Audition song: “Fathoms Below”
Scuttle (make or female) speaking and singing part
A know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans. Scuttle is fun and over the top
Audition song: “Human Stuff”
Sebastian (male) speaking and singing part
An anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe. He sings some of the most memorable songs in the show including “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”
Audition song: “Under the Sea”
Ursula (female) speaking and singing part
A Sea Witch that tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and won’t stop until she gets what she wants.
Audition song: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”
Chef Louis (male or female) speaking and singing part
Over the top French head-chef in Prince Eric’s palace. He is very excited about food!
Audition song: “Les Poissons”
King Triton (male) speaking
Rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. He is a strong leader and a tender parent.
KING TRITON: Ariel! (taken aback by the collection of human stuff) What is all this?!?
ARIEL: Daddy, they’re my—
KING TRITON: Human junk!
ARIEL: No, treasures!
KING TRITON: Did you save a human from drowning?
ARIEL: He would’ve died!
KING TRITON: That savage brute could have killed you! And it’s my job to keep you safe from
ARIEL: But he didn’t frighten me. He made me feel... wonderful! Besides, I am not a
KING TRITON: No? Well, you are certainly talking like one. He’s a human – you’re a mermaid.
ARIEL: It doesn’t matter – you don’t understand! I wish mother were here!
KING TRITON: (takes a moment to recover from the low blow)Ariel, I miss your mother just as
much as you do. But I am still the king. And you are not to go to the surface ever again. Am I clear?!?(KING TRITON pauses for a moment of regret.) I’m just trying to protect her, Sebastian
Floatsam & Jestsam (male or female) speaking part primarily with group singing
These electric eels and Ursula’s slippery spies are sinister and sneaky.
Jetsam: Poor, sssweet, missssunderstood child.
Floatsam: She has a very ssserious problem, hasn’t she?
Jestam: Who will ease her woes and worries?
Floatsam: Who will help her get her man? (Floatsam and Jetsam circle and startle Ariel)
Jetsam/Floatsam: Perhaps the Sea Witch can!
Ariel: Who are- how did you-
Jetsam: She’s been dying to help you!
Ariel: Ursula? Help me?
Floatsam: Oh, yesssss….but she can’t leave her lair
Ariel: (hesitant at first, they relents) Then take me to her!
Floatsam/Jetsam: Of courssssse!
Carlotta (female) speaking only part
The chatty headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s best human friend. She is warm and kind.
Carlotta: (speaking to Ariel) Imagine, washing up like that on the beach! Must’ve been a horrible shipwreck! I don’t suppose we’ll ever know the truth. Why, you can’t even speak, poor dear! Well, never mind-after your scrub in the tub, you’re fresh as a daisy in a beautiful new frock!
Ariel: “Part of Your World”
Spoken: (If only I could make my father understand. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be so bad.)
Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has everything?
I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I've got whozits and whatzits galore
You want thingamabobs?
I've got twenty!
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more
I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see them dancin'
Walking around on those - what do you call 'em?
Oh - feet!
Flippin' your fins, you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumping, dancing
Strolling along down a - what's that word again?
Up where they walk, up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin' free - wish I could be
Part of that world
FLOUNDER: “She’s in Love”
(begins at timestamp 1.09 on vocal track)
You mean Ariel? I’ll say!
She acts like she don’t see me
She doesn’t even speak
She treats me like sashimi
Left over from last week
You see her late at night
Tossin’ in her ocean bed
And she sighs, and she swoons,
and she’s humin’ little tunes
Mersites: Even has a sort of glow.
Flounder and Mersisters: What on earth could it be? Any hammerhead could see.
That sigh! That glow! That swoon! Oh no!
Flounder: She’s in love, She’s in love
See her hips, how they swish
She’s in love
She’s in love
See her blush, see her grin
Gotta be love she’s in
GRIMSBY: “The Contest”
Welcome, dear friends, to our contest
The first that our kingdom has ever seen!
We gather today for a vocal display
So our prince may at last choose a queen!
These six princesses possess the most accomplished voices in all the land! Tonight, one of you will join Prince Eric on the throne.
May the best woman win!
PRINCE ERIC: “Fathom’s Below”
(begins at time stamp :53 on vocal track)
Isn't this perfection, Grimsby? Out on the open sea, surrounded by nothing but water and imagination
Oh, yes, it’s simply...delightful...
The salt on your skin
And the wind in your hair
And the waves as they ebb and they flow!
We’re miles from the shore
And guess what – I don’t care!
Grimsby: As for me, I’m about to heave-ho
PRINCE ERIC; What is that? Do you hear something?
GRIMSBY: Milord, please, enough seafaring! This talk of merepeople and the King of the Sea is nautical nonsense.
ERIC;” There it is again! Straight ahead!
GRIMSBY: Your Majesty, you’ve got to return to court and take up your father’s crown
ERIC: That’s not the life for me, Grimbsy. Now follow that voice – to the ends of the earth if we have to!
SCUTTLE – “HUMAN STUFF”
SCUTTLE: When it comes to dingle hoppers I'm a regular
Say thatcha wanna have a hairdo
Like the folds who live up there do
That'll flap their wigs!
GULL 1: Flop their wigs!
GULL 2: Flap!
GULL 3: Awwwk!
SCUTTLE: Well, you'll look absolutely dandy
If you use one of these handy
GULL 1: Thingmabobs.
GULL 2: Jigs!
GULL 1: Bobs!
GULL 3: Awwwk!
SCUTTLE: Pick up the dinglehopper, just like so
Twirl it the way I'm twirling now!
Give it a little yank, and there ya go!
You're what the call "the dog's meow"!
SEBASTIAN: “UNDER THE SEA”
The seaweed is always greener
In someone else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you looking for?
Under the sea, under the sea
Darling its better down where its wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we're devoting full time to floating
Under the sea
URSULA: “POOR UNFORTUNATE SOUL”
(spoken) My dear, sweet child--it's what I live for: to help unfortunate merfolk like yourself.
Poor souls with no one else to turn to. . .
I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch
But you'll find that nowadays
I've mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light, and made a switch
(spoken) True? Yes.
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And here lately, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, the lonely, and depressed
Poor unfortunate souls
In pain, in need
This one longing to be thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
Those poor unfortunate souls
So sad, so true
They come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, "Spells, Ursula, please!"
And I help them
Yes I do!
Now it’s happened once or twice
Someone couldn’t pay the price
And I’m afraid I had to rake ‘em ‘cross the coals.
Yes, I've had the odd complaint
But on the whole I've been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls
CHEF LOUIS: “LES POISSONS”
Les poissons, les poissons
How I love les poissons
Love to chop and to serve little fish
First I cut off their heads
Then I pull out their bones
Ah mes oui,
Ça c'est toujours delish
Les poissons, les poissons
With the cleaver I hack them in two
I pull out what's inside
And I serve it up fried
AH, I love little fishes, don't you?
Here's something for tempting the palette
Prepared in the classic technique
First you pound the fish flat with a mallet
Then you slash through the skin
Give the belly a slice
Then you rub some salt in
'Cause it makes it taste nice