Sunday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Playbox, located at The First Presbyterian Church on Green Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in Haddon Heights, NJ.

(8) First Presbyterian Church, May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 17, and 18. Evening curtain is 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m.

Anita Rowland (
Musical Director: John Demchak (


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 who has been sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton must protect the world of the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers while also guarding an egg abandoned 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.


ALL ROLES REQUIRE SINGING. Prepare a song that accurately demonstrates your vocal timbre. Musical theatre selections are preferable to pop songs. A song from the show is fine. Be prepared to sing a cappella or bring recorded accompaniment to the audition. Please do not hesitate to email Anita Rowland or John Demchak with any questions. 

REHEARSALS WILL BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 24.  Rehearsals will be held Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings. A rehearsal schedule will be distributed once we begin. We ask that you limit your conflicts. If you wish to be cast in this production, you must be available for every tech rehearsal (April 28 – May 2) and all performances. There will be no understudies.

The Cat In The Hat (Male or female, lead, adult, tenor/baritone or mezzo-soprano/alto) The musical's omniscient narrator, The Cat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination.  The actor must be physically adept and able to play many comic cameos. He or she must be comfortable improvising with the audience.

Jojo (Male, lead, age range 8 to 12) Jojo is bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. He possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton. Strong singing skills are required.

Horton the Elephant (Male, lead, age range 20 to 40, tenor) The musical's main character, Horton is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size, he is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle. He believes in the goodness of the world.

Gertrude Mcfuzz (Female, lead, age range 20 to 30, soprano) Gertrude is Horton's one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Sweet, timid, kind, and loyal, she is self-conscious of her shortfalls. 

Mayzie La Bird (Female, lead, age range 20 to 40, mezzo-soprano) Mayzie is the most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on manipulation and her

The Sour Kangaroo (Female, supporting, age range 25 to 40, alto) The leader of the jungle, Sour Kangaroo is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. She is a caring mother but unabashedly sassy and soulful. The Sour Kangaroo must be able to belt.

Mr. Mayor (Male, supporting, age range 25 to 50, tenor)

Mrs. Mayor (Female, supporting, age range 25 to 50, mezzo-soprano)

Bird Girls (Female, featured, older teen to adult, soprano/mezzo/alto). Standard dancing is required.

General Genghis Khan Schmitz (Male, featured, older teen to adult, baritone)

Wickersham Brothers (Male, featured, older teen to adult, tenor/baritone/bass). Standard dancing required.

Various Jungle Creatures, Whos, Yertle the Turtle, Vlad Vladikoff, the Grinch (Male and female, children to adult, all vocal ranges)


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