Auditions for Disney's Moana Jr.

Disney’s Moana JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within.

Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation.

Auditions are being held for vaccinated kids between the ages of 6 and 18 at Central Hall, 152 East Main Street in Dover on Friday, March 4th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and Saturday, March 5th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. You do not need to prepare anything in advance of the auditions. Expect to read selections from the script and to sing something a capella.

Since there has been some interest in our choice to require vaccinations for the cast of this production we wanted to share why we made this decision.  Any production at the Theatre takes a huge amount of time, effort, and money. These Disney shows are probably the most expensive we can produce. Just to get the scripts and music is $1,800 and then there are professional fees, set, costume, advertising, and all that. The expenses for this show will end up being $6 or $7,000. Then there’s the effort the actors put into the performance. Let’s say 20 kids work on the show an average of an hour a day for 10 weeks.  Then the hundreds of hours put in by the crew, directors, and volunteers? You’re looking at 17 or 1,800 hours of effort.  And one positive COVID case in an unvaccinated cast can make it all go away.

 

We also required vaccinations for our Holiday show last December.  And we ended up making a couple exceptions and here’s what happened:
- One exception caught COVID and had to drop out of the show 2.5 weeks before opening night. That meant pulling in 3 new actors to cover at the last minute.
- Another exception’s family caught COVID and If they had also tested positive we would have had to cancel the entire production the day the show was supposed to open.
 

A vaccinated cast means if someone does test positive they don’t have to isolate for as long and the rest of the cast isn’t at as much risk.  The decision to require vaccinations was made so we have the best chance of putting on the show. That's it.  Speaking of the show, here are the performance Dates (subject to change):

Fri 5/27: 7pm

Sat 5/28: 1pm

Sun 5/29: 1pm

Fri 6/3: 7pm

Sat 6/4: 1pm and 7pm

Sun 6/5: 1pm

If you cannot attend the auditions or if you have questions, please email Patrick Myers  (pmyers@centertheatre.org) or call (207)564-8943.