Posted By admin on March 7, 2016
DOCTOR DOLITTLE, JR.
Performance Dates: July 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 pm, July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm
Directed by: Mark Carovale
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and The Twentieth Century Fox Film.
A wacky, but kind doctor who can talk to animals, Dr. Dolittle, Jr. takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-On-The-Marsh to the far corners of the world. When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Once pronounced innocent, Dr. Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.
Doctor John Dolittle: An eccentric country doctor who loves animals more than people. He is smart, passionate, driven and the consummate optimist, always looking for the best in every situation.
Madeline Mugg: Dolittle’s sassy friend who thoroughly enjoys the adventures she goes on with Dolittle. Madeline is Dolittle’s compatriot, sharing his love and views of animals. This is a perfect role for a good singer who can act and has comic timing. Gender: Female, Vocal range top: E5- Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Tommy Stubbins: A happy-go-lucky kid who idolizes Doctor Dolittle and enjoys playing with the animals. Cast one of your high-spirited younger students who can act and sing.: Male, Vocal range top: D#5, Vocal range bottom: C4
Emma Fairfax: A strong, tough woman who is willing to speak her mind. She learns to appreciate Dolittle’s love of animals and grows to have feelings for him. Ideal casting is a strong singer and actor who can command the stage. Female, Vocal range top: Db5- Vocal range bottom: Ab3
General Bellowes: Emma’s uncle and the magistrate of Puddleby-On-The-Marsh. An ill-tempered man with limited people skills, this non-singing role with good stage presence and a powerful speaking voice. Gender: Male
Albert Blossom: A shrewd business man who owns a dilapidated touring circus. This curmudgeonly old guy is a nice character role, a solid singer and actor. Male, Vocal range top: Eb5-Vocal range bottom: C4
Gertie Blossom: One tough cookie. She is Albert’s wife and makes sure the circus runs the way she wants it to. Very grounded and speaks with a heavy European accent. Female, Vocal range top: A4-Vocal range bottom: E4
Each of these smaller roles have to show lots of personality with only a few solo singing lines, ideal role for quirky character actors who can hold a tune.
Workers in Blossom’s circus:
Berta: Female, Vocal range top: A4- Vocal range bottom: C4
Vladimir: Male, Vocal range top: A4- Vocal range bottom: C4
Mavis: Female, Vocal range top: C#5- Vocal range bottom: C4
Straight Arrow: A well-educated and passionate man living the life of a warrior chief on Popsipetel Island. He’s warm and embracing to both humans and animals. Needs a strong singer, male or female, who can convey Straight Arrow’s power and passion. Gender: Male or Female, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: C4
Bailiff: A small non-singing role. Gender: Both
Circus Folk: Ideal casting actors with special skills, such as tumbling or juggling, to give the scene a circus-like authenticity. Gender: Both
Warriors: Inhabitants of Popsipetel Island. Strong singers and dancers for these roles. Villagers and Circus Folk may double these roles. Gender: Both
Polynesia: Doctor Dolittle’s intelligent, spunky assistant: his right-hand parrot. She speaks in English with the Humans, and she is often the one with the answers. Ideal cast is an actor with a big personality and strong singer in this role. Gender: Female, Vocal range top: E5-Vocal range bottom: C4
Jip: Dolittle’s ever-faithful dog. Ideal Cast is a performer who has a lot of energy and is able to move quickly around the whole stage. Gender: Both
Herbert: A quiet hedgehog who likes to sit in Doctor Dolittle’s chair. Gender: Both
Dab-dab: A pet duck. A good mover and is willing to act a little goofy. Gender: Both
Toggle: A nearsighted plough-horse who comes to Doctor Dolittle for glasses. Toggle is one of the calmer animals. Gender: Both
Sheila: A fox who has been hurt by a hunter’s trap. This is another quieter role. Female
Pushmi-pullyu: A two-headed llama. This is a great featured-dancing role for two solid dancers who can work together to appear as one animal. Gender: Both
Rufus: Bellowes’ big, energetic dog. He should be portrayed by someone who is larger-than- life and enjoys playing to a crowd. Gender: Both
Chee-chee: A monkey who is capable of steering a ship. A good sense of humor. The actor playing Chee-Chee needs to be willing to jump around the stage. Gender: Both
Sophie: A seal and non-speaking role. She has just a short moment onstage, good role for one of the ensemble members. Gender: Female
In the opening number, Doctor Dolittle’s clinic and in the “The Voice of Protest.” Feel free to add whatever type of animals you and your cast want. This is a great opportunity to cast anyone who wants to be in the show!