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Audition Date: Monday, March 25th at 7:00PM (No Appointment Needed)


AEA, EMC, Non-Union

4 Roles will be availabe for AEA Artists.  Two roles include puppetry skills.

Casting Personnel:

Lori B. Lawrence (Director), Stephen Fox (Musical Director), Jillian Petrie (Choreographer)


Performers requested to prepare a song prepared with printed accompaniment – no longer than sixteen measures. There will be reading from the script with a brief group movement exercise included. Puppetry skills and experience a plus. Two characters play multiple roles utilizing puppets.

Performance Dates:

Mr. Popper’s Penguins runs May 3-19.  Special Opening Night Performance takes place on Friday, May 3 at 7:30PM.  Other performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 4PM and a Special Sensory Friendly Performance on Sunday, May 19th at 1PM.

About the Show:

Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of Arctic adventures, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them and before long the Poppers have a snowdrift in the living room and a dozen delightful penguins living in the house. With an ever-increasing bill for canned shrimp, what can the wonderfully imaginative Poppers do but train the penguins and take the show on the road! It’s a flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination.

Character Breakdown:

Actor #1: Mr. Popper

Actor #2: Mrs. Popper

Actor/Puppeteer #3: Mr. Johnson, Admiral Drake, Delivery Guy, Barber, Reporter, Policeman, Bus Driver, Theater Manager, Sven Svenson

Actor/Puppeteer #4: Mrs. Callahan, Gentleman, Curator, Passenger, Mr. Greenbaum, Cab Driver,Copper

Rehearsal INFO:

Rehearsal schedules are generally two or three evenings during the week, and a weekend afternoon. All cast members are expected for all performances, with no exception since the company does not cast understudies. Performers of color, seniors, women, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend. The Growing Stage Theatre is located in northwestern New Jersey with no regular mass transportation service available. Own transportation is strongly recommended.

For additional information, please email the producer at or call the theatre at 973-347-4946.