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Behind the scenes, thousands of the world's best performers audition to be in Cats. The requirements for each role vary a little across different productions.

Replica Productions

These productions follow the direction of Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne, and represent the characters as envisioned by the original creative team.

General

Vocal Requirements recommended by The Musical Company - Andrew Lloyd Webber's licensing company:[1]

Hamburg 1998 / Berlin 2002

Casting Calls for Hamburg and Berlin 2002:

FEMALE AND MALE WELL TRAINED DANCERS WITH STRONG SINGING ABILITIES ALSO ACROBATS WHO DANCE WELL for the roles of:

BOMBALURINA / DEMETER:

  • Strong Mezzo belt to C, strong dance technique, must be at least 5'6"

RUMPLETEAZER:

  • Strong character Mezzo belt to D, must have a strong dance technique, no taller than 5'4"

SILLABUB (Jemima)

  • Strong dancer, no taller than 5'4", strong head voice but must be youthful and very pure in timbre, comfortable to F

CASSANDRA / TANTOMILE / VICTORIA:

  • Very strong dancers with extensive ballet training, ensemble Mezzo (Cassandra must be at least 5'7" tall)

ALONZO / CORICOPAT / PLATO / MACAVITY:

  • Tall, very strong dancer with classical ballet training, ensemble Baritone (Plato / Macavity should be able to do lifts)

MISTOFFELEES / POUNCIVAL:

  • Must have strong classical ballet training, confident show Baritone with range to F, should be no taller than 5'7"

MUNGOJERRIE / SKIMBLESHANKS:

  • Strong high Baritone with clean light timbre to F Sharp, must have very strong dance technique

MUNKUSTRAP:

  • Strong high Baritone with good dramatic range of timbre between gentle crooning strong declamation, comfortable to G, emphasis on voice but must also be a good dancer

RUM TUM TUGGER:

  • Strong Rock 'n' Roll Baritone with honest gentleness of timbre, low B flat to high B flat in rock style, Falsetto an asset, must dance well, good sense of comedic timing

TUMBLEBRUTUS:

  • Acro / Dancer / Singer capable of performing successive back handsprings, aerials and other acrobatic feats, Baritone

FEMALE / MALE WELL TRAINED SINGERS (STRONG BELT AND CLASSICAL VOICES) for the roles of:

GRIZABELLA:

  • Very accomplished singer with wide dramatic range of vocal timbre, Mezzo with strong belt to E flat

JELLYLORUM:

  • Strong classically trained operatic Soprano capable of a wide range of dramatic timbre, comfortable to high C.

JENNY Fleckenfell:

  • Strong character soprano, low belt / mix C, soprano to high C, requires tap dancing.

BUSTOPHER/ASPARAGUS/GROWLTIGER:

  • Strong classically trained operatic high Baritone to B flat comfortably, capable of wide dramatic range of timbre, ability to play "old" an asset.

OLD DEUTERONOMY:

  • Trained high Baritone with strong classical technique, comfortable to A flat, he must be a mature character actor who can portray the qualities of wisdom and warmth.

Singers auditions with appointment only
Please prepare two songs (uptempo / ballad) and please bring your dance clothes

US Tour 2009, 2011

Casting Calls for US Tour 5 Troika 2009 Casting Calls for US Tour 5, 2009-2010 season:[2]

Audition for Dancers: Open call auditions for "Cats"
National tour for the 2009-2010 Season. Paid positions
Auditions being held on April 7, 2009 for the National Tour of "Cats"
These are all Paid Positions. (Salary + Per Diem + Housing + Health insurance)
Seeking dancers for the following roles:

Munkustrap:

  • Male, 5'11" and up, playing age 20s to early 30s, Excellent Baritone/Tenor to a legit G. The prince of the tribe, youthful, attractive. Must move very well.

Mistoffelees:

  • Male, on the shorter side, Excellent Dancer, proficient in Ballet and Jazz. Must have turns in Second (pirouettes à la seconde). Magical, aloof, enigmatic, quirky, loves to show off.

Macavity:

  • Male, 6'0" and up, excellent dancer, tumbler. Tall and commanding. Evil, terrorizes the tribe. Doubles as Plato, a laconic, lackadaisical cat – the opposite of Macavity.

Skimbleshanks:

  • Male, 5'9" and up, strong Tenor, strong dancer. Everyone's favorite uncle. Persnickety, fun-loving, great storyteller.

Mungojerrie:

  • Male, short, strong singer and dancer; tumbling skills a plus. Mischievous, energetic kitten who always gets into trouble with his partner-in-crime, Rumpleteazer.

Rumpleteazer:

  • Female, short, strong dancer and singer w/belt/mix, tumbling skills a plus. Mischievous, energetic kitten who always gets into trouble with her partner-in-crime, Mungojerrie.

Demeter:

  • Female, 5'7"-5'8", strong dancer, strong singer w/ belt/mix to C. Sexy but insecure and skittish, fearful.

Bombalurina:

  • Female, 5'7" and up, strong dancer, strong singer w/ belt to C. Goodtime girl, sexy & outgoing, fearless and fun-loving.

Sillabub:

  • Female, 5'3" and under, strong soprano, must be a strong dancer. Precocious kitten, idolizes Bombalurina & has a crush on Tugger.

Cassandra:

  • Female, 5'7"-5'10", excellent dancer, strong ballet technique, great extension. Poised, well-bred, aloof, and always in beautiful condition.

Alonzo:

  • 5'10"-6'0", excellent ballet technique, good partner. Strong presence, attractive. Emulates Munkustrap but struggles to find his own strength and courage in the face of adversity.

Tumblebrutus:

  • 5'8"-5'9", excellent dancer who tumbles. Juvenile delinquent. A tough kitten, troublemaker.

Victoria:

  • Female, 5'5" and under, excellent ballet technique. Pampered house kitten on the cusp of womanhood, innocent but discovering – and enjoying – her sensuality.

Male and Female Ensemble/Swings:

  • Wide Range of height, but must have an athletic build. Must be proficient in Jazz, Ballet and Tap and able to sing well. Strong tumbling skills a plus.

Age Range - 20 to 39
Gender - Either
Ethnicity - Not specified
Payment Type - Paid
Location - NATIONWIDE

2011
Casting Calls for US Tour 5, 2011-2012 season:[3]

Rum Tum Tugger:

  • Male, 20s-30s, Rock Star, Mick Jagger type. Iconoclast, rebel, loves the ladies. Excellent rock singer with falsetto. Must move well.

Gus/Growltiger:

  • Male, Character Singer/Actor, Tenor, strong legit or operatic voice to Bb. Craggy, cranky. Great storyteller – loves to reminisce about his days on the stage. Doubles as GROWLTIGER, his alter ego, a fearless, swashbuckling opera pirate. Must move well.

Old Deuteronomy:

  • Male, preferably 30s-50s. BariTenor to a legit G. Resonant, flexible voice. The leader of the tribe, he is ageless, soulful, and mature. Must move well.

Grizabella:

  • Female. EXCELLENT belter to E-flat (sings “Memory”) and strong actress. Outcast, was a Glamour Cat in her early years but left the tribe in disgrace.

Jellylorum:

  • 5’7”-5’10”, Female, the Opera Cat, excellent legit soprano to high C. The nurse cat. Mature, strong character actress. Must move well.

Jennyanydots:

  • Female, the Gumbie Cat, strong belt & mix. Quirky, delightful character actress with great sense of humor. Must move well. Tap a plus.

German Tour 2012

Casting Calls for German Tour 2012:[4]

Excellent dancers with good vocal ability, acrobats with a high level of dance and very good singers with both good belt and classical voices.

OPEN CALL FOR DANCERS
FEBRUARY 20th SIGN IN AT 10.00
Please bring a CV with a photo

Dancers

SILLABUB

  • Very good dancer. Young looking and not taller than 5’ 4”. Very good head voice, with clear and youthful tones. Confident to F.

CASSANDRA /TANTOMILE /VICTORIA

  • Strong dancers with good ballet training. (Cassandra: minimum height 5’ 7”).

ALONZO /CORICOPAT /PLATO/MACAVITY

  • Very good dancers. Ensemble baritone (Plato/Macavity: pas de deux with good strength in lifts).

POUNCIVAL

  • Dancer with very good classical ballet training. Confident Baritone to F. Youthful and not too tall.

TUMBLEBRUTUS

  • Acrobat, dancer, singer. Must be able to perform a variety of acrobatics, including a series of flicflacs and saltos.

SKIMBLESHANKS

  • Strong singer (high baritone/tenor), and good dancer. The railway cat, a lover of punctuality and order, he is neat and full of exuberance. Experienced.

BOMBALURINA

  • Sings Macavity. Excellent dancer/singer with a smokey, strong belt. Tall, slinky and very sexy. Playing age: 25 – 30.

DEMETER

  • Bombalurina’s best friend, and sings the other half of the Macavity duet. Excellent dancer/singer. On the one hand neurotic and wild, on the other very intuitive. Minimum height 5’4” Playing age: 20 – 30.

MR. MISTOFFELEES

  • Excellent dancer/singer with fully-trained ballet background – good turns in 2nd. Baritone. Excellent performer and not too tall.

MUNGOJERRIE and RUMPLETEAZER

  • Male-female duo. Strong dancers with acrobatic ability and excellent voices. High baritone for Mungojerrie and high belt for Rumpleteazer. Lots of personality, young, full of energy, impudent and cheeky.

LEADING ACTORS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
FEBRUARY 21st
Please send your CV with a photo.

Singers

GRIZABELLA

  • Strong, experienced singer/actress with high belt (to D flat), sings “Memory”. The one time star among cats has seen better times. She now lives in the gutter and is despised by the other cats. She is vulnerable, but she is also a survivor.

OLD DEUTERONOMY

  • High Baritone/Tenor (to G sharp). Must be able to move. The wise, kind and very old leader of the cats. He has authority and dignity. He should radiate understanding and warmth.

RUM TUM TUGGER

  • The rock star. Should have a strong, raw rock voice, be able to move well, and must have a wild sex appeal – with a sense of humour. Playing age: 25 – 30.

MUNKUSTRAP

  • Excellent singer/actor, who must be able to move. Baritone. In the absence of Old Deuteronomy he is the leader of the cats. He stands out due to his imposing, energetic and courageous manner, and exudes maturity and dignity.

GUS/GROWL TIGER/BUSTOPHER JONES

  • Tenor. Character role. Playing age: 30 – 45. Gus: an old and frail theatre cat. In his dream, Gus becomes Growlitger - a swashbuckling pirate. Range to B flat. Bustopher Jones: a distinguished, aristocratic tomcat. Good living has made him round and plump.

JENNY FLECKENREICH/GUMBIE CAT

  • Strong vocally, must have very good tap. Rather round, with a mothering personality and a sense of humour. Playing age: 25 – 45.

JELLYLORUM

  • Excellent soprano. Must be able to move. Practical, affectionate and maternal. Playing age: 25 – 35.

Dancers and leading actors please prepare a ballad and an up-tempo number, and bring the sheet music.
Auditions will take place at PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIOS, 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JA.
Call backs are planned for March 12th and 13th, in Düsseldorf. Rehearsals will start at the beginning of August; the premiere is at the end of September in Cologne and the contracts are running until spring 2013.

China 2012

Casting Calls for China 2012:[5]

Grizabella

  • Very accomplished singer with wide dramatic range of vocal timbre, Mezzo with a strong pop belt from A to E flat.

Jellylorum

  • Strong classically trained operatic Soprano capable of a wide range of dramatic timbre, including preferably a good belt voice. Comfortable range to high C.

Sillabub

  • Strong dancer, strong head voice with youthful, pure timbre. Comfortable to F

Bombalurina/Demeter

  • Strong Mezzo belt to C, strong dance technique.

Rumpelteazer

  • Strong character Mezzo belt to D, must have a strong dance technique.

Cassandra/Tantomile/Victoria

  • Very strong dancers with extensive ballet training, ensemble Mezzo.

Alonzo/Coricopat/Plato/MacCavity

  • Tall, very strong dancers with classical ballet training, ensemble Baritone (Plato and MacCavity should be able to do lifts)

Mr Mistoffelees/Pouncival

  • Must have strong classical ballet training, confident show Baritone with range to F.

Mungojerrie/Skimbleshanks

  • Strong high Baritone with clear light timbre to F Sharp, must have very strong dance technique

Munkustrap

  • Strong high Baritone with good dramatic range of timbre, comfortable to G, emphasis on voice but must also be a good dancer.

Rum Tum Tugger

  • Strong pop/rock Baritone, honest gentleness of timbre, low B flat to high B flat, Falsetto an asset, must dance well and have a good sense of comedic training.

Tumblebrutus

  • Acro/Dancer/Singer capable of performing successive back handsprings, aerials and other acrobatic feats, Baritone.

Jennyanydots

  • Strong character soprano to high C. Requires tap dancing.

Gus/Growltiger

  • Strong classically trained operatic high baritone to B flat comfortably, capable of wide dramatic range of timbre, ability to play 'old' an asset.

Old Deuteronomy

  • Trained high Baritone with strong classical technique, comfortable to A flat, he must be a mature character actor who can portray the qualities of wisdom and warmth.

RCCL 2014, 2019

Casting Calls for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Production, including the full length original (2014-2019)[6][7] and the abridged version (2019-present).[8]

BOMBALURINA (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Female, Playing age 25 - 35. Bombalurina is one half of the duo who sings 'Macavity'. Tall and statuesque, a lightly sexual female, who is also a fierce protector of the tribe. Must be an excellent and experienced dancer with fantastic extension, and also excellent mezzo vocals. Minimum height 5' 8".

DEMETER (FEATURED SINGER – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Female, Playing age 21 - 30. Demeter is one half of the duo who sings 'Macavity'. A neurotic, but highly intuitive cat. An excellent and experienced dancer with very strong mezzo vocals. Maximum height 5'6".

GRIZABELLA (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Female, playing age 35 – 55. Grizabella is a survivor, but she is vulnerable, and now outcast from the tribe. She was once very glamorous, but with age her beauty is fading. Sings "Memory". An exceptional singer/actress with sensational, powerful vocals needed. Must possess a wide dynamic vocal range with rich lower tones, and wonderful high belt to Eb.

GUS (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Male, playing age 31 – 55. Gus is the theatre cat – a fragile old cat who reminisces about his days of being an actor. A fantastic character actor/singer role. Strong high baritone/tenor to G# and very good movement skills a plus.
  • (2014) BUSTOPHER JONES/ GUS: Bustopher Jones is a sophisticated and upper class cat, respected by all. Gus is the theatre cat - a fragile old cat who in his dreams becomes a swashbuckling pirate, who fights to his death. A fantastic character actor/ singer with excellent comedic skills to play these two distinct roles. Strong high baritone/ tenor to G sharp and very good movement skills needed. Playing age 31 - 55.

JELLYLORUM (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Female, playing age 25 – 45. Jellylorum is practical and loving, a storyteller. Sings "Gus the Theatre Cat" with Gus. Strong pop belt voice with the ability to also sing classical 1st. Must have a crystal clear top Db. Very good movement and comedy skills.
  • (2014) Jellylorum is practical and loving, a storyteller. Sings 'Gus the Theatre Cat' with Gus, and appears as 'Griddlebone' in 'The Ballad of Billy McCaw'. For this role we require an excellent soprano with a crystal clear top C. Very good movement and comedy skills. Playing age 25 - 45.

JENNYANYDOTS (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Female, playing age 25 – 45. Jennyanydots is the 'Gumbie Cat'. Motherly, an Edwardian 'do-gooder'. For this role, we require a character actress and very strong singer (to high Db) who must have strong tap dancing skills. Great comedy skills and good movement needed.

MR. MISTOFFELEES (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Male, Playing age 20 - 32. Mr. Mistoffelees is the magician - impish, with an expansive personality. Must be a phenomenal and exciting principal dancer with outstanding classical technique, who can execute multiple turns in à la seconde effortlessly. Gymnastic skills and tricks a plus. Good high baritone vocals. Ideally under 5' 8".

MUNGOJERRIE (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Male, Playing age 20 - 25. Mungojerrie is one half of a notorious double act. He is cheeky, irreverent, young and full of energy. An outstanding dancer with acrobatic skills, excellent singing voice with bags of personality. Maximum height 5'10".

MUNKUSTRAP (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Male, playing age 25 – 35. The son of Old Deuteronomy, who takes the lead in his absence. Sings "Old Deuteronomy". For this role, we require an excellent baritone singer (good float ability in upper range) with a commanding presence. Very good movement skills required. Ideally over 6' tall.
  • (2014) The son of Old Deuteronomy, who takes the lead in his absence. Sings 'Old Deuteronomy' and 'The Pekes and the Pollicles'. For this role we require an excellent baritone singer with a commanding presence. Very good movement skills required. Playing age 25 - 35 Ideally over 6' tall.

OLD DEUTERONOMY (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Male, playing age 35 – 55. Old Deuteronomy is the beloved leader of the tribe. Seeking a mature actor with excellent high baritone/tenor vocals to G# with classical sound & vocal warmth. Must be able to express authority, dignity, wisdom, and humility – also great warmth and fun. Small amount of movement required.

RUM TUM TUGGER (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Male, playing age 25 – 35. Rum Tum Tugger is the 'rock-star' cat, with a wild comedic sexuality. Must be a charismatic performer with a fantastic rock/pop voice with very strong falsetto, (able to improvise and ad-lib vocally) great presence and good dance skills. Ideally over 5' 10" tall.

RUMPLETEAZER (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Female, Playing age 20 - 25. Rumpleteazer is one half of a notorious double act. She is cheeky, irreverent, young and full of energy. An outstanding dancer with acrobatic skills, excellent singing voice with bags of personality. Maximum height 5'6".

SKIMBLESHANKS (FEATURED SINGER)

  • Male, playing age 25 – 35. Skimbleshanks is the railway cat - a fastidious, neat and ordered cat, obsessed with punctuality and cleanliness, yet possessing a big heart and sense of exuberance. An excellent high baritone/tenor (exuberant and accurate) with very strong dance skills required. Must have authority and a bright personality. Maximum height 5' 10".

SYLLABUB (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Female, Playing age 19 - 23. Young, curious and loves life. An excellent technical dancer. Must have a beautiful clear soprano with a choir boy purity, has solo vocal lines. Maximum height 5'6".

VICTORIA (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Female, Playing age 20 - 30. Victoria is young, uninhibited and inquisitive with a beautiful physique. An outstanding dancer with excellent classical training and technique required. Must have exceptional extension and facility. Maximum height 5'6".

FEMALE ENSEMBLE ROLES (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Females, Playing age 20 – 30. Outstanding dancers with excellent ballet/jazz technique and training required. Some require excellent acrobatic skills – please highlight acrobatic skills on resume. All must be very strong vocally as all named ensemble roles will come with various principal understudies. The following ensemble roles will be cast from this call: Cassandra & Tantomile.

MALE ENSEMBLE ROLES (DANCER/VOCALIST – MUST ATTEND DANCE CALL)

  • Males, Playing age 20 – 30. Outstanding dancers with excellent ballet/jazz technique and training required. Some require excellent acrobatic skills – please highlight acrobatic skills on resume. All must be very strong vocally as all named ensemble roles will come with various principal understudies. The following ensemble roles will be cast from this call: Coricopat, Plato/Macavity, Alonzo, Pouncival, Tumblebrutus.

DANCERS & DANCER/VOCALISTS:

  • We are casting versatile dancers who are athletic with strong technique in ballet and jazz. Tap dancers and dancers with aerial skills are a plus, however, not required. The following ensemble roles will be cast from this call; Demeter, Syllabub, Rumpleteazer, Cassandra, Tantomile, Victoria, Mungojerrie, Coricopat, Plato/Macavity, Alonzo, Tumblebrutus, Pouncival and Mr. Mistoffelees. Dancers & Dancer/Vocalists will also perform in our Signature Production Show. Tumbling and Aerial background a plus.

Australia 2014

2015 Australia/New Zealand Casting Call

Casting Calls for Asia Tour 2014[9] and Australia NZ 2015:

Female Roles

Bombalurina / Demeter

  • Vocal: Strong Mezzo belt to C
  • Dance: Strong dance technique.
  • Other: Must be at least 5’6”

Rumpelteazer

  • Vocal: Strong character Mezzo belt to D.
  • Dance: Strong dance technique.
  • Other: No taller than 5’4”

Cassandra / Tantomile / Victoria

  • Vocal: Ensemble Mezzo
  • Dance: Very strong dancers with extensive ballet training.
  • Other: Cassandra must be at least 5’7” tall.

Sillabub

  • Vocal: Strong head voice with youthful, pure timbre. Comfortable to F.
  • Dance: Strong dancer.
  • Other: No taller than 5’4”.

Grizabella

  • Vocal: Very accomplished singer with wide dramatic range of vocal timbre, Mezzo with a strongpop belt from A to E flat.

Jellylorum

  • Vocal: Strong classically trained operatic Soprano capable of a wide range of dramatic timbre, including preferably a good belt voice. Comfortable range to high C.

Jennyanydots

  • Vocal: Strong character soprano to high C.
  • Dance: Requires tap dancing.
Male Roles

Alonzo / Coricopat / Plato/Macavity

  • Vocal: Ensemble Baritone.
  • Dance: Very strong dancers with classical ballet training.
  • Other: Tall. Plato and MacCavity should be able to do lifts.

Mr Mistoffelees / Pouncival

  • Vocal: Confident Baritone with range to F.
  • Dance: Very strong dancers with classical ballet training.
  • Other: Should be no taller than 5’7”.

Mungojerrie / Skimbleshanks

  • Vocal: Strong high Baritone with clear light timbre to F Sharp.
  • Dance: Strong dance technique.

Munkustrap

  • Vocal: Strong high Baritone with good dramatic range of timbre, comfortable to G.
  • Dance: Emphasis on voice but must also be a good dancer.

Rum Tum Tugger

  • Vocal: Strong pop/rock Baritone, honest gentleness of timbre, low B flat to high B flat, Falsetto an asset.
  • Dance: Must dance well.
  • Other: Have a good sense of comedic timing.

Tumblebrutus

  • Vocal: Baritone.
  • Dance: Strong dancer.
  • Other: Capable of performing successive back handsprings, aerials and other acrobatic feats.

Gus / Growltiger

  • Vocal: Strong classically trained operatic high baritone to B flat comfortably, capable of wide dramatic range of timbre.
  • Other: Ability to play ‘old’ an asset.

Old Deuteronomy

  • Vocal: Trained high Baritone with strong classical technique, comfortable to A flat.
  • Other: A mature character actor who can portray the qualities of wisdom and warmth.

Paris 2015

Casting Calls for Paris 2015:[10]

Old Deuteronomy (Male)

  • Old Deuteronomy is the beloved leader of the tribe.
  • Seeking a mature actor with an excellent classically trained high baritone voice, possessing warm operatic tones to G sharp.
  • Must be able to express authority, dignity, wisdom, and humility - also great warmth and fun.
  • Small amount of movement required. Playing age 35 - 55

Grizabella (Female)

  • Grizabella is a survivor, but she is vulnerable, and now outcast from the tribe. She was once very glamorous, but with age her beauty is fading. Sings 'Memory'.
  • An exceptional singer/ actress with sensational, powerful vocals needed. Must possess a wide dynamic vocal range with rich lower darker tones, and wonderful dramatic high belt to E flat. Playing age - 35 – 55

Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger (Male)

  • Bustopher Jones is a sophisticated and upper class cat, respected by all.
  • Gus is the theatre cat - a fragile old cat who in his dreams becomes a swashbuckling pirate, who fights to his death.
  • A fantastic character actor/ singer with excellent comedic skills to play these two distinct roles.
  • Excellent and very strong high baritone/tenor to an A flat with the ability to sing rich, dark and rougher lower baritone tones. Very good movement skills needed. Must have Playing age 31 – 55

Jellylorum/Griddlebone (Female)

  • Jellylorum is practical and loving, a storyteller. Sings 'Gus the Theatre Cat' with Gus, and appears as 'Griddlebone' in 'The Ballad of Billy McCaw'.
  • For this role we require an excellent classically trained soprano with a crystal clear top D flat. Very good movement and comedy skills. Playing age 25 - 45

Munkustrap (Male)

  • The son of Old Deuteronomy, who takes the lead in his absence. Sings 'Old Deuteronomy' and 'The Pekes and the Pollicles'.
  • For this role we require an excellent baritone singer with a commanding presence. Very good movement skills required. Playing age 25 - 35
  • Ideally over 6' tall.

Rum Tum Tugger (Male)

  • Rum Tum Tugger is the 'rock-star' cat, with a wild comedic sexuality.
  • Must be a charismatic performer with a fantastic rock/ pop tenor voice with very strong falsetto, great presence and good dance skills. Playing age 25 – 35.
  • Ideally over 5'10" tall.

Mr Mistoffelees (Male)

  • Mr Mistoffelees is the magician - impish, with an expansive personality.
  • Must be a phenomenal and exciting principal dancer with outstanding classical technique, who can execute multiple turns a la seconde effortlessly.
  • Gymnastic skills and tricks a plus. Good high baritone vocals. Playing age 20 – 32.
  • Ideally under 5'8"

Demeter (Female)

  • Demeter is one half of the duo who sings 'Macavity'. A neurotic, but highly intuitive cat.
  • An excellent and experienced dancer with very strong mezzo vocals with strong chest belt. Playing age 21 – 30.
  • Maximum height 5'6".

Bombalurina (Female)

  • Bombalurina is one half of the duo who sings 'Macavity'. Tall and statuesque, a lightly sexual female, who is also a fierce protector of the tribe.
  • Must be an excellent and experienced dancer with fantastic extension, and also excellent mezzo vocals with strong chest belt. Playing age 25 - 35
  • Minimum height 5'8"

Mungojerrie (Male)

  • Mungojerrie is one half of a notorious double act. He is cheeky, irreverent, young and full of energy.
  • An outstanding dancer with acrobatic skills, excellent tenor singing voice with bags of personality. Playing age 20 – 25.
  • Maximum height 5'10"

Rumpleteazer (Female)

  • Rumpleteazer is one half of a notorious double act. She is cheeky, irreverent, young and full of energy.
  • An outstanding dancer with acrobatic skills, excellent singing voice with bags of personality. Playing age 20 – 25.
  • Maximum height 5'6"

Skimbleshanks (Male)

  • Skimbleshanks is the railway cat - a fastidious, neat and ordered cat, obsessed with punctuality and cleanliness, yet possessing a big heart and sense of exuberance.
  • An excellent high baritone/tenor with very strong dance skills required. Must have authority and a bright personality. Playing age 25 – 35
  • Maximum height 5'10".

Jennyanydots (Female)

  • Jennyanydots is the 'Gumbie Cat'. Motherly, an Edwardian 'do-gooder'.
  • For this role we require a character actress and soprano singer who must have strong tap dancing skills. Great comedy skills and good movement needed.
  • Playing age 25 - 45

Jemima (Female)

  • Young, curious and loves life.
  • An excellent technical dancer. Must have a beautiful clear youthful soprano with choir boy purity. Has solo vocal lines. Playing age 19 – 23.
  • Maximum height 5'6".

Cassandra/Tantomile/Victoria (Female)

  • Very strong dancers with extensive ballet training, ensemble Mezzo (Cassandra must be at least 5'7" tall)
  • Playing age 20-35

Alonzo/Coricopat/Plato/Macavity (Male)

  • Tall, very strong dancer with classical ballet training, ensemble Baritone (Plato / Macavity should be able to do lifts). Playing age 20-35

Pouncival (Male)

  • Must have strong classical ballet training, confident show Baritone with range to F, should be no taller than 5'7"
  • Playing age 20-32

Tumblebrutus (Male)

  • Acro / Dancer / Singer capable of performing successive back handsprings, aerials and other acrobatic feats, Baritone

Broadway 2016, US Tour 6

Casting Calls for the Broadway revival and 6th US tour:[11][12][13]

Grizabella

  • Female, ages 35-55, All Ethnicities
  • A survivor, but she is vulnerable, and now outcast from the tribe. She was once very glamorous, but with age her beauty is fading. Sings 'Memory'. An exceptional singer/ actress with sensational, powerful vocals needed. Must possess a wide vocal range with rich lower register and dramatic high belt to Eb; principal.

Old Deuteronomy

  • Male, ages 35-55, All Ethnicities
  • The beloved leader of the tribe; a mature actor with a rich legit baritone-G# in addition to a secure lower register; must be able to express authority, dignity, wisdom, and humility, also great warmth and fun; small amount of movement required.

Gus/Bustopher Jones

  • Male, ages 40-50, All Ethnicities
  • Bustopher Jones is a sophisticated and upper class cat, respected by all. Gus is the theatre cat - a fragile old cat who in his dreams becomes a swashbuckling pirate, who fights to his death. A fantastic character actor/ singer with excellent comedic skills to play these two distinct roles. High baritone/tenor to an Ab and additionally a secure lower register; good movement skills needed; principal.

Munkustrap

  • Male, ages 25-35, All Ethnicities
  • The son of Old Deuteronomy, who takes the lead in his absence. Sings "Old Deuteronomy' and "The Pekes and the Pollicles;" must be an excellent baritone singer with a commanding presence; very good movement skills required; ideally over 6'0"+; principal.

Rum Tum Tugger

  • Male, ages 18-35, All Ethnicities
  • A charismatic and anarchic character, notoriously hard to please and sets himself apart from others by trying to be different; always does the opposite of what is expected of him. Rum Tum Tugger is deviously self-centered and relishes in being so; must have strong dance; funk and street styles a plus; principal.

Mistoffelees

  • Male, ages 20-32, All Ethnicities
  • The magician impish, with an expansive personality; must be a phenomenal and exciting principal dancer with outstanding classical technique as well as contemporary and hip hop familiarity. Gymnastic skills and tricks a plus. Good high baritone vocals, ideally under 5' 8"; principal.

Male Ensemble/Swings

  • Male, ages 18+, All Ethnicities
  • Strong singers who dance very well; all vocal types. May understudy principal roles and featured ensemble roles.

Female Ensemble/Swings

  • Female, ages 18+, All Ethnicities
  • Strong singers who dance very well; all vocal types. May understudy principal roles and featured ensemble roles.

Equity Female Ensemble Dancers/Swings

  • Female, ages 18+, All Ethnicities
  • Very strong dancers with an athletic build. Must excel in all styles of dance and be able to sing well. Strong tumbling skills a plus. May understudy principal roles and featured ensemble roles.

Equity Male Ensemble Dancers/Swings

  • Male, ages 18+, All Ethnicities
  • Very strong dancers, athletic build. Must excel in all styles of dance and be able to sing well. Strong tumbling skills a plus. May understudy principal roles and featured ensemble roles.

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Vienna 2019

Casting Call for Vienna 2019:[14]

MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
BASED ON OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF
PRACTICAL CATS BY T. S. ELIOT.
ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY CAMERON MACKINTOSH
AND THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP LIMITED

Rehearsal start: mid of July 2019 Opening night: mid of September 2019 at the RONACHER

For the original production of the hit musical CATS Vereinigte Bühnen Wien are looking for excellent dancers with good vocal ability, acrobats with a high level of dance and very good singers with both good belt and classical voices:

GRIZABELLA

  • The one time star among cats has seen better times. She now lives in the gutter and is despised by the other cats. She is vulnerable, but she is also a survivor. Strong, experienced singer/actress with high belt and star quality. Playing age: 35-55

ALT DEUTERONIMUS

  • The wise, kind and very old leader of the cats. He has authority and dignity. He should radiate understanding and warmth. High Baritone/Tenor (to G sharp). Must be able to move. Playing age: 35-55

MUNKUSTRAP

  • In the absence of Old Deuteronomy he is the leader of the cats. He stands out due to his imposing, energetic and courageous manner and exudes maturity and dignity. Excellent actor/singer (Baritone), who must be able to move well. Playing age: 25-35

RUM TUM TUGGER

  • The rock star. Must have a wild sex appeal – with a sense of humor. Should have a strong, raw rock voice and be able to move well. Playing age: 25-35

GUS / BUSTOPHER JONES

  • Character role. Tenor (range to B flat). Gus: an old and frail theatre cat. Bustopher Jones: a distinguished, aristocratic tomcat. Good living has made him round and plump. Playing age: 40-50

JENNY FLECKENREICH (GUMBIE KATZE)

  • Rather round, with a mothering personality and a sense of humor. Vocally strong, must have very good tap skills. Playing age: 25-40

MR. MISTOFFELEES

  • Excellent dancer/singer (Baritone) with fully-trained ballet background and tap skills. Not too tall. Playing age: 20-30

SKIMBLESHANKS

  • The railway cat, a lover of punctuality and order, he is neat and full of exuberance. Strong singer (high Baritone/Tenor), and very good classical dancer. Playing age: 20-25

JELLYLORUM

  • Practical, affectionate and maternal. Excellent Soprano. Must be able to move. Playing age: 25-35

BOMBALURINA

  • Tall, slinky and very sexy. Sings one half of the Macavity duet. Excellent dancer/singer with a smokey, strong belt. Playing age: 25-30

DEMETER

  • Bombalurina’s best friend, and sings the other half of the Macavity duet. On the one hand neurotic and wild, on the other very intuitive. Excellent dancer/singer. Playing age: 20-30

MUNGOJERRIE and RUMPLETEAZER

  • Male-female duo. Lots of personality, young, full of energy, impudent and cheeky. Strong dancers with acrobatic ability and excellent voices. High Baritone for Mungojerrie and High Belt for Rumpleteazer.

JEMIMA

  • Very good dancer. Young looking and not taller than 165cm. Very good head voice, with clear and youthful tones. Confident to F.

CASSANDRA, TANTOMILE, VICTORIA

  • Strong dancers with good ballet training. Mezzo-Soprano. (Cassandra: minimum height 170cm).

ALONZO, CORICOPAT, MACAVITY

  • Very good dancers. Ensemble Baritone. (Macavity: Pas de deux with good strength in lifts).

CARBUCKETTY

  • Dancer (max. 180cm) with very good classical ballet training. Confident Baritone to F.

BILL BAILEY

  • Acrobat, dancer, singer (Baritone). Must be able to perform a variety of acrobatics, including a series of flicflacs and saltos.

Knowledge of the German language is required as the show will be performed in German.

Non-Replica Productions

Not replicating the direction of the original production, these shows each have their own angle on the characters. While the written music remains the same, the interpretation of the roles can vary according to each Director's vision.

Italian Tour 2009

Casting Calls for Italian Tour 2009.[15][16]

Director: Saverio Marconi

Grisabella (Grizabella):

  • Very accomplished singer with wide dramatic range of vocal timbre, Mezzo with strong belt to E flat. With dance ability.

Jellylora (Jellylorum)/Jennytuttapois (Jennyanydots):

  • singer/dancer. Strong classically trained operatic Soprano capable of a wide range of dramatic timbre, comfortable to high D flat.

Jemima (Jemima):

  • singer/dancer. Soprano with strong head voice, young and pure timbre, to F.

Zampalesta (Rumpleteazer):

  • dancer/singer. Strong Mezzo, belt to D.

Bombalaurina (Bombalurina):

  • dancer/singer. Strong Mezzo, belt to C sharp, with strong acting abilities.

Deuteronomio (Old Deuteronomy):

  • Trained high Baritone with strong classical technique, comfortable to A flat. With dance ability. Stage age 40 years old.

Gus (Asparagus):

  • singer/dancer. Strong classically trained operatic high Baritone to A flat comfortably, capable of wide dramatic range timbre. Ability to play "old aging cat".

Ram Tam Taggher (Rum Tum Tugger):

  • singer/dancer. Strong Rock'n'Roll Baritone with honest gentleness of timbre, low B flat to high B flat in rock style. Falsetto an asset.

Munkostrap (Munkustrap):

  • singer/dancer Strong high Baritone with good dramatic range of timbre between gentle crooning and strong declamation, comfortable to G.

Sghemboexpress (Skimbleshanks)/Mangojerry (Mungojerrie):

  • dancer/singer. Strong high Baritone with clean light timbre to G.

We are also looking for:
Acrobats or free runners.


White Plains Performing Arts Center - US Regional 2011

Casting Call for 2011 regional US production:[17]

Director: Jeremy Quinn

New York – Auditions for 'Cats'
White Plains – Auditions will be held at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, New York. All performers must be 18 or older.
Union and non-union performers – Casting triple threats – singers who can dance and act.
"Because of the short, intense rehearsal schedule, we are seeking real triple-threats – strong dancer/singer/actors, especially those who have done the show before. There are also roles available FOR STRONG SINGERS with minimal to no dance required.
OPEN Auditions are by appointment only
Monday, 10/17/11, 6-10 PM at WPPAC.
Please see below on how to get an audition time slot.
All roles including chorus are available, including the following roles:

Alonzo:

  • Male. Strong, sensual tomcat. Seeking tall, excellent dancer who sings. Good with lifts.

Bombalurina:

  • Female. Sexy, brassy. Seeking tall, woman with great body. Strong belt, low G to mid-range C#. Sings "Macavity". Must dance well. Triple threat.

Bustopher Jones / Gus / Growltiger:

  • Male. "Opera, Theatrical Cat." Strong tenor. Two-octave range to Bb. Transforms from elderly to young actor/opera singer in his prime. Must have strong comedic timing. Dance minimal.

Cassandra:

  • Female. "The striking Abyssinian" or "Siamese cat." Long, sleek and proud. Excellent dancer with beautiful, lithe body. Tall.

Coricopat:

  • Male. Tantomile's male twin. Part for an excellent dancer who sings.

Demeter:

  • Female. Average to tall. Sexy with great body. Sings "Macavity" with Bombalurina. Strong belt, low G to mid-range C. Excellent dancer. True triple threat.

Grizabella:

  • Female. "The Glamour Cat." Actress should be able to play 40s, but all age ranges are encouraged to audition. Sings "Memory." Excellent voice. Strong belt, low F# to Eb. Strong actress. Must be able to move well.

Jellylorum / Griddlebone:

  • Female, 20s-40s.The "Opera Cat." Legit soprano, low B to high C. Must move well.

Jennyanydots:

  • Female, 30s-40s. "The Gumbie Cat." Part for a character actress who taps and moves well. All body types. Low G to mid-range C#.

Mistoffelees:

  • Male. "The Magical, Conjuring Cat." Short to average height. Young and playful. Role for an outstanding dancer with strong ballet. Must have excellent, solid turns.

Mungojerrie:

  • Male. Lovable juvenile delinquent. Role for an excellent dancer/singer (tenor) with lots of energy. Physical comedy a plus. Triple threat.

Munkustrap:

  • Male. Narrator. Role for a strapping man with good body and commanding presence. Average height to tall. Baritone with two-octave range up to G. Must move well. Dance a plus.

Old Deuteronomy:

  • Male. Regal. Gentle, large, robust. Strong baritone with range to G. Dance minimal to none.

Plato / Macavity:

  • Male. Strong, Sexy athletic. Tall and strapping. Performer must be able to play the villain (Macavity). Excellent dancer who is good with lifts. Tumbling a plus.

Pouncival:

  • Male. The innocent but playful young male kitten. Short. Excellent dancer.

Rum Tum Tugger:

  • Male. "Rock 'n' roll" cat. All types from young Elvis to David Lee Roth to Freddy Mercury etc. Must move well. Bring a rock song to audition.

Rumpleteazer:

  • Female. Mungojerrie's partner in crime. Short and spunky. Part for an excellent dancer/singer with lots of energy. Acrobatics a plus, but not necessary. Triple threat.

Sillabub:

  • Female. The innocent young female kitten. Childlike. Part for a petite dancer/singer. Must sing well. Should have a pure innocent vocal quality. Sings part of "Memory."

Skimbleshanks:

  • Male. "The Railway Cat." Part for a quirky character actor plus singer/dancer. Physical comedy a plus. Tenor. Triple threat.

Tantomile:

  • Female. Coricopat's female twin. Part for an excellent dancer who sings.

Tumblebrutus:

  • Male. Average to short in height. Part for an excellent dancer who sings. Great lifter and tumbler.

Victoria:

  • Female. "The White Cat." Part for an outstanding, petite dancer with excellent ballet training and strong/high extension. Should be able to play a combination of young and sexy. Singing a plus, but not necessary.

Theatre's statement: "NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. ALL ETHNIC TYPES WELCOME."

Company: White Plains Performing Arts Center

San Diego / La Mirada Theatre - US Regionals 2014

Casting Calls for various 2014 US regional productions:[18][19][20] Almost identical wording used for multiple production audition calls.

San Diego Musical Theatre Director: James Vasquez

La Mirada Theatre Director: Dana Solimando

Principals

Bombalurina

  • Female 25-45. "The Bombshell". Strong high belt. Sings "Macavity". Must dance well. Triple threat.

Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger

  • Male all age ranges. "Opera, Theatrical Cat". Strong tenor, two-octave range to B flat. Transforms from elderly to young actor/opera singer in his prime. Dance minimal.

Demeter

  • Female 18-40. Sings "Macavity" with Bombalurina. Strong high belt. Average to tall. Excellent dancer. Triple threat.

Grizabella

  • PRE CAST / "The Glamour Cat". Sings "Memory". Strong Belt up to E flat. Should be able to play 40's but all age ranges are encouraged to audition. Dance not necessary, but must move.

Jellylorum/Griddlebone

  • Female 20-50. The "Opera Cat". Wide range soprano, low G# to High C. Dance a plus, but not necessary. Must move well. Age range 20's-40's.

Jennyanydots

  • Female 25-50. "The Gumby Cat". Character actress who taps & moves well. All body types, 30's-40's. Soprano.

Munkastrap

  • Male 25-40. "Narrator". Commanding presence. Average height to tall. Baritone with two octave range up to G. Must move well. Dance a plus.

Old Deuteronomy

  • Male 35-55. Regal, gentle, large, robust man. Strong Baritone with a two octave range up to G. Dance minimal to none.

Rum Tum Tugger

  • Male 25-35. "Rock n Roll" cat. All types from young Elvis to David Lee Roth to Freddy Mercury etc... Must move well. Bring Rock song to audition.

Skimbleshanks

  • Male 25-35. "The Railway Cat" Quirky character actor plus singer/dancer. Physical comedy a plus. Tenor. Triple threat.
Ensemble

MALE & FEMALE DANCERS WHO SING

Alonzo

  • Male 18-35. Strong, sensual Tomcat. Tall, excellent dancer who sings. Good with lifts.

Cassandra

  • Female 18-35. "The striking Abyssinian" or "Siamese Cat". Long, sleek & proud. Excellent dancer with beautiful lithe body. Tall. Singing a plus but not necessary.

Coricopat

  • Male 18-30. Tantomile's Twin. Excellent dancer who sings.

Mistoffelees

  • Male 18-35. "The Magical, Conjuring Cat". Outstanding male dancer with strong ballet. Must have excellent solid turns. Short to average height. Young & playful. Singing a plus but not necessary.

Mungojerrie

  • Male 18-30. Lovable juvenile delinquent. Excellent dancer/singer with lots of energy. Physical comedy a plus. Triple threat.

Plato/Macavity

  • Male 20-35. Tall, strong, sexy & athletic. Able to play the villain (Macavity). Excellent dancer who is good with lifts. Tumbling a plus.

Pouncival

  • Male 18-30. The innocent but playful young kitten. Short, excellent dancer. Understudy to Mistoffelees.

Rumpleteazer

  • Female 18-30. Mungojerrie's partner in crime. Excellent dancer/singer with lots of energy. Short & spunky. Belt. Acro a plus but not necessary. Triple threat.

Sillabub

  • Female 18-25. Precious young female kitten. Petite dancer/singer. Soprano. Should have a pure, innocent (childlike) vocal quality.

Tantomile

  • Female 18-35. Coricopat's Twin. Excellent dancer who sings.

Tumblebrutus

  • Male 18-35. Excellent male dancer who sings. Great lifter & tumbler. Average to short in height.

Victoria

  • Female 18-30. "The White Cat" Outstanding, petite female dancer with excellent ballet & strong/high développé. Should be able to play a combination of young & sexy. Singing a plus but not necessary.

References

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  3. Open Casting Call for "Cats" (2011), auditionsfree.com
  4. CATS - Auditions for Germany Tour (2012), uk.music-jobs.com
  5. 《猫》中文版主创,演员及技术团队招募通知 (2012), Shanghai Theatre Academy
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  7. Cats Auditions (2014), backstage.com
  8. Featured Show Cats (2020), royalcaribbeanentertainment.com
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  10. AUDITIONS for the French language production of CATS (2015), musical.it
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  12. 'Cats,' Singers EPA, backstage.com, January 2020
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  14. CATS Audition 2019, Vereinigte Bühnen Wien.
  15. CATS Audizioni ENG (2009), musical.it
  16. Performer and Acrobats for CATS till Audition till CATS i Italien (ja) (2009), sv.stagepool.com
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  18. 'Cats' - McCoy Rigby Entertainment, backstage.com, February 2014 (expired link).
  19. CATS - San Diego Musical Theatre Auditions, broadwayworld.com, December 30, 2013.
  20. CATS - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Auditions, broadwayworld.com, January 15, 2014.
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