By John Glore
Based on the Novel by Kate DiCamillo
Directed by Paul R. Coate

Performance & Rehearsal Information

Production run: February 14–23, 2020

(NOTE: The run of this show includes school day matinees for students.)

First rehearsal tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 16.

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Open Call Auditions

Monday, September 16, 5:30–9:00 pm
Tuesday, September 17, 5:30–9:00 pm

Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time; final registration accepted 15 minutes before the end of auditions.

Callback Auditions

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Exact times to be determined by artistic staff after the completion of open call auditions.

Show Description

Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After a near-death experience with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and soon discovers he has been reborn as a superhero, with powers of strength, flight, and the ability to type poetry on Flora’s mother’s typewriter! Together, they embark on an unpredictable adventure, which has the power to awaken the possibility of hope--even for someone as cynical as Flora.

Based on the 2014 Newbery Medal winner by best-selling author Kate DiCamillo, this laugh-out-loud play is bursting with heart and filled with eccentric and endearing characters sure to delight the entire family. 

Audition Preparation

For the initial audition, please prepare a 1 to 2 minute comedic contemporary monologue. Callbacks will consist of sides from the script.

The director will be looking for strong character actors who can make big, bold physical and vocal choices, in addition to actors with puppetry experience.

Lyric Arts’ standard audition form and a potential rehearsal schedule are downloadable for your convenience.

Character Descriptions 

FLORA BUCKMAN: A ten-year-old girl, cynical, strong-willed, feisty, powerful

ULYSSES: A squirrel (voiced-in-third-person and puppeteered by an actor)

TOOTIE TICKHAM: Her kind, quirky, middle-aged neighbor

DONALD TICKHAM: Tootie’s husband, an off-stage voice

WILLIAM SPIVER: An eleven-year-old boy, towheaded and small for his age, analytical and book-smart

PHYLLIS BUCKMAN: Flora’s troubled, divorced mother

GEORGE BUCKMAN: Flora’s troubled, divorced father

DR. MEESCHAM: A sage, elderly woman

ALFRED T. SLIPPER: aka The Amazing Incandesto- a super-hero

RITA: Gum-chewing, rough-around-the-edges waitress at Do-Nut World

ERNIE: Fry cook at Do-Nut World

MR. KLAUS: A menacing cat (puppeteered by an actor)

Adults and young people aged 13 and up are invited to audition for Flora and William.

Notes on Character Doubling: 

  • Rita and Tootie will be played by the same actor

  • George and Alfred T. Slipper will be played by the same actor

  • Donald, Ernie, and Mr. Klaus MAY be played by the same actor, or by actors also playing other roles listed above

Additional Information

  • $240 stipend paid to actors aged 18 or older.

  • All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.

  • Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.

  • Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.

  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)

  • Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.

  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.