Getting to Know the Characters

Character Breakdown

Main Roles

The Cat In The Hat

The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Look for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat does not need to be your strongest singer, but should still have good rhythm and timing.

Gender: either
Solos? Yes, but never a whole song on their own.

Jojo

Jojo is a “Thinker”, a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. He should be one of your stronger singers.

Gender: both (can have a girl playing a boy)
Solos? Yes, must be a strong singer

Horton The Elephant

Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes – he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.

Gender: male
Solos? Yes, several, must be a strong singer

Gertrude Mcfuzz

Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn’t perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up.

Gender: female
Solos? Yes, several, must be a strong singer

Mayzie La Bird

Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn’t all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity-she realizes she isn’t the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.

Gender: female
Solos? Yes, several, must be a strong singer

Minor Lead Roles

Sour Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo isn’t really sour at all. She’s just got a lot of attitude. She’s loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.

Gender: female
Solos? Yes, several, but never her own song.

The Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They’re simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others’ expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona.

Gender: male (can have girls play boys)
Solos? Yes, but short

Bird Girls

The “bird girls” play back up to Mayzie and Gertrude’s escapades! They sing and dance and help to narrate this very complicated storyline!

Gender: female
Solos? Potentially, but a lot of singing and dancing

Mr. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Gender: male
Solos? Yes, duet with Mrs. Mayor

Mrs. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Gender: female
Solos? Yes, duet with Mr. Mayor

Ensemble Roles

The Whos

The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don’t think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Encourage everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character.

Gender: both
Solos? No.

Jungle Creatures

The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters.

Gender: both
Solos? No.

 

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