Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Frog

Frog is a friendly, confidant, positive and caring character. This leading role requires a strong actor and singer. He should always seem comfortable solving Toad's problems and reacting to Toad's traumas. When auditioning, mix and match your Frog and Toad hopefuls into different pairs and determine the best chemistry.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Toad

Toad is serious, irritable, self-conscious yet an oddly charismatic character. The friendship that he shares with Frog must appear loyal through and through. This role requires a good actor and singer and should be one of your stronger students. Auditioning several pairs of Frogs and Toads will enable you to cast actors that can have fun with this "tight yet quirky" friendship.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Turtle

Turtle is a "rabble-rouser" and loves to get the whole gang to tease Toad in fun! This actor should be a strong singer and be able to be a comedian at the same time. He (or she) only has a solo in one number. Audition this student along with Mouse and Lizard to achieve a good trio for "Getta Loada Toad". There are solo singing lines for this role.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Mouse

Mouse is always able to ask all the right questions like a talk-show host. Mouse, like Turtle, is full of fun and they should have a good chemistry because of their call/response dialogue and song. This could be a good place to use a smaller child that can perform with mouse like qualities.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Lizard

Lizard is definitely the most confused of the Turtle, Mouse, Lizard trio, but eventually joins in the fun. He (or she) should be able to confidently sing the short solo and be a strong addition to the ensemble as an actor and singer.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Snails
The Snails are simply unflappable. They will deliver without fail "in the rain or sleet or snow." Cast actors that can deliver their songs with personality, confidence and musical accuracy. They have few spoken lines but their singing entrances are the comedic relief of the show.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Birds

The Birds communicate the passage of time (seasons) and set the stage for the story to follow. This is a great opportunity to cast children that have a good sense of musical timing and can sell their songs like cabaret singers! Have visual fun with your "bird family" and cast all size actors. Enjoy the "diva moments!"

Gender: any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Moles

The Moles should have expressive faces to convey the excitement in Down The Hill as well as sincerity in their angelic solo Merry Almost Christmas. The Moles should be singers more than actors as their lines are few. A good choral blend sets them apart!

Gender: any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Squirrels

The Squirrels are full of mischief and the actors should be comfortable moving, talking and singing with squirrel like qualities. Cast actors that have good diction, as their soft shoe rendition of "He'll Never Know" is wordy and quick. Play up the wonderful contrast between the Squirrels and Frog and Toad in this ballad!

Gender: any
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3