Auditions for Once On This Island, Jr.

once-on-this-island-junior-colorSPARC will hold auditions for a July touring production of Once On This Island, Jr. February 28 at the SPARC Center located at 2106 N. Hamilton Street in Richmond.


Auditions are open to student actors ages 10-17.  Once On This Island Jr., performed by SPARC’s SummerStarz Touring Ensemble, is the culmination of a 6-week intensive training and performance program.  If cast in the production, tuition is required for participation in the program, however some scholarship assistance is available.


Once On This Island, Jr. is the one-act version of a highly original and theatrical adaptation of the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, written by Hans Christian Andersen.  It explores the themes of love, diversity, prejudice and the strength of the human spirit.  With its poignant story and catchy pop and Caribbean-flavored score by the song writers of the musicals Seussical and Ragtime, Once on This Island, Jr. has been called a “. . . multi-culturalcultural feast for the heart, mind and soul.”


Those auditioning should prepare 16 measures of an up-tempo Broadway, or contemporary song. Auditions will be held from 2 pm – 5 pm on Saturday, February 28. Auditionees should plan to arrive at 1:30 pm to register. 


Once On This Island, Jr. requires a multi-cultural cast.  Young people of all ethnicities and cultures are encouraged to audition.


A group of twenty-eight students, led by director Debra Clinton and musical director Jason Marks will rehearse the show for five weeks, beginning June 15 and then present free “family-friendly” performances at eight venues throughout the Richmond community during the week of July 20.


Interested auditionees may also visit SPARC’s web site at or call the office at 804-353-3393 for further information.

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One Comment on “Auditions for Once On This Island, Jr.”

  1. Jerry Samford Says:

    Congrats on establishing the SPARC BLOG! Ushers in a new era in commincation with our constituents!

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