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Finding Nemo Jr.

Directed & Choreographed by Kelsey Sullivan

Assistant Directed & Choreographed by Julia Murphy 

Musical Directed by Fiona Bryson

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by Frozen’s award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 


Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.


Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure. 


Who? Performers currently in Grades 2-4 (30 spots available!)

When? Audition Workshop (Optional): Wednesday, Aug. 30th - 4:45-5:30 pm at Center Stage

Auditions: Wednesday, September 6th - 4:30-6:30 pm (Time slots selection below.)

Callbacks (If needed): Sunday, September 10th - 4:30-6:00 pm (Director will send schedule after auditions.)

Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm AND Sundays, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Rehearsals begin on Monday, 9/11. Full Cast is called to all rehearsals; schedule will be distributed at Parent Meeting/First Rehearsal on 9/11.

Important Dates: 

Tech Week (Mandatory) - 10/23, 10/24, 10/25 & 10/26 - 5:00-7:00 pm

Performances (Mandatory) - 10/27 & 10/28 - Times TBD, three shows in all.


Registration and payment MUST be made via Class Bug, PRIOR to selecting an audition time slot. Registration fee ($150) is to participate in the program. Please update your ClassBug account to reflect you and your child’s most up-to-date information. 

Registration and Payment: 

Audition Time Slots: 

Participant/Parent Information Form: 

Participants should plan to sing one-minute of a musical theatre or Finding Nemo JR. song of their choice. 


Finding Nemo JR. Soundtrack Playlist: 

Finding Nemo Jr. Lyrics - YouTube

(This is not ALL songs on the soundtrack. Others can be found by searching on YouTube.)


Character Descriptions:

Nemo: A curious young clownfish who brims with excitement to explore the wonders that lie beyond the Great Barrier Reef. Born with a “lucky fin” – or what humans would call a limb difference. Nemo quickly learns that the world possesses incredible dangers in addition to the promise of big adventures. By making new friends, finding strength within, and practicing teamwork, Nemo transforms into a capable and brave leader, able to self-advocate and take on challenges big and small. 


Marlin: An anxious clownfish and Nemo’s overprotective father, who, after the tragic death of his wife Coral, prefers the safety of his anemone to the frightening unknowns of the open ocean. Forced to travel across the sea in search of Nemo, Marlin develops the courage to face the unpredictable ocean and the wisdom to trust others – including his own kid.


Dory: An optimistic and bubbly blue tang, experiences frequent short-term memory loss and finds herself wandering through the ocean with no place to call home. Sparking friendships with whomever she meets, Dory immediately offers to help Marlin find his lost child, and the two set out on an adventurous journey through the ocean. Along the way, Dory’s kindness and bright spirit ease Marlin’s fears, and the unlikely duo finds comfort and family in each other.


Coral: A loving mother-to-be clownfish, married to Marlin, who will stop at nothing to protect her eggs.


Sea Chorus: Functions as the general ensemble, creating the environment of the play and becoming the characters that Marlin and Dory interact with on their journey to Sydney. They will also help with the transitions from the Ocean to the Aquarium Tank. Roles include: Angelfish, Damselfish, Barracuda, Moonfish (1-6), Jellyfish, Sea Turtles, Grouper, Lobsters (1 & 2), Octopuses (1 & 2), Electric Eels (1 & 2), & Seahorses (1 & 2).


Reef Kids: Nemo's classmates. Pearl, a friendly flapjack octopus who is, quick to befriend Nemo. Sheldon, an H2O-intolerant seahorse with an appetite for trouble who taunts Nemo to swim beyond the reef. Tad, a self-admittedly obnoxious butterflyfish who joins Sheldon in encouraging Nemo to swim past the Drop-Off.


Reef Parents: Sheldon’s Parent, Pearl’s Parent, and Tad’s Parent


Professor Ray: A stingray and Nemo’s enthusiastic teacher, takes pride in sharing the curiosities and marvels of the world with the class and encourages every student to be a brave explorer. Cast a performer with excellent diction to handle the large scientific words in this professor’s advanced vocabulary.


Scuba Mask Dancer: A performer responsible for floating the diver’s mask through the water whenever it appears onstage.


Bruce: An intimidating great white shark, is the sharks’ ringleader. Despite Bruce’s best efforts to adopt a vegetarian diet, Bruce loses control and is sent into a frenzy, threatening to devour every fish in sight. Part of the Sharks.


Chum & Anchor: Two of Bruce’s shark friends; they try to live vegetarian lifestyles but are eventually forced to restrain an out-of-control Bruce from eating innocent fish. Part of The Sharks.


Fish “Friends”: Forced to attend the sharks’ party but aren’t quite so convinced that their hosts will be satisfied with a kelp-only diet.


Bubbles: Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A yellow tang who is captivated by bubbles, is the first to welcome Nemo to the tank. This friendly fish exclusively uses the word “bubbles” to communicate.

Bloat: Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. An open-minded and supportive blowfish, is proud to be part of the Tank Gang family and helps keep everyone’s spirits up, even when things seem bleak.


Gurgle: Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. Frightened of strangers and the germs they carry with them, is a royal gramma who enjoys the safety and regulated cleanliness of the tank.


Peach: Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A mature and down-to-earth starfish, offers guidance and reassurance to all those who need it.


Gill: Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A relentless and inspiring leader who will stop at nothing to return to the freedom of the ocean. This Moorish idol fish believes in the Tank Gang and concocts countless plans to bust them out of the aquarium. Gill is the first fish Nemo has ever met with a similar “fin difference,” quickly becoming a mentor and inspiration for the young clownfish.


Nigel: A sharp-eyed pelican, Nigel is the Tank Gang’s feathered friend and only connection to the outside world. This bird is someone you can count on to know all the latest news on the happenings of Sydney Harbour.


Seagulls: Are a pesky group of birds who persistently try to snatch an unlucky vacationer's snack on the boardwalk.

Sea Turtles & Sea Turtle’s Kids: Righteously mellow creatures featured in “Go With the Flow” - Crush, Squirt, Kai & Beeze. Crush, a 150-year-old sea turtle who knows how to hang loose, teaches Marlin a thing or two about being a good parent. Squirt, offspring of Crush, fearlessly twirls through turbulent waters of the ocean and enjoys trying out cool new moves in the high-speed EAC. Kai and Breeze each have individual singing solos in “Go With the Flow”.

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