Made possible in partnership with 
John P. Cadle Foundation
Danville School District 118

Children’s Musical

July 12, 2024 at 7:00pm
July 13 & 14 at 2:00pm

Danville High School’s “Dick Van Dyke Auditorium”

Directed by Bailey Thompson
Music Directed by Tyler Thompson Choreographed by Allie Cox & Aidan Cox

Ticket information
Adult: $10
Student: $5
Children age 5 and under: FREE

Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Book Adapted by Lindsay Anderson
Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by Myrna Conn
Based on the 2003 Disney / Pixar film Finding Nemo written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds and directed by Andrew Stanton

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.

This musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo features new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the team behind Frozen).

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Audition Information

  • Who: Kids ages 7-14 – no experience required
  • When: May 18, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. May 19, 2-6pm.
  • Where: DLO’s Backstage in downtown Danville
  • Prepare: Choose a song (does not have to be from this show) that best demonstrates your vocal ability. Bring sheet music or an audio track.
  • What to Expect:
    • You will sing only about 40-60 seconds of your prepared song. Please have your mobile device ready to play your preferred karaoke track. Tracks can be found from YouTube, Music Notes, Karaoke Fun, etc. We may cut you off early. If we do, we promise it’s not because we don’t like you. We’re just moving things along quickly so that we can get to everyone. Please contact us if you have any issues with finding a karaoke track.
    • You may be asked to sing scales so we can assess your range.
    • All individuals in the same sign up group will be auditioning together.
    • You will read scenes from the script, either alone or with other auditionees.
    • All auditionees will have a dance call. Make sure you bring/wear comfortable shoes for your dance audition.
    • Individuals auditioning for dance ensemble ONLY will only need to attend the dance portion of the auditions. Those same individuals will only need to learn the dance ensemble choreography from the videos linked above, specifically buttons 1 and 2.
    • Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory.  Rehearsals will be Saturday afternoons, and Monday and Wednesday evenings. Come to auditions with a list of any conflicts between now and July 14. Put all this information on your audition form.
    • Most of all, enjoy yourself and let your personality shine through. This is about fun and community!


  • 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.

    Vocal range: C4-D5

  • 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.
    Vocal range: C4-Eb5

  • 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.
    Vocal range: B3-F5

  • Coral: A loving mother-to-be clownfish, married to Marlin, who will stop at nothing to protect her eggs. Part of the Sea Chorus or other ensemble group for the rest of the show.

  • 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. 

  • Reef Kids: Nemo’s classmates. Roles include:

    • 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: Roles include: 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Chum and Anchor: Two of Bruce’s shark friends, try to live vegetarian lifestyles but are eventually forced to restrain an out-of- control Bruce from eating innocent fish. 

  • 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.

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

    • Gill: 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 Kids: Righteously mellow creatures featured in “Go With the Flow.” Roles include: Crush, Squirt, Kai, and Breeze.

  • Crush: A 150-year-old sea turtle who knows how to hang loose, teaches Marlin a thing or two about being a good parent.