Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.

PRESENTED AT THE BATTELL CENTER (Auditions at South Bend Civic Theatre, rehearsals at Battell Center)

904 N Main St, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Book adapted by Lindsay Anderson
Music and Orchestrations Arranged and Adapted by Myrna Conn

DIRECTOR: Amelia Claeys

*This is a youth production. Auditions are open to youth grades 2-12.


Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by 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.


Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through front doors off Main Street





MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (6:00-9:00 PM)

South Bend Civic Theatre
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601




Rehearsals begin September 16.

Depending on cast availability and conflicts (we are willing to work with conflicts) rehearsals will take place:

MONDAY-THURSDAY 6:00pm-8:00pm and possible Saturdays if needed closer to performance dates. 

Tech week is November 11-14 from 6:00-8:00PM


Friday, November 15 (7:30PM)

Saturday, November 16 (2:00PM & 7:30PM)

Monday, November 18 (School Shows 10:30AM & 12:30PM)

Tuesday, November 19 (School Shows 10:30AM & 12:30PM)

Thursday, November 21 (7:30PM)

Friday, November 22 (7:30PM)

Saturday, November 23 (2:00 & 7:30PM)


    What To Prepare

    Audition Requirements:
    NO PREPARATION NECESSARY. You will learn a song and should come prepared to move. You also may be asked to perform a side while using a puppet. Sides will be available through the website one month prior to auditions.

    An email will be sent Tuesday night listing the actors needed for callbacks on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th. 


    Additional Information

    Auditions are open to members of the community aged eight years and above.

    Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through main doors off Main Street


    *Many characters in the show will be performed by actors operating puppets
    A curious young clownfish, born with a “lucky fin,”  who brims with a sense of wonder and eagerness for adventure.
    Gender: Any
    Nemo’s anxious and overprotective father, a clownfish who prefers the safety prefers the safety of his anemone to the frightening unknowns of the open ocean.
    Gender: Male
    An optimistic, bubbly, and sociable blue tang who experiences frequent short-term memory loss.
    Gender: Female
    A loving mother-to-be clownfish, married to Marlin, who will stop at nothing to protect her eggs.
    Gender: Female
    Sea Chorus
    An assortment of ocean creatures that Marlin and Dory interact with on their journey, including Angelfish, Damselfish, Barracuda, Moonfish 1-6, Jellyfish, Sea Turtles, Grouper, Lobsters (1 & 2), Octopuses (1 & 2), Electric Eels (1 & 2), & Seahorses (1 & 2), seagulls, and the sea turtles, a righteously chill group, including KAI, BREEZE, and sea turtles kids.
    Gender: Any
    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.
    Gender: Any
    Reef Parents
    Roles include: Sheldon’s Parent, Pearl’s Parent, and Tad’s Parent
    Gender: Any
    Professor Ray
    A stingray and Nemo’s enthusiastic, encyclopedic teacher who takes pride in sharing the curiosities and marvels of the world with the class and encourages every student to be a brave explorer.
    Gender: Any
    Scuba Mask Dancer
    A performer responsible for floating the diver’s mask through the water whenever it appears onstage.
    Gender: Any
    The intimidating ringleader of the sharks who is dedicated to adopting a vegetarian diet.
    Gender: Any
    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.
    Gender: Any
    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.
    Gender: Any
    A friendly yellow tang who is captivated by bubbles and exclusively uses the word “bubbles” to communicate. Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean.
    Gender: Any
    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.
    Gender: Any
    A nervous royal gramma fish, and part of the “Tank Gang,” who enjoys the regulated cleanliness of the aquarium tank.
    Gender: Any
    A mature and down-to-earth starfish, offers guidance and reassurance to all those who need it. Part of the “Tank Gang.”
    Gender: Any
    The relentless and inspiring leader of the “Tank Gang” who will stop at nothing to return to the freedom of the ocean. Gill is the first fish Nemo has ever met with a similar “fin difference,” quickly becoming a mentor and inspiration for the young clownfish.
    Gender: Any
    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.
    Gender: Any
    A pesky group of birds who persistently try to snatch an unlucky VACATIONER’s snack on the boardwalk.
    Gender: Any
    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. Look for a strong singer who can confidently belt “Go With the Flow” to make it a truly radical jam.
    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”.
    Gender: Any

    Amelia Claeys