Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater Announces Auditions for Spring/Summer Tours

Winner of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, Grumbling Gryphons is seeking performers for 2018 spring and summer tours. 

Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater, Connecticut’s award winning educational theater company now celebrating 38 years of touring schools, museums, libraries, theaters currently casting The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea, Performances begin mid- April through early June. Looking for actors who sing, move well and help lead pre-performance drama workshops. Also seeking general company members for 2018/2019. Other touring shows include:  Anansi-The Trickster Spider: A West African Folktale, Native American Trickster Tales and The Myth of Persephone: A Family Friendly Greek Drama!  Known for its weave of music, masks, myth and highly participatory approach, Grumbling Gryphons received the Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, performing environmental and multicultural productions in schools, theaters, museums, and major festivals. Seeking—male and female dedicated, energetic, comedic, versatile actors of diverse backgrounds who can sing and help lead pre-performance workshops for children and teens in drama, movement, music and art. Looking for a drama and music counselor for 8-day theater camp intensive.  Experience in teaching children a definite plus. Flexible schedule required. Rehearsals in West Cornwall, CT.

Auditions will be held in March by appointment only. Please send pix & résumés to with letter of intent to Leslie Elias- Artistic Director. References required. For more info, visit Competitive salary provided for performances and rehearsals. Transportation costs reimbursed. Rehearsals begin late March.


The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea

 Actors play Multiple Roles in musical

Roles include:

King Neptune- majestic narrator

Marina-young teen, brave and vulnerable

Seagull -damaged bird who sings the blues

Sludge: Rapping Garbage Monster

Dolphin hero- courageous, loyal

The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea premiered in 1990 as part of an environmental expo-The Visit of the Mimi” held at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT., which thousands of school children attended. With the invaluable input by marine biologist Barbara Whitman and other environmental educators, Leslie Elias created a play that has served as a powerful vehicle for promoting awareness of our planet’s rapidly depleting oceans and endangered marine life. Since 1990 the show has toured the United States, receiving rave reviews for it’s beautiful artistry and timely message. Sixty of the ocean costumes were featured in New York City’s 25th Anniversary of Earth Day.  In Florida, The Grumbling Gryphons were instrumental in helping to get Amendment Three passed, which enforced the banning of net fishing. The Ghost Net was chosen to be the kickoff event for New England’s Coast Weeks as part of National Beach Cleanup Campaign. Says David Brown of Miami, “As an environmental educator for the past sixteen years and a marine science instructor for the past nine, I have not been able to find a program of comparable quality.”

In a school performance of The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea a principal may don a special “Trash-Robe” and join the oldest students who wear original trash outfits in the musical/dance number called the “Slimy Sludge Rap.”  The music teacher joins other students in a calypso melody called The Coral Reef Calypso where the stage is transformed into a dazzling ocean filled with students dancing and singing as beautiful tropical fish. Still other students take on the dramatic roles of skeleton fish, entrapped in the deadly ghost net, which to this day is a major deathtrap for whales, dolphins and various sea creatures. The younger students play the parts of manatees, clams, minnows, electric eels and more. At the end of the show, all the children join in the final song, “Stop the War on the Sea” and help pull out the ghost net, working together to rid the ocean of this menace. Other Grumbling Gryphons’ productions focus on multi-cultural awareness, integrating authentic melodies, masks, costumes and language from that culture.

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