AUDITIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS STORY
ARTS is holding auditions for their upcoming production of A Christmas Story, the Musical, based on the memoir of Jean Sheperd and the classic movie of the same title. Music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) with book by Joseph Rubinette. A Christmas Story is directed by Will Shupe, with musical direction by Matt Park and choreography by Becky Castells.
Audition Location and Time
Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 between 6:30-10:00pm at ARTS Cultural Enrichment Center located at 2956 School St., Simi Valley CA 93065 on the corner of School St. and Deodora. (Children will be seen in the earlier time slots, between 6:30-7:30pm). This is a singing audition only, and will require those auditioning to bring a head shot and resume if available, and 16-32 bars of sheet music from a Broadway musical of a similar genre, or by the same composers. Note: Children auditioning must have a prerequisite of stage experience and be able to sing and dance. Tap dance is a plus. Adults auditioning must be able to sing and move well (with the exception of the narrator, which is a non-singing role).
All roles are open and include:
Late 40s to early 50s. Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw an audience in to the world of the play. Radio personality. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Midwestern. This is a non-singing role.
THE OLD MAN:
Late 30s-40s High Baritone or tenor to a high G.He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He's not the perfect father by any means - he is happiest when he's tinkering in the basement. He usually expects the worst, but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids.
Mezzo-Soprano low G to high Db. She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern - a kind of every-mom. VOICE: contemporary mezzo with a strong mix, sings.
9-12 years. High belter, low F# to high D. A regular kid - cute but not overly handsome, not precious. He wouldn't be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn't stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; the boy next door. Ralphie above all is a dreamer. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show. tap dance is a big plus
8-11 years. igh belter, low F# to high C#. Ralphie's younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie, but won't admit it. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage, cute, cuddly, & whiny but not a brat. Must be able to tap.
Mid 20's - 40's. She is Ralphie's elementary school teacher. Perhaps a little boring looking at first - ah but underneath! Great with comedy. Character woman. An actress with a flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway - a belter. Great mover and a strong tapper.
12-14 years. The classic bully; tough, perhaps taller than the other kids; there's nothing about him you want to like. He's that kid you always made sure to avoid in school. Gruff character voice. Must be able to tap.
8-12 years. Farcus' toady. Smaller
30s to 60s. Tenor. Ill-tempered, inebriated, unhappy with his job.
TAP SPECIALTY BOY/GIRL:
8-14 years. Strong tap dancer - performs a featured tap solo.
ADDITIONAL CHILDREN'S ROLES:
Ages 10-14. Schwartz, Flick, Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, Goggles Kid, Can-Can Girls ,Can-Can Girlfriend, Waiter's Daughter, Kid Ensemble
18-60. Some strong dancers needed.
Elves, Delivery Men, Townspeople (Men and Women), Prairie Ensemble, Villain, Bank Robbers, Escaped Prisoner, Mrs. Schwartz, Flick's Mom, Nancy's Mother, Bartender, Policeman, Fireman, Doctor, Nurse, Waiter
Callbacks are by invitation only and will be held on Saturday, September 23 at the same location, from 10:00am-2:00pm, and will include dance, cold readings and singing from the score. All those auditioning are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the show and characters prior to coming to audition. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Note: if you cannot make your appointment please have the courtesy to cancel so that we might reschedule your appontment time.