Audition Notice

We will be holding open auditions for our Christmas show,

A Christmas Story, the Musical.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018
KIDS: 5:00 - 7:30 P.M.
ADULTS: 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.

 RIVERBANK THEATRE - 358 S. WATER STREET, MARINE CITY 48039

 
 
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a Christmas story audition requirements

Kids 5:00-7:30 (Grades 3-8 please!)
Come with a current photo and tap shoes. Fill out the audition form when you arrive. Vocal and dance combinations will be taught at the audition. Some may be asked to sing and read from the script.

Adults 7:30-9:30 (all ages)
Prepare a 32 bar vocal selection.
Bring headshot and resume and sheet music clearly marked. Must sing with accompanist (no a capella or tracks). You may be asked to cold read or learn a vocal selection from the script.
 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The production runs November 16 - December 22 for a total of 18 performances at Riverbank Theatre. Rehearsals are typically 3-4 times per week up to 6 weeks prior to the production. We strive to use your time wisely and will only require you to be at rehearsals in which your character is needed. Tech week attendance is mandatory (November 12-15).

The classic 1983 movie comes to hilarious life in this contemporary musical with all the flash and flair of Broadway!  A Christmas Story chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, and an official Red Ryder® BB gun. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

Book by Joseph Robinette, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

The entire performance schedule is listed here: https://thesnugtheatre.thundertix.com/events/116703/performances

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS (All ages are playable ages)

JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: Late 40s to early 50s. A 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.

MOTHER: 30's 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 low G to high Db.

MISS SHIELDS: 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. Great mover and comfortable with tap. VOICE: Fierce belter and vocal stylist.

CHINESE RESTAURANT WAITERS: 2 to 3 Asian actor/singers that double as ensemble.

SANTA: Early 30's to early 60's; the Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical "jolly old elf" of legend and lore.  Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job.  He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempt to put and end to the day.  Character singing required.

ADULT ENSEMBLE: May be asked to play multiple roles. All must sing, hold harmony, and move well.

RALPHIE: 9-12 (to play 9, going on 10) A regular kid – 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.

VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high D. Must be able to tap.

RANDY: 7-9. 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. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high C#. Must be able to tap.

SCUT FARCUS: 12-14. 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.

SCHWARTZ: 9 - 12 (to play 9 going on 10) Ralphie's sarcastic classmate, tough on the outside but a wimp on the inside. Must be able to sing and tap dance.

FLICK: 9-12 (to play 9 going on 10) Ralphie's classmate who gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole at school on a dare. Must be able to sing strongly and tap dance.

ESTHER JANE: 9- 12 (to play 9 going on 10) Ralphie's classmate.

MARY BETH: 9-12 (to play 9 going on 10) Ralphie's snotty classmate.

GROVER DILL: 9-12, always at Scut Farkus' side.  The bully's sidekick.  Punctuates the bully's threats and warnings with a series of belly laughs, making the two of them the scourge of the neighborhood.

GOGGLES KID: 7-10, sits on Santa's lap and is so excited he wets himself.

OTHER CHILDREN: 7-12, must be able to sing strongly, hold a harmony part, and tap dance.