AUDITIONS

A Christmas Carol

Please read all information carefully:

Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held BY VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY. Specific details about video submission are below. 

A Christmas Carol will be directed by Shawnda Moss with music direction by Kyle Harper and choreography by Stacia Hardy Tanner.

In-person callbacks, by invitation only, are scheduled for Saturday, September 10th. 

Rehearsals will begin on or around October 3rd 

HCTO’s production of A Christmas Carol is an original adaptation with all actors playing multiple roles. We are looking for actors who can make specific, grounded, and distinct acting/vocal choices to distinguish their characters. The script holds tightly to Charles Dickens’ novella and moves at a quick pace with a reduced cast size, transitions between scenes visible on stage, and special stage effects. The majority of the Christmas carols sung in the production will be performed by a choir of Carolers, though select roles require singing.


This page will be updated when callback invitations and casting have been sent.


A NOTE ABOUT CASTING: 
At Hale Center Theater Orem we seek to honor the intentions of the works we produce. If nothing specific is given by the original playwright regarding the characteristics of any given role, and/or if those characteristics do not affect the intended story in any significant way, we will not consider any certain person or type over others when casting. 
 
We invite anyone and everyone to audition for any and all of our productions, regardless of any physical attribute, gender, race, age, ability, ethnicity, or experience. All are welcome at HCTO.

Video Submission Details:

ADULT ACTORS: Please select and prepare TWO short monologues from the selection provided for Adult Male Actors or Adult Female Actors.  Audition sides are available HERE. The pieces should be prepared so you are familiar with the text, but do not need to be memorized.  If you want to be considered for Actors 1, 6, 7, 9, or a Caroler role, you must also prepare the singing audition material as outlined below.   Other roles do not require a singing audition.

TEEN ACTORS: Please select and prepare the TWO short monologues provided for Teen Actors. Also follow the singing audition directions for Teen Actors. Audition sides are available HERE. The pieces should be rehearsed, memorized, and prepared as outlined on the sides sheet. 

BOY/GIRL ACTORS: Please select and prepare the short monologue provided for Boy Actors or Girl Actors. Also follow the singing audition directions for Boy Actors or Girl Actors.  Audition sides are available HERE. The pieces should be rehearsed, memorized, and prepared as outlined on the sides sheet.  

CAROLERS (Adults only): Please prepare no more than 30 seconds of a traditional Christmas carol or hymn to be sung with piano accompaniment. If you want to be considered for an acting role, you must also prepare acting audition material as outlined above. 


ALL:
YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the simplest for everyone to access.

Please send your video along with a headshot  and resume to hctoauditions@gmail.com no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 1st to be considered for callbacks. 

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

(The roles of Scrooge and Musician have already been cast. All roles below are available and will be double cast. All adult actors will also play storytellers/narrators throughout the play. All ethnicities and body types are encouraged to audition.)

Actor 1 (Adult Male)

Bob Cratchit: A bit worn down from life’s worries, but optimistic nonetheless, loves his family deeply; sings at Tim’s gravesite; looks 30-40yrs old.

Actor 2 (Adult Male)

Fred, Young Scrooge, Man 3: Fred - energetic and enthusiastic; Young Scrooge - young and in love then miserly and single-minded; looks 20-35yrs old.

Actor 3 (Adult Male)

Marley, Present, Old Joe, Poulter: Plays both a foreboding ghost and a jolly ghost; much contrast in physicality and voice necessary for all four roles; looks a mature man.

Actor 4 (Adult Male)

Solicitor 2, Dick Wilkins, Topper, Man 1: Plays young men at the beginning of their adulthood and career; much energy with contrast in character choices; looks 18-30yrs old.

Actor 5 (Adult Male)

Solicitor 1, Fezziwig, Husband, Man 2: Plays mature men who mentor the younger characters; physical contrast is important in distinguishing the characters; looks 30-45yrs old.

Actor 6 (Adult Female)

Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig, Charwoman: Mrs. Cratchit - works hard for her family’s happiness; Mrs. Fezziwig - effervescent and loving; Charwoman - rough and streetsmart; sings at Tim’s gravesite; looks 30-45yrs old.

Actor 7 (Adult Female)

Belle, Woman 1, Soprano Caroler: Must sing soprano; Belle - soft-spoken but firm in her convictions, sweet on Young Scrooge; looks 18-30 yrs old.

Actor 8 (Adult Female)

Past, Fred's Wife, Caroline: Past - Ethereal ghost teaching Scrooge of his choices; Fred’s Wife - A little sassy much in love with Fred; Caroline - a down-on-her-luck girl; looks 20-35yrs old.

Actor 9 (Adult Female)

Martha, Topper's Girl, Soprano Caroler: Must sing soprano; a young woman just starting work on her own out in the world; looks 16-25yrs old.

Teen Actor (Teen Male)

Boy Scrooge, Peter, Turkey Boy: Physical and vocal contrast important to distinguish these characters who are all young men in their late teens; looks 14-18yrs old.

Boy Actor (Child Male)

Beggar Child, Tiny Tim, Ignorance: Young child who is reliable and consistent on stage; looks 5-10yrs old.

Girl Actor (Child Female)

Little Fan, Daughter, Belinda, Want: Older child who can play many characters clearly; looks 8-12yrs old.

Carolers (Adult Male & Female Singers)

Octet of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass: Serve as characters in the play in select scenes in addition to using their beautiful voices as singing storytellers; various ages.

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