AUDITIONS

A Christmas Carol

In light of recent events, we have made some changes to our audition process. Please read 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 11. 

Rehearsals will begin on or around October 4th.

This year’s production of A Christmas Carol is an adaptation with every actor (except for Scrooge and Bob Cratchit) 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 music sung in the production, a collection of traditional Christmas carols, will be performed by a choir of Carolers.  We are also looking for actors/musicians who play these appropriate period instruments: violin, viola, flute, oboe and/or clarinet.


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 rehearsed and prepared, but do not need to be memorized.  If you want to be considered for a Caroler role, you must also prepare the singing audition material as outlined below.   

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 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. 

MUSICIANS (Adults only): Please prepare 30 seconds of a traditional Christmas carol or hymn on your instrument.  Feel free to demonstrate your music skills with the selection. Instruments we are looking for are the following: violin, viola, flute, oboe and clarinet.  If you want to be considered for an acting or a Caroler role, you must also prepare additional 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, resume, and your audition form to hctoauditions@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, September 1st to be considered for callbacks. 

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

(All roles below are available and will be double cast. The role of Ebenezer Scrooge has already been 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

Actor 2 (Adult Male)

Fred, Young Scrooge, Man 3

Actor 3 (Adult Male)

Marley, Present, Old Joe, Poulter

Actor 4 (Adult Male)

Solicitor 2, Dick Wilkins, Topper, Man 1

Actor 5 (Adult Male)

Solicitor 1, Fezziwig, Husband, Man 2

Actor 6 (Adult Female)

Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig, Charwoman

Actor 7 (Adult Female)

Belle, Woman 1

Actor 8 (Adult Female)

Past, Fred's Wife, Caroline

Actor 9 (Adult Female)

Martha, Topper's Girl, Soprano

Teen Actor (Teen Male)

Boy Scrooge, Peter, Turkey Boy

Boy Actor (Child Male)

Beggar Child, Tiny Tim, Ignorance

Girl Actor (Child Female)

Little Fan, Daughter, Belinda, Want

Carolers (Adult Male & Female)

Octet of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Musicians (Adult Musician)

Violin, viola, flute, oboe, or clarinet.

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