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 Korianne Orton Johnson and choreography by Stacia Hardy Tanner.

This year’s production of A Christmas Carol is a new adaptation with every actor (except for Scrooge) playing multiple roles. We will be 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 quartet-choir of Carolers.  We are also looking for actors/musicians who play appropriate period instruments such as a violin, guitar, flute, recorder, etc.

Video or in-person callbacks, by invitation only, are scheduled for Saturday, September 19.  Rehearsals will begin mid-October.

SPECIAL NOTE: To stay in line with the guidance from the CDC, State, and local Health Department all actors must wear masks during all rehearsals. It is possible that we will require all actors to perform in masks, face shields, or a combination of the two. If you have health or personal concerns that would keep you from rehearsing or performing in a mask or shield, please consider that before submitting an audition.

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.   

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 30-60 seconds of a folk song or a traditional Christmas carol 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 (Teens or Adults only): Please prepare 30-60 seconds of a folk song or a traditional Christmas carol on  your instrument.  Feel free to demonstrate your music skills with the selection.  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 Friday, September 11 to be considered for callbacks. 

You may download the audition form here.

Character Descriptions

(All roles are available and will be double cast. All ethnicities and body types are encouraged to audition.)

Ebenezer Scrooge (Adult Male)

This role will not double any other characters in the play.

Actor 1 (Adult Male)

Bob Cratchit, Mr. Fezziwig, Husband

Actor 2 (Adult Male)

Fred, Young Scrooge, Man 2

Actor 3 (Adult Male)

Marley’s Ghost, Present Ghost, Old Joe, Poulter

Actor 4 (Adult Male)

Dick Wilkins, Peter Cratchit, Topper, Solicitor 2

Actor 5 (Adult Female)

Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig, Charwoman

Actor 6 (Adult Female)

Belle, Fred’s Wife, Martha Cratchit

Actor 7 (Adult Female)

Past Ghost, Solicitor 1, Caroline

Boy Actor (Child Male)

Tiny Tim, Beggar Child, Ignorance

Girl Actor (Child Female)

Little Fan, Belinda Cratchit, Daughter, Want, Turkey Child

Quartet of Carolers (Adult Male & Female)

Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Musicians (Teen or Adult Male & Female)

Violin, guitar, flute, recorder, or other appropriate instruments of the period.

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