Auditions for “A Christmas Carol”


AUDITION CALL

for Alamance Children’s Theatre Production of

A Christmas Carol

Directed by Rachel Ealy

Mentor: Say Sink

Stage Manager: Timothy Duggins

Assistant Stage Manager: Nick Chester

Tech Crew – Vacant/Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply

(See Below)

Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) will present A Christmas Carol at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, NC.

Here is a delightfully refreshing version of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale told from a new perspective — a young boy’s grandfather.  Thomas enjoys spending time at his grandfather’s prominent London business, but has trouble understanding why his grandfather would give his hard-earned money to the poor.  This gives Grandfather the perfect opportunity to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he recalls it, and a traditional retelling of A Christmas Carol comes to life onstage as a play-within-a-play.

As the story goes, of course, revelations brought by visiting his past, present, and future with three ghosts persuade Scrooge to turn his life around.  In this beautifully written adaptation, you’ll find all of the classic Charles Dickens characters, including Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s sister Fan and even his long-lost Belle.  The play ends uniquely with a heartwarming surprise for all as we learn who Thomas’ grandfather really is.

Regular performance dates are December 6-8 and 13-15, 2019.  Two Daytime “School Shows” will be presented at the Paramount on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  There will be ten (10) performances in total.

Auditions are open to youth ages 8 to 18.  A prospective cast member must be a minimum of 8 years old and a maximum of 18 years old on the day that individual auditions for the production.

Auditions will be:

Monday, October 14, 2019 – 6:00 – 8:00pm

And

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location

Alamance Lutheran Church

4008 Highway 62 South

Alamance, NC

If you have conflicts with the audition dates above, please send an email to thechristmascarol2019@gmail.com prior to October 4, 2019.

 

Those auditioning should:

  • Print out and complete the forms provided below prior to arrival at auditions.
  • Be prepared for a cold read with other auditionees from materials provided at the auditions.

Potential cast members need to attend only one night of auditions.

A Character List is provided below.

In preparation for auditions, please read these materials and bring the completed forms to the audition.  You can attach your own picture to the Audition Form.  ACT will also be taking individual pictures each night.

ACC2019_ Welcome Letter

Audition Form_A Christmas Carol

ACT is actively seeking Tech Crew (including a versatile Props Master to also assist with sets) for A Christmas Carol.  ACT encourages interested individuals to submit applications in person at auditions.

ACC2019_Tech Crew Application

The final cast and crew list will be posted on ACT’s Facebook Page (and potentially ACT’s website) by midnight on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Those individuals must email to accept or decline their roles at thechristmascarol@gmail.com by Noon on Friday, October 18, 2019.

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, all of the cast, crew members, parents/guardians, directors, and producers will meet at Alamance Lutheran Church at 9:00 am.  A great deal of important information will be discussed, so it is MANDATORY that each cast member and a parent/guardian attend this meeting.  A $50 Participation Fee will be collected from each cast member ($40 for each additional sibling).  This fee helps to cover some of the production’s costs.  Scholarships are available to ensure that no young person is unable to participate. Please speak to one of the producers after the parent meeting to make these arrangements.  Scholarship families will be requested to “Pay what they can” and will be asked to contribute additional volunteer hours to the production.

Rehearsals will predominantly occur at Alamance Lutheran Church and will generally occur between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  There may be a few nights that extend to 9:15 pm, some Friday night rehearsals that go later, a few limited-cast Wednesday evening rehearsals, and several Saturday morning/afternoon and Sunday afternoon/evening rehearsals.  Some rehearsals with minimal called cast members may be at locations other than Alamance Lutheran.  Not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal but each cast member will be expected to attend all of the rehearsals for which he or she is scheduled.

Tech week begins on Sunday, December 1, 2019 with rehearsals each day/night at the Paramount Theater.  Tech Week rehearsals may extend to 10:00 pm at the latest.  All cast & crew MUST be present this week with no exceptions!

Regular performances will be at the Paramount at 7:00 pm on December 6, 7 & 13, 14, 2019 and 2:00 pm on December 7, 8 & 13, 14, 2019.  Two daytime “School Shows” will occur on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 and are scheduled for 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.

All cast and tech crew members must be present for all regular performances and the “School Shows.”  The Alamance-Burlington School System as well as other schools have previously recognized School Show performance days as excused absences for cast and crew members.

Auditionees should be aware that participation in other productions that overlap and create conflicts with rehearsals for A Christmas Carol may be considered in casting decisions.

For any additional information, please email thechristmascarol2019@gmail.com.

CHARACTER LIST

OLD MAN-  Grandfather of Thomas; owner of a prominent London lending business in the early 1900s

SOLICITOR – Middle-aged London businessman

THOMAS – School-aged boy who adores his grandfather, but doesn’t understand generosity

BOB CRATCHIT – Poor clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge’s

SCROOGE – Miserly old man, bitter and gruff to all

TURLEY – Friendly, good-natured caretaker at St. Beatrice’s Orphanage; quite confident with his orphan charges, but terribly afraid of Sister Angelene

EMMA – Orphan

LILLIAN – Orphan

FRED – Good-hearted nephew of Scrooge; fun-loving and generous

MRS. DILBER – Scrooge’s housekeeper and cook; helps support her family by “borrowing” from her employer

MARLEY – Scrooge’s deceased partner

PAST – Young teenage girl dressed in white with pale complexion; shows little emotion toward Scrooge

FAN – Young teenage girl who was Scrooge’s older sister

BOY SCROOGE – Scrooge as a young boy in boarding school between 8-12 years of age

YOUNG SCROOGE – Scrooge as a young adult man during his apprenticeship

BELLE – Young woman of similar age to Young Scrooge; daughter of Fezziwig, under whom Scrooge apprenticed

YOUNG PRESENT – Younger version of PRESENT initially encountered by Scrooge

PRESENT – Middle-aged man who sarcastically deals with Scrooge’s reluctance to see the error of his ways

TINY TIM – Crippled youngest son of the Cratchits

MRS. CRATCHIT – Woman of similar age to Bob with a strong will towards Scrooge and passionate feelings towards Tiny Tim

SISTER ANGELENE – Elder nun who runs St. Beatrice’s Orphanage; kind and loving to her charges, but a taskmaster towards Mr. Turley

TOPPER – Not-so-bright friend of Fred; enamored with Mary

MARY – Beautiful friend of Elizabeth

ELIZABETH – Wife of Fred

FUTURE – Stark character dressed and veiled in black

OLD JOE – Lower-class pawnbroker friend of Mrs. Dilber’s

POLLY – Young teenage orphan

MARTHA – Young teenage orphan

FEZZIWIG, FEZZIWIGS WIFE, and FEZZIWIG’S PARTY MEMBERS

BELINDA, MARTHA, and PETER – Cratchit family members

LONDONERS

ORPHANS

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