Center Stage Theatre in Shelton, CT announces open auditions for Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol
Director: Scott R. Brill
Musical Director: Brett Boles
Choreographer: Todd Santa Maria
Synopsis: Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act and A Bronx Tale) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island and Anastasia), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
Eligibility: Adults, teens, and children (4th grade and older) who fit the age of the characters and ensemble listed below. Children must have participated in 3 or more Center Stage productions or educational programs. (e.g.: CS productions; summer camp, classes at Center Stage, Musicals Alive, On Stage at Perry Hill, etc.). Note: female children who audition may be no taller than 5’.
Audition Date/Time: All candidates auditioning should sign up for a Vocal/Acting Audition time slot on Saturday, September 22. (Some candidates auditioning on Saturday September 22 will also be asked to attend a Dance/Movement Callback on Tuesday, September 25). We welcome performers of all dance abilities to audition. Familiarity with the show is encouraged.
Sign up for an audition here: https://signup.com/login/entry/437020820161858067
Vocal/Acting Auditions*: Saturday, September 22nd between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Additional time slots will be added if needed.
*At the Vocal/Acting Audition: Candidates will be required to sing one minute of a song of their choice. Please bring sheet music in your key (an accompanist will be provided) or you may use a soundtrack or music on your phone or iPod as accompaniment. Singing a capella is discouraged. We recommend a song from musical theater or a Christmas song. Singing a song from A Christmas Carol is also acceptable. Some candidates may also be asked to read a short side from the show.
Dance/Movement Callback*: Tuesday, September 25th between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
(Sign-up audition slots will be made available online for those candidates asked to attend this Dance/Movement Callback).
*At the Dance/Movement Callback: Some candidates will be asked to attend a Dance/Movement Callback. Candidates will be taught a simple dance combination in small groups and then will be asked to perform it to accompaniment for the choreographer. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move well.
*Callback for major and secondary characters – to be determined.
Rehearsals will generally take place weeknights and occasional weekend days. Not all cast members will be needed for every rehearsal. There will be principal, small group, dance, singing, ensemble and full cast rehearsals.
Performance dates for A Christmas Carol are:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM November 30 through December 15
Sundays at 2 PM: December 2, 9 and 16
Thursday at 7 PM: December 13
Ebenezer Scrooge – An old man whose great wealth has turned his heart to stone. Deaf to the needs of his fellow men, Scrooge must journey through his past to regain the spirit of charity and kindness he had as a young man. (Baritone)
Tiny Tim – May be played by a boy or girl. The young son of Bob Cratchit. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope. More than anyone, Tiny Tim embodies the Christmas Spirit. (Soprano)
Bob Cratchit – A hardworking clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, especially his young son Tiny Tim. Cratchit maintains a kind heart, even in the face of Scrooge’s mean-spiritedness. (Baritenor)
Mrs. Cratchit – A wonderful wife and mother, hopeful and generous. (Alto)
Scrooge at 12 – A poor orphan who works all day at a boot-making factory. Tired of poverty, he vows to save his money and make his fortune. He desperately misses his parents and wants to find a home of his own. (Tenor)
Scrooge at 18 – Saving his money and running from a life of poverty, young Ebenezer is still happy and sociable and deeply in love with Emily. He is still searching for a place to call home, but has found a second family in the Fezziwigs.(Tenor)
Emily – Young, lovely, and goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer. Happy with the simple things in life – friends, family, and the joy that comes from loving someone and being loved in return. (Soprano)
Scrooge’s Father – Is arrested and leaves his family penniless. (non-singing)
Scrooge’s Mother – Left to take over destitute family. (Soprano)
Scrooge’s Younger Sister Fan – (Child range vocal)
Fred Anderson – Warm and compassionate, Scrooge’s nephew, feels sorry for the old man, yet still obligated to him, being family. (Baritenor)
Sally Anderson – The wife of Scrooge’s nephew Fred. Tired of having “Uncle Scrooge” over for Christmas dinner each year. (Alto)
Jacob Marley – Returned from the grave to warn Scrooge of the consequences of living the life of a miser. (Baritenor)
Mr. Fezziwig – A portly, jolly man. A kind-hearted bank-owner who helps Ebenezer Scrooge get his start. Later, must ask Scrooge for help and is turned away. (Tenor)
Mrs. Fezziwig – The cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man. Later, becomes poor and can’t understand why Scrooge won’t help her husband. (Soprano)
Ghost of Christmas Past / Lamplighter – A London lamplighter who appears as a ghost with visions of Scrooge’s past. A young, twinkly, spritely apparition, full of the Christmas spirit. (Soprano)
Ghost of Christmas Present / Theater Man – London theater promoter who becomes the Ghost of Christmas Present (Bari/Tenor)
Ghost of Christmas Future / Blind Old Hag – Old lady in London who appears to Scrooge with visions of Christmases yet to come. (Alto)
Gracie Smythe – The young daughter of Mr. Smythe. Accompanies her father to ask Scrooge for leniency following her mother’s death. Respectable, but poor. (Soprano)
Mr. Smythe – Recently widowed and left with a young daughter, Grace. Hopes Scrooge will be lenient and give him time to pay his debt. Respectable, but poor. (Baritone)
Old Joe – A rag picker who scavenges off the dead. (Baritone)