Auditions: A Christmas Story at Chino Community Theatre

September 16, 2017
9:00 am

Chino Community Theatre will be holding open auditions for A Christmas Story, the Musical. We are looking for enthusiastic actors who can sing and move well.

Auditions:
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Auditions will be held at the Carolyn Owens Building; 13201 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710.

Please be prepared to sing a short selection (16 bars or 30 seconds) from a musical theatre piece, preferably a style similar to the show. Singing from the show is not discouraged. Singers may be asked to demonstrate vocal range at the director’s request.

It is recommended that your audition song have accompaniment. We will have the capability of playing a CD or any device with a headphone jack. A cappella auditions are not recommended.

Please be ready to list your recent performance experience.

There will be a dance portion of the audition, so please dress accordingly (including appropriate footwear) and be prepared to move.

Invited callbacks will be held Sunday, September 17th at 5:30 PM, at Seventh Street Theatre.

Performances:
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 PM
December 3 and 17 at 2:30 PM
December 10 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday evening, Saturday matinee, and Sunday evening performances may be added if ticket sales permit.
All performances will be held at the Seventh Street Theatre in Chino, California.

Rehearsals will begin on October 2nd, and will typically be held Monday – Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM and most Saturdays in the morning or early afternoon in Chino, California. Every attempt will be made to work with conflicts, so please be prepared to list any conflicts from October 2nd through December 17th. A tentative rehearsal calendar will be available at the auditions.

All Roles Are Open.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
(in order of appearance)

Jean Shepherd/Narrator: Late 40s to early 60s. Non-singing.
A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering; a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark.

Ralphie Parker: to play 9-10 years old. Unchanged tenor voice. F#3-D5
Cute and winsome, but not precious. Bright, but not precocious. A regular kid you wouldn’t mind having as a next-door neighbor. He’s a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye.

Mother: 30s to 40s. Mezzo-soprano. G3-Db5
More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it. She is warm and affable … at times a bit daffy … but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, especially anytime she’s in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.

The Old Man: 30s to 40s. High baritone to G4.
A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff (and rough) exterior. He’s a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn’t overtly show it. He usually expects the worst but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants (though it usually doesn’t). In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.

Randy Parker: to play 7-8 years old. Unchanged tenor voice. F#3-C#5
Ralphie’s younger brother. Cute, cuddly and whiny. Admires Ralphie but won’t admit it. He’s at the stage of childhood wherein he seems opposed to everything, but he’s still lovable-not a brat.

Miss Shields: Mid 30s to late 50s. Mezzo-soprano belter. F#3-G5.
The local elementary school teacher. A seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator-prim and proper. Stem when necessary, though warm-and even humorous-when the situation merits it. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show-stopping, brassy belter and (possibly a) tapper-a force to be reckoned with. May also play featured ensemble roles throughout the show.

Santa: Early 30s to early 60s. Tenor. Bb2-Bb4. Comedic actor.
The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical “Jolly Old Elf’ of legend and lore. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempt to put an end to the day and, perhaps, head for the nearest “watering hole.” May also play featured ensemble roles throughout the show.

Scut Farkus: 14 to 15.
The textbook example of a school-yard bully, except this truant doesn’t go to school. He is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. Older than Ralphie and his class-mates by a year or two, he wears a perpetual scowl beneath his trademark coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune times to scare and harass his innocent victims.

Grover Dill: 9 to 12.
Always at Farkus’ side is his toady, Dill. Much younger and decidedly smaller than Farkus, Dill delights in being tethered to his “hero.” He punctuates the bully’s threats and warnings with a series of rapid-fire belly-laughs, thus making the two of them the scourge of the neighborhood whenever they appear. But, like most of their ilk, when the two are finally challenged and bested, they turn out to be the biggest cowards of all.

Youth Ensemble: seeking mature children to play 9-12 years old. Featured dancing roles, as well as featured roles in the ensemble: Schwartz, Flick, etc. Vocal ranges include changed and unchanged male voices, and girls should be high belters (B3-D#5).

Adult Ensemble: seeking interesting, warm, off-beat singer/dancer/actors with bright contemporary voices to play a multitude of roles. Roles in ensemble: Parents, Neighbors, Elves, etc. Vocal ranges include legit sopranos to A5/C6, strong altos, tenors to A4, and high baritones to F#4.

Any questions? Email the directors at acscct2017@gmail.com.

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