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AUDITION NOTICE!

 

Announcing
A CHRISTMAS STORY
AUDITIONS!

VIDEO AUDITION
Youth ages 8 – 14 will be considered for all youth roles and ensemble
Adults of all ages

All actors must submit a Google Audition Registration Form by Friday, Sept. 23


IN-PERSON CALLBACKS

Music/dance callbacks and cold readings will take place Sunday, September 25, 2022, 5-11pm. Invitations to callbacks will be sent no later than Saturday, September 24, 2022, 6pm.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 3, 2022, and will typically run Sunday 6-9pm and Monday-Thursday, 7-10pm (Child actors will be able to leave at 9pm on weekdays).
Callbacks and rehearsals will all take place at Desert Stages Theatre.

NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED DURING TECH WEEK.

 

SHOW DATES
Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 19, 2:00pm
Saturday,November 19, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 20, 2:00pm

Friday, November 25, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 26 2:00pm
Saturday, November 26 7:30pm
Sunday, November 27, 2:00pm

 
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm
 
Friday, December 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11, 2:00pm
 
Friday, December 16, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm

 

Each performer will be asked to abide by the rules of Desert Stages Theatre.
Each performer will be asked to help promote this DST show.
Safety will be priority #1 as we continue to bring LIVE THEATRE back to the DST stage!

 
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Mainstage Production of

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL

Directed by Dan Ashlock
Music-directed by Kent Campbell

Video Auditions will consist of:
1. Google form (please be completely honest with your outdates). Outdates will not be allowed for tech week
2. Headshot and resume (digital copy or a link will suffice)
3. Video audition that should consist of a 32-bar cutting in the style of the show (i.e. golden age musical). Please do not audition with anything from the show. Also state in the video which role(s) you are interested in.

Things to remember when submitting your Video Audition:
– Please slate at the beginning of your video. (State your name, age, height, and the role(s) for which you would like to be considered.)
– Use a well-lit room so we can clearly see your face.
– Submit Audition Video to auditions@desertstages.org 
– If you are unable to submit or are having issues uploading your video audition, please contact DST at auditions@desertstages.org.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT:
– NO PRODUCTION FEE 
– $50 script deposit required in the form of a check payable to DESERT STAGES THEATRE.  (Checks are NOT deposited unless scripts are not returned to Stage Manager before strike of show.)
– Some costume pieces may need to be purchased/provided personally by actors.

COVID-19 POLICIES:
Masks MAY be required during rehearsals and performances.
Weekly Covid-19 PCR tests MAY be required during rehearsals and performances.    

OTHER THEATRE POLICIES:
Each performer and production team member will be asked to abide by the rules of Desert Stages Theatre.
Show communications will be through SLACK app.
Each performer will be asked to help promote this DST show.

 

 
 
 
 
SHOW SYNOPSIS

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

 

 
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Actors of all races, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are highly encouraged to audition.

 

 
 
 
Jean Shepherd/Narrator (stage age: timeless) Jean Shepherd is the author of the books that the story is based on, as well as the actual narrator voice we hear in the 1983 movie. On stage, he is a warm, charismatic and engaging storyteller. Note: This actor sings one line at the end of the show, and does not dance.
Ralphie: (stage age 9-10 / vocal range = F#3 to D5) A bright, winsome, mischievous 5th grade boy… Not a smart-aleck or overly precocious, Ralphie’s imagination drives several scenes. The actor playing this role carries several songs; he must be an excellent singer (high belt, unchanged voice) and confident stage presence.
The Old Man: (stage age 30’s to 40’s / vocal range = B♭2 to G4)Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie’s Dad has a good heart. He doesn’t overtly show it, but he 100% loves hisfamily. A blue- collar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations; but is transformed into a true “song anddance” man in his moments of fantasy.
Mother: (stage age: 30’s to 40’s / vocal range = G3 to D♭5)She is the secret engine that runs the family, keeping the household together with a smile–despite bickering children,limited funds, an x- rated lamp in the living room window, a cranky furnace and a crankier husband. The actor who plays this role must be very comfortable with children.
Randy: (stage age 7-8 / vocal range = F#3 to D5) Ralphie’s younger brother, he is cute, lovable and a bit whiny. The actor playing this role must be a confident singer, a fluent reader and have strong stage presence and a sense of humor.
Miss Shields: (stage age 30’s to 50s / vocal range = F#3 to D5) Ralphie’s 5th grade teacher, a seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator–prim and proper, stern when necessary– though warm and even humorous when the situation merits it. The person playing this role must be an excellent belter, an experienced tap dancer and an actor who can handle comedy AND children!
Santa: (stage age: 30’s to 60’s / vocal range is B♭2 to F4)The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is ill- tempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job–nothing like the “Jolly Old St. Nick” one would dream of meeting. He may be part of the adult male ensemble.
Flick:(stage age 9-10) One of Ralphie’s classmates and best buddies; Flick is the guinea pig in the flagpole licking experiment. Sings some solos, so should be a confident singer and comedic actor. *Unchanged voice.
Schwartz: (stage age 9-10) One of Ralphie’s classmates and best buddies; Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie utters an unmentionable word. Sings some solos, so should be a confident singer. *Unchanged voice.
Scut Farkus: (stage age 12-13) A textbook example of a schoolyard bully, Scut is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. This truant is a year or two older than Ralphie and his friends, and wears a perpetual scowl under his coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune time to harass his victims. *Prefer unchanged voice.
Grover Dill: (stage age 9-10) Grover is Farkus’s toady, and is always at his side. Younger and smaller than Farkus, Grover delights in being tethered to his “hero”. His rapid-fire belly laughs, always heard with Farkus’s threats, make them the scourge of the neighborhood. *Unchanged voice.
Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy: (stage age 9-10) Classmates.
Kid’s Ensemble: Will be featured in several major scenes and songs.
Adult Ensemble: Will play a variety of smaller roles in scenes, as well as performing in larger production numbers.