AUDITION INFORMATION AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens, adaptation by David Thompson

Directed by Michael Unger

Choreography by Rob Ashford, re-set by Jennifer Paulson Lee

 

AUDITIONS ARE FOR ALL AGES

  • PARENTS – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET ON STAGE WITH YOUR KIDS!
  • ALL ROLES REQUIRE BRITISH ACCENTS – But do not worry too much about dialects at the audition.
  • AGE RANGES FOLLOW CHARACTER NAME – BUT THESE ARE SIMPLY SUGGESTIONS
  • ALL ROLES WILL ALSO BE PART OF THE ENSEMBLE.
  • SOME ROLES MAY BE COMBINED.
  • ALL ETHNIC TYPES ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION
  • THERE IS NO FEE TO AUDITION
  • EVEN IF YOU PLAYED A CERTAIN ROLE LAST YEAR, YOU STILL NEED TO AUDITION AGAIN. WE START WITH A “CLEAN SLATE” EVERY YEAR TO KEEP VARIETY IN THE MIX AND TO MAKE SURE WE OFFER NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

CLICK ON CHARACTER NAME TO SEE AND PRINT AUDITION SCENE FOR THAT ROLE.  PLEASE SELECT ONLY ONE CHARACTER TO AUDITION FOR.  KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR OTHER ROLES AS WELL.

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT AFTER SELECTING THE ROLE YOU WANT READ FOR.

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YOUNG PERFORMERS

Boy Scrooge: 9-13. This is the sweet, innocent Scrooge before he becomes the Scrooge of legend. He is the only one left alone in his school yard during Christmas recess. His only hope is to go home to his family and when his sister Fan shows up, he thinks she will make that dream come true. When he learns that is not the case, his heart is broken – as is ours.

Fan:12-16. Scrooge’s devoted sister.  She risks a lot to see Boy Scrooge for one last time.  Very emotional, but must keep in control for fear of exposing too much sorrow to the boy.

Peter Cratchit: 10-14. The elder Cratchit child – an industrious, bright, energetic, positive force in the family. He does all he can to help around the house and makes special efforts to care for little, Tiny Tim.

Martha Cratchit:9-13. The second eldest Cratchit child who works in a textile factory away from home. She misses her family terribly and makes the most of every opportunity to be with her family. She has learned much from her mother about caring for a house and caring for people.

Belinda Cratchit:6-9. The second youngest Cratchit child who is adorable and sweet and is about to learn how to make the family’s secret recipe for Christmas pudding.

Tiny Tim :5-8. The youngest Cratchit child, frail, weak, suffers from a Vitamin D deficiency which causes him to be on crutches. He is eternally hopeful and sees the suffering in others much more than the suffering in himself. Must be less than 50 pounds.

Beggar Boy and Girl: 6-10. These are the children that finally force Scrooge to see the error of his ways. They are the poorest of the poor, living on the London streets only because of the kindness of others.

Turkey Boy :8-12. A petite delivery boy who carries a huge turkey to the Cratchit house upon a transformed Scrooge’s instructions. Must have great comic ability. And be able to carry a heavy turkey.

Alice the Cook: 15-18. This is a non-speaking role but an important dance role in the Fezziwig party scene. No reading required. Would also be in the Young Ensemble. Make sure to sign up for a dance audition on September 17th.

Fezziwig Party Boy and Girl: 10-14. This is a non-speaking role but an important dance role in the Fezziwig party scene. No reading required. Would also be in the Young Ensemble. Make sure to sign up for a dance audition on September 17th.

Christmas Past 1 :9-12. Very spirited girl with an ethereal quality. Must have great command of language. She bosses Scrooge around a bit and knows how to use tough love to her best advantage.

Christmas Past 2 and 3: 8-12. The assistants to Christmas Past #1 – also very spirited and ethereal. Dance skills helpful but not a must.

Flora, Harry and Emilia: 9-14. Energetic children at Nephew Fred’s Christmas party. They contrast the beggar children and represent the wealthy folk. Must love playing games – dance skills a plus.

Young Ensemble:  Dancers and singers playing young carolers, townspeople, young workers, etc.

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ADULT PERFORMERS

Young Scrooge: 20s-30s. An innocent Scrooge before he is corrupted at the hands of Jacob Marley. A conflicted youth, torn between the need for financial security and the desire to connect with other human beings. At the beginning, he possesses a sense of fun and humor and is a viably positive member of society. He’s easily influenced and changeable. Though he falls in love with Belle instantly, one year later, he spurns her just as quickly.

Bob Cratchit: 30s-40s. Scrooge’s clerk, a family man. Scrooge has worked Cratchit to the bone, but his joy for life and affection for his family remain unspoiled. Despite his difficult existence, he is still filled with hope and humor. He worries about how to put food on the table, yet somehow always finds a way to keep humor in the air and provide treats for his children. He is shattered when Tiny Tim dies and try as he might, his sorrow is impossible to hide from his other children.

Jacob Marley: 20s-30s. Scrooge’s partner, an ambitious, practical man, with no sentimentality. Marley is a product of a newly industrialized England and places money and financial stability above all else. As a young man, he coerces Young Scrooge into joining the dark and ruthless side of the business world. When we first meet him as ghost, he has been dead for seven years, but he should not be ghoulish. He is simply a man who has been waiting desperately for Scrooge to open his eyes wide enough to see him and hear his lesson. Must move well and must not be claustrophobic.

Nephew Fred: 20s-30’s.  Scrooge’s nephew. An optimistic and kind young man. Witty and able to trade barbs with his Uncle. Should be an attractive leading man with a slightly goofy edge. Singing and dancing a plus.

Mr. Fezziwig: 20’s-50s. Young Scrooge and Young Marley’s boss, generous (to a fault) and expansive and giddily in love with his wife. Fezziwig is a kind-hearted and jolly man, but not a fool. He has great integrity and refuses to sell out to Scrooge and Marley.

Mrs. Fezziwig :20’s-50’s. Ditzy, gabby, and overflowing with warmth; she is certain that she and her daughter are great beauties. A good-hearted meddler.  In love with her husband and entirely convinced of the goodness of those around her and the bounty of the world.

Charlotte Fezziwig:16-25. A giggly girl who is making her first official appearance as a young woman at the Christmas party. She has crushes on whomever might be looking in her direction and is not shy about flirting. Must be a strong young character woman and must have strong dance skills.

Mrs. Stocks and Mrs. Bonds: (30’s-60’s) Giddy but determined women. Good-hearted and well-intentioned, they seek charity as a dynamic duo. They cannot believe that anyone would NOT give towards their cause. These ladies finish each other’s sentences as if they were one person.

Laundress: 20s-60s. She desperately sells the stuff dead people leave behind. She is fiercely competitive, dreadfully funny, and wonderfully scuzzy. No subtlety whatsoever. Cockney.

Old Joe: 40’s-60s. Cockney pawnshop dealer who trades in stolen goods – mostly from dead people. Witty, dark and devious, Joe is a distant relative of Dickens’ Fagin and has a bawdy sense of humor. He will take no nonsense from anyone, unless he’s dealing it out first. A shrewd negotiator – until a glimpse of cleavage is involved – or when faced with the child-like beauty of a music box.

Mrs. Dilber :20s-60s.  Scrooge’s dedicated and dithering servant.  Working class British.  Quirky and funny – but with great pathos. She has always gotten Christmas Day off but, for some reason, tonight her boss is sterner and crabbier than ever. At the end of the play, she is the first to see Scrooge’s transformation and is profoundly touched by it. A character woman. Comedienne with heart.

The Undertaker: 20’s-60’s. A leering, creepy, grasping, drooling example of the underworld in Victorian England – cockney accent.  Funny if a little gross. Drooling a plus!

Mrs. Cratchit :20’s-30’s. Caring but fiery, she will defend her family at any price.  She is the glue that holds her family together.  Nurturing, warm, the salt of the earth.  She criticizes Scrooge more than anyone because of what he is doing to her devoted and downtrodden husband. She tries to hide her sorrow over Tiny Tim’s loss from her other children, but fails. Working class London accent.

Belle: 20s. Scrooge’s fiancée who gets left behind because of his obsession with money. A woman ahead of her time, Belle is fiercely idealistic. There is a sadness about her; she holds people to high standards and, predictably, ends up horribly disappointed with Scrooge. Must sing and move extremely well. MUST ALSO SIGN UP FOR DANCE AUDITION ON SEPTEMBER 17th.

Lily :20s. Fred’s wife and an extremely kind and graceful young woman. Lily always sees the best in people. She is tenacious and refuses to give up on Scrooge because she realizes how much family means to her husband.

Christmas Present:  20’s-40’s. Infectious spirit and warmth.  Must have a powerful presence, sense of humor, wit, and mischief, and a fabulous laugh to boot. She has an implicit understanding of right and wrong and is not afraid to let Scrooge know it. Maternal and earthy, she is powerful enough to make Scrooge fly, yet gentle enough to guide him at just the right speed towards his transformation.

Adult Ensemble:  Dancers and singers playing carolers, townspeople, etc. NO SCENE NECESSARY FOR AUDITION BUT PLEASE PREPARE SHORT SONG.

Dance Ensemble:  Dancers at the Fezziwig Party and townspeople, etc. MUST SIGN UP FOR DANCE AUDITION ON SEPTEMBER 17th.

Caroling Chorus: The Caroling Chorus sings carols in the lobby before the show and during intermission. They are also involved in a few scenes/songs onstage. They have far less rehearsals than the rest of the cast. NO SCENE NECESSARY FOR AUDITION BUT PLEASE PREPARE SHORT SONG.

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