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Auditions: A Christmas Story: The Musical

June 21st, 2018

The Players Club of Swarthmore will be holding auditions for the Main Stage Holiday production of A Christmas Story: The Musical on Sunday, August 12th at 1pm (youth actors) and Monday, August 27th at 6:30pm (adult and teen actors).

Audition Dates
Youth Auditions: Sunday, August 12th

  • Sign in starts at 1:00.
  • Teaching of dance audition begins at 1:30.
  • Individual singing auditions will follow dancing.
  • Callbacks will follow. Any Youth actor asked to sing or read from the script will be given material and time to prepare.
  • Please bring a Photo / Resume if you have one.
  • If you CANNOT attend this audition contact us. We can try to see you at another date.

Adult and Teen Auditions: Monday, August 27th

  • Sign in starts at 6:30.
  • Teaching of dance audition starts at 7:00.
  • Individual singing auditions will follow.
  • Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, 8/29 at 7:00. If you can not attend, you can be given material and time to prepare after you sing on Monday.
  • If you CANNOT attend auditions on Monday the 27th, contact us and we will make arrangements to see you on the 29th.
  • Please bring a Photo / Resume if you have one.

What to Prepare

  • 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Songs from the show are acceptable and very much encouraged. Bring sheet music in the correct key. A score from the show will be available at the audition.
  • Please wear clothing you can dance in. If you tap, bring tap shoes. Ladies- Bring character heels to dance in.
  • Adult Women- Bring character heels to dance in if you have them.
  • If you tap, bring tap shoes. – TAP SKILL IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE CAST.

Performances: November 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8.
Rehearsals: Sunday (Afternoons), Monday (Evenings), Wednesday (Evenings) in August-November. Youth Cast begins 8/26. Full Cast Begins 9/16.
Please sign-up (here) in advance to receive materials. Download and complete the PCS audition form from the Auditions Page.
Actors must also commit one saturday to assist in building set / props for the production. (Nov 3rd, 10th, or 17th)
If you have any questions, email director / choreographer Nate Golden at nategolden@ymail.com.
Character Descriptions:
All parts are open.

Jean Shepherd/Narrator: (stage age: late 40’s to early 60’s). Jean Shepherd is the actual 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; omniscient but not overpowering. A good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor, “Jean” focuses the action, keeps the story moving and holds the audiences’ attention with his presence and spark. Throughout the show, the actor playing this role acts as a narrator, interacts with the actor playing Ralphie, and appears in scenes as different minor characters–sometimes within one scene! This actor must be very comfortable with audiences, and must be able to “read the crowd” and tell the story at the same time. This actor sings one line at the end of the show, and does not dance.
Ralphie: (stage age 9). A 5th grade boy who wants an Air Rifle for Christmas: specifically the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. He is a bright, winsome, mischievous, cute kid…someone you wouldn’t mind having as a next door neighbor. (He might shovel your driveway for you–and then use your shovel as a sled!) 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 and fluent reader with mega-watt stage presence. Ralphie’s dance is minimal.
The Old Man: (stage age 30’s to 40’s). Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie’s Dad has a good heart. He doesn’t overtly show it, but he does love his family. A blue- collar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations; but is transformed into a true “song and dance” man in his moments of fantasy. The actor playing this character must be a strong singer and a good dancer who isn’t afraid to go “over the top” for comedic purposes.
Mother: (stage age: 30’s to 40’s). 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. She would never let The Old Man know that she is more in charge than he is–as is appropriate for a housewife of this era! Vibrant, warm, affable–but not a pushover–she is always busy! The actor who plays this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, and great
with children.
Randy: (stage age 7). Ralphie’s younger brother, he is cute, cuddly, lovable and whiny– like most baby brothers! He looks up to his big brother, tries to keep up with him, and is young enough that he can be convinced to eat his dinner like a baby piggy! The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, a fluent reader and have strong stage presence.
Miss Shields: (stage age 30’s to 50s) 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. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she transforms into a dynamic, brassy, show-stopping belter and tap-dancing phenomenon! The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer with a strong belt voice, an experienced tap dancer. May also be part of the adult ensemble.
Santa: (stage age: 30’s to 60’s) The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is ill- tempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job. He may be part of the adult male ensemble.
Scut Farkus: (stage age 12-13) and Grover Dill: (stage age 9-11) Textbook examples of schoolyard bullies, 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. In the end, when he and his sidekick, Grover Dill, are bested, they show themselves to the biggest cowards of all.
The Youth Ensemble: (stage ages 8-11) are featured in several major scenes, and should plan on a robust rehearsal schedule! All of the Kids’ Ensemble should be strong singers who can hold harmonies, should have tap dance experience and should be fluent readers. Featured Ensemble characters include; Flick, Schwartz, Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, etc.
The Adult and Teen Ensemble: (stage ages 15-60’s) Featured in many of the showstopper production numbers as dancers and singers. Director is looking to fill out the ensemble with movers and great dancers alike. Actors should all be great singers. Ensemble portrays, parents, shoppers, delivery men, waiters, passersby, and fantasy performers. Ensemble members will be very involved in the production.

Please note: PCS is an all-volunteer organization, all roles are unpaid.

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