A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
Keith Ferguson & Bruce Greer have created a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 Novella that is faithful to Dickens’ plot and prose, while highlighting both the spiritual and social themes woven throughout this Christmas classic in A Christmas Carol – A New Musical. The score has many original songs written in a traditional musical theater style, while also carefully integrating familiar carols and songs of Christmas that audiences will recognize and respond to with joy.The outstanding orchestration is colorful and rich, helping to tell the story and create the mood throughout the 1 hour and 45 minute show.
AUDITION: September 4, 2019
at The Gate
7700 N. Council Road.
Call 405.343.1025 for an appointment.
Ebenezer Scrooge - The miserly owner of a London counting-house, a nineteenth century term for an accountant's office. The three spirits of Christmas visit the stodgy bean-counter in hopes of reversing Scrooge's greedy, cold-hearted approach to life.
Bob Cratchit - Scrooge's clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family. Though treated harshly by his boss, Cratchit remains a humble and dedicated employee.
Tiny Tim - Bob Cratchit's young son, crippled from birth. Tiny Tim is a highly sentimentalized character who Dickens uses to highlight the tribulations of England's poor and to elicit sympathy from his middle and upper class readership.
Jacob Marley - In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge's equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years before the narrative opens. He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suff ering a similar fate.
The Ghost Of Christmas Past - The first spirit to visit Scrooge, a curiously childlike apparition with a glowing head. He takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past. The spirit uses a cap to dampen the light emanating from his head.
The Ghost Of Christmas Present - The second spirit to visit Scrooge, a majestic giant clad in a green robe. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his contemporaries' Holiday celebrations.
The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come - The third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, a silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe. He presents Scrooge with an ominous view of his lonely death.
Fred - Scrooge's nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and every year, only to be refused by his grumpy uncle.
Fezziwig - The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. Fezziwig was renowned for his wonderful Christmas parties.
Belle - A beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man. Belle broke off their engagement after Scrooge became consumed with greed and the lust for wealth. She later married another man.
Peter Cratchit - Bob's oldest son, who inherits his father's stiff-collared shirt for Christmas.
Martha Cratchit - Bob's oldest daughter, who works in a milliner's shop. (A milliner is a person who designs, produces, and sells hats.)
Fan - Scrooge's sister; Fred's mother. In Scrooge's vision of Christmases past, he remembers Fan picking him up from school and walking him home.
The Portly Gentlemen - Two gentlemen who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale seeking charitable contributions. Scrooge promptly throws them out of his office. Upon meeting one of them on the street after his visitations, he promises to make lavish donations to help the poor.
Mrs. Cratchit - Bob's wife, a kind and loving woman.
For your audition:
1. Wear dress casual clothing.
2. Memorize and prepare a brief, entertaining monologue, (a paragraph or two) which shows your ability to get in character, engage an audience, and show a range of emotion.
3. Prepare to sing sixteen measures of a Broadway/Disney-style song (something with a little range and emotion).
4. Once you have set your appointment. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and relax before your audition.
Note: Everyone who auditions will be enrolled in the 5-week summer camp. Whether you are cast in a speaking role or ensemble role, you will have plenty of acting, singing and dancing throughout the performance. If you are new to theater, you will have the chance to learn from and be encouraged by caring directors and talented peers. You'll love the experience and we'll love having you! So sign up and step into a whole new and wonderful life!
Guidelines for Auditioning
All students MUST be between the ages of 4 and 18.
You must be available for all rehearsal dates.
All auditionees will need to read through the Spotlight Productions Guidelines and sign the agreement contract.
Auditionees will be asked to perform sixteen bars from a musical. A cd, iPod or iPhone instrumental accompaniment may be used. No recorded background vocals may accompany the singer. A monologue ranging from 30 seconds to 1 minute in length. Actors may also be asked to read excerpts from the scripts.
Dance auditions will follow vocal auditions. Plan to stay one hour. Please bring proper dance attire. No flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are allowed.
All auditionees need to be prepared to fill out an information form. For all auditionees under the age of 18, parental signature is required on the form.
A theater resume´ and head shot are requested, but not mandatory.
Auditions are "closed", meaning family and friends may not watch auditions. Sometimes this can make them nervous.
All auditionees need to stay in the audition area until they are released by directors. Friends, siblings and other relatives will need to stay seated in the waiting area and not go anywhere else in the building.