Theater auditions: ‘Christmas Carol’ musical in DeLand

Here’s an audition notice for a musical version of A Christmas Carol to be produced in DeLand:

Sands Theater Company
Audition Notice
A Christmas Carol

Music by  Alan Menken, Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens and Book by Mike Ockrent

Sands Theater Company will hold open auditions for Alan Menken (Beauty and The Beast) and Lynn Ahrens’ (SeussicalA Christmas Carol on August 30 and 31 at the Athens Theatre at 7 P.M. The Athens Theatre is located at 124 N. Florida Avenue in downtown DeLand.

Performances will be December 3, 4, 5*, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 19* at the Athens. All shows start at 7:30 P.M. except for Sunday matinees*, which are at 2:30 P.M.

Called by The New York Times “a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey,” this spectacular musical extravaganza ran for  ten years at Madison Square Garden, complete with falling snow, exuberant dances by famed choreographer Susan Stroman, flying ghosts and a magnificent set which recreated the streets, graveyards, homes and buildings of Dickensian  London.

In 2004, this version became the basis of an NBC Hallmark Entertainment special (teleplay adaptation by Lynn Ahrens) featuring Kelsey Grammer as  Scrooge and an array of stars including Jason Alexander, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, Geraldine Chaplin, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ruthie Henshall. But even without starry casts and spectacular trappings, this Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously told story by Ockrent and Ahrens, and the Menken/Ahrens score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics. In fact, their song “A Place Called Home” has become a holiday standard.

Craig Uppercue will direct this production and will also oversee musical direction. For questions please contact: craiguppercue@aol.com.

Music rehearsals will begin in mid-October, 2 to 3 times per week.  Beginning in November, rehearsals will be 4 times per week. Rehearsals will be held at Athens Theater Annex, 108 N. Florida Avenue, near the theater.   The last two weeks of rehearsals will be held in the Athens Theater.

NOTES/WHAT TO BRING: Have resume/headshot.  Prepare 16-32 bars of classic/standard musical-theatre song that showcases both range and acting ability; please, no pop or rock. Singing from the show is welcome.  Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; an accompanist will be provided.   Also please prepare a monologue not to exceed 3 minutes in length.

PLEASE NOTE:  Casting ages will range from 8-99 years old.
No appointments. Sign-ins are accepted starting at 6:30 P.M. Auditions will begin at 7:00 PM. Actors will be seen in the order in which they arrive.

SEEKING:

  • Beadle/Creditor. Beadle, a worker in Scrooge’s bank.   C#3 – Bb3 (Baritone).
  • Bob Cratchit, a hardworking clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, especially his young son Tiny Tim. Cratchit maintains a kind heart, even in the face of Scrooge’s mean-spiritedness.   G#2 – E4 (Baritenor).
  • Emily, young, lovely, and goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer. Happy with the simple things in life – friends, family, and the joy that comes from loving someone and being loved in return.   D4 – F (Soprano).
  • Fred Anderson, warm and compassionate, Scrooge’s nephew, feels sorry for the old man, yet still obligated to him, being family.  C3 – D4 (Baritenor).
  • Ghost of Christmas Future/Blind Old Hag. Ghost of Christmas Future: C4 – D5 (Alto) (Doubles as Blind Old Hag).
  • Ghost of Christmas Past/Lamplighter. Ghost of Christmas Past, a young, twinkly, spritely apparition, full of the Christmas spirit. Eb4 – G5 (Boy Soprano). (Doubles as Lamplighter).
  • Ghost of Christmas Present, a large jovial man who wears a long cape and has a wreath on his head. D3 – D4 (Baritone). (Doubles as the Sandwichboard Man).
  • Grace Smythe, the young daughter of Mr. Smythe. Accompanies her father to ask Scrooge for leniency following her mother’s death. Respectable, but poor. Db4 – Db5 (Soprano).
  • Jacob Marley, returned from the grave to warn Scrooge of the consequences of living the life of a miser. D3 – Ab4 (Baritenor).
  • Mr. Fezziwig, a portly, jolly man. A kind-hearted bank-owner who helps Ebenezer Scrooge get his start. Later, must ask Scrooge for help and is turned away. D#3 – B4 (Tenor). While the range for Mr. Fezziwig is large, some lines are adjustable, making the range a little narrower. Please see the score and listen to the recording of “Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” for a better sense of the requirements.
  • Mr. Symthe, recently widowed and left with a young daughter, Grace. Hopes Scrooge will be lenient and give him time to pay his debt. Respectable, but poor. C3 – C4 (Baritone).
  • Mrs. Cratchit, a wonderful wife and mother, hopeful and generous. G#3 – D5 (Alto).
  • Mrs. Fezziwig, the cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man. Later, become poor and can’t understand why Scrooge won’t help her husband. D4 – Ab5 (Soprano).
  • Old Joe, a ragpicker who scavenges off the dead. F3 – E4 (Baritone).
  • Sally Anderson, the wife of Scrooge’s nephew Fred. Tired of having “Uncle Scrooge” over for Christmas dinner each year. C4 – C5 (Alto).
  • Scrooge, an old man whose great wealth has turned his heart to stone. Deaf to the needs of his fellow men, Scrooge must journey through his past to regain the spirit of charity and kindness he had as a young man. A2 – Eb3 (Baritone).
  • Scrooge at 12, a poor orphan who works all day at a bootmaking factory. Tired of poverty, he vows to save his money and make his fortune. He desperately misses his parents and wants to find a home of his own. F#3 – A4 (Tenor).
  • Scrooge at 18, saving his money and running from a life of poverty, Young Ebenezer is still happy and sociable and deeply in love with Emily. He is still searching for a place to call home, but has found a second family in the Fezziwigs. D3 – D4 (Tenor).
  • Three Charity Men. D3 – F4 (TTB)
  • Three Rich Wives. C4 – D5 (SSA)
  • Tiny Tim, the young son of Bob Cratchit. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope. More than anyone, Tiny Tim embodies the Christmas Spirit. Bb3 – D4 (Boy Soprano).

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