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- Auditions are open; family involvement is encouraged
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AUDITION SONG EXAMPLES Unless specific audition music is required (read below), we suggest choosing one of the following popular, well-know songs for your audition.
“A Christmas Story the Musical” – Aug 31/Sept 1 – info below.
“My Fair Lady” – Oct 26 & 27, 2015 (info to be posted soon!)
CVFT presents A CHRISTMAS STORY – THE MUSICAL,
December 4-20, 2015
Book by Joseph Robinette Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros. Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, based upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd
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. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!,” “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”
Artistic – Kevin Spencer
Musical Direction – Ali Satre
Choreography – Hannah Weinberg
Chaska High School, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN 55318
Audition Dates & Times:
Aug 31 & Sept 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Call-backs Sept 3 by invitation.
Rehearsals: Sept 14 – Dec 2. Generally three nights a week
(Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
Dec 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 (2 shows), 13, 18, 19 (2 shows), & 20th.
Matinee Preview Dec 3.
Age Requirements: Minimum audition age 8yrs. After casting, siblings or children of cast members under 8 yrs of age MAY be considered after initial casting is set.
Cost: There is a $50/actor or $125/family donation requested for participation by all actors in this production. CVFT is a non-profit, community, participatory theater that relies on membership.
Audition Format: Candidates will be taught a short musical piece to sing (DOWNLOAD ONLINE) followed
by short READING selections from the script (DOWNLOAD ONLINE). A short series of DANCE steps will then be taught and performed.
CHARACTERS (we anticipate casting up to 70 actors):
Jean Shepherd/Narrator: Late 40s to early 60s.
A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering – a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor.
Ralphie Parker: 9 to 12-years-old.
Cute and winsome, but not precious. Bright, but not precocious. A regular kid wouldn’t wind having as a next-door neighbor. He’s a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye.
Voice: high belter, low F# to high D.
Mother: 30s to 40s
More is charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it.She is warm and affable… at times a bit daffy… but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, especially in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.
Voice: contemporary mezzo w/ strong mix; low G to high Db.
The Old Man: 30s to 40s
A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff exterior. He’s a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn’t show it overtly. He usually expects the worst but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants. In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.
Voice: high baritone or tenor, must sing to a high G.
Randy Parker: 7 to 10-years-old
Ralphie’s younger brother. Cute, cuddly and whiny. Admires Ralphie but won’t admit it. He’s at the stage of childhood wherein he seems opposed to everything, but he’s still lovable – not a brat.
Voice: high belter, low F# to high C#.
Scut Farkus: 14 to 15-years-old
The textbook example of a schoolyard bully, except this truant doesn’t go to school. He is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. Older than Ralphie and his classmates by a year or two, he wears a perpetual scowl beneath his trademark coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune times to scare and harass his innocent victims.
Grover Dill: 9 to 12-years-old
Always at Farkus’ side. Much younger and decidedly smaller than Farkus, Dill delights in being tethered to his hero. He punctuates the bully’s threats and warnings with a series of rapid-fire belly-laughs, thus making the two of them the scourge of the neighborhood whenever they appear.
Miss Shields: mid 30s to late 50s
The local elementary 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 becomes a dynamic, show-stopping, brassy belter and tapper – a force to be reckoned with.
Voice: Fierce belter and vocal stylist.
Santa: 30s to 60s
The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical “Jolly Old Elf” of legend and lore. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempt to put an end to the day and, perhaps, head for the
nearest watering hole.
Schwartz: a classmate
Flick: a classmate
Esther Jane: a classmate
Mary Beth: a classmate