General Information About Auditioning
- Auditions are open; family involvement is encouraged
- Productions may have specific age or gender requirements
- Auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis
- Bring your calendar to note any conflicts on your audition form
You may fill out the form below and bring it with you, or fill one out at auditions
CHILD AUDITION AGREEMENT FOR PARENTS OF YOUTH 17 & UNDER
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
“My Fair Lady” – Oct 26 & 27, 2015
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 fees as part of its operating costs. If you have financial burdens, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other options.
Audition Format: Bring a rehearsed, short (16 measures), familiar musical piece to sing. We suggest a familiar piece of music like the ones listed above, which you may download and use. The singing portion of the audition will be followed by short READING selections from the script (DOWNLOAD ABOVE). A short series of DANCE steps will then be taught together, and performed for the choreographer.
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
MY FAIR LADY
Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by FREDERICK LOEWE
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture PYGMALION
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” with music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is triumphant! With songs like The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face it’s no wonder everyone falls in love with Eliza Doolittle. MY FAIR LADY is the standard by which all other musicals are measured.
Directed by Paula Atkins
Music Direction by Dianne Prieditis
Choreography by Kyle Thomas
Feb 26 & 27 and Mar 4 & 5 -7:30 p.m.
Feb 27 & 28 and March 5 & 6 – 2:00 p.m.
Senior matinee luncheon March 4, 1:00PM
OPEN AUDITIONS – CHANHASSEN HIGH SCHOOL:
Monday & Tuesday, October 26 & 27, 2015.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Ages 8 – 13 Vocal Audition
6:00 – 8:00 pm Ages 14+ Vocal Audition
8:00 – 9:00 pm Ages 14+ Dance Audition
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Callbacks 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Individual times will be scheduled.
Lead roles begin vocal rehearsal in December. Full cast begins January 4, 2016.
Ensemble expect approx. 2 or 3 nights/week until mid Feb, then 4 nights/week until opening.
Principals 3 – 4 nights/week until mid Feb; then 4 to 5 nights/week until opening.
From Director, Paula Atkins:
My Fair Lady, one of the best-loved of all musicals, was adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s classic Pygmalion, written in 1916. The play, brought to musical life by Alan J Lerner and Frederick Lowe in 1956, was dubbed “one of the best musicals of the century” (Brooks Atkinson) and “Miraculous, witty and wise” (Walter Kerr). I would have to agree with both assessments.
My history with this musical began in 1974 when I was privileged to be cast the Chaska High School production, directed by Jan Baker. I was new to CHS that year, and was welcomed by new friends and old, many of whom are dear friends yet today. In fact, the cast and production staff of My Fair Lady of 1974 is responsible in part for the very existence of Chaska Valley Family Theatre.
In 1995 a group of CHS graduates was brought together to perform highlights of CHS shows for an all school reunion held that year. My Fair Lady was featured, of course, along with West Side Story, Brigadoon, and many others from that era, directed by Jan Baker. When it was over, Jan commented that it might be time to start a community theater and several of us took that idea and ran with it. Thus, Chaska Valley Family Theatre was born. I am hopeful that many of the Chaska High School Alumni from the 1970’s will get the “itch” to come back and perform with us!
I am pleased to return as director for My Fair Lady, along with my longtime friend and master musical director, Dianne Prieditis. With Hannah Weinberg (Choreographer) and Kelsey Gripentrog (Stage Manager), I look forward to this adventure with CVFT, now in its glorious 20th Season!
This production features primarily adult named roles. However, youth ages 8 and up will be cast for chorus and dancing roles. Family participation with adults and youth is strongly encouraged. My Fair lady requires many strong actors and singers.
Age 8-13, VOCAL Auditions are October 26 & 27, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classical Broadway song, bring sheet music; accompanist provided. No dance audition for this age group.
Samples can be found at http://www.cvft.org/auditions/upcoming-auditions.
Age 14 & Up VOCAL Auditions are October 26 & 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classic broadway song, memorized. It should be able to show off your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist. Samples can be found at http://www.cvft.org/auditions/upcoming-auditions.
Age 14 & Up DANCE Auditions are October 26 & 27, 8:00- 9:00 p.m.
You will be taught a short basic dance routine as a large group, followed by auditions in groups of 6-8.
Dress for dance and bring shoes if you have them (Girls: jazz, ballet, or character shoes. Men: Character shoes, shoes without grips)
Call Backs: If requested, you will be called back to sing again, read for specific parts, and dance on Thursday October 29th. Times TBD. Dress for movement.
Character Breakdown: (Ages are approximate)
Eliza Doolittle — a Cockney flower girl from Lisson Grove working outside Covent Garden
Colonel Pickering — retired British officer with colonial experience; the author of “Spoken Sanskrit”
Henry Higgins — British upper class professional bachelor, world famous phonetics expert
Freddy Eynsford-Hill — upper class young man who becomes completely smitten with Eliza
Alfred P. Doolittle — Eliza’s father; an elderly but vigorous dustman
Harry — drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle
Jamie — drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle
Mrs. Pearce — Henry Higgins’ housekeeper
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill — a friend of Mrs. Higgins’ and Freddy’s mother
Mrs. Higgins — Henry’s long-suffering mother
Bartender (George) — works the Tottenham Court Road Pub
Mrs. Hopkins — a Cockney woman of Tottenham Court
Professor Zoltan Karpathy — a bearded Hungarian; former phonetics student of Henry Higgins
A Bystander — outside Covent Garden in the opening scene
4 Cockney Men — the male Cockney quartet in Covent Garden Market
Butler — Henry Higgins’ household employee
Footman — Henry Higgins’ household; non-speaking
Lord Boxington — friend of Mrs. Higgins; Ascot race patron
Lady Boxington — at Ascot races; non-speaking
Flower Girl — working in Wimpole Street
Footman — Embassy employee
Footman — Embassy employee; non-speaking
Selsey Man — bystander outside Covent Garden, opening scene
Hoxton Man — bystander outside Covent Garden, opening scene
2 Maids — Henry Higgins’ household; non-speaking
3 Buskers — street performers outside Covent Garden; non-speaking
6 Servants — Henry Higgins’ household; non-speaking chorus singers S-S-A-A-T-B
2 Stewards — Ascot employees; non-speaking
Singing and Dancing Ensembles:
The Ascot Race patrons
Embassy Ball guests, including
The Queen of Transylvania and her escort
The Ambassador and his wife
Dr. Themistocles Stephanos
Covent Garden scene Crowd
Tottenham Court Crowd.
Angry Woman — Act I, Scene 2
Angry Man — Act I, Scene 2
Charles — Mrs. Higgins’ Chauffeur, Act I, Scene 6
Policemen — Wimpole Street, Act I, Scene 8
Queen of Transylvania – Act I, Scene 10
Maid — Mrs. Higgins’ employee, Act II, Scene 5