Algonquin Arts

Auditions

A Christmas Carol The Musical

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent

Directed by: Anthony Greco
Musical Director: Kara Leigh
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan. Please enter the theatre through the lobby where staff will check you in and direct you to the appropriate space.

AUDITION DATES
Monday, September 10 @ 7 p.m. (we encourage children auditioning to do so between 7-8 p.m.) Tuesday, September 11 @ 7 p.m. (we encourage children auditioning to do so between 7-8 p.m.) Wednesday, September 12 @ 7 p.m. (Call backs by invitation only.)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song in the traditional musical theatre style of canon which shows their range and ability to tell a story through music. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or a cappella. Dress comfortably in order to dance, not everyone may be asked to dance. Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-to-late September but not kick into gear until mid-October.

PERFORMANCES
8 Performances:
Friday, November 30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 - 3 p.m.
Friday, December 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 - 3 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling adaptation of Dickens' Christmas classic. Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Please note the role of Scrooge has been cast. ALL OTHER ROLES OPEN!!!

A note from the Director ... This is a true ensemble piece and one of the most beautiful scores ever written! Imagine if the scores of Titanic the Musical and Ragtime had a Christmas baby, this would be it!!! The Madison Square Garden production featured over 100 actors because of how many featured roles there are throughout the show for all adult ages. Just because it is dark and gritty London don't think there is no dancing. There are several BIG dance numbers for both men and women who love to move, especially girls to be featured in the Rockette Christmas Spectacular-style number, "Abundance & Charity." If you are looking to sing some incredible choral pieces this is also the show for you. This adaptation is rarely done due to its size and we are so lucky that the Algonquin Arts Theatre is mounting this show this holiday season. Please come audition and be part of it!

ADULT ROLES:
Mr. Bob Cratchit. Male, 30-40. Baritone.
A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son. He works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.

Mrs. Cratchit. Female, 30-40. Alto.
Tiny Tim's mother and Mr. Cratchit's wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she's got.

Ghost Of Christmas Past. Male/Female. 20s-30s. Tenor/Mezzo.
An ever cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge's past to show him the events that led to his current state. Actor doubles as Lamplighter. Seeking a dynamic performer who can dance for this role!

Ghost Of Christmas Present. Male 25+. Baritenor.
A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him celebrate Christmas. Actor doubles as Sandwichboard Man.

Blind Old Hag / Ghost Of Christmas Future. Female. 20s. Soprano.
This is not your usual depiction of this role … Seeking a strong dancer, skilled in ballet is a plus! A beautiful, and terrifying wrath, the Ghost of Christmas Future is strong and silent as she shows Scrooge what will happen to him and those around him if he continue down the path he is currently treading. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Ghost of Jacob Marley. Male. 35+. Baritenor.
Scrooge's former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife.

Young Scrooge. Male, 20s. Baritone.
Scrooge as seen as a young man. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Emily. Female, 20s. Soprano.
Scrooge's fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl, not impressed or in need of money. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Fred. Male, 20s. Baritone.
Scrooge's nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Mr. Fezziwig. Male, 40+. Tenor.
A portly, jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge's first boss and after teaching him all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the man Scrooge became. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Mrs. Fezziwig. Female, 40+. Soprano.
The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig's wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful. *This actor will play other featured roles throughout the cast as well!

Ensemble.

CHILD ROLES
Tiny Tim. Boy or Girl. 9-11.
Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit's youngest son. He is crippled and sick, but is the definition of loving Christmas spirit. He constantly reminds his family that as long as they all have each other, they will be happy.

Martha Cratchit.

Young Fan Scrooge.

Young Ebenezer Scrooge.

Grace Smythe.

Jonathon, the Turkey Boy.

Ensemble.

Noises Off

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Monday, November 12 @ 7 p.m.
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Tuesday, January 8 @ 7 p.m.
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Featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Directed by Joseph Stefanelli
Choreographed by Jessica O'Brien

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION DATES
Friday, September 7 @ 4-8 p.m. - OPEN CALL
Saturday, September 8 @ 9-3 p.m. - OPEN CALL

This is an Algonquin Youth Ensemble production featuring students through high school age.

CALL BACKS
Saturday, September 8, 2018: 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.
4. Cast will feature students in age-appropriate roles.
5. Students ages 8-17 who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. This class is tuition free as of 2017.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. (Education Series Performance*)
Friday, December 14 at 11:45 a.m. (Education Series Performance*)
Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

*Algonquin Arts Theatre can provide students with a letter detailing participation to submit to school.

SCHEDULE:
BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: September 29-December 8
Classes start Saturday, September 29 and meet each Saturday through December 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No class on November 10 & 24. Students up to age 17 will be required to attend all AYE classes.

(9-Classes) 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

REHEARSALS:
To begin in October of 2018 and will exercise on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 4 - 8 p.m. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned.

TECH WEEK
December 10-13. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 5 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
The classic animated television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Charlie Brown - The story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero. Charlie Brown was created as caricature of the average person. Acquainted with losing more than winning.

Snoopy - Charlie Brown's lovable dog. Human-like dog with the ability to "speak" his thoughts to the reader. Many of the human characters in Peanuts have the uncanny knack of reading his thoughts and responding to them.

Lucy - Linus' older sister; a bossy, crabby girl. Lucy delivers mean remarks with the greatest of ease, usually showing no emotion whatsoever, and then moving on with whatever she was doing. She has a tendency to go off on loud and rambling tangents when she is with Charlie Brown.

Linus - Lucy's younger brother. Though young, Linus is unusually smart and acts as the philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Gospels. Juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket - for which he is often mocked by other characters - and often sucks his thumb.

Pig Pen - Known for his perpetually filthy overalls, the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. When he takes a deep breath (to sing, for example), the dust rises briefly around him. In spite of his best efforts, it appears that he cannot stay clean.

Frieda - A chatterbox with naturally curly hair, of which she is extremely proud. This self-love of and belief that others are jealous about her hair leads people to believe that she is rather vain.

Schroeder - He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular.

Violet - Consistent personality trait is that she tends to be a bit of a snob, very conscious of appearances and status. It is implied that her family has a higher-class position than others.

Sally - Younger sister to Charlie Brown. Has a "take it easy" approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Her favorite pastime is watching TV.

Patty - Peppermint Patty, often acts as a sort of "mother-hen," looking out for the younger characters; however, she also sets the tone for the strong female characters.

Shermy - Portrayed as Charlie Brown's superior at the things that mattered to Charlie Brown, especially athletics. Athletic-physical characteristics.

**At Algonquin Arts Theatre, our produced Main Stage performances work closely with the Education Department. This gives us an opportunity to educate students in all areas of the performing arts including performers, writers, production management and behind-the-scenes (tech). Through our Performing Arts Academy (PAA) each semester (Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring & Summer) we offer a program called the Algonquin Youth Ensemble | AYE. AYE is an audition-only, comprehensive instructional, full immersion theatre education program. The Algonquin Youth Ensemble is a class first. There is not a tuition fee to participate in this particular arts education program, if selected. Students will be selected based on their audition alone. Not all who audition will be cast/ selected for the program. Transcending the typical theatre program, AYE members not only have the opportunity to study theatrical disciplines with experienced professionals, but also must apply what they've learned in a fully mounted main stage production. In addition to studying acting, singing and dancing, members work side-by-side with professional directors, designers, actors and musicians through a full rehearsal schedule and performance run of a major musical/ play production. Open to students ages 8-17, participants commit not only to daily/weekly classes, but also to all rehearsals and performances, often participating in production and administrative activities as well.

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AUDITION DATES
Friday, January 4 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 5 @ 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This is an Algonquin Youth Ensemble production featuring students through high school age.