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AUDITIONS AUGUST 7 & 8, 2017

 

Auditions for musical comedy The Christmas Carol Rag

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the irreverent musical comedy The Christmas Carol Rag, written by Norman Allen with musical arrangements by Howard Breitbart. The show will be performed Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, 2017, at Burien Actors Theatre.Bat Marketing logo Reduced

The Christmas Carol Rag calls for 9 actors of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression and physical/mental ability for all roles. Characters range in age from their 20s to their 70s. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS:  A delightfully irreverent take on the Dickens classic, set in the ragtime music world of rough-and-tumble New York, circa 1911. Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn who runs her sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a sarcastic Jewish Ghost of Christmas Past and a blunt Gospel-singing Ghost of Christmas Present. With Joplin-like syncopation, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future carry the miserly Mrs. Scrooge from the tough life of immigrant tenements to the amber glow of the Gilded Age. A funny and moving show that puts a new twist on a holiday classic with rousing production numbers featuring music of Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan like The Streets of New York.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin Oct. 9.

The stage director is Calen Winn and the music director is Elizabeth Bender.

$100 stipend provided.  Free on-site parking.

Auditions are Monday, Aug. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and two short (24-32 bars each) contrasting songs (serious/comedy, ballad/patter), one of which should highlight your vocal range. A song that is from 1900-1930, ragtime or gospel, or some combination of those, is a plus. Bring written music in your key for accompanist, as well as resume and headshot. Accompanist provided, and a cappella is discouraged. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script, working with music from the show, and possible dance callbacks.

Please make audition appointment:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. 

Fred: 20s-30s, Scrooge’s nephew, a struggling actor with a big heart.
Doubles with Tim Fezziwig: 20-30s, Fezziwig’s son, in love with Miss Scrooge. Both: optimistic and driven by love and family. Tenor (roughly C3 to A4).

Agnes: 20-35, a Jewish immigrant in Scrooge’s sweatshop.
Doubles with Christmas Past: Ageless, a Yiddish-spouting spirit.
Also doubles with Edie: 20-35, a struggling playwright. All: skeptical, a sharp wit, playfully blunt. Mezzo soprano (roughly A3 to F#5).

Ruthie: 20-35, an immigrant worker in Scrooge’s sweatshop.  A kind soul.
Doubles with Christmas Present: Ageless, a Gospel-singing, joyous spirit. Fabulous, but firm. These are the least similar doubled roles; not a stretch, but a fun challenge. Mezzo soprano (roughly A3 to F#5).

Anne Cratchit: 28-40, a hard-working and practical woman.
Doubles with Miss Scrooge: the younger and still innocent Mrs. Scrooge. Both: driven, determined, making the best of the life they have. Alto (roughly G3 to E5).

Bob Cratchit: 30-45, a foreman in Scrooge’s sweatshop. A loving, caring husband and boss. Baritone (roughly A2 to F4).

Mrs. Scrooge: 50s-60s, a hardened businesswoman. Brisk, to the point and always striving for more. Very similar to the dickensian original. Alto (roughly G3 to E5).

Sylvia: 20s, Fred’s beloved, a struggling actress. Generous, almost to a fault. Seemingly carefree in the face of poverty. Soprano (roughly C4 to A5).

Janet Marley: 60s-70s, Scrooge’s deceased business partner. From the same mold as Scrooge, but soft around the edges. Blunt, brisk and at times terrifying.  Doubles with Gladys: 60s, a former grand dame of the theater. A storyteller, in life as on stage. Both: a voice of authority and wisdom. Mezzo soprano (roughly A3 to F#5).

Mr. Fezziwig: 50s, a jubilant mentor to young Miss Scrooge.
Doubles with Bobby: 40s-50s, a struggling actor. Both: kindly, enjoy giving advice to and cajoling those they like. Tenor (roughly C3 to A4).

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