'A Christmas Story, The Musical'
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Jerry Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri & Pat Addiss
John Rando, dir.; Warren Carlyle, choreo.; Joseph Robinette, book; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, score; Ian Eisendrath, music dir.; James Gray, assoc. choreo.; John Corker, Corker Group LLC, general mgr.; Stephanie Klapper Casting, casting.
Casting ensemble children for "A Christmas Story, The Musical." Synopsis: "This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends, and his family get into all kinds of situations, including run-ins with a bully with 'yellow eyes,' a tongue stuck to a flag pole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, a major award, and a Chinese Christmas dinner. Based on the humorist Jean Shepherd’s novel 'In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,' this is a tribute to the original, traditional, one-hundred-percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, All-American Christmas."
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearsals begin Oct. 21; runs Nov. 12-Dec. 29 in Hartford, CT, Boston, MA & other cities TBD.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $1,112 min./wk. Equity Production (League) Tour Tier C Contract, approval pending.
Seeking submissions from: New York, NY
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JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: Late 40s to early 50s. Caucasian. A great actor with charisma. Great speaking voice, who can tell an engrossing story and who has the quality to draw an audience in to his magical world and weave a spell. Has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. Of average height/weight or slightly larger; a good-natured curmudgeon. Believably Midwestern. He’s omniscient, but not in an overpowering way. He’s the guy you’d like to have on your over-40s softball team and the one you’d go to the bar with after the game since he’s funny and spins a good yarn. He has a deadpan sense of humor. He MUST be a great storyteller with a tremendous presence. Casting personnel state that they are especially seeking "star names" and/or "established Broadway names" for this role. This role has been cast.
THE OLD MAN: Late 30s-40s. Caucasian. A little younger than Jean. He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He can be a little acerbic and gruff. He usually expects the worst, but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants it (though it usually doesn’t); a devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not overtly show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids. VOICE: high baritone or tenor, must sing to a high G. *Please prepare a swing tune from the golden age that displays character, style and range. Casting personnel state that they are especially seeking "star names" and/or "established Broadway names" for this role. This role has been cast.
MOTHER: 30s-40s. Caucasian. Younger than The Old Man by a couple of years. She is more in charge than he is, but she would never let him know it; affable and warm, but not a pushover; strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom. A vibrant woman with a personality that challenges the 1950s bland wife stereotype. She is a “real mom” with a warm sense of humor, though definitely not gooey. A more charactery Donna Reed. VOICE: contemporary mezzo with a strong mix, sings low G to high Db. *Please prepare a contemporary ballad (in the style of Ahrens and Flaherty and Maltby & Shire) that displays high mix and a strong lyric interpretation. Casting personnel state that they are especially seeking "star names" and/or "established Broadway names" for this role. This role has been cast.
MISS SHIELDS: Mid 20’s – 40’s. Soprano 1. She is Ralphie’s (and his friends) elementary school teacher. Great with comedy. Character woman. An actress with a flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway. VOICE: Fierce belter and vocal stylist. *Please prepare a jazzy uptempo belt song that displays character and style. Casting personnel state that they are especially seeking "star names" and/or "established Broadway names" for this role. This role has been cast.