Last year,  “A Christmas Carol – Live Onstage” performed to rave reviews in West Bend.  Because of the nostalgia associated with “A Christmas Carol” and the tradition of either seeing or watching the Dickens classic, once again the West Bend Masonic Lodge will present nine live stage performances of the show in 2011.  Dan Robertson will reprise his role as Ebeneezer Scrooge.  Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 25 through Decembers 11, 2011.

 

AUDITION DETAILS FOR ACTORS, SINGERS, DANCERS

Auditions for Adults, ages 16-80 will be held in August 18th.

 

Auditions for Children, ages 4 to 15 will be August 19th.

 

All Auditions will be held in the basement of the West Bend Masonic Center, 301 N. University Drive, just south of Highway 33 beginning at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Those attending auditions can arrive anytime, and do not need to be present for the entire evening.  Alternate audition times can be arranged in case of schedule conflicts.

 

Parts will be cast by August 30.  Rehearsals will begin on October 5.

 

There are many choice character roles for adults, as featured actors.  Many adult men and women are needed in a wide range of ages.  For children there are many roles either as Christmas carolers, or as members of the Cratchit family.  Total cast and crew will be about 30 people including extras.

 

Although the show is not a musical, there is one dance number in the show, and there are roles for Christmas Carolers.

 

Choice roles in the show require a light rehearsal commitment for “cameo parts”  that rehearse just one-two times per week during October, making participation possible for people with busy schedules.  During November, an increasing number of rehearsals will be needed.  Roles of special interest are:

Tiny Tim – a boy between the ages of 4 to 9 years old.  The role requires a boy who has a loud voice, enjoys being on stage, and would perhaps have a parent involved in the show.

Young Buck – a boy street urchin of about 12.

Fan – Scrooge’s delightful niece, a girl 8 to 14 years old.

Belle – Scrooge’s finacee’, a young woman age 18 to 30.

Marley’s Ghost – Scrooge’s former business partner, Jacob Marley.  A man age 40-80 with powerful acting ability who warns Scrooge that he is to be haunted by spirits if he doesn’t change his miserly ways.

Spirit of Christmas Past – A kindly, and parental figure shows Scrooge how joyful the Christmases of his youth once were.  Can be played by a man or woman of any age.

Spririt of Christmas Present – A vivacious, bold character representing all that is wonderful about Christmas, friends, family.

Bob Cratchit – The long suffering clerk-employee of Ebeneezer Scrooge, and father to Tiny Tim.

Cratchit Children – Boys and Girls ages 4 to 16.

VOCALISTS, MUSICIANS, FIDDLER, CONCERTINA PLAYERS NEEDED

 

Small musical groups interested in being showcased in the Victorian Parlor or Dickens Pub for  “A Christmas Carol” are needed.  Vocal and musical ensembles are welcome.

 

Church and School groups or individuals are encouraged to participate.  Vocal Duets, Trios, Small Choirs, String Quartets, Brass Groups, Handbell Choirs will be chosen to perform.  Costumes will be provided for musicians.  Each group can choose one night to perform.  Those interested can e-mail ncstorrs@aol.com

 

A live fiddler and concertina player are needed onstage during one scene.  A light rehearsal schedule is required.

 

COSTUMED WAITERS, USHERS

“Dickens Pub” will offer refreshments for sale during performances of “A Christmas Carol.”  The pub will be located on the lower level of the Masonic Lodge.  They will serve mulled spiced cider, fresh holiday cookies, and other seasonal treats.  Costumed waiters and and serving wenches will be needed.

 

West Bend Masonic Lodge Members are the leading sponsors for the Christmas Carol production.  They are in the process of contacting community organizations, churches and businesses for additional sponsors and advertising to help offset production costs.  Sponsoring organizations will receive prime seating, free refreshments in “Dickens Pub,” a personal waiter in the Pub during intermission, direct recognition at performances, and advertisement in the program.  For more sponsor details e-mail info@westbendmasoniclodge.com

The show is Directed by Nancy Storrs.  Production assistant is Bailey Mahnke.  For questions, call Nancy Storrs at 262-305-9613 or e-mail ncstorrs@aol.com

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