By John Jakes
Sunday & Monday, October 4 & 5, 2015
A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be directed by Michael (Paco) Pocaro. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed above. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please also include any background in music/dance (choral, choreography, musical instruments) and any background in British dialect (not required).  Scripts are available to check out at the Box Office with a $10 deposit.
Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the  CHRISTMAS CAROL Audition Form.
AuditionsSunday & Monday, October 4 & 5 7:00-10:00 pm*
Callbacks:   Tuesday, October 6 (if necessary)  7:00-10:00 pm
Rehearsals: Monday, October 19 – Wednesday, December 2, 2015**
Performances: December 3 – 27, 2015
Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.  Click here to see our other upcoming auditions!
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 deposit.
Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays-Fridays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. & Saturdays 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 for auditions.
This edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL goes beyond other adaptations with a unique dramatic concept. At the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of his famed platform readings. Of course, the story chosen is one which he often performs, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, performing small roles, and introducing short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions.
A Christmas Carol – Casting
Casting consists of numerous characters ranging in age from young child to elderly adults.  Seeking approximately 11 men, 6 women, 4 boys, and 2 girls each capable of playing several characters.  All are speaking roles.
Principal male characters:
Charles Dickens – approx. 30-40.  Well-versed, professorial and versatile.  He narrates the action and often participates as a character in the scenes.  Ability to play fiddle, not required, but a real plus.
Ebeneezer Scrooge – 50 – 70. Perhaps older than his years, an elderly character with a caustically wretched personality.
Bob Cratchit – 30-40.  Scrooge’s clerk.  More a slave than employee.  Forced to grovel under Scrooge.  A loving family man.
Tiny Tim – Youngest Cratchit boy, approx. 10 years old, slight of build.
Fred – 20’s to 30’s.  Scrooge’s nephew.  Gregarious, fun loving family man.
Principal male or female characters:
Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come – could be males or females of varying adult ages.  These apparitions guide (and terrorize) Scrooge to a change of heart.
Principal female characters:
Mrs. Cratchit – 30-40. Bob’s partner who deeply resents Scrooge’s treatment of Bob and of their family.

Fan – both at 11-12 years old and again as 20-30’s.  Young Ebeneezer’s loving sister.

Belle – 20-30.  Ebeneezer’s lost love.  A compelling and deeply intelligent lady.
The rest of the cast is rich with various characters working very specific business in the telling of this story.  All actors, male and female, young and old, are encouraged to attend auditions.  Any musical or dance background is welcomed.
*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431prior to the day of auditions to notify the Volunteer Coodinator, Ann Mather.
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00-10:00 pm.