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Milwaukee Repertory Theater is on the hunt for a “Tiny Tim” capable of delivering the most memorable and spirited line in  A Christmas Carol – “God Bless us everyone!”  In addition to the role of Tiny Tim, 15-18 other Young performer roles are available.  Young performers of all ethnicities, ages 7 – 17, are encouraged to audition for the rare opportunity of performing alongside seasoned professionals in this Milwaukee Holiday tradition.

 

Parents who would like their children to audition should fill out the electronic submission form via Google Forms at this link –  https://tinyurl.com/y8bdxc6h

 

All submissions are due by Friday, May 25 at 5pm.

 

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 2. Those chosen from submitted materials will be notified of an audition time and receive materials to prepare for the audition. Callbacks will be held later in the day. No one will be seen without an appointment.

 

A Christmas Carol rehearses Tuesdays through Sundays from November 6 to November 26 and performs November 25 – December 24 at the Pabst Theater.  Please note that young performers will need to miss school for technical rehearsals and matinee performances.

 

For additional questions, please contact Dylan K. Sladky, Artistic Administrator, at dsladky@milwaukeerep.com or via phone at 414-290-5391

 

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s hit new A Christmas Carol adaptation, written by Artistic Director Mark Clements, is a tale of love, hope and  redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects.  A Christmas Carol runs November 25 – December 24, 2018 in the Historic Pabst Theater. It is a dazzling Christmas feast with enough theatrical goodies to fill any sized stocking hung by the chimney with care.

 

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater is on the hunt for a “Tiny Tim” capable of delivering the most memorable and spirited line in  A Christmas Carol – “God Bless us everyone!”  In addition to the role of Tiny Tim, several other Young performer roles are available.  Young performers of all ethnicities, ages 7 – 17, are encouraged to audition for the rare opportunity of performing alongside seasoned professionals in this Milwaukee Holiday tradition.

 

Parents who would like their children to audition should send in their submission, which must include the young performer’s name, a recent photo, age, height and weight, a parent/guardian’s phone number and email address, and a brief note from the young performer telling the theater about themselves and why they would like to be in A Christmas Carol.

 

Submit material the following ways:

Electronically: email the submission to acckidssm@milwaukeerep.com.

In Person:  Drop off materials at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater Reception desk.

Mail: Milwaukee Repertory Theater

ATTN: Audra Kuchling

108 E. Wells St.

Milwaukee, WI  53202

 

All information must arrive at The Rep by Monday, June 5, at 5:00 pm.

 

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 17. Those chosen from submitted materials will be notified of an audition time and receive materials to prepare for the audition. Callbacks will be held later in the day. No one will be seen without an appointment.

 

A Christmas Carol rehearses Tuesdays through Sundays from October 31 to November 26 and performs November 28 – December 24 at the Pabst Theater.  Please note that young performers will need to miss school for technical rehearsals and matinee performances.  All young performers must be accompanied at the audition by a parent or legal guardian.

 

For additional questions, please contact Audra Kuchling, ACC Young Performer Audition Coordinator, at akuchling@milwaukeerep.com or via phone at 414-290-7082.


Christmas Carol 8

There is No Humbug at Sunset Playhouse!
A CHRISTMAS CAROL has only 4 shows remaining:

Wednesday, December 23 at 7:30

Saturday, December 26th at 3:00 and 7:30

Sunday December 27th at 2:00PM
We are offering all remaining tickets at just $12.50 each!

Use the code: NOHUMBUG online at SunsetPlayHouse.com or call the box office at 262-782-4430.
Don’t miss the show audiences and critics alike have raved about.
Happy Holidays from Sunset Playhouse!
Sunset Playhouse

800 Elm Grove Road

Elm Grove, WI 53122

262-782-4430


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Auditions for A CHRISTMAS CAROL
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.
SYNOPSIS
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.
 
CAST OF CHARACTERS
 
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.

great expectations

ACACIA THEATRE will be holding auditions on Saturday, January 3 between 10:00-1:00 and Sunday, January 4 between 5:00-8:00 for its production of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, adapted by Barbara Field, directed by Chris Goode.  Flexible casting consists of approx. 6M, 5F  (ages 10-65*).Readings will be from the script.  Please be prepared to provide all “conflicts” from Feb. 1 – March 19.  Performances (March 20-29, 2015) will be at Concordia University in Mequon. Auditions will be by appointment only at Church in the City, 2648 N. Hackett, Milwaukee.  To make an appointment:  call 744-5995 or email:  acacia@acaciatheatre.com

 

 

Additional info:

 

Director is Chris Goode. Stage Manager is Erin Nicole Eggers. Acting Coach is Glenna Gustin.

 

If needed: Callbacks will be Monday evening, January 5th. (If unable to attend, please still come to initial audition).

 

If interested in auditioning but unable to attend the initial audition due to holiday travels, please contact the Acacia office (above) to make alternate arrangements.

 

Please provide a head shot and resume at audition.  (If you have neither: any photo will be sufficient.  A space is provided on audition form for performance experience, but a resume is preferred)

 

* The script is written to allow for the “children’s” roles to be played by either children or adults.  This final decision will be made following the auditions and in the casting process.

 

The script of of Great Expectations, adapted by Barbara Field is available by contacting Acacia’s office – see contact information above.  A refundable deposit of $15 is requested for a 5 day checkout of script.  Sides will be made available as we near the audition dates.
If possible, please prepare a Cockney dialect, rural British dialect and/or RP. However, this is not required for auditions.

Please arrive at audition 10 minutes early in order to fill out necessary forms.  If you cancel at the last moment, please leave a message at 744-5995, box 2.  Messages will be checked.

 

Rehearsals are at Church in the City.  For directions to Church in the City, go to: www.citcweb.org

 

CAST (This is just one suggested possibility for doubling.)

Everyone will play multiple roles – so creating different characters will be important.  Again – this is just one doubling possibility.

Pip/Soldier
Herbert Pocket/Lieutenant/Tailor
Wemmick/Pumblechook/Bentley Drummle
Jaggers/Compeyson/Clergyman
Joe Gargery/Aged Parent/Porter/Prison Doctor
Magwitch/A Pocket
Miss Havisham/Miss Skiffins
Estella
Biddy/Clara Barley/A Pocket
Mrs. Joe Gargery/Molly/A Pocket

If children:

Young Pip/Joe’s boy
Young Herbert/Stable Boy
Young Estella/Barmaid


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


  Only 2 weeks left to see Milwaukee’s best “choice for a bountiful helping of Christmas spirit.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan
Now – December 27, 2009 •
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Don’t miss the most extravagant and delightful holiday production in Milwaukee! For 34 years, no show is more anticipated and treasured than The Rep’s annual production performed at the historic Pabst Theater. This timeless holiday classic will touch your soul and brighten your holiday season with its message of hope and redemption. Gather your friends and family for a true holiday tradition unlike anything else. Milwaukee favorite and Rep Resident Acting Company Member James Pickering reprises the role of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.