A Christmas Story, the Musical

Hello and welcome from Marriott Theatre!

Please read all audition information before submitting!

DUE DATES LISTED HERE:

Adult Principals: Friday, May 6th by 10am CST (submit via this google form: https://forms.gle/m2vodKjSxqt2xems8)

Young Performer Principals: Friday, May 6th by 10am CST (submit via this google form: https://forms.gle/Tuqr43Eo1BBcw3gu7)

Adult Chorus/Ensemble: Thursday, May 12th by 5pm CST (submit via this google form: https://forms.gle/bN5tstSmPNZWXGdC9)

Young Performer Chorus/Ensemble: Thursday, May 12th by 5pm CST (submit via this google form: https://forms.gle/VGLAejkcmMXdU4kD9)

Videos must be received as an unlisted Youtube link or Vimeo link. We are looking for understudies for every role.

In-person callbacks will be in Lincolnshire, IL during the days of May 31 - June 2, 2022. Please indicate on the form if you are not available during those days. All cast members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to appear at an in-person callback and be cast in the show.  “Fully vaccinated,” as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.

We highly encourage local Chicago actors to audition.

If you have any questions, please email Sana Selemon at Sana.Selemon@MarriottTheatre.com.

First day of rehearsal: Thursday, October 13th, 2022(rehearsals are typically Mondays-Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, six days a week)

Previews: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

Opening: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 (Show schedule: Wednesday-Sunday with two shows on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Closing: January 1st, 2023

Director: Scott Weinstein

Choreographer: Tiffany Krause

Musical Director: Ryan T. Nelson

Associate Artistic Director: Peter Sullivan

Associate Producer: Peter Blair

Artistic Assistant: Sana Selemon

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: ​​

The world of A Christmas Story is that of a memory, one that is neither fact nor fiction, in which many vignettes weave together in Hohman, Indiana, in 1940, to create a formative moment in a child’s life that feels true, even if the events aren’t. The city of Hohman, Indiana itself is a fictional one and while we recognize that the famous film, which the musical is based on, created one version of that city which was largely white, we look to create a landscape that families of many different shapes and backgrounds can see themselves in and seek to cast expansively and intentionally with consideration to race, ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability.

Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following character descriptions. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

ADULT PRINCIPALS

*all roles will be understudied*

Jean Sheppard/Narrator

Late 40s to early 60s. Singing is a plus but not required. Dance ability: none required. A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering – a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark. He has a great sense of play allowing him to slip in and out of minor roles.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides)

  • Jean Side 1
  • Jean Side 2

The Old Man

30s to 40s. Vocal range: B flat 2 - G4. Dancing: Strong movement skills required. A devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn’t overtly show it. He is good-hearted, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff (and rough) exterior. While he usually expects the worst, he is capable of great excitement if the situation warrants (though it usually doesn’t). In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • The Old Man Side 
  • “The Genius on Cleveland Street"

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Mother

30s to 40s. Vocal Range: G3 to D flat 5. Dancing: Strong movement skills required. The smartest person in the Parker family, and more in charge of the family than the Old Man is (but she would never let him know it). She is warm and affable … at times a bit daffy … but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, and is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Mother Side
  • “What A Mother Does”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Miss Shields

30s to late 50s. Vocal Range: F#3 to D5, belt. Dancing: tap skills required. The local elementary school teacher. A seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator – prim and proper. Stern when necessary, though warm– and even humorous— when the situation merits it. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show-stopping belter and tapper — a force to be reckoned with.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Miss Shields Side
  • “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

YOUNG PERFORMER PRINCIPALS

Ralphie

9, going on 10. Vocal Range: F#3 to D5. Dancing: strong movement skills, tap preferred but not required. Bright, but not precocious. Cute and winsome, but not precious. A regular kid you wouldn’t mind having as a next-door neighbor. He’s a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye and single minded determination to get what he wants. 

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Ralphie Side
  • “Red Ryder Carbine-Action BB Gun”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Randy

7 to 8 (may be played by a 7 to 10-year old). Vocal Range: F#3 to D5. Dancing: strong movement skills, tap preferred but not required. Ralphie’s younger brother. He’s at the stage of childhood wherein he seems opposed to everything, but he’s still lovable — not a brat. He admires Ralphie but won't admit it.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Randy Side
  • “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

ENSEMBLE (added 4/28)

Young Performer Chorus

9-10 year olds. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies. Dancing: tap required. Classmates of Ralphie’s.

Please view and learn the dance combo provided here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/by4yrhm31dwkhw2/AAAMtXE9FhrVYAZH41szziGxa?dl=0. In the dance folder, there is one video that includes Laura demoing the combo, teaching it, and demoing it again. In the folder, you will also see the audio track to record to.

 

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” Dance Call
  • (this is not required but we highly encourage you to send in a video with you singing this song or another song) “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Flick

9-10. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies Dancing: tap preferred but not required. Movement skills required.

Ralphie’s friend and classmate. Not the brightest kid in class, but confident in his convictions nonetheless.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Schwartz & Flick Side
  • “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Esther Jane

9-10. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies Dancing: tap preferred but not required. Movement skills required.  A friend and classmate of Ralphie’s. She is the teacher’s pet.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Santa Monologue
  • “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

 

Mary Beth

9-10. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies Dancing: tap preferred but not required. Movement skills required. A friend and classmate of Ralphie’s. She is impatient and a bit of a know it all.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Santa Monologue
  • “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

Scut Farkus

14 to 15. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies Dancing: tap preferred but not required. Movement skills required. The textbook example of a school-yard bully, except this truant doesn’t go to school. He is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. Older than Ralphie and his classmates by a year or two, he wears a perpetual scowl. Together with his side-kick, Dill, they are the scourge of the neighborhood. Deep down however, he is a coward.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Farkus & Dill Side
  • “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

 

Grover Dill

9 to 10. Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies Dancing: tap preferred but not required. Movement skills required. Much younger than Farkus, but perhaps more annoying, Dill delights in being constantly tethered to his “hero”. As Farkus’ toady, he punctuates the bully’s threats and warnings with a series of rapid-fire belly-laughs.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

  • Farkus & Dill Side
  • “When You’re A Wimp”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song.

ADULT ENSEMBLE

Singers

Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies. Dancing: Strong movement skills required. To play other families in the neighborhood, elves, Santa, locals to Hohman, Indiana.

Please prepare all material listed below (click the character name above to view audition folder which has all sides and music)

“A Major Award”

We have an accompaniment recording and a rehearsal recording that plays the vocal part for each song. 

It is helpful if you can provide footage of you dancing as well (you can always perform the dance call if you don’t have footage on file).

 

Dancers

Singing: strong singers that can hold harmonies. Dancing: Strong movement skills required. To play other families in the neighborhood, elves, Santa, locals to Hohman, Indiana.

Please view and learn the dance combo provided here or by clinking the "Dancers" heading above: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8pqikwsm3leylkm/AACgO45Izm-Fqw1pr3clMZMQa?dl=0. There is one video that includes Laura demoing the combo, teaching it, and demoing it again. In the folder, you will also see the audio track to record to.

It is helpful if you can provide footage of you singing as well (you can always sing one of the songs linked here if you don’t have footage on file).

Tips on how to record the audition

  • A great comprehensive video here!
  • There’s no need to use an expensive camera, your phone camera will be perfectly fine. Please record the video horizontally (or sideways) on a stable, flat surface that doesn’t move. Do not have someone holding the camera. If you do not have a camera stand, try stacking some books on a table and prop the phone against the books. The goal is to have the camera at eye level of the Young Performer.
  • Film against a plain background with light so we can see the Young Performer’s face. Do not film in front of a window as the light from the window will make it hard to see the Young Performer. If we cannot clearly see their face, then try to adjust the lighting.
  • Ideally, we would like to see from their waist to the top of their head, like shown in this video here.
  • Regarding noise, try to record in a quiet environment! Place pets outside of the room and turn phones to silent. We want to clearly hear the Young Performer singing and speaking. For the song, the best advice is to have the accompaniment ready to play on another device, hit the record button, and then press play on the accompaniment track.
  • For the scene, only have the Young Performer in the frame (or visible by the camera). Have the reader (the person reading the opposite lines) away from the camera so we may hear them saying the lines but not too loud as to top the Young Performer.
  • Do not look directly into the camera. Instead try looking a little to either side of the camera.

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