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A Christmas Carol Auditions

Rehearsals Begin

October 3, 2022

Performance Schedule

December 2
- December 24, 2022

SYNOPSIS

The hit musical based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella of the same name.

The annual production of A Christmas Carol has proven to be a special family and community tradition here at Woodstock Arts, and continues to inspire new families and audiences during the holiday season to get involved, care for their community, and create new traditions of their own.

Directed this year by Artistic Director Zach Stolz!

PREPARATION

Artistic Director Zach Stolz is directing this year with a new inspiration for the Woodstock Arts holiday classic production of A Christmas Carol with music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a Book by Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens

Woodstock Arts is deeply committed to building an inviting and inclusive arts community that celebrates individuality and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. We invite artists of all genders, races, ages, sizes, and sexual orientations, as well as artists with disabilities to participate. We want to represent diverse communities in our organization and welcome you here.

Woodstock Arts is taking extreme measures to ensure your safety and well-being. We want to make this experience as comfortable, safe, and fun as possible for everyone involved.
 

We Are Operating As A Fully Vaccinated Cast for cast members 18 and older. Actors 17 and younger are not required to be vaccinated. Please see below for more details.

Auditions will be in-person on Sunday and Monday, September 18th and 19th starting at 6:00 pm. Video audition submissions will be accepted until Monday the 19th at 8:30 pm. You can send your Video Submission to zach@woodstockarts.org. Please Slate before your video audition. (NOTE: you will still need to fill out the online audition form along with a video submission.)
 
In-person callbacks will take place on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. Information about callbacks will be emailed separately.
 
A NOTE FOR OUR YOUNGER ACTORS – If you are involved with the current Spotlight Production of Charlotte’s Web, or wish to audition for The Lightning Thief, you are still able to audition for A Christmas Carol, knowing that there will be some conflicting rehearsals. We will figure that out as we go along.
 
 
If you have been in Christmas Carol beforeyou are more than welcome to come directly to callbacks, though you may be considered for roles other than ones you have previously played. Please choose the “Previous ACC Experience” section of the audition form and fill it out so that we have your information ready for callbacks. 
 
 
 
For your audition please prepare:
 One minute (or 32 bars) of a song, preferably a Holiday song that you love to sing, as well as one of the following sides – SIDES FOUND HERE. You may choose any side you like, as what we are truly looking for is commitment to theatricality and big choices! 
 

Character Breakdown

Scrooge: Someone who lost their father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding their father’s advice to save their money. Until they realizes how terrible they’ve become. Grumpy, unsympathetic and has no time for anyone or anything.

Mr. Bob Cratchit: A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son. He works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.

Mrs. Cratchit: Tiny Tim’s mother and Mr. Cratchit’s wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she’s got.

Fred: Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world.

Ghost of Christmas Present: A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration they are missing out on while those around them celebrate Christmas.

Ghost of Christmas Past: An ever cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge’s past to show them the events that led to their current state.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be: A looming specter, warning Scrooge of the path they are on, and what may be to come of it. 

Marley: Scrooge’s former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how their life decisions will bind them in the afterlife.

Emily: Scrooge’s fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl who is not impressed or in need of money.

Mrs. Fezziwig: The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig’s wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful. Drunk? Drunkest?

Mr. Fezziwig: A jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge’s first boss and after teaching them all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the them

Tiny Tim: Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit’s youngest. Sick, but is the definition of loving the Christmas spirit. Constantly reminds the family that as long as they all have each other, they will be happy.

Chorus / Ensemble: A mix of strong singers and dancers, ideally including some who tap well. Will play various characters throughout the show!

Children Ensemble: Young Scrooge, Fan, Martha, and other ensemble children

Swings: ensemble tracks with guaranteed performances for the principal tracks that they will be covering (Scrooge, Ghosts, etc.)
 
 
Please email zach@woodstockarts.org with any questions.
 
Rehearsals are scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Rehearsals are subject to change and may vary due to conflicts and director discretion.
 
This is a non-equity production and will provide a small stipend amount to all actors 18+ that are cast.
 
 

We are currently adhering to the following procedures:

We Are Operating As A Fully Vaccinated Cast for cast members 18 and older. Actors 17 and younger are not required to be vaccinated. Adults auditioning will be asked to present your vaccination card at the time of entry and sign-in.

As we are a place of community gathering and artistic excellence, we will be following the AEA guidelines for our productions, and have chosen to produce our shows as a fully vaccinated adult company. By fully vaccinated, we mean that adults will be two weeks post second vaccination (or Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by the start of rehearsals. As a result, we will only be offering roles to adults who are vaccinated or who plan / are willing to be vaccinated before the start of rehearsals. Medical exemption information is included below.

For audition purposes –

1) If you have not been fully vaccinated at the time of the auditions – but are willing / intend to be vaccinated if cast – you can submit your callback sides via video submission 1b) If you are unvaccinated due to health reasons, you can submit you’re audition sides via video submission along with medical certification of the exemption. If cast under the exemption, the expectation will be to test weekly and provide a negative test at the start of the rehearsal week each week.

2) If you are fully vaccinated by the time of the audition date, please bring your vaccination card (or photo of card) with you and present it at the time of check-in.

2b)  If you are vaccinated but out-of-town and cannot make this auditions, please send a video of your sides along with proof of vaccination.

Most importantly, if you are sick or are feeling ill, please do not attend the auditions.  Let us know, take care of yourself, and send a video.

In case of exposure, all cast members will be expected to follow exposure protocol. While our policies are updating with the state of the world, our current policy is to encourage but not require audiences to be masked during the performance.

AUDITION APPLICATION