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Auditions: HPCT's 2016 "A Christmas Carol: The Musical"


High Point Community Theatre
121 S Centennial St 27260 High Point United States
Director: Michele Martino
Music Director: Mike Lasley
Choreographer: Ashley Hyers

General auditions: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM OR Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00
Callbacks will be Sunday, October 9 (time TBA)

MUSIC BY Alan Menken
LYRICS BY Lynn Ahrens
BOOK BY Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent
Based on the story by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Audition details;
Auditions will be held on Friday October 7th at 7pm and Saturday October 8th at 12pm. All roles are open to folks ages 6+. Please prepare a 16-32 bar, memorized musical selection. An accompanist will be available so please provide your own sheet music. A CD player will be available for those using a track but it is not preferred. Accapella auditions are also strongly discouraged. There will be a general dance audition so please have comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. If you are interested in the role of Ghost of Christmas Present or in being a toy soldier, please be prepared to attend the separate tap audition which will be held right at 7pm on Friday and 12pm on Saturday. If you are unable to attend auditions, we will accept music auditions by video. Video auditions must be submitted by October 8th at 12pm to hpctacc@gmail.com. Please do not wait until the last minute, the production team will not be responsible for technological difficulties in sending or receiving videos. Callbacks will be held, if needed, on Sunday October 9th at 2pm. Character information is listed below. This show is a wonderful HPCT tradition and fun for everyone. Please be aware that no one is guaranteed their same role from previous years and all casting will be based off of what you show us at auditions. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Character Descriptions
Ebenezer Scrooge- Adult male. Must be able to move. Vocal range Ab2-F4. Grouchy old miser who has grown cold and mean-spirited. Through his journey with the three ghosts, he regains his kindness and goodwill.

Ghost of Christmas Past/Lamplighter- Young Adult/Adult Male or Female. Must be able to move gracefully. Male vocal range Eb3-G#4. Female vocal range Eb4-G#5. Joyful, comedic guide to Scrooge into his past. Cheerfulness and kindness are this characters dominant traits, and maybe a little zany. Very energetic.

Ghost of Christmas Present/Sandwichboard Person- Young Adult/Adult Male or Female. Vocal range Db3-F4. Preferably be able to tap dance or fake it well. Must be able to move. A larger than life, jovial character who shows Scrooge the present world around him. Very vaudeville.

Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Be/Blind Old Hag- Young Adult/Adult Male or Female. Male vocal range C3-F4. Female vocal range C4-F5. Preferably able to belt with a strong mix. Must be able to move in a contemporary style. Creepy and eerie, yet captivating every time they are on stage.

Bob Cratchit- Adult Male. Vocal range G#2-E4. Kind and patient, he endures Scrooge's temper and abuse to provide for his family, especially his son, Tiny Tim.

Mrs. Cratchit- Adult Female. Vocal range G#3-E5. Wife of Bob. Mother to Tiny Tim, Martha, and the other Cratchit children. Loving, hopeful, and generous.

Jacob Marley- Adult Male. Vocal range B2-Ab4. Must be able to move. The spirit of Scrooges old business partner. Good comedic timing.

Tiny Tim- Child boy or girl. Vocal range Bb3-D5. Son of Bob Cratchit. Walks with a cane. Represents the Christmas spirit with hope and goodness.

Scrooge at 18- Young Adult Male. Vocal range B2-G4. Must be able to move. Scrooge with the happiness of his youth and deeply in love with Emily. Sincere, yet money driven.

Emily- Young Adult Female. Vocal range B3-Bb5. Must be able to move. A lovely girl. Enjoys the simple things in life. Joyful and kind hearted. In love with Scrooge at 18.

Mr. Fezziwig- Adult male. Vocal range B2-B4. Must be able to move. Jolly and kind bank owner. Scrooge's past employer who helped him get his start.

Mrs. Fezziwig- Adult Female. Vocal range A3-Ab5. Must be able to move. Cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig. Fun and sassy.

Fred Anderson- Young Adult Male. Vocal range B2-G4. Nephew of Scrooge. Compassionate and joyful.

Sally Anderson- Young Adult Female. Vocal range C4-Eb5. Wife of Fred.

Jonathan- Child boy. Vocal range Eb4-Eb5. Fun street urchin. Comedic.

Mr. Smythe- Adult Male. Vocal range Db3-F#4. Recently widowed. Hopeful. Poor and in debt to Scrooge. Father of Grace.

Beadle- Adult Male. Vocal range A2-Bb3. Worker in the royal exchange.

Old Joe- Adult Male. Vocal range F3-C#4. Scavenger of the dead.

Young Marley- Young Adult Male. Vocal range D3-F#4. Must be able to move. Starts business with Scrooge at 18 and shares a similar mindset of greed.

Scrooge at 12- Child boy. Vocal range F#3-A4. Poor orphan Scrooge working in a factory and vows to save his money. Misses and loves his sister, Fan.

Grace Smythe- Teen/Child girl. Vocal range Db4-F#5. Daughter of Mr. Smythe. Sad yet hopeful.

Fan at 10- Child girl. Vocal range A4-E5. Must be able to move. Younger sister to Scrooge.

Martha Cratchit- Child girl. Vocal range G#3-D5. Sister to Tiny Tim.

Mrs. Mops- Adult Female. Vocal range D#4-D5. Maid for Scrooge.

Scrooge's Mother- Adult Female. Vocal range C4-C5.

Non-Singing Roles
Scrooge at 8- Child Boy
Fan at 6- Child Girl
Poulterer- Adult Male
Judge- Adult Male
Scrooge's Father- Adult Male

Ensemble will perform in many different roles including:
Anderson Children
Cratchit Children
Angel Choir
Rich Women
Charity Women
...and more!

Performances: December 15-18, 2016 at High Point Theatre