‘Tis almost the season for leg lamps, triple-dog dares, and a coveted Red Ryder BB gun! That means that Stage Door Inc. (SDI), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering high-quality community theater in the Mont Belvieu area, will hold an open audition for A Christmas Story: The Musical with Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Brother Studios. This hilarious holiday classic will be presented November 26, 2021 – December 12, 2021.
Auditions will be Sunday, September 19th and Monday September 20th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
In 1940’s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas, a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.
Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story the Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of pure gold. After triumphant sold-out seasons on Broadway, this hilarious musical makes its Placerville debut! With direction by Brenda Lindley, vocal direction by Dale Wallerstein, and choreography by Paul Bott, this production will be fun for the entire family.
Auditions will be held at
Stage Door Inc.
8222 N. Highway 146
Baytown, TX 77523
Please arrive about 15 mins prior to the beginning of the audition time to fill out forms etc., also we ask that you please plan to attend both auditions unless otherwise directed by theatre staff.
Do not audition if you are not available two weeks prior to the opening of the show or are unable to perform at all show dates.
You may fill out an audition form here:
*****************THIS IS A NON-PAYING GIG*****************
A headshot and resume would be greatly appreciated. If bringing please have headshot and resume, stapled together.
Directed by Marc Anthony Glover-Garcia
Weekends November 26 – December 12, 2021.
REHEARSALS WEEK OF THANKSGIVING & THANKSGIVING EVENING IS FINAL REHEARSAL
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM & Sundays at 2:30pm
with the possibility of Thursdays at 7:30PM
Rehearsal is generally held Monday through Friday 6:30PM – 9:30/10PM with possible weekend rehearsals as tech week approaches. Please attend with a known list of conflicts, the casting team will want to know your availability.
Stage Door Inc., is casting between 15-20 actors for this production.
The audition will consist of cold readings from the script, will be taught a dance combination, and will be taught a song from the show.
Please prepare a song in the style of the show to audition with as well.
*please only audition with a musical theatre piece*
Please be dressed appropriately for movement.
(DO NOT ATTEND IN COSTUME)
*posted ages are the age of the characters not necessarily the actor portraying them*
Jean Shepherd/Narrator: (stage age: late 40's to early 60's). Jean Shepherd is the actual author of the books that the story is based on, as well as the actual narrator voice we hear in the 1983 movie! On stage, he is a warm, charismatic and engaging storyteller; omniscient but not overpowering. A good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor, "Jean" focuses the action, keeps the story moving and holds the audiences' attention with his presence and spark. Throughout the show, the actor playing this role acts as a narrator, interacts with the actor playing Ralphie, and appears in scenes as different minor characters--sometimes within one scene! This actor must be very comfortable with audiences, and must be able to "read the crowd" and tell the story at the same time. This actor sings one line at the end of the show, and does not dance.
Ralphie: (stage age 9). A 5th grade boy who wants an Air Rifle for Christmas: specifically the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. He is a bright, winsome, mischievous, cute kid...someone you wouldn't mind having as a next door neighbor. (He might shovel your driveway for you--and then use your shovel as a sled!) Not a smart-aleck or overly precocious, Ralphie's imagination drives several scenes. The actor playing this role carries several songs; he must be an excellent singer and fluent reader with mega-watt stage presence. Ralphie's dance is minimal.
The Old Man: (stage age 30's to 40's). Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie's Dad has a good heart. He doesn't overtly show it, but he does love his family. A blue collar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations; but is transformed into a true "song and dance" man in his moments of fantasy. The actor playing this character must be a strong singer and a good dancer who isn't afraid to go "over the top" for comedic purposes.
Mother: (stage age: 30's to 40's). She is the secret engine that runs the family, keeping the household together with a smile--despite bickering children, limited funds, an xrated lamp in the living room window, a cranky furnace and a crankier husband. Shewould never let The Old Man know that she is more in charge than he is--as is appropriate for a housewife of this era! Vibrant, warm, affable--but not a pushover—she is always busy, especially anytime she is in the kitchen, and even more so at Christmas time! The actor who plays this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, and must be very comfortable with children.
Randy: (stage age 7). Ralphie's younger brother, he is cute, cuddly, lovable and whiny-- like most baby brothers! He looks up to his big brother, tries to keep up with him, and is young enough that he can be convinced to eat his dinner like a baby piggy! The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, a fluent reader and have strong stage presence. This actor may also be a featured tap dance performer
Miss Shields: (stage age 30's to 50s) Ralphie's 5th grade 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 transforms into a dynamic, brassy, show-stopping belter and tap-dancing phenomenon! The person playing this role must be an excellent singer with a strong belt voice, an experienced tap dancer and an actor who can handle comedy AND children!
Santa: (stage age: 30's to 60's) The Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is ill tempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job--nothing like the "Jolly Old Elf" of the Christmas stories! He gets rid of each kid as fast as he can--probably to shorten his day so he can head for the nearest "watering hole"! The actor playing this role must be a strong comedic actor and singer, and must be comfortable with children. He may be part of the adult male ensemble
The Kids' Ensemble is featured in several major scenes, and should plan on a robust rehearsal schedule! All of the Kids' Ensemble should be strong singers who can hold harmonies, should have tap dance experience and should be fluent readers. The artistic team plans on casting 3-4 girls and 4-5 boys all (stage age) nine years old, and one (stage age) twelve year old.
Flick: (stage age 9/10) A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie's; Flick is the guinea pig in the flagpole licking experiment. The actor playing this role should be able to sustain and communicate with a serious lisp! Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”.
Schwartz: (stage age 9/10) A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie; Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie utters an unmentionable word.
Esther Jane: (stage age 9/10) A classmate.
Mary Beth: (stage age 9/10) A classmate.
Nancy: (stage age 9/10) A classmate.
1-3 Ensemble girls (stage age 9/10): classmate, restaurant server, tap-dancer, Higbee’s visitor.
1-3 Ensemble boys (stage age 9/10): classmate, tap-dancer, Goggle boy/Santa, Higbee’s visitor.
Scut Farkus: (stage age 12/13) A textbook example of a schoolyard bully, Scut is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. This truant is a year or two older than Ralphie and his friends, and wears a perpetual scowl under his coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune time to harass his victims. In the end, when he and his sidekick, Grover Dill, are bested, they show themselves to the biggest cowards of all.
Grover Dill: (stage age 9/10) Grover is Farkus's toady, and is always at his side. Younger and smaller than Farkus, Grover delights in being tethered to his "hero". His rapid-fire belly laughs, always heard with Farkus's threats, make them the scourge of the neighborhood. The actor playing this role may play other roles in the Kids Ensemble.
The Adult Ensemble will consist of 8 to 12 men, and 8 to 12 women (stage ages 20's to 50's). The artistic team would like to cast a mix of strong singers and dancers, who will play a variety of smaller roles in scenes, as well as performing in larger production numbers. Six to eight of the ensemble members will also play Santa's Elves in Higbee's Department Store. Flexible team players who are comfortable with comedy, theatre games, improv and children are eagerly sought for this production!
If you would like to get involved but do not want to be on-stage? Stage Door Inc. is always looking for people to help BACKSTAGE during production (as stage managers, crew, light or sound techs, prop-masters, etc.). Sound interesting? Come to auditions and talk to the director. He can be emailed at email@example.com