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OPEN AUDITIONS: A Christmas Carol

Updated: Nov 29, 2022




A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Rachel Kohler from the novella by Charles Dickens

Directed by Britt Urey

Open Auditions: October 24 - 25 at the Majestic Theatre

7pm in the Rehearsal Room

Rehearsal Timeframe November 14 - December 15

Performances: December 16 - 17

Content Label: All Audiences


Majestic COVID-19 Precautions: Masks Recommended. Masks may be removed while actively drinking or eating in designated areas. Please stay home if you feel unwell! Precautions subject to change at any time.


The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.


Auditions will be held in person at the Majestic Theatre. Video auditions are available, see below under Preparation Notes.


A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list.


All underage performers will need the permission of parent / guardian before submitting their audition. A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list, so if you have one please attach it with your audition video and form.



SHOW SYNOPSIS


Ebenezer Scrooge is the CEO of an incredibly successful web-based company, but that success comes at the price of the wellbeing of his employees, his community, and his soul. One fateful Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley. Can Marley and the Three Spirits of Christmas change Scrooge’s heart with their visions of Past, Present, and Future? Will the story end as tradition dictates, with the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, the triumph of the spirit of Christmas, and a happy ending? Or will the spirit of Bah Humbug reign supreme after his night of visitations fails to change Scrooge’s heart, resulting in a tale of tragedy and revenge? The audience will decide!


SHOW TYPE

The performances will take place in-person onstage. Due to the compressed timeframe of rehearsals, actors may choose to memorize their lines, carry scripts, use teleprompting, or any combination thereof.


FROM THE DIRECTOR, BRITT UREY

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is a study in contrasts: the dark night of the soul versus the light of redemption, the chill of the grave versus the spark of truly living, the unfeeling pursuit of profit versus the tender embrace of community, and the warm glow of nostalgia versus stark modernity. My goal is to bring that contrast to the stage by taking inspiration from classics like Fritz Lang's Metropolis and film noir as well as more modern works like Batman and BioShock, marrying the sleek aesthetics of the 1940s with contemporary sensibilities, technology, and wit. And as in previous years, it is up to the audience to decide whether Scrooge deserves revenge or redemption. So, would you kindly join us for a Dark Deco Christmas?



PREPARATION NOTES

You do NOT need to prepare a monologue or piece. Wear comfortable clothes to audition. Be ready to move (within your comfortable ability to do so), collaborate with others, and make bold choices.


Video Auditions: You may submit a video audition. Please record a video on your phone or computer of you performing one of the sides found below and email it to privateerbmu@gmail.com by 5PM on October 24, 2022. Please attach your audition form to the email. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email. Also, if you have one, please attach a headshot image to your audition email. It doesn’t need to be a professional headshot; any clear image of your face will do wonderfully.


Actors of any gender, age, race, or ability are invited to audition for any role. We will be casting 11-15 performers. If you have any questions, feel free to email director Britt Urey at privateerbmu@gmail.com and ask!



CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Many smaller roles will be doubled. All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles.



EBENEZER SCROOGE

Character Age: 40s-50s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: Some crouching, crawling, or other low movement may be required.

Character Description: The CEO of an incredibly successful web-based company, a grumpy, greedy, unpleasant person. Says “humbug” unironically.


TIM

Character Age: Nebulous

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Bob Cratchit’s youngest child and the narrator of the play.


BOB CRATCHIT

Character Age: 40s-50s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Scrooge’s long-suffering accountant, a sweet, affable, intelligent family man.


ALDER

Character Age: Late 20s-early 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: One of Scrooge’s employees. Uses the power of sarcasm to cope with having Scrooge for a boss.


LINDSEY

Character Age: Mid-20s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Young and hopeful, just out of college. The new hire at Scrooge & Marley. Already regretting the decision to take the job.


FRED

Character Age: Late 20s-early 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Scrooge’s nephew, an overly cheerful, extremely excitable Christmas aficionado. Owns a different Christmas sweater for every day in December.


JACOB MARLEY

Character Age: 40s-50s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Scrooge’s business partner, now deceased. Haunts Scrooge, first as a doorknocker, then as a spooky ghost wrapped in chains. Not a nice guy, but genuinely cares for Scrooge.


GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

Character Age: ???

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: A creepy, childlike Spirit who takes Scrooge on a magical mystery tour of Christmases past.


GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT

Character Age: ???

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: A jolly, food-loving spirit who loves Christmas and the people who celebrate it.


GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

Character Age: ???

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: A scary spirit of few words and much emphatic pointing.


GIRL SCOUT

Character Age: 9-12

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Adorable, earnest, and sweeter than the cookies she sells.


MARTHA CRATCHIT

Character Age: 18-22

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Bob’s eldest child. Works as a restaurant server, helps out with the younger siblings.


ANNA CRATCHIT

Character Age: 40s-50s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Bob’s wife. Loving, warm, doesn’t think highly of Ebenezer Scrooge.


PETER CRATCHIT

Character Age: 13-15

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Bob’s teenage child. Gangly, awkward, sweet.


BETHANY CRATCHIT

Character Age: 9-11

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Bob’s second-to-youngest child.


YOUNG SCROOGE

Character Age: 9-10; 18-19; Late-20s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Scrooge across time, played by the same actor at each stage.


BARTENDER

Character Age: 20+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Owns the bar nearest to Scrooge’s office.


FEZZIWIG

Character Age: 35+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Any

Character: Young Scrooge’s cheerful boss.



SIDES


TIM

Scrooge was rich. Think top-bracket, stock portfolio, tax-haven rich. Although nothing about Scrooge’s behavior or clothing supported this. He wore the same outfit every day: white t-shirt, gray jeans, white New Balance sneakers - practical, comfortable, bland. No one had ever observed him take a vacation. He didn’t own a second or a third home in the Hamptons. He did not, in fact, own a first home. He rented himself a one-bedroom apartment a few blocks away from the office (and he wrote it off as a business expense on his taxes). After Marley’s death, Scrooge became considerably richer, as Marley willed his partner everything he had. Marley was dead, and business was good.


It is Christmas Eve, and Mother Nature is observing the holiday by dumping a truly spectacular amount of snow on the city. It is charmingly picturesque and utterly miserable, because while the office ostensibly has central air and heating, Scrooge has never once been seen to turn the system on, and the office is freezing. The dress code is strict, so many of the employees buy dress shirts a couple of sizes too large to hide their layers, or just think wistfully of warmer climates.


SCROOGE

What else can I be, when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and discovering your ledgers are nothing but red ink? If I had my way, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on their lips should be boiled with their own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through their heart.


FRED

Well, there’s lots of stuff that might be doing me good even if I haven’t profited from it, I think. And Christmas is one of those things. I’ve always thought of the Christmas season, when it comes round—apart from the religious bits, which are really important to some people—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. It’s a time of year when people seem to open hearts wider, and to think of helping people everywhere, even if they don’t know them. And therefore, Uncle, although it has never put a dollar in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, Christmas is awesome!


MARLEY

While my body lived, my spirit did not, and it is therefore condemned to do so after death. I am doomed to wander through the world and witness what I might have shared when I was yet on this earth, but cannot now in death.


I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I wound it about me of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Do you recognize it? Would you like to know the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, last I saw you. You have clearly laboured on it since.


FEZZIWIG

Listen, it’s a small matter to show a little gratitude during the holidays. Everyone here is my employee, and they’ve done good work for me all year, so why wouldn’t I throw a party? My attitude towards my people adds up to either employees that love their jobs or employees that suffer through their jobs, and why wouldn’t I choose the former? A party is a drop in the bucket, in terms of money, but if we’re going to be cynical about it, which you are, because you’re cynical about everything, the return I get is more than worth the cost. Is any of this penetrating your cynically objectivist skull?


BOB

As good as gold and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because it might be good for them to remember that just because someone is sick, that doesn’t mean they can’t go out and enjoy things. How’s he really doing? ...better, Martha, he’s better.


GIRL SCOUT

Merry Christmas! I’m a Girl Scout in Troop Number 626, and I’m doing a service project for Christmas to get my next badge, and my service project is to raise money for the homeless shelter on Third Street, and I made my donation box myself, and would you please donate some spare change if you have some? It’s really cold out, and the shelter gives people a warm place to sleep, and also food, and after this I’m going to go help serve soup, and would you like to donate some spare change if you have some?


ALDER

So yeah, they were business partners, but Marley died last year. I don’t know if you could call them...friends, per se. I don’t know if I ever saw Scrooge and Marley have an actual conversation, now that I’m thinking about it. Marley’s cubicle is just still sitting there, like he’s going to come back any minute. It’s kinda spooky. It might be generous to characterize what Scrooge does as “living.” Scrooge exists. Scrooge is at his computer when we arrive. Scrooge is at his computer when we leave. Presumably he consumes sustenance, but no one has ever observed him actually do it. Popular opinion holds that Scrooge photosynthesizes his energy from cold, hard cash.


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