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OPEN AUDITIONS: Majesticpiece Theatre presents Choose Your Own Carol (Holiday Spectacular)

MAJESTICPIECE THEATRE PRESENTS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN CAROL

Directed by Brandi Douglas

Adapted by Rachel Kohler from the novella by Charles Dickens for the digital stage


To be performed Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm on Facebook Live

Dress rehearsal Friday, December 18 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal Thursday, December 17 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm

Rehearsal Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00pm

Readthrough Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00pm


AUDITION VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 5 PM

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, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.


From the director:


A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic and I am very excited to direct this amazing adaptation written by Rachel Kohler. To add to the fun of this show, the audience will get to choose the ending. Please take part in this interactive adventure with us!


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 faithful 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!


Please choose ONE of the following sides. Record a video on your phone or computer of you reading the side, and email it to brandi.douglas1@gmail.com by 5PM on Wednesday, November 18th. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email. Some guidelines:


- Perform while seated, trying to frame yourself from the shoulders up. This is what you’ll look like in the video chat during the performance, so we’ll want to see how well you can emote in this limited space.

- Props and costume pieces are encouraged! Whatever you have lying around. Just keep in mind that we can only see your torso and head!

- Actors of any gender, age, race, or ability are invited to audition for any role. We will be casting 11-15 performers and 1-2 Emergency Backup Actors, understudies for all roles who can hop into the digital performance at any time to cover for another actor who might be experiencing technical difficulties.

- In order to participate in the performance, you’ll need a stable internet connection; a smartphone, computer, or tablet that can run Zoom; and a pair of headphones. The ghost roles in this play will use software-based special effects in a program called SnapCamera, which requires using a computer with Windows 10/Mac OS 10.13 or newer. A green screen would also be helpful, but not crucial. If you do not have access to this tech, this will not disqualify you from auditioning for these roles, but we’ll want to know so that we can line up checking out equipment to you.

- If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask!


CHARACTERS

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: Any

Character: 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

Special tech preferences: SnapCamera/green screen

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

Special tech preferences: SnapCamera/green screen

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

Special tech preferences: SnapCamera/green screen

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

Special tech preferences: SnapCamera/green screen

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