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Casting call for new musical “A Christmas Story”

A CHRISTMAS STORY, A New Musical
29-HOUR STAGED READING
$150 TRANSPORTATION STIPEND
This classic holiday tale centers around a mischievous, bespeckled boy,
Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the
big holiday, Ralphie and his friends and family get into all kinds of
situations – including a bully with yellow eyes, a tongue stuck to a lamp post, a bar
of soap in the mouth, a garish leg-lamp major award and a Chinese Christmas
dinner. Based on the humorist Jean Shepherdís novel ìIn God We Trust, All
Others Pay Cash.”A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred- Percent,
Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All- American Christmas.”

ACTORS AUDITIONING SHOULD PREPARE TO SING Jazz/Swing Based Broadway styles:
Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, up-tempo Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hart. Kids
auditioning should prepare a brief holiday story as well as a song.

*Please note that the score for this show is rooted in jazz and
depression-era radio music. So songs in those styles are encouraged, but NOT required.

BREAKDOWNS:
[JEAN SHEPHERD/RALPH] Ideally mid-40s to early 50s, of average height/weight
or slightly larger; a good-natured curmudgeon (usually an oxymoron, but not
in Jeanís case); he’s omniscient, but not in an overpowering way; heís the
guy youíd like to have on your over-40s softball team and the one youíd go to
the bar with after the game since heís funny and can tell a good story.
Seeking a name that has voice over experience, is a great storyteller and has
presence behind a desk. (***Not a singing role.***)

[THE OLD MAN] A little younger than Jean/Ralph Рmid/late 30s ̱ similar in
size, maybe not quite as large; he has a good heart, but itís sometimes hard
to find; a little on the acerbic side, usually expects the worst, but capable
of excitement if the situation warrants it (though it usually doesnít); a
devoted husband/father, but doesnít show it too often. Must be an actor who is
comfortable working with kids. VOICE: High Baritone

[MOTHER] Early/mid 30ís. Younger than The Old Man by a couple of years. She
is more in charge than he is, but never lets it show; affable and warm, but
not a pushover; strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable ñ a kind
of every-mom. A vibrant woman with a personality that challenges the 1950s
bland wife stereotype. She is interesting to look at, but still looks like a
‘real’ mom with a bit of a Midwestern gut. A more charactery Donna Reed.
VOICE: Mezzo

[RALPHIE] 10-12 (or a young-looking early teen); possibly a bit pudgy; a
regular kid – cute but not handsome, winsome but not precious; he wouldnít be
lost in a crowd, but he wouldnít stand out either; bright, but not precocious;
a kid you wouldnít mind living next door to. Seeking a young kid who is
comfortable on stage but real. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice.

[RANDY] About 8-9, smaller than Ralphie; the cuter the better. Can be a bit
awkward and offbeat.; admires Ralphie but wonít admit it. Seeking a young kid
who is comfortable on stage but real. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice.

[FLICK] 11 or 12, a bit skinny; has the look of Alfalfa from our Gang.
VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice.

[SCHWARTZ] 11 or 12, slightly larger than Flick, maybe a little tougher.
Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but still real. VOICE: Boy’s
unchanged voice.

[CASEY AND BEAMER] 11 or 12, typical boys; no distinguishing
characteristics. Seeking young kids who are comfortable on stage but still real. VOICE:
Boy’s unchanged voice.

[ESTHER JANE AND MARY BETH] 11 or 12, typical girls; Esther Jane is the more
demure-looking of the two, but also tougher underneath. Seeking young kids
who are comfortable on stage but still real. VOICE: Mid range kids’ voices.

[SCUT FARCUS] Should look 14 -15 (but will also be a member of the chorus,
so in actuality the actor may be older); a meanie ñ the bully; lean, taller
than the other kids; thereís nothing about him you want to like. VOICE:
Whatever range works best for the chorus.

[GROVER DILL] Farcusí sidekick; should look 13-14 (but is also a member of
the chorus, so the actor may be older); about the same size as the other boys
or slightly taller; like Farcus, a bad egg. VOICE: Whatever range works best
for the chorus.

[GROVER DILL] Farcusí sidekick; should look 13-14 (but is also a member of
the chorus, so the actor may be older); about the same size as the other boys
or slightly taller; like Farcus, a bad egg. VOICE: Whatever range works best
for the chorus.

For the following, we are seeking interesting, multiracial and talented
actors who are off-beat and quirky to match this quirky world.

[EIGHT CHORUS MEMBERS TO PLAY ALL OTHER CHARACTERS] (Four Men and Four
Women) VOICE: Mix of ranges.

(Miss Shields, Santa Claus, Townspeople and Neighbors, 2 Delivery Men, 2
Firemen, 2 Policemen, Pierre Andre, Singing Trio, 2 Elves, Christmas Trees,
Diners at a Chinese Restaurant, Characters in Ralphieís Fantasies, Offstage
Voices)

F1 (will play Miss Shields) – late-20s to early-30s
F2 mid-20s
F3 and F4 late-20s to late-30s
M1 and M2 (Farcus and Dill) young-looking 20s
M3 and M4 late-30s to early-40s

SEND ASAP:
STEPHANIE KLAPPER CASTING
39 WEST 19TH STREET, 12TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10011
ATTN: “A CHRISTMAS STORY” – Character Name

Audition: October 16
Rehearsals: December 5-15
Presentations: December 16, 5pm, December 17, 11am

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