2023-24 Audition Criteria - A Christmas Carol the Musical

About the Auditions

Preliminary auditions will consist of performing a short contemporary monologue, as well as a short vocal audition (see Vocal Audition Requirements below). If you do not have a monologue prepared, please read from one of the “Optional Monologues” listed at the very bottom of the General Audition Information page. 

Callbacks will consist of a dance/movement audition (see Dance Audition Requirements below) and a vocal callback audition that includes some improvisation and/or coaching. Actors will also be asked to read a short passage from the novel A Christmas Carol with a standard British dialect. We will provide you with the passage, a recording to practice with and other tools - it does not need to be perfect!

Show Description

Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that 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 and 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.

Roles and Casting Opportunities

Cast Size:  Approximately 24 actors:

A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding his father's advice to save his money. Until he realizes how terrible he's become, he is grumpy, unsympathetic man and has no time for anyone or anything.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mr. Cratchit
A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son. He works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Cratchit
Tiny Tim's mother and Mr. Cratchit's wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she's got.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Tiny Tim
Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit's youngest son. He is crippled and sick, but is the definition of loving Christmas spirit. He constantly reminds his family that as long as they all have each other, they will be happy.
Age: 9 to 12
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Scrooge's nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Ghost Of Christmas Present
A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him celebrate Christmas. Actor doubles as Sandwichboard Man.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Ghost Of Christmas Past
An ever cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge's past to show him the events that led to his current state. Actor doubles as Lamplighter.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Blind Old Hag / Ghost Of Christmas Future
A beautiful, and terrifying wrath, the Ghost of Christmas Future is strong and silent as she shows Scrooge what will happen to him and those around him if he continue down the path he is currently treading
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Scrooge's former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife.
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Scrooge's fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl, not impressed or in need of money.
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Fezziwig
The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig's wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful.
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mr. Fezziwig
A portly, jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge's first boss and after teaching him all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the man Scrooge became.
Gender: Male
Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Scrooge's Mother
Young Scrooge

Charity Elves; Bankers; Street Vendors; Sailors; Ghosts; Jailers; Clerks; Monks

Production Schedule

Cast Orientation:  TBA

Rehearsals Begin:  TBA. We are still working out the rehearsal details, but likely will begin on or around Tuesday, August 29. We plan on holding rehearsals Tuesday-Friday nights and Sunday evenings, with two Saturday night rehearsals close to opening night.

Performances:  13 performances over three weekends, November 17-December 3, 2023, to be performed in Burbank Auditorium’s Main Theatre.

What to Prepare

Please prepare two pieces for this audition, a short monologue and short song:

  • Monologue – A memorized monologue from a play that is under 90 seconds in length.
  • Song – click the link to the Vocal Audition Requirements in the next section below.

What's a monologue? What if I don't have a prepared monologue?
Scroll to the bottom of the main audition page to find the answers to these good questions. If you have never auditioned for us before, please use the monologues at the bottom of that page.

Vocal Audition Requirements

Vocal Audition Requirements for A Christmas Carol

Dance Audition Requirements

Dance Audition Requirements - Callbacks Only

Audition Questions

Please email James Newman at jnewman@santarosa.edu

How to Audition and General Information

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