A Christmas Story
by Aurora Arts Theatre

Sep. 18 - Sep. 19 (2022)

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.


Auditions for the musical version of “A Christmas Story,” a holiday fan favorite since its debut on the big screen in 1983, begin tomorrow, Sunday, Sept 18 at 4 p.m., and continue Monday, Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., at AAT, located at 5635 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi. The auditions are open to anyone in the community and no formal experience is required. More information is available at auroraartstheatre.com/auditions.

AAT will be auditioning for all roles with a varied range of ages, including the beloved Ralphie, brother Randy, and other parts for young actors, as well as adult roles such as Ralphie’s mother and his “Old Man.” Those planning to try out should be prepared to sing a selection from the show, perform readings selected by the director, and learn a short dance directed by the show’s choreographer. All necessary items will be provided onsite for the audition and comfortable clothing is recommended for the dance portion of the audition. Those auditioning should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out an audition form.

Directed by Debra Aguilar, choreographed by Alexandra Shaw, with vocal direction by Peter Lopez, this musical version of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun will run at AAT Nov. 18 through Jan. 7, 2023, with three performances each weekend: Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee show at 2:30 p.m.

Adult Roles:

Jean Shepherd/Narrator (Lead) Male 45-65
Storyteller with a deadpan sense of humor who weaves in and out of scenes.

Mother (Lead) Female 30-50
A warm sense of humor, loving, no-nonsense. The glue that holds the family together.

The Old Man (Lead) Male 30-50
Good-hearted, stern, devoted. Song and Dance Man.

Miss Shields (Supporting) Female 30-60
Elementary School Teacher, Prim, and Proper. Strong Singing Voice, belter. Tap dancing skills are a plus.

Adult Ensemble
Strong singing voices.

Child Roles:

Ralphie (Lead) Male, 9-12
Average, Honest, Mischievous. Strong Singing Voice.

Randy (Lead) Male, 7-11
Cute, Funny, Awkward. Strong Singing Voice

Flick/Ensemble (Supporting) 9-12
Funny, Confident. Strong Singing. Tap dancing skills are a plus. 

Schwartz/Ensemble (Supporting) Male, 9-12
Boyish. Strong Singing Voice.

 Scut Farkus/Ensemble (Supporting) Male 12-16
Bully, Trouble Maker. Strong Singing Voice.

Grover Dill/Ensemble (Supporting) Male, 9-12
Farkus's sidekick. Strong Singing Voice.

Kids Ensemble
Strong singing voices.

If you have any questions, please call 361-851-9700 or email drios@auroraartstheatre.com.