A Christmas Carol, A New Musical
by Georgetown Palace Theatre
Sep. 10 - Sep. 12
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.
Initial Auditions for The Georgetown Palace’s production of A Christmas Carol will now take place from September 10 -12, 2023.
The production is scheduled to open on Friday, November 24, 2023 and close on Saturday, December 30, 2023.
Rehearsals are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 2, 2023.
- This show will have weekday performances during the Christmas season. (Specific show dates are listed on the audition form)
- This show’s ASL performance is scheduled for December 9, 2023.
- This show has an inclusion show on December 7th, 2023
ABOUT THE SHOW:
This classic tale is going to be a lot of fun to bring to life. Dancing Headless Ghosts, Tap Dancing Christmas Treats, and more. The ensemble is critical to this show and is going to be crazy busy. Singing, dancing, and playing featured characters.
The Youth Chorus will also be very busy, along with the roles of Tiny Tim, Scrooge at 8, Scrooge at 12, and Fan at 10, will be in all of the London town scenes, the finale, Fezziwig’s ball, and the angelic choir. Come play with the Palace, and help bring Christmas cheer to our community with an amazing production!
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
We are looking for talented and diverse performers of all ethnicities for all roles. We are looking for 18-20 adults and teens 14 and up, along with a youth chorus, ages 8-13. The youth chorus, along with the roles of Tiny Tim, Scrooge at 8, Scrooge at 12, and Fan at 10, will be double cast, splitting the performances.
The show will have 23 performances with the adaptive show, and with it being around the holidays, it is understandable that some who want to be involved will have performance conflicts. It is my preference not to double cast any of the roles unless I have to. However, please do not let having performance conflicts prevent you from auditioning. On your audition form, please let us know what your needs and wishes are regarding role sharing, and to what degree any conflicts are negotiable.
Character descriptions can be found at A Christmas Carol Character Descriptions for more specific information regarding the people that populate this piece.
Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition. In reference to the character descriptions below—most characters we encounter currently are in the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide (from language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville)
Auditions for the youth chorus and featured youth roles, ages 8-13 will be held on Sunday September 10, from 6-7pm. They will learn the song and small dance as a group, and perform as a group as well.
All adults and older teens will audition individually starting at 7 PM on Sunday September 10. This initial audition will consist of selected vocal sides from the show. Please choose a side from below to perform for your initial audition. If you wish to be considered for more than one of the principal or featured roles, you may prepare one additional side. Two audio files (one with the vocal line; one with instrumental only) and a PDF of the sheet music are available for all music audition sides. The “instrumental” track will be used for your audition.
The dance audition on Monday, September 11 will be from 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM on the Springer Stage. Please come in comfortable clothes (probably not jeans) and appropriate shoes – Jazz or Character Shoes are preferred but tennis shoes are acceptable as well. If you can tap, please bring your tap shoes. The dance audition will consist of a choreographed combo, some partner work, and a short tap combo for those who can tap. All roles will participate in some capacity during musical numbers, so all auditioners are required to attend.
- If your audition time is between 7pm and 8:30pm, please arrive for the dance call on Monday at 7 pm.
- If your audition time is after 8:30pm, please arrive for the dance call on Monday at 8:30 pm.
Teen and Adult audition sign ups can be found HERE
If none of the auditions times listed work for your schedule, please fill out the form and add yourself to the waitlist. Send firstname.lastname@example.org an email, and we’ll arrange an alternate audition time.
When signing up for an audition slot please note any conflicts during the rehearsal or performance dates. Please note: conflicts do not necessarily negate the opportunity to be cast, but we must know about them up front to factor that into the casting decisions. Barring emergencies, additional conflicts added/disclosed after casting could result in dismissal from the production. Sunday rehearsals will only be planned for tech rehearsals immediately prior to opening, but please include Sunday afternoon conflicts for the rehearsal period so that in the event a Saturday must be canceled due to cast conflicts we will know whether a reschedule on Sunday is an option. Adding all of your conflicts after casting could result in removal of the production.
Callbacks will be by invitation only on Tuesday, September 12. Sides will be included in the callback list that will be posted on our website during the day on the day of callbacks. An email will be sent notifying all of those that auditioned when the callback list is posted.
Rehearsals begin Monday, October 2. Scripts and scores will be available at the first rehearsal. But those offered roles will receive a link to a digital copy. Rehearsals will typically be held Monday-Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Sunday afternoon will only be an option in the event a Saturday must be canceled due to cast conflicts.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p, and Sundays at 2p. Sometimes ticket demand causes us to add Saturday Matinee performances at 2p.
- This show will have weekday performances during the Christmas season.
- This show’s ASL performance is scheduled for December 9, 2023.
- This show has an inclusion show on December 14, 2023
Once casting is completed (typically 2-3 days after callbacks), emails will be sent to the actors that will be offered a role in the production. Once the full cast has accepted, everyone else who auditioned will be notified via email.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
While the Coronavirus public health emergency has expired, COVID-19 and other contagious diseases are still out there, just to a lesser extent. Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms and either wear or mask around others or just stay home if they do not feel well. You should also wear a mask if you have direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you do test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for 5 days, and then only return to rehearsal or performances if your symptoms have improved. You should wear a mask until Day 10 or you have a negative test.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin, or other factors. We strongly encourage candidates of all ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities to audition.
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Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit organization. There is no compensation for any of the actors at this time.
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