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Open auditions for A Christmas Carol

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In November this year, we will be performing Alan Menken’s ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’.

Principal and Children’s auditions for this show will be held on Sunday 2nd June at BOST’s HQ (24A Clifton Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2SG).

Provisional timings for these open auditions are as follows:

  • Boys’ roles: 9:30am – 11am
  • Girls’ roles: 11am – 1pm
  • Men’s roles: 1pm – 3pm
  • Ladies’ roles: 3pm – 5:30pm

Exact time slots will be confirmed nearer the time.

To register your interest and for more information regarding the audition passages, please contact our Librarians by emailing: bostlibrarians@outlook.com stating the role(s) you’re interested in.

 A character breakdown for all roles is below, along with vocal ranges:

ADULT’S ROLES

Ebeneezer Scrooge – A man who lost his father to creditors as a child and has grown up heeding his father’s advice to save his money. Until he realises how terrible he’s become, he is a grumpy, unsympathetic man and has no time for anyone or anything. (Male. Range: A3 – G5 )

Lamplighter / 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 have led to his current state. (Female. Range: A3 – E5 )

Sandwichboard Man / Ghost of Christmas Present – A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he is missing out on, while those around him celebrate Christmas. (Male. Range: A3 – G5 )

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 continues down the path he is currently treading. (Female. Range: A3 – G5)

Marley – Scrooge’s former business partner who, before his death, was just like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife. ( Male. Range: A3 – A5 )

Bob 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. (Male. Range: A3 – E5)

Mrs. Cratchit – Tiny Tim’s mother and Bob Cratchit’s wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she’s got. (Female. Range: A3 – E5 )

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. ( Male. Range: A3 – B5 )

Mrs. Fezziwig – The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig’s wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful. ( Female. A3 – A5 )

Fred Anderson – 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. (Male. Range: A3 – F5)

Young Scrooge – Male. Range: A3 – F5

Emily – Scrooge’s fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl, not impressed by or in need of money. (Female. Range: A3 – B5)

Mrs Mopps – Scrooge’s House-keeper. ( Female.)

Sally Anderson – Fred’s wife. (Female.)

Mr Smythe – Just lost his wife & now has to look after his young family.

The Beadle – Male, bass voice

 

CHILDREN’S ROLES

Suggested on-stage playing ages are below.

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. (Male,7-10 yrs old. Small and waif-like. Must have an unbroken, pure voice. – Range: A3 – E5 )

Fan (and Anderson girl 1) – Girl, 9 – 12 yrs. Good singing voice.

Ebeneezer, at age 12 yrs – Boy, Good singing voice

Ebeneezer at age 8 yrs – Boy.

Jonathan – Boy, Age 10-13. Dodger-type character with Cockney accent.

Gracie Smythe – Age 8 – 10 yrs. Thin girl, waif-like. Must have good singing voice.

Pete Cratchit – Slim boy, age 10 – 13.

Smythe boy – Age 8 – 11 yrs

Anderson girl 2 – Age 7-9

ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO SING, MOVE AND ACT.

In addition to the above character roles, they will be performing in the Ensemble.

To register your interest and for more information regarding the audition passages, please contact our Librarians by emailing: bostlibrarians@outlook.com stating the role(s) you’re interested in.

Good luck, everyone!

The show runs from 7th to 10th November 2019 at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

WE ARE ALSO HOLDING DANCERS AUDITIONS – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

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