Auditions

We are pleased to announce the audition dates for our 45th Anniversary Season (2017-2018):

A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL

Four County Players is excited to announce auditions for our holiday musical:

A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the Motion Picture A CHRISTMAS STORY

Directed & Choreographed by Geri Carlson Sauls
Musical Direction by Jim Niederberger
Vocal Direction by Wendy Novicoff

AUDITIONS: Saturday, August 26 (children, ages 7 – 13) & Sunday, August 27 (teens & adults, ages 14 and up) – by appointment only!
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, August 30 at 7PM
REHEARSALS: Sunday – Thursday, beginning September 6. Rehearsals will be held in Barboursville and possibly Gordonsville.
* Not everyone will be called every night, and we will do our best to not keep the children past 8:30PM, with the exception of Ralphie, in September and October.
PERFORMANCES: November 17, 18, 25, 26, December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 on the Mainstage

ABOUT THE SHOW:
In a new musical adaptation of the beloved Christmas movie classic, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has one wish for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun. A “major award,” ridiculous pink bunny pajamas, a grumpy department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the hurdles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Filled with amazing music from two of America’s biggest up-and-coming composers (Pasek & Paul, whose recent work includes Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land), the show will leave you with a song in your heart and smile on your face.

Director Geri Carlson Sauls, Musical Director Jim Niederberger, and Vocal Director Wendy Novicoff are looking for a variety of strong singers, actors, and dancers AGES 7 AND UP to fill the following roles:

NARRATOR: Late 40s – early 60s. A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world.

THE PARKERS:

RALPHIE: 9, going on 10 (may be played by a 9 – 12 year old). Soprano (G4 – D5). Cute, bright, but not precocious. A regular kid, a bit mischievous.
MOTHER: 30s – 40s. Mezzo (G3 to D5). More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know. Warm, affable, occasionally a bit daffy, but not a pushover.
THE OLD MAN: 30s – 40s. Baritone (B3 to F4). A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff exterior. In his moments of fantasy in the show, he is transformed into an old fashioned song and dance man.
RANDY: 7 or 8 (may be played by a 7 – 10 year old). Soprano. Ralphie’s younger brother. Cute, cuddly, and whiny.

THE KIDS:

SCHWARTZ and FLICK: 8 – 12. Ralphie’s best friends.
ESTHER JANE and MARY BETH: 8 – 12. Ralphie’s classmates.
SCUT FARKUS: 14 – 15. The textbook example of a schoolyard bully, but he doesn’t go to school.
GROVER DILL: 9 – 12. Always at Farkus’ side, his “toady,” backing up Farkus all the time.
KIDS’ ENSEMBLE: Ages 8 – 13. Looking for 4 to 6 actors to play additional classmates. One of these roles will have a tap dance solo.

THE ADULTS:

MISS SHIELDS: Mid 30s – late 50s. Alto (E3 – G5, must have a strong belt!). The local elementary school teacher. Prim, proper, and stern, though warm. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she becomes a brassy belter/tapper! Tap dance experience a plus, but we can work around it.
SANTA: Early 30’s – 60’s. Baritone. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated Santa! Has a great song.
ADULT ENSEMBLE: Age 14 and up. Looking for a diverse, talented group of performers — all types and ages! — to play townspeople, elves, bank robbers, Can-Can girls, villains – you name it! Dance experience a plus, but not a deal breaker.

To audition, you must sign up for an audition session (listed below). Each session will consist of a group dance audition (so come dressed to move!), followed by individual vocal auditions. For vocal auditions, please prepare up to 32 bars of a song NOT from the show. Please bring your own sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. Auditioners will be released after their vocal auditions.

To sign up for an audition, please email Gary Warwick White, Production Manager, at white.garyf@gmail.com. Please provide your name (or your child’s name), your age (if under 18), and specify which session you would like to attend:

DAY 1 – CHILDREN, AGES 7 – 13
SESSION 1: Saturday, August 26 at 1PM
SESSION 2: Saturday, August 26 at 2:30PM
SESSION 3: Saturday, August 26 at 4PM

DAY 2 – TEENS & ADULTS, AGES 14+
SESSION 4: Sunday, August 27 at 6PM
SESSION 5: Sunday, August 27 at 7:30PM
SESSION 6*: Sunday, August 27 at 9PM

*this session will only be used when all others are full

If you are unable to make any of these sessions, please contact us (white.garyf@gmail.com or dancindvm@gmail.com) to see about alternate arrangements.

NOISES OFF

Auditions: October 22 (4CP) & October 23 (Cville) at 7PM
Open call; RSVP requested

A VIEW FROM SOME BROADS

Auditions: November 5 & 6 at 7PM in the Cellar
Open call; RSVP requested

AVENUE Q

Auditions: January 28 & 29 on the Mainstage
By appointment only

Please check back soon for more audition specifics and details!
Please direct all questions to our Production Manager, Gary Warwick White.

We look forward to seeing you soon!