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Auditions: 'A Christmas Story: the Musical' at the Barn Theatre in Montville

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The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 87th Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "A Christmas Story - The Musical", written by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Directed by Scott Hart.

AUDITION DATES:
CHILDREN AUDITIONS held at MORRISTOWN BEARD SCHOOL in the Founders Hall Theatre, 70 Whippany Road, Morristown NJ Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th 2014 from 12:30pm - 4:30pm.

ADULT AUDITIONS will be held at the BARN THEATRE, 32 Skyline Drive, Montville NJ Sunday September 14th and Monday September 15th 2014 from 7pm - 10pm.

Call backs, if needed, to be held at the Barn Theatre Wednesday evening September 17th.

Please be prepared with a recent photo and resume stapled together. Auditioners should prepare a standard "Broadway style" song to sing. There will be dance combinations taught and tap combinations for the children. Readings will be from the script.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
November 21, 2014 - Saturday, December 13, 2014
(Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with additional weeknight benefits performances possible)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle! A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Directed by Tony Award®-nominee and one of the original producers of the Broadway production, Scott Hart, this new record breaking Broadway hit musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: Cast of 30 (20 Adults, 10 Children)

JEAN SHEPHERD: 50s-60s, the narrator (Ralphie is him as a boy) plays several roles in and out of the story as well. Midwestern, charming, warm, excellent story teller. Non-singing/dancing role.

RALPHIE (Must look around 9 years old): No taller than 5'. Great actor and singer. Must dance some. Warm and funny. Ralphie is on stage the entire show. We are looking for a young man who can be focused and have a professional attitude.

THE OLD MAN: 30s-40s. Genius comic actor who sings and dances. Untight, fuss-budget, flawed. Humorously “terrifying” dad with a heart somewhere. Range is high baritone.

THE MOTHER: 30s-40s. Pretty, warm, funny, wonderful expressive singer, contemporary mid-range mix-belt, with some soprano. Must be a truly great actress as well as a great singer. Subtle real, genuine and truthful sense of humor, a bit on the "quirky" side.

RANDY (Ralphie’s younger brother): Must look 6-7 years of age. Must be shorter than Ralphie. Must sing and dance (tap)

MISS SHIELDS: 40s-50s+. School teacher. Not a stick-in-the-mud, she’s sassy. Funny musical comedy belter who taps. MUST TAP.

SCUT FARKUS (child): Must be taller than Ralphie. Tough, older (9-12), must dance (tap).

GROVER DILL (child): Scut's sidekick. Must be small and look 6-8 years of age. Comic actor, must dance (tap).

ENSEMBLE:

MEN (must look 25+ and up): Seeking all ethnicities, interesting off-beat, singer/dancer/actors with bright contemporary voices to play a multitude of roles and some to play featured roles. Roles in ensemble: Santa, fathers, neighbors, delivery people and elves…etc…SEEKING WARM AND INTERESTING TYPES. Vocal ranges include tenors to high A. High Baritones to F#.

WOMEN (must look 25+ and up): Seeking all ethnicities, interesting off-beat, singer/dancer/actors with bright contemporary voices to play a multitude of roles and some to play featured roles and some to cover the principals. Roles in ensemble and mothers, neighbors, and elves, etc. SEEKING WARM AND INTERESTING TYPES. Vocal Ranges include strong altos, legit sopranos to high A and legit sopranos to high C.

Specifically looking for these featured roles from ensemble: Santa (solo musical number) & Asian American Actor (classic comic scene)

CHILDREN: (Must look between 7-12 years of age) **All Must Sing and Dance, including Tap Dancing**

FLICK (Ralphie’s friend)
SCHWARTZ (Ralphie’s friend)
3 MALE CHILDREN (Ralphie’s school mates and friends)
3 FEMALE CHILDREN (Ralphie’s school mates and friends)

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org .

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org