The work is a musical loosely based on Charles Dicken’s book “A Christmas Carol”.
The production has lyrics by Peter Udell with music by Garry Sherman and book by Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, Musical Director will be Glenn Brackens with Choreography by Kevin Marr II
Performance dates are December 6 through December 29, 2013
Karamu is seeking African American Actors/Singers/Dancers ages 10 to adult as well as all nationalities to audition for roles in the December performances of “Christmas is Comin’ Uptown”.
Audition dates and times are:
Tuesday October 8th, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Actors/Singers
Wednesday October 9th, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Actors/Singers/Dancers
(Callbacks are by invitation only Saturday Oct 12, if necessary)
Actors/Singers are asked to prepare two songs in the Rhythm and Blues Style (one uptempo and one ballad as well as be prepared to sing acapella. An accompanist will be provided. Actors/Singers will also be asked to do a cold reading from a script. Please come prepared for light movement. Those that are auditioning for Dance must come dressed and prepared for movement.
All who wish to audition must have a headshot and resume’.
The auditions will take place at Karamu located at 2355 East 89th Street,
Rehearsals will consist of an 8 week rehearsal schedule, 3-6 time per week. The cast will re¬ceive a Rehearsal schedule by the first cast meeting or first rehearsal.
If you have any Questions feel free to contact Richard H. Morris at 216.795.7070 ext.236.
Dickens comes to Harlem as Scrooge is a slumlord preparing to foreclose on an apartment house, recreation center and church on Christmas Eve. His late partner appears to warn him to mend his ways and to tell him that he will be visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who take him on a neighborhood tour culminating in a trip to the graveyard as he watches Tiny Tim’s burial procession. Needless to say, he is reformed in the end. The musical features an array of Dickensian characters dancing, swinging and jiving to the Harlem beat.
Salvation Army Trio: 3 female singers who are the Backup Singers (a la Supremes) for Ghosts Past, Present, and Future.
Scrooge: Slumlord, owner of various properties in and around Harlem.
Bob Cratchit/Deacon: Cratchit is Scrooge’s overworked employee, a timid man afraid to stand up to his boss’s demanding ways.
Marley: Scrooge’s old partner, Marley appears to Scrooge as a ghost and warns him about the dangers of being obsessed with money.
Xmas Past/Tenants Representative: The first ghost to visit Scrooge. Also doubles as Tenants Representative.
Xmas Present/Mary: (Older version) Second ghost to visit Scrooge also doubles as the Recreation Center Director.
Mary (Younger version): Scrooge’s former girlfriend, she breaks up with him because of his greed.
Young Scrooge: Teenage Version, a Hustler.
Young Lonny: Assistant to Young Scrooge, Hustler in training.
Xmas Future/Minister/Reverend Byrd: 3rd ghost to visit Scrooge, also double as the Reverend of the church that is in foreclosure (Reverend Byrd).
Mrs Cratchit, Deacons wife: Wife of Bob Cratchit.
Shirley, Rennee, and Martha: Three Daughters of Bob Cratchit
Tiny Tim: Crippled son of Bob Cratchit
Sister Hopkins: A Gospel Singer
Shoppers: Various Harlem residents
Time 3: Dancers that represent the passage of time.
Harlem Residents: These Chorus Members make up the Citizens of Harlem U.S.A. and also play many small walk-on roles.