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A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL - Houston Theatre Under the Stars Auditions

Posted: September 17, 2015

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A Christmas Story - Local EPA/ECC Singers

Houston Theatre Under The Stars | Houston, TX

Date of Audition:
10/3/2015




Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Saturday October 3, 2015
2:30PM-6:30PM

Contract
WCLO
WCLO - min $1057/wk

Location
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002


Seeking
Male and Female Actors/Singers. Please see breakdown for details.

Preparation
Singers: Have 2 songs prepared (one upbeat/one ballad). Please bring sheet music in your appropriate key

Other Dates
ECC Dance - October 4 Please see separate notice.
First Rehearsal -November 20
Opening -December 8
Closing -December 20

Other
www.tuts.com

Personnel
Bruce Lumpkin - Artistic Director; Director
Marley Wisnoski - Associate Artistic Director; Associate Director
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will

notbe provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments
Audition@tuts.com
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: Late 40s to early 60s. A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering – a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark. [Note: The framing device becomes a physical part of the storytelling, a narrator who comes in and out of the scenes. When he is onstage as the narrator, he is unnoticed by the other characters (except for a few occasions when he has a direct interaction with Ralphie). When Jean assumes an onstage role (e.g., the telegram deliverer), he is, of course, seen by the others as that character. When Jean is observing Ralphie, he feels and expresses everything just as Ralphie would, exactly paralleling the boy’s emotional state. The “Universal I” phrase that Jean uses in his opening speech is his way of distancing himself from the story, but it is truly autobiographical in nature.

THE PARKERS:
MOTHER: 30s to 40s. More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it. She is warm and affable … at times a bit daffy … but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, especially anytime she’s in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.

THE OLD MAN: 30s to 40s. A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff (and rough) exterior. He’s a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn’t overly show it. He usually expects the worst but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants (though it usually doesn’t). In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.

THE ADULTS (may be doubled):MISS SHIELDS: Mid 30s to late 50s. The local elementary school teacher. A seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator – prim and proper. Stern when necessary, though warm – and even humorous – when the situation merits it. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show-stopping, brassy belter and tappy – a force to be reckoned with.

SANTA: Early 30s to early 60s. The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical “Jolly Old Elf” of legend and lore. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempt to put an end to the day and, perhaps, head for the nearest “watering hole.”

ELVES CUSTOMERS
DELIVERY MEN (2) CAN-CAN GIRLS
TOWNSPEOPLE CAN-CAN GIRLFRIEND
PARENTS POLICEMAN
VILLAIN FIREMAN
BANKROBBERS DOCTOR
ESCAPED PRISONER NURSE
BARTENDER WAITER

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