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AUDITIONS FOR A Christmas Story The Musical!

The Wilmington Drama League will be holding auditions for the musical version of the holiday classic, A Christmas Story The Musical! On August 12 and 22, 2018 at 6:30PM.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.

Featuring a score by the team that created Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and music for La La Land, actors of all ages are needed to bring this hilarious and fun musical to life. Roles are available for both children and adults who can sing, dance, or act!

Please prepare sixteen bars from a song from the musical theatre catalogue; an accompanist will be provided. A Capella and recorded music is strongly discouraged. Callbacks will be held at the invitation of the director on Saturday, August 25.

A Christmas Story – The Musical will be performed at The Wilmington Drama League December 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Please note that no conflicts will be accepted for performance dates or for tech week (December 7 to 13).

Please contact the stage manager, Christy Wyatt at cwyatt@udel.edu with any questions regarding the auditions or the show.

Direction by S. Lee Lewis
Music Direction by Jennifer D’Amico
Choreography by Rachel Marlowe
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros.,
written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.

ALL ROLES AVAILABLE – ROLES INCLUDE
Jean Shepherd/Narrator
Male/Late 40’s to early 60’s
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.

Ralphie
Male/9 to 13
Cute and winsome, but not precious. Bright, but not precocious. A regular kid you wouldn’t mind having as your next-door neighbor. He’s a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye.

Mother
Female/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 is 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
Male/30s to 40s
A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometime gruff (and rough) exterior. He is a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn’t overtly 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 usually grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.

Randy
Male/7 to 10
Ralphie’s younger brother. Cute, cuddly and whiny. Admires Ralphie but won’t admit it. He’s at the stage of childhood wherein he seems opposed to everything, but he’s still loveable – not a brat.

The Kids
Scut Farkus
Male/14 to 15
The textbook example of a schoolyard bully, except this truant doesn’t go to school. He is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. Older than Ralphie and his classmates by a year or two, he wears a perpetual scowl beneath his trademark coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune times to scare and harass his innocent victims.

Grover Dill
Male/9 to 12
Always at Farkus’ side is his toady, Dill. Much younger and decidedly smaller than Farkus Dill delights in being tethered to his “hero.” He punctuates the bully’s threats and warnings with a series of rapid-fire belly-laughs, thus making the two of them the scourge of the neighborhood whenever they appear. But, like most of their ilk, when the two are finally challeneged and bested, they tunr out to be the biggest cowards of all.

Miss Sheilds
Female/30s to 50s
The local elementary school teacher. Seemling stereotypical 1940s educator—prim and proper. Stern when necessary, though warm—and even humorous—when the situation merits its. In Ralphie’s fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show stopping, brassy belter and tapper – a force to be reckoned with.

Santa
Male/30s to 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 and end to the day and, perhaps, head for the nearest “watering hole.”

The Youth Ensemble: (stage ages 8-11) are featured in several major scenes, and should plan on a robust rehearsal schedule! Featured Ensemble characters include; Flick, Schwartz, Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, etc.

The Adult and Teen Ensemble: (stage ages 15-60’s) Featured in many of the showstopper production numbers as dancers and singers. Director is looking to fill out the ensemble with movers and great dancers alike. Actors should all be great singers. Ensemble portrays, parents, shoppers, delivery men, waiters, passersby, and fantasy performers. Ensemble members will be very involved in the production.

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