Auditions for the Cedar Street Players 2021 Holiday Production

Friday, Feb 18th  |  Rolla, MO

In addition to filling out the form above. Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice or the song suggested below for the character you wish to audition for. An Accompanist will be provided. There is also a required dance call for all characters except the Narrator.

 

  • Auditions -

    • Rolla, MO: Friday, Feb 18th 5pm -10pm & Saturday, Feb 19th 10am - 3pm

      • Callbacks - Feb. 19th 4pm - 8pm

    • St. Louis: Sunday, Feb. 20th TBD

    • UPTAS 

  •  COVID vaccinations for cast and crew are preferred and strongly encouraged. Unvaccinated cast and crew will be asked to furnish weekly negative COVID tests for tech and performance weeks.

    • We will ask for COVID vaccination status as a part of the casting/hiring process.  Face shields and social distancing will be used to the greatest extent possible up to stage performance.  

  • Nontraditional casting. Equity and Ozark Actors Theatre encourages performers of all genders, ethnicities, ages and abilities to audition.

If you need any audition accommodations or have any questions please reach out to casting@ozarkactorstheatre.org.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, The Musical

Directed by Bekah Harbison

Choreographed by Jordan Woods

Musical Direction by Jeff Williams

 

The Cedar Street Playhouse

701 N. Cedar St., Rolla

Rehearsals

begin Nov. 12.  The production runs from Dec. 9 - 19.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is set in Indiana in November and December, 1940. The Depression is just ending, and Christmas is approaching! Ralphie, our 9 year old hero, dreams of getting an air rifle for Christmas-- and not just any air rifle, but the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun! Listed below is information about characters in the musical. Watching the 1983 movie is a great introduction to the storyline, and there are excellent clips of various songs and scenes from the stage show online. When you see "Audition Song" below, this is only a suggestion; we are open to hearing this song OR your own 16 bars, however the "Audition Song" for a given character shall be prepared if called back. MP3’s of the audition callback songs will be available below shortly!

Roles

The Narrator

 Jean Shepherd/Narrator: (stage age: late 40's to early 60's). Jean Shepherd is the actual author of the books that the story is based on, as well as the actual narrator voice we hear in the 1983 movie! On stage, he is a warm, charismatic and engaging storyteller; omniscient but not overpowering. A good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor, "Jean" focuses the action, keeps the story moving and holds the audiences' attention with his presence and spark. Throughout the show, the actor playing this role acts as a narrator, interacts with the actor playing Ralphie, and appears in scenes as different minor characters--sometimes within one scene! This actor must be very comfortable with audiences, and must be able to "read the crowd" and tell the story at the same time. This actor sings one line at the end of the show, and does not dance. 

The Family

Ralphie: (open to girls or boys ages 8 - 16).

A 5th grade boy who wants an Air Rifle for Christmas: specifically the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. He is a bright, winsome, mischievous, cute kid...someone you wouldn't mind having as a next door neighbor. (He might shovel your driveway for you--and then use your shovel as a sled!) Not a smart-aleck or overly precocious, Ralphie's imagination drives several scenes. The actor playing this role carries several songs; he must be an excellent singer and fluent reader with mega-watt stage presence. Ralphie's dance is minimal. Audition Song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”; vocal range for Ralphie is F#3 to D5. [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" for the callback].

 

The Old Man: (stage age 30's to 40's).

Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie's Dad has a good heart. He doesn't overtly show it, but he does love his family. A bluecollar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations; but is transformed into a true "song and dance" man in his moments of fantasy. Dance skills and not afraid to go "over the top" for comedic purposes are a plus! Audition song: “A Major Award”; vocal range for The Old Man is B♭2 to G4. [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "A Major Award" for the callback]. 

 

Mother: (stage age: 30's to 40's).

She is the secret engine that runs the family, keeping the household together with a smile--despite bickering children, limited funds, an xrated lamp in the living room window, a cranky furnace and a crankier husband. She would never let The Old Man know that she is more in charge than he is--as is appropriate for a housewife of this era! Vibrant, warm, affable--but not a pushover--she is always busy, especially anytime she is in the kitchen, and even more so at Christmastime! The actor who plays this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, and must be very comfortable with children. Audition song: “What a Mother Does”; vocal range is G3 to D♭5.  [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "What A Mother Does" for the callback]. 

 

Randy: (open to boys or girls ages 6- 14).

Ralphie's younger brother, he is cute, cuddly, lovable and whiny-- like most baby brothers! He looks up to his big brother, tries to keep up with him, and is young enough that he can be convinced to eat his dinner like a baby piggy! The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, a fluent reader and have strong stage presence. This actor may also be a featured tap dance performer. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”; vocal range for Randy is F#3 to D5. [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" for the callback]. 

 

Featured Adults

Miss Shields: (stage age 30's to 50s)

Ralphie's 5th grade 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 transforms into a dynamic, brassy, show-stopping belter and tap-dancing phenomenon! The person playing this role must be an excellent singer with a strong belt voice, and an actor who can handle comedy AND children! Audition song: “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”; vocal range is F#3 to D5.  [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" for the callback].

 

Santa: (stage age: 30's to 60's)

The Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is illtempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job--nothing like the "Jolly Old Elf" of the Christmas stories! He gets rid of each kid as fast as he can--probably to shorten his day so he can head for the nearest "watering hole"! The actor playing this role must be a strong comedic actor and singer, and must be comfortable with children. He may be part of the adult male ensemble. Audition song: “Up on Santa’s Lap”; vocal range is B♭2 to F4 (optional B♭4). [NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "Up on Santa's Lap" for the callback].

 

The Kids

The Kids' Ensemble is featured in several major scenes, and should plan on a robust rehearsal schedule! 

[NOTE: If you choose to bring in your own 16 bars, we may ask you to learn "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" for the callback]. 

 

Flick: (stage age 9/10)

A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie's; Flick is the guinea pig in the flagpole licking experiment. The actor playing this role should be able to sustain and communicate with a serious lisp! Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”.

 

Schwartz: (stage age 9/10) A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie; Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie utters an unmentionable word. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

Esther Jane: (stage age 9/10) A classmate. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

Mary Beth: (stage age 9/10) A classmate. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

Nancy: (stage age 9/10) A classmate. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

1-3 Ensemble girls (stage age 9/10): classmate, restaurant server, tap-dancer, Higbee’s visitor. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

1-3 Ensemble boys (stage age 9/10): classmate, tap-dancer, Goggle boy/Santa, Higbee’s visitor. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

Scut Farkus: (stage age 12/13) A textbook example of a schoolyard bully, Scut is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. This truant is a year or two older than Ralphie and his friends, and wears a perpetual scowl under his coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune time to harass his victims. In the end, when he and his sidekick, Grover Dill, are bested, they show themselves to the biggest cowards of all. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”. 

 

Grover Dill: (stage age 9/10) Grover is Farkus's toady, and is always at his side. Younger and smaller than Farkus, Grover delights in being tethered to his "hero". His rapid-fire belly laughs, always heard with Farkus's threats, make them the scourge of the neighborhood. The actor playing this role may play other roles in the Kids Ensemble. Audition song: “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”.

 

Adult Ensemble

The Adult Ensemble will consist of 8 to 12 men, and 8 to 12 women (stage ages 20's to 50's). The artistic team would like to cast a mix of strong singers and dancers, who will play a variety of smaller roles in scenes, as well as performing in larger production numbers. Six to eight of the ensemble members will also play Santa's Elves in Higbee's Department Store. Flexible team players who are comfortable with comedy, theatre games, improv and children are eagerly sought for this production! Audition song for ensemble men: “A Major Award”. Audition song for ensemble women: “What a Mother Does”.

The Cedar Street Players encourages anyone who is interested to audition and is always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to its stage. The Cedar Street Players has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds and abilities to audition for our productions.

Please note that by auditioning, you are obligating yourself to a considerable rehearsal and performance process. Please be certain that you are willing and able to make this commitment.

Provided Audition Cut Tracks
**you do not need to sing songs from the show for your initial audition. We may ask you to learn a song from the show for the callback.

Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

Santa's Lap

A Major Award

What A Mother Does

Ralphie To The Rescue