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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol AUDITION CALL

**Due to COVID Concerns, our planned holiday production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been moved to the Spring.  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will take its place this Holiday Season.**

Strong need for experienced actors, but also opportunity for beginners who wish to gain experience in acting. Acrobatic or “Circus” performance experience is a plus!

Production team for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by: Doris Baizley

Directed by Laura Cummins

Albuquerque Little Theatre will be holding auditions for the production CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Saturday, October 9 from 3:30PM to 5:30PM and Sunday, October 10 from 12PM to 4PM.

Callbacks will be held Sunday evening, October 10 and are BY INVITATION ONLY.

Auditions will be held in the Theatre at ALT, 224 San Pasquale, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Please enter through the courtyard and come in through the stage door.

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue of your choosing to audition with and be prepared for the director to ask you to sing, dance or improv. **Auditions will be booked in 10-minute appointment blocks**

***COVID POLICY:  The safety of our volunteers and staff is of the utmost importance.  Because of this, proof of vaccination is required when you arrive for your audition.  Additionally, masks are required at all times during the audition process and also during rehearsals.  All cast members will be tested on a regular basis beginning the week before dress rehearsals begin.***

Please go to to register. Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) with you to your audition time.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol synopsis: A highly inventive adaptation of the classic Dickens story, pared down to its essential elements. In this version, we encounter a company of traveling players about to enact the Dickens story. As the on-stage trunk of supplies opens, actors and clowns spill out and roll on. The gruff stage manager and prop boy check the show’s props, which are shabby and third rate, but the troupe improvises by creating a magical world of make-believe. The acting troupe soon discovers that the actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have abandoned the tour; but the show must go on, and the prop boy eagerly volunteers for the part of Tim while the cynical stage manager must be forcibly drafted to play the old miser. The troupe proceeds to make their way through the tale, creating fog, snow, fire and ghosts through mime, imagination and wonderful visual effects. The rag tag players (including the stage manager and prop boy) quickly become the characters of the story, and we are pulled into the life of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Christmas Spirits work their magic and warm the heart of Scrooge, as well as the old stage manager. This is an extremely effective and easily produced version of this Christmas classic.

Cast of Characters:

Stage Manager/Scrooge(Male, late 30’s – 50’s) Stage Manager for a Troup of travelling players. A gruff cynical character who must take over the role of Scrooge and becomes transformed in the process.  A bitter old miser, you know the type.

Prop Boy/Tiny Tim(Male, mid-teens, but looks to be around 10) a bumbling youngster who eagerly takes on the character of Tiny Tim when the actor playing the part Troup.

Director/Marley/Christmas Future– (Male, 30’s – 50’s) The director of the rag-tag Troup, acts as narrator of the play within a play and takes on the role of Marley’s Ghost. As Christmas Future, he is shadowy and scary.

Leading Man/Bob Cratchit(Male, 40+), The dashing leading man.  Scrooge’s Clerk, a hardworking family man and caring father.   

Leading Lady/Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit (Female, 30+) The elegant leading lady of the company.  A strong woman who speaks her mind.  As Christmas Past she is magical and whimsical. 

Young Leading Man/Fred – (Male 20’s – 30’s), Scrooge’s Nephew, kind and fun loving.

Ingénue/Belle/Mrs. Fred (Female 20+), Thoughtful and caring, Scrooge’s fiancé.  As Mrs. Fred she is a charming, vivacious, young woman deeply in love with her husband.

Character Woman/Mrs. Fezziwig/Charitable Woman/Mother-in-Law/Scavenger 3 – (Female, 40+) Skilled enough to play multiple, differing roles – funny, energetic and nervous.

Old Clown/Mr. Fezziwig/School Master/Jake – (Male, 40+) Wise, jovial, businessman and Scrooge’s old boss.

Clown 1Ali Baba, Christmas Present 1, Scavenger 1

Clown 2 Parrot, Christmas Present 2, Scavenger 2

Clown 3 – Little Caroler, Christmas Present 3, Scavenger 4

**All 3 Clown roles (M or F, 18-60) Energetic, active, funny and specialize in physical comedy and play a variety of roles. 

**In addition to dramatic and comedic acting, we will be looking for other talents such as singing, dancing, acrobatics and juggling.  This production is not a musical, but Christmas carols are sung throughout the show by the cast.  Actors will also be playing hand bells in this production, which will be taught during rehearsals.

CHARLES’ DICKENS A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs from December 3 – December 24.  Performances run Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.  *Please note that there will be a Saturday Matinee on December 11th at 2:00PM and TWO Thursday evening shows at 7:30PM on December 9th and December 16th.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, October 17th. Rehearsals are generally Sunday-Thurs 6:30-9:00. There may be a Saturday rehearsal, especially around tech week.

Please notify ALT of ALL conflicts ASAP.

Audition Tips:

Be prepared! If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it! For cold reads, familiarize yourself with the story and the characters (excerpts from scripts can be found online). Do your homework on the project. This includes knowing all the players and the show’s tone and style.

Be kind! Remember that your audition for every show begins the moment you walk in the door. You may be perfect in the audition room, but rudeness or misbehavior in the lobby will be noticed.

Be on time! We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment or open call time so that all of your paperwork can be completed before you go in for your auditions. Arriving early also gives you time to relax and focus and not feel rushed.

Use your waiting time wisely! It is great to see old friends and make new ones at an audition, but be sure to take some time to focus on your audition.

Dress appropriately! Come dressed for movement. This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must!

You can only be you, so be yourself and enjoy the process! Perform because you love performing. Share your artistry above all else. Try to relax and enjoy your moment to shine, to perform, and grow with experience.

Remember that we’re all human in that room, and you have the power to affect us on an emotional level. It’s what we all really want. That’s your job as an actor. We want you to be fully present, truthful, personal, and vulnerable to give us the ingredients we need to make each show at ALT better than the last. We all want to present the Albuquerque community with great work. We’re rooting for every actor. You show up and do your fullest, deepest work, and we will have the opportunity to present OUR fullest work on opening night! Welcome to Albuquerque Little Theatre!