Methacton Community Theater
***Due to the uncertainity of location availability, we are postponing additional sign ups for MCT's A Christmas Story Auditions. When we get confirmation on dates and times, we will reopen the sign up. Thank you for your patience and understanding.***
***MCT is abiding by the local, state, and federal Covid 19 recommendations for group gatherings and social distancing. We want to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Since these guidelines are fluid and changing quickly, please understand that audition location and dates may change***
Methacton Community Theater will be holding auditions for A Christmas Story on Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm with callbacks on Saturday, April 11th at 1:00 pm. Auditions will be held at Shannondell Performing Arts Theater 10000 Shannondell Drive in Audubon. Show dates are July 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th at Shannondell Performing Arts Theater.
Initial auditions will include a song and reading from the show based on the role you are auditioning for and an assessment of your dance ability. We are looking for strong dancers and tappers. Dress in comfortable clothes/shoes for dancing during auditions. Callbacks will include additional singing, dancing, and readings from the script. Audition materials including music will be emailed shortly after sign-up, so please be sure your email address is correct with Sign Up Genius.
Please review the descriptions below and indicate which role(s) you will be auditioning for on your sign-up. Please note, we will be casting approximately 40-50 actors for our production from 8 years old and up.
If sign up is full, you can email producers at [email protected] for waitlist options.
JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR (Age Range 40-60) Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw an audience in to the world of the play. Radio personality. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Midwestern. This is a non-singing role.
RALPHIE (Playable age 9 going on 10) A regular kid – cute but not overly handsome, not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; the boy next door. Ralphie above all is a dreamer. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show. Interested actors should have dance experience. High belter, low F# to high D
MOTHER (Age Range 30-40) She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom. Mezzo-Soprano low G to high Db
THE OLD MAN (Age Range 30-40) He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He’s not the perfect father by any means – he is happiest when he’s tinkering in the basement. He usually expects the worst, but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids. High Baritone or tenorto a high G
RANDY (Playable age 7-9) Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie, but won’t admit it. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage, cute, cuddly, & whiny but not a brat. Tap dance is a big plus. High belter, low F# to high C#
SCUT FARKUS (Age range 12-15) Must be 5’ or shorter. The classic bully; tough, perhaps taller than the other kids; there’s nothing about him you want to like. He’s that kid you always made sure to avoid in school. Gruff character voice. Tap dance is a plus.
GROVER DILL (Age range 8-12) Always at Farkus’ side is toady, Dill. Much younger and decidedly smaller than Farkus, Dill delights in being tethered to his “hero.”
MISS SHIELDS (Age Range 25-45) She is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Perhaps a little boring looking at first –ah but underneath! Great with comedy. Character woman. An actress with a flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway–a belter. Great mover and a strong tapper is a plus. Interested actors should have dance experience. Alto belter
SANTA (Age Range 30-60) The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical “jolly old elf.” Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. Tenor
SCHWARTZ (Age Range 9-14) Classmate
FLICK (Age Range 9-14) Classmate
ESTHER JANE (Age Range 9-14) Classmate
MARY BETH (Age Range 9-14) Classmate
ENSEMBLE (All Ages)
Shannondell Performing Arts Theater