Script Review: August 26, 2018

Audition: Sept. 9, 2018



A Christmas Carol

adapted to the stage by Romulus Linney, from the Charles Dickens novel
Directed by Heather Schultz

Synopsis

An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means.

Meet the Director

Heather Schultz has been involved with theatre for more than 35 years as an actor, director, dancer, choreographer, and more. She is president of Curtain Players for the 2018-19 season. During the 2017-18 season she directed the first fully staged production of the new play Wendy Darling, which earned eight Ohio Community Theatre Association Central Region awards -- including an Outstanding in Director for Schultz -- and an invitation to the 2018 OCTA State Conference. She also appeared on stage as Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. Schultz's other Curtain credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Zombies from The Beyond (director), and The Skin of Our Teeth and It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (actor).

Performance Dates

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 14, Dec. & 15, 2018 at 8:00PM
Dec. 9 & 16, 2018 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the December 9 matinee.

When

Where

Script Review, auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

What to Expect at the Script Review

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

What to Expect at Auditions

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. This audition is conducted on Sunday, September 9. Requests for an alternate audition opportunity will be considered by the director if received by August 26. Please submit those to production@curtainplayers.org

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our productions begin in an offsite location, to be determined for each production. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

A tentative rehearsal schedule for A Christmas Carol will be available at the script review.

Character Descriptions

  • Seeking children (of elementary & middle school ages), teens (high school & early 20s) and adult actors.
  • All actors (except Scrooge) will play multiple characters.
  • Males cast in roles will be required to provide their own black or dark brown pants, white button-down dress shirts, and black or dark brown shoes/boots.
  • Females cast in roles will be required to provide their own off-white blouses and black shoes/granny boots (character shoes are acceptable).
  • There will be period dancing in show, so dance experience is helpful, but not required.
  • Scrooge A miserly and miserable man shown the error of his ways by three ghostly visitors.
  • Bob Cratchit – Scrooge's long-suffering clerk.
  • Jacob Marley – Scrooge's deceased friend and business partner who comes back to warn Scrooge that he needs to change his heart.
  • Tiny Tim – Bob's physically challenged, bright, and loving youngest son.
  • Mrs. Cratchit and children
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig & their daughters – Young Scrooge's employer.
  • Young Scrooge
  • Belle – Fezziwig's niece and Young Scrooge's love interest.
  • Child Scrooge
  • Fan – Scrooge's sister.
  • Fred – Scrooge's happy-go-lucky nephew who is filled with love and hope for Scrooge.
  • Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Ghost of Christmas Future
  • Incidental parts