A Christmas Story

Auditions for “A Christmas Story” the musical

Directed by Mike Howard

Choreography by Regina Laughlin

Music Direction by to be determined

Casting Adults, Teens and children ages 7 and up

SEEKING

Singers or dancers or actors

We welcome first time performers and experienced performers. We understand not everyone can sing or dance; we accept all skill levels and work with those who are offered roles to find a way to make you comfortable and shine on stage.

If you do not want to be on stage but still would like to be involved, we have roles you can participate in backstage or with lights and sound.

AUDITION DATES

Monday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 21, at Creative Theater 125 Music Mtn Drive Pigeon Forge, 37863

Times to register are between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Some will be asked to stay for a dance audition which starts at 7:45pm.

To sign up for your audition time, and to see what to prepare, please register below.

We will make phone call role offers on Friday, October 23rd. Cast List will be posted on Saturday, October 24th.

Wednesday, October 28,  from 5:30 to 8:30pm is orientation, meeting with Cast (if performer is under 18 years old, then a parent is required on this first day), read through of script, and registration due.

PERFORMACE DATES

Thursday, Dec 10 at 7:00pm

Friday, Dec 11 at 7:00pm

Saturday, Dec 12 at 7:00pm

Sunday, Dec13 at 3:00pm

Thursday, Dec 17 at 7:00pm

Friday, Dec 18 at 7:00pm

Saturday, Dec 19 at 7:00pm

Sunday, Dec 20 at 3:00pm

SHOW SYNOPSIS

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. 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.

ROLES TO BE FILLED

All who audition will be given equal consideration. No roles have been pre-cast. No special treatment shall be given to those who have been in previous shows at Creative Theater.

Ralphie Parker: A little boy who wants a Red Ryder Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time.

Jean Shepherd: Old Ralphie who narrates the story.

The Old Man: The gruff father of Ralphie and Randy.

Mother: The glue who holds the Parker family together.

Randy: Ralphie’s kid brother.

Miss Shields: Ralphie’s teacher.

Schwartz: Ralphie’s foul mouthed friend;

Flick: Ralphie’s dim friend who gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole.

Scut Farkus: The class bully who gets beaten up by Ralphie.

Grover Dill: Scut’s right-hand man.

Esther Jane: Ralphie’s love interest.

Mary Beth: Esther Jane’s best friend.

Santa: A mean old mall Santa.

Ensemble: Various characters comprised of various ages

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals are Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 and Saturdays 10:30 to 2:30.

When rehearsals begin, Cast will be given a detailed breakdown that explains who is needed on which days based on the role they are in.

Cast is allowed to miss two rehearsals only and cannot miss any rehearsals after Nov 27th

In an effort to keep distractions to a minimum, parents are not permitted to wait in the room while auditions or rehearsals are taking place. We encourage parents to spend rehearsal time helping with costumes, props, sets, painting scenery, and other tasks to assist the production.

Date

Time

Information

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Parent Meeting followed by Cast Read-through

Thursday, October 29, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal –Act 1

Saturday, October 31, 2020

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 1

Wed, Nov 4, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 1

Thurs, Nov 5, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal –Act 1

Sat, Nov 7, 2020

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Headshots
Rehearsal- Act 1

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 1

Thurs, Nov 12, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 1

Sat, Nov 14, 2020

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 2

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal – Act 2

Thurs, Nov 19, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal – Act 2

Sat, Nov 21, 2020

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Rehearsal- Act 2

Wed, Nov 25, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rehearsal

Thurs, Nov 26, 2020

NO rehearsal – Thanksgiving

Sat, Nov 28, 2020

10:30 am – 8:00 pm

Rehearsal lighting Cue to Cue, add mics- meal provided

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tech Run Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 3, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tech Run Rehearsal

Sat, Dec 5, 2020

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dress Rehearsal

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dress Rehearsal

Tue, Dec 8, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dress Rehearsal

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dress Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 10, 2020

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Fri, Dec 11, 2020

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Sat, Dec 12, 2020

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Sun, Dec 13, 2020

1:00 pm Call Time
3:00 pm Show

Performance

Thurs, Dec 17, 2020

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Fri, Dec 18, 20202

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Sat, Dec 19, 2020

5:00 pm Call Time
7:00 pm Show

Performance

Sun, Dec 20, 2020

1:00 pm Call Time
3:00 pm Show

Performance and Strike

Other Possible Activities and Events – Times and Details TBD

Early Morning/Afternoon at local news station

Mountain Fun Life Channel internet news show

Video Commercial Shoot

Chamber of Commerce Promo Breakfast – 3-4 Characters

Please bring a list of all schedule conflicts between Nov 4st and Dec 20th.   The two weeks before the show opens the number of rehearsals will increase and extra days will be added to the schedule for technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals.

WHAT TO PREPARE:

1 min prepared monologue, 32 bars of music (similar in style to the show; no audition songs from the show, please) We do not offer an accompanist so please bring your music track on CD or digital device (no a cappella auditions, please)

Audition will include some cold reading (to look at pairings) and some possible sight singing as well as some movement auditions (simple choreography)

AUDITION PROCESS

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.  Once you are checked in and paperwork confirmed, you will first perform your monologue and after that sing your song.

If you don’t sing, that’s fine, we need actors and dancers too.

After we finish with monologues and songs, we will work with ensemble (singers & dancers only) along with some character auditionees, in small (socially distanced) groups.

If you are asked to stay for a dance audition, that will begin at 7:45pm. Please plan to stay.

If you are a dancer who does not sing or act, that’s great, we would love to see you too. Just let us know when you register online so we can make arrangements for our choreographer to work with you.

AUDITION TIPS

Do not be late.

Follow directions.

Smile.

Have an open mind.

No gum, eating or drinking during the audition.

Relax and breathe before, during and after the audition.

Turn your phone off or turn the ‘Airplane mode’ setting on.

If you make a mistake, keep going.

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

Wear the correct clothing and footwear for the auditions.

Have fun!
Keep in mind, everyone in that audition room, as well as the entire theater community, wants you to have fun!

COST:

A $40.00 registration fee for all cast is due at the first rehearsal to cover a portion of the cost of sets, props, costumes and marketing.

To attend the performances, we have reserved seating with a suggested donation of $9.00 for children and $13.00 for adults.

For costumes, depending on the style of the show, we may ask actors to provide certain pieces of clothing that they most likely already have such as blue jeans, T-shirt, long sleeve white shirt, black pants, coat, shoes, etc.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:

There are many ways for you to volunteer and connect with your teen or child.

We will ask Parents to lead up committees such as Costumes, Props, Backstage, Scenery, Lighting, Dressing Rooms, Concessions, Cast Party and others.  If you do not feel comfortable leading the committee, we ask you to please consider helping by donating your time to be a part of these committees.   We invite you to learn new skills and share your talent.

In order to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, all adults over the age of 18 must have a background check.  A Creative Theater Board Member will gather information from you and will then run the Background Check at the Theater’s expense.  This is the same procedure required in the Sevier County School District for all parents who volunteer to help at school or go on field trips.

We strive to be respectful of everyone’s time. At rehearsals, we practice specific scenes and you will only be needed if you are in the scenes taught that day.

A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given to each cast member with a specific breakdown of who is needed each rehearsal. Every cast member may not be required to attend every rehearsal; however, it is crucial to the success of the rehearsal process that everyone attends on required days.

Participants may not miss more than two rehearsals or will be removed from the production. During the final week of rehearsals (called Tech Week or Dress Rehearsals), we will rehearse each day through the opening show.

PRODUCTION BIO

Mike Howard – Director

Mike Howard, is a 40-year veteran of stage, film and television. Mike is an award-winning actor that has appeared in over 150 live theatrical productions in the United States and the United Kingdom; he has also had a very active career appearing in several major motion pictures, countless independent projects and currently works extensively on a multitude of television programs. Besides being a versatile actor, Mike is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, musician, director, stuntman, producer, filmmaker, writer, speaker, radio personality, teacher and stand-up comic. Various Credits include:

Stage (Actor): Amadeus, Oliver!, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, The Crucible, The Full Monty, Blood Wedding, Death of a Salesman, Oklahoma, Sister Act, Greater Tuna, Talk Radio, Cats, Sweeney Todd, Deathtrap, Tom Jones, My Fair Lady, The Taming of the Shrew, The Zoo Story, Waiting for Godot, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fools, Does Anyone Not Have A Knife? (Original Cast), Rashomon (ACTF/Kennedy Center Best Actor Nominee), Charles Marowitz’s ‘Everyman’ (Original Cast / UK & US Premieres) Stage (Director): Green Day’s “American Idiot”, Safe Sex, Doubt, The Best Man, The Elephant Man

Film: Fate of the Furious (Universal) D.O.A. (Touchstone) Nadine (TriStar) Letting Go (TVFC)

Television: Homicide Hunter (Det. Howard), Murder Chose Me (Det. Greg Rudell), Snapped, MacGyver, Snapped: Killer Couples, Fatal Attractions, ATL Homicide, Murder By Numbers, Murder Comes to Town

Regina Laughlin – Choreographer

Regina Laughlin is THRILLED to be joining the Creative Theater team.

Until the pandemic shutdown, Regina was the resident choreographer of the Smoky Mountain Opry, where she was also a featured performer since 2017. Regina is currently the owner of Army of Sass-Knoxville. Army of Sass is an adult training and performance program for people from all dancing levels to build confidence and gain physical strength while developing dance skills in heels.

Prior to coming to the Smoky Mountains, Ms. Laughlin could be found performing on the Las Vegas Strip for events starring headliners such as the Backstreet Boys and Calvin Harris. Regina spent five years teaching and directing for Princess Cruises’ onboard production shows out of Los Angeles. She also spent nearly a decade working for the Walt Disney Company where she was awarded the “Disney Difference” award and had the honor of being chosen for the opening cast of “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” along with multiple filmings of the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” on ABC. Some of Regina’s other credits include: Anything Goes (Los Angeles), Sweet Charity (Los Angeles), Legends in Concert, Dino’s Christmas Spectacular, Celebrate America, The Promise, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and a two year run with Peter Pan starring Tony Award nominated Cathy Rigby.

With an extensive 20 year teaching background, Regina has run the ballet program of several dance schools: Dance Branson School of the Arts (Missouri), Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts (Las Vegas), Arabesque Dance and Fitness (Las Vegas) and Penny Lane Dance Academy (Los Angeles). She was also over the dance program for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Child Development Center. For nearly 15 years, Ms. Laughlin has worked as a dance adjudicator for competitions such as Celebration Talent Competition, Talent on Parade, Stage One Dance Competition and StarQuest Dance.

Regina grew up competing in the Miss America Scholarship Program in her home state of Missouri. She then went on to choreograph for the Miss Missouri Pageant and later became a member of the Board of Directors for the Miss Las Vegas program. In her free time, Regina remains active in pageantry by judging local pageants and coaching young contestants.

Ms. Laughlin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Webster University, St. Louis and has extensively trained in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

To receive an audition slot, we ask you to register for a time slot that works for you. Arrive 15 minutes early before your scheduled time. Everyone has an equal amount of time to be seen by the Audition Team.

Upon arrival, you will fill out an information sheet. Please bring a list of ALL of your conflicts.  Unless the Director gives special permission, cast cannot miss more than two rehearsals. No rehearsals can be missed Tech Week.

We will then take a photograph of you so the Casting team can remember your fantastic audition.

You will then be taken into a private room away from the others auditioning and present your monologue and song for the Production Team. There may be several Directors in the room to cheer for you.

AUDITION REGISTRATION:

At this time, all time slots for Monday and Wednesday are filled. We still invite you to come audition either day. Please arrive between 6:30 and 7:15 and we will work you into the schedule as time opens up.

Please understand, that you may have to wait a while for us to get ahead of schedule.

We look forward to seeing you.