Auditions: A Christmas Carol and Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

September 14 2018 | News

Le Petit Theatre will be holding auditions for our upcoming productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

ADULT ROLES: Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Auditions: Wednesday, September 26, 2018; Sunday, September 30, 2018; and Monday, October 1, 2018 from 6PM-9PM at Le Petit Theatre (616 Saint Peter Street)

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song in the style of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- (Candide, A Little Night Music, and Gilbert & Sullivan, for example). An accompanist will be provided. Please bring two copies of your headshot and resume stapled together. (Song not required if auditioning for A Christmas Carol only). 

CHILDREN'S ROLES: Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Auditions: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 11AM-5PM at Le Petit Theatre (616 Saint Peter Street) 

Please prepare a short poem OR monologue (up to one minute in length) and one verse of a song (preferably a traditional holiday song or Christmas carol) to be sung acapella. Please bring a photo and a resume (if applicable). 

Please direct any questions to auditions@lepetittheatre.com

 

Personnel: Maxwell Williams, Artistic Director, Christina Pellegrini, Director. A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

 

Additional Appointments: Appointments will be taken on these dates only. Space is limited, and walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits. AEA walk-ins will be prioritized and seen. If you are a member of Actor’s Equity Association and do not see an open slot that you can attend, an appointment can be arranged by calling 504-522-2081 or e-mailing auditions@lepetittheatre.com

Le Petit Theatre encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL - ADULT PERFORMERS

Ebenezer Scrooge: 50s-60s.  This role has been cast.

Jacob Marley/ Ghost of Christmas Future: 30s-50s. As the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the tormented soul of Scrooge’s former business partner, who appears to Scrooge to offer redemption.  Haunted, soulful, and pursued by demons. As the Ghost of Christmas Future, a silent specter who leads Scrooge through the horrors of the future. Must be very physically adept.

Mr. Fezziwig/ 1st Solicitor/ Potentate: 40s-60s. As Fezziwig, generous (to a fault) and expansive and giddily in love with his wife. A kind hearted and jolly man, with a very healthy and wry sense of humor. As Potentate, removed and miserly.

Ghost of Christmas Present/ 2nd Solicitor/ Potentate: 40s-50s. Infectious spirit and warmth.  A powerful presence with a sense of humor, wit, and mischief, and a fabulous laugh to boot. Has an implicit understanding of right and wrong and is not afraid to let Scrooge know it.

Fred/ Young Scrooge: 20s. As Fred, an optimistic and kind young man. Witty and able to trade barbs with his Uncle. As Young Scrooge, an innocent but conflicted youth torn between the need for financial security and the desire to connect with other human beings. He possesses a sense of fun and humor, but is influenced and changeable, and though he falls in love with Belle instantly, one year later, he spurns her just as quickly.

Belle/ Fred’s Wife: 20s. As Belle, Scrooge’s fiancée, in love with his kind potential but ultimately is forced to leave him because of his obsession with money. As Fred’s Wife, an extremely kind and graceful young woman. Sees the best in people. She is tenacious and refuses to give up on Scrooge because she realizes how much family means to her husband. Musical instrument a plus.

Bob Cratchit: 30s-40s. Scrooge’s clerk, a family man. Scrooge has worked Cratchit to the bone, but his joy for life and affection for his family remain untouched. Despite his difficult existence, he is still filled with hope and humor. Though he worries about how to put food on the table, he somehow always finds a way to provide treats for his children. He is shattered when Tiny Tim dies and try as he might, his sorrow is impossible to hide from his other children.

Mrs. Cratchit: 30s-40s. Caring but fiery, she will defend her family at any price.  She is the glue that holds her family together.  Nurturing, warm, the salt of the earth.  She criticizes Scrooge more than anyone because of what he is doing to her devoted and downtrodden husband. She tries to hide her sorrow over Tiny Tim’s loss from her other children, but fails.

Ghost of Christmas Past/ Beggar Woman/ Fred’s Sister-in-Law: 20s-40s. As Christmas Past, a creature of light, ethereal and kind. As Beggar Woman, a grasping, sarcastic wretch who seeks to profit off of Scrooge’s demise. As Fred’s Sister-in-Law, a jovial, nervous sort of woman who is tickled by Mr. Topper’s attention.

Mrs. Fezziwig/ Mrs. Dilber: 40s-60s. As Mrs. Fezziwig, gabby, and overflowing with warmth; A good-hearted meddler, but does not suffer fools gladly.  As Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge’s charwoman who he inherited from Marley. His death touches her, but not enough to keep her from seeking to profit from the goods he has left behind.

Old Joe: 60s. Joe is either blind or pretends to be. A shrewd pawnshop dealer who trades in stolen goods. He will take no nonsense from anyone, unless he’s dealing it out first.

Martha Cratchit/ Nicola Fezziwig: 18-25. The eldest Cratchit child who works in a textile factory away from home. She misses her family terribly and makes the most of every opportunity to be with them. As Nicola Fezziwig, a bundle of energy and joy. Must dance.

Topper/ Fezziwig Party Guest/ Belle’s Husband/ Potentate: 20s. As Topper, a gregarious of somewhat foolish friend of Fred’s who has the mischance of running into Mr. Scrooge at inopportune times.  Pursues Fred’s Sister-in-Law playfully if relentlessly.

Caroline/ Fezziwig Party Guest: 20s-30. As Caroline, indebted to Scrooge. An honest fellow trying to get ahead. Is relieved in spite of himself when Scrooge’s death means he is relieved of his debt. As Dick Wilkins, Scrooge’s co-worker at Mr. Fezziwig’s warehouse.  Vibrant and energetic.

Mr. Caroline/ Dick Wilkins: 20s-30. As Mr. Caroline, indebted to Scrooge. An honest fellow trying to get ahead. Is relieved in spite of himself when Scrooge’s death means he is relieved of his debt. As Dick Wilkins, Scrooge’s co-worker at Mr. Fezziwig’s warehouse.  Vibrant and energetic.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL- YOUNG PERFORMERS

Several Young Company Roles will be double-cast.

Peter Cratchit/ Schoolboy: 11-13 years old.  A very industrious, bright, energetic, positive force in the family. He does all he can to help around the house and makes special efforts to care for little, Tiny Tim.

Fan: 12-15 years old. Scrooge’s devoted sister – becomes Fred’s mother.  She risks a lot to see Boy Scrooge for one last time. Must sing.

Belinda Cratchit/ Schoolboy: 10-12 years old. The middle Cratchit child, loves Christmas and its celebrations.

Charlotte Cratchit: 7-10 years old. The second-youngest Cratchit child. Loves Christmas. Adorable and sweet.

Boy Scrooge/ Turkey Boy: 9-11 years old. As Boy Scrooge, the sweet, innocent Scrooge before he becomes the Scrooge of legend. He is the only one left alone in his school yard during Christmas recess. As Turkey Boy, he carries a huge turkey to the Cratchit house upon a transformed Scrooge’s instructions. Must have great comic ability.

Tiny Tim: 5-7 years old. The youngest Cratchit child, frail, weak, suffers from an illness which causes him to be on crutches. He is eternally hopeful and sees the suffering in others much more than the suffering in himself. Must be less than 50 pounds.

Beggar Boy and Girl:  5-8 years old. These are the children that finally force Scrooge to see the error of his ways. They are the poorest of the poor, living on the London streets only with kindness of others.

Carol: 11-14 years old. A born leader, she is in charge of the youngsters as they carol about the streets of London.  Always ready with a sweet smile or a sock in the arm. Must sing.

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A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY (M, 30s – mid 50s): The first eight members of the aristocratic D'Ysquiths family in line to inherit the family fortune, including a drunken priest, a foppish beekeeper, and a self-serving philanthropist. Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a strong grasp of and appreciation for British farce. This performer does not need to be a phenomenal singer but must have the stamina to carry a musical comedy and the ability to play a full range of unique characters. 
 
MONTY NAVARRO (M, mid 20s – 30s): An earnest and vulnerable underdog whose winning charm can maintain an audience’s trust and sympathy, even as he uncovers his own steely confidence, deviousness, and murderous proclivities.

High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
 
SIBELLA (F, 20s – mid 30s): Flirtatious, competitive, and passionate, Sibella is Monty’s longtime love interest and a calculating social climber. However, behind her confidence and self-promotion is a shade of sadness that’s barely detectible and a genuine loyalty to Monty.

Character mezzo, low F# to high A, belting not required.
 
PHOEBE (F, 20s – mid 30s): Noble, romantic, and comically earnest, Phoebe is Monty’s newest love interest. Youthfully innocent, yet sophisticated, Phoebe has a deceptively mischievous streak.

Coloratura soprano up to a high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Very flexible and agile, B below middle C on the bottom. Performers with an operatic background are encouraged to audition.

WOMAN #1 (30s – 50s): A character woman. Plays MISS SHINGLE, a pleasant yet peculiar Cockney housekeeper who sets the play in motion by informing Monty of his noble heritage. Also plays TOUR GUIDE, the PUB OWNER’S WIFE, and other roles.

Mezzo soprano, G to high A.
 
WOMAN #2 (mid 20s – late 40s): A character woman. Plays LADY EUGENIA, a comically scornful and arrogantly domineering countess; MISS BARLEY, a giddy and flirtatious artist model; and other roles.

G to high C.
 
MAN #1 (20s – mid 30s): A versatile character man. Plays TOM COPLEY, as well as MAGISTRATE, DR. PETTIBONE, GUARD, and other roles. 

High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A. 
 
MAN #2 (30s – 40s) A versatile character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, PHYSICIAN, and other roles.

Bass, low C to high G#.

 
 

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