Academy of Community Theatre (ACT II)

AUDITIONS: A Christmas Carol
Based on the book by Charles Dickens
Written by Michele L. Vacca
Produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago

Director: Lynn M. Hamilton
Auditions: May 6-10 (By appointment)

Audition Call Backs: May 18
Rehearsals: Begin August 5
Performances: November 14-16

IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ ALL THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS PAGE.

Auditions 

AUDITION & CAST DETAILS

Audition Information

Auditions: May 6-10* (By Appointment Only)
*If you are unable to attend any of the audition dates listed, please contact us at Director@ACTcolorado.net 

Location: 481 Windchime Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (LOWER LEVEL of the Windchime Center.)

Casting Eligibility:  Anyone from 6-years-old through adults may audition. 

Tuition: There is no fee to audition.  IF cast, tuition will be charged for actors 21-years-old and younger.  (See section on tuition for further details.)


Cast Information: We anticipate casting around 30-34 actors.  (Some actors will be cast in more than one role. Ensemble roles not listed here.)

M EBENEZER SCROOGE, a man of business and a miser
M BOB CRATCHIT, his over-worked clerk
F MRS. EMILY CRATCHIT, Bob’s devoted wife
F MARTHA CRATCHIT,  looks 17-18 years old
M PETER CRATCHIT, looks 14-16 years old
F BELINDA CRATCHIT, looks 12 years old
M ROBBIE CRATCHIT, looks 10 years old
F ANNIE CRATCHIT, looks 8 years old
M/F TINY TIM CRATCHIT, looks 6-7 years old (MUST be able to pass for a boy on stage)
F MISS HOLLY DO-WELL – Solicitor & Quartet Singer
M MR. QUENTIN QUIMBY – Solicitor & Quartet Singer
F MRS. RUMMIDGEMR – Solicitor & Quartet Singer
M WILBUR WORTHY – Solicitor & Quartet Singer
M GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY
M/F SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST
M/F SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
M/F SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE
M FRED, Scrooge’s cheerful nephew
F ELIZABETH, Fred’s charming wife
M DAVID, a young husband in debt to Mr. Scrooge
F CAROLINE, his courageous wife
M/F CHRISTOPHER SLY, a Cockney ragpicker and junk dealer
F MRS. DILBUR, a Cockney laundress
F LUCY MCDOUGAL, a Cockney charwoman
M/F WILLIE HAGGARTY, a Cockney entrepreneur
M/F GEORGIE – urchin 
F MOLLY – urchin
F BETSY, urchin
M YOUNG BOY SCROOGE
M MR. PHINEAS PRINGLE, Young Scrooge’s heartless schoolmaster
F MISS PHAEDRA PRINGLE, his equally heartless sister
F FAN, Scrooge’s sister
M YOUNG MAN SCROOGE
M YOUNG JACOB MARLEY
M DICK WILKENS, a young Fezziwig apprentice
F BELLE, Young Scrooge’s sweetheart
F CATHERINE, Belle’s friend
M FREDERICK “Freddie” FEZZIWIG, Young Scrooge’s employer
F FELICITY FEZZIWIG, his wife
F FLORA FEZZIWIG
F FAUNA FEZZIWIG
F FIONA FEZZIWIG

THE AUDITION PROCESS

The Audition Process

1.  Schedule your audition time.

Auditions: May 6-10* (By Appointment)
*If you are unable to attend any of the audition dates, please contact us at Director@ACTcolorado.net

Once your audition has been scheduled you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours. If you do NOT receive a confirmation e-mail please contact us at director@ACTcolorado.net to confirm we received your audition time.                                

2.  Complete audition form (Bring to AUDITION)

Audition Form

3.  Fill out the consent form. (Bring to AUDITION)

Parental Consent Form
Adult Consent Form

4.  Audition (30 minutes)A maximum of 5 people will be scheduled for each 30 minute audition time.

Acting Audition: Memorize 1 character from 1 acting scene in the audition materials tab. 

Vocal Audition: If you are interested in auditioning for a solicitor/quartet singer, please prepare the scene AND 32 bars from any Christmas carol. 

5.  Bring your completed audition form, your consent form and a recent photo of you to your audition.

6.  By May 14, you will receive an email letting you know if you are being called back for a second audition or not.  (If you are not called back, you are not in the running to be cast.)

8.  Callbacks will be held on May 18 (Saturday) from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  (We will be calling back actors in groups depending upon the roles for which they are being considered. Those who are called back will be given a schedule for the day and acting scenes to read over.)

9.  The show will be cast by May 20. All performers who are called back will receive an email announcing if they were cast or not.

10.  There will be a cast and parent meeting on May 21 at from 5:00-7:30 PM in the studio.  If cast, your tuition payment will be due at this time.

11.  Once cast, each performer will schedule a 30-minute costume fitting & makeup matching appointment for May 22-23.

SCHEDULE AUDITION

Schedule Audition

Audition Dates: May 6-10 (By Appointment)

Those interested in auditioning will schedule one audition time of 30 minutes.  There will be 5 people scheduled for each 30-minute audition slot.  If you are unable to attend any of the audition dates, please contact us.

Once your audition has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days. If you do NOT receive a confirmation email, please contact us at director@ACTcolorado.net.  

AUDITION MATERIALS

Audition Material

Memorize ONE of the scenes for ONE of the characters posted here.
Not all characters are included in these audition selections.  No matter which piece you choose, you will be considered for every role. (It would be wise to be familiar with all the scenes, but only 1 needs to be memorized.)

Scrooge, Bob Cratchit

Scrooge, Fred

Georgie, Mollie, Betsy

Scrooge, Ghost of Jacob Marley

Sly, Dilbur

Mrs. Cratchit, Peter, Robbie, Belinda

Mrs. Cratchit, Martha, Annie

Mr. Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Tiny Tim

Scrooge, Christmas Past

Scrooge, Christmas Present

Young Boy Ebenezer, Mr. Pringle, Miss Pringle

Fan, Young Boy Ebenezer

Young Man Scrooge, Belle

Mr. Fezziwig, Mrs. Fezziwig

Solicitor (Quimby, Rummidge, Worthy, Do-Well) These 4 characters will also sing carols as a quartet throughout the show.  If interested in one of these roles, please prepare the scene AND 32 bars of any Christmas carol.  You may sing acapella or bring in background music to use.

Tuition

TUITION DETAILS

Tuition

The Academy of Community Theatre (ACT II) strives to not only produce a high-quality show, but we also focus on training each actor in the process, hence the name “Academy.” Since this is an academy for training, as well as performing, a tuition fee is charged if you are cast in the show. Actors who are 22-years-old and older have often finished their higher education, so we waive the tuition for them and request (not require) only a small production fee.

Tuition (For actors 21 and under): $350 (If paid in full at the first cast meeting on May 21.)

Production Fee (For actors 22 and older – requested, but not required): $75

Tuition Payment Option: 

  • $100 due on May 17
  • $75 due on August 1
  • $75 due on September 1
  • $75 due on October 1
  • $75 due on November 1

What is included in the tuition:  

  • Training during “Intensives”
  • Scheduled Rehearsals
  • All Performances
  • Script (to keep)
  • Costume usage
  • Stage make-up usage

What is not included in the tuition:

  • Tickets to the performances
  • A Christmas Carol T-shirts or Hoodies (These may be ordered at the initial cast meeting if desired.)
  • Shoes (Actor will provide his/her own shoes that fit the character and costume.) 
  • Eyeliner, mascara, and chapstick.  (These cannot be shared, so you will need to provide your own.)
  • Females: Nude color leotard for under the costume.
  • Males: Undershirt and shorts for under the costume.

Rehearsals

REHEARSAL DETAILS

Rehearsals

First Meeting (Cast & Parents)

Tuesday, May 21: 5:00-7:30 PM

MANDATORY Intensives

Please note that not all performers will be scheduled for every rehearsal, but actors must be available for all intensives.  A calendar of who is called for each rehearsal will be given out at the first intensive.

Monday, August 5: 4:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, August 6: 4:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, August 8: 4:00-8:00 PM
Friday, August 9: 4:00-8:00 PM
Saturday, August 10: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, August 12: 4:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 13: 4:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, August 15: 4:00-8:00 PM
Friday, August 16: 4:00-8:00 PM
Saturday, August 17: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (End of Intensives Pot Luck 5:00-6:00 PM)

Weekly Rehearsals (August 20-October 24)
Please note that not all performers will be scheduled for every rehearsal.  A calendar of who is called for each rehearsal will be given out at the first meeting.

Tuesdays: 5:45-8:15 PM
Thursdays: 5:45-8:15 PM

Extended or Additional Rehearsals 

Tuesday, October 29: 5:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, October 31: 5:00-8:30 PM (MAY Be Canceled IF Able)
Saturday, November 2: 1:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 5: 5:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, November 7: 5:00-8:30 PM
Saturday, November 9: 1:00-8:00 PM

Promotional Photo Shoot (Select Performers)

        Saturday, August 3: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tech Rehearsals (Ent Center for the Arts)

Monday, November 11: 4:00-8:30 PM
Tuesday, November 12: 4:00-8:30 PM

Wednesday, November 13: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM – WILL MISS SCHOOL OR WORK

Load-In & Strike (Ent Center for the Arts)

Monday, November 11: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, November 16 (ALL ACTORS & TECH REQUIRED – after last show)

Performances

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Performances

There are 9 performances: Cast will need to miss 3 days of school or work (November 13-15).

Wednesday, November 13: 6:00 PM (Hope Kids Show) 

Thursday, November 14: 9:15 AM (School Show)
Thursday, November 14: 12:00 PM (School Show)
Thursday, November 14: 6:00 PM (Public Show)

Friday, November 15: 9:15 AM (School Show)
Friday, November 15: 12:00 PM (School Show)
Friday, November 15: 6:00 PM (Public Show)

Saturday, November 16: 2:00 PM (Public Show)
Saturday, November 16: 6:00 PM (Public Show)