The production is set in New York and it requires a fairly diverse group of actors, and this is where we are hoping to reach out to the university community. It’s very important to us that we find actors who will be able to portray some of the characters in this piece with honesty. While we traditionally practice casting that does not take race into consideration; there are two roles in particular that are problematic for us in terms of the theatre department’s student population. One, Christmas Eve, is a female character who is identified as being of Asian heritage in the script and another character, Gary Coleman, is purported to be the former child star and is usually played by an African-American woman.
You may choose to follow the requirements for Theatre majors listed below OR you may also do a "cold" audition where you will be provided a part to read and asked to sing something familiar.
Theatre majors will have a TOTAL of 90 seconds. Within that time you will present a contemporary comedic monologue AND sing 16 bars of a musical theatre selection. An accompanist will be provided.
- You MUST bring your own sheet music
- You should be prepared to sing the whole song upon request from the Music Director.
- You may bring your own accompanist if you wish. No CD's, please.
IMPORTANT: the cast for the show will be asked to return to campus on January 7th to participate in 3 days of music and puppetry workshops. Housing will be provided.