DECEMBER 13 - 22, 2019
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.
Director: Erica Peninger
Choreographer: Christi Hall
Vocal Director: Justin Wadkins
WHEN: Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 AM. No appointment necessary. Callbacks will be held on September 15 by invitation only.
WHERE: DFT Business Office located inside the Tanger Outlets. 5205 Airways Blvd, Suite 310. Southaven, MS, 38671
WHO: Casting all roles in A Christmas Story the Musical. Ages 7+.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Prepare a 32 bar cut from a song in the style of the show. Please provide sheet music in the correct key. No instrumental tracks.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring an 8x10 headshot and resume stapled. Bring clothes and shoes for the dance call. Bring tap shoes if you have them. No sandals or flip flops.
Rehearsals begin October 21. Please see a tentative rehearsal schedule below. Call 662-280-6546 for more information about the show.
Ralphie: 8-12 yrs old. Must be on the short side. A 5th grade boy who wants an Air Rifle for Christmas: specifically the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun. He is bright, winsome, mischievous; a kid you wouldn’t mind living next door to. Must have a love of theatre and a strong stage presence. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show. Must tap.
Jean Shepherd/Narrator: To play late 40's to early 60's. Jean Shepherd is the actual author of the books that the story is based on, as well as the actual narrator voice we hear in the 1983 movie! On stage, he is a warm, charismatic and engaging storyteller; omniscient but not overpowering. A good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor, "Jean" focuses the action, keeps the story moving and holds the audiences' attention with his presence and spark.
The Old Man: To play 30's to 40's. Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie's Dad has a good heart. He doesn't overtly show it, but he does love his family. A blue-collar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations; but is transformed into a true "song and dance" man in his moments of fantasy. The actor playing this character must be a strong singer and a good dancer who isn't afraid to go "over the top" for comedic purposes.
Mother: To play 30's to 40's. She is the secret engine that runs the family, keeping the household together with a smile--despite bickering children, limited funds, a leg lamp in the living room window, a cranky furnace and a crankier husband. She would never let The Old Man know that she is more in charge than he is--as is appropriate for a housewife of this era! Vibrant, warm, affable--but not a pushover. She is always busy, especially anytime she is in the kitchen, and even more so at Christmas time! The actor who plays this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, and must be very comfortable with children.
Randy: To play 7. Ralphie's younger brother, he is cute, cuddly, lovable and whiny - like most baby brothers! He looks up to his big brother, tries to keep up with him, and is young enough that he can be convinced to eat his dinner like a baby piggy! The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer, a good dancer, a fluent reader and have strong stage presence.
Miss Shields: Ralphie's 5th grade teacher, a seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator--prim and proper, stern when necessary though warm and even humorous when the situation merits it. In Ralphie's fantasy, she transforms into a dynamic, brassy, show-stopping belter and tap-dancing phenomenon! The person playing this role must be an excellent singer with a strong belt voice and an actor who can handle comedy AND children! Tap experience a plus.
Santa: The Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is ill tempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job--nothing like the "Jolly Old Elf" of the Christmas stories! He gets rid of each kid as fast as he can--probably to shorten his day so he can head for the nearest "watering hole"! The actor playing this role must be a strong comedic actor and singer, and must be comfortable with children.
The Kids: The Kids' Ensemble is featured in several major scenes. All of the Kids' Ensemble should be strong singers who can hold harmonies. Tap experience a plus.
Flick: A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie's; Flick is the guinea pig in the flagpole licking experiment. The actor playing this role should be able to sustain and communicate with a serious lisp!
Schwartz: A classmate and best buddy of Ralphie; Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie utters an unmentionable word.
Esther Jane: A classmate.
Mary Beth: A classmate.
Nancy: A classmate.
Scut Farkus: A textbook example of a schoolyard bully, Scut is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. This truant is a year or two older than Ralphie and his friends, and wears a perpetual scowl under his coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune time to harass his victims. In the end, when he and his sidekick, Grover Dill, are bested, they show themselves to the biggest cowards of all.
Grover Dill: Grover is Farkus's toady, and is always at his side. Younger and smaller than Farkus, Grover delights in being tethered to his "hero". His rapid-fire belly laughs, always heard with Farkus's threats, make them the scourge of the neighborhood.