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A CHRISTMAS STORY
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
AEA COST TIER 4 ($824/week minimum)

Produced by Paper Mill Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee; Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker)
Director: Brandon Ivie
Choreographer: Mara Newbery Greer
Music Director: Ben Whiteley
Book: Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics:  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Casting: Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman
First Adult Ensemble Rehearsal:  November 2, 2015
First Performance:  November 25, 2015
Closing:  January 3, 2016

ECC for SINGERS

Tuesday, Sept 15
Telsey + Company
311 W. 43rd St. 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

10AM – MALE SINGERS who DANCE
2PM – FEMALE SINGERS who DANCE

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that best shows off your voice.  Style of the songs in the score vary from contemporary to more traditional, so please sing to your strength, and bring your book.  Please also bring a picture/resume and please have sheet music in the appropriate key.

SEEKING:

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE SINGERS WHO DANCE] Females, 20s40s; ALL ETHNICITIES. Ensemble women must be fantastic singers and must also be able to dance extremely well. To play various ensemble characters (Flick’s Mother, Chief Elf, Mrs. Schwartz, Nurse, etc.) and cover the principal roles of MOTHER and MISS SHIELDS.

[MALE ENSEMBLE SINGERS WHO DANCE] Males, 20s40s; ALL ETHNICITIES. Ensemble men must be fantastic singers, and must be able to dance at a very high level. To play various ensemble characters (Waiter, Chief Elf, Delivery Man, Fireman, Santa Claus, etc) and cover the principal roles of JEAN SHEPHERD and THE OLD MAN.

*NOTE:  The CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE of this production will be made up entirely of NON-AEA performers.  An open call for children is planned for Saturday, October 3rd. 


 

A CHRISTMAS STORY – OPEN CALL FOR CHILDREN
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
AEA COST TIER 4 ($824/week minimum)

Produced by Paper Mill Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee; Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker)
Director: Brandon Ivie
Choreographer: Mara Newbery Greer
Music Director: Ben Whiteley
Book: Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics:  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Casting: Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman
First Rehearsal for Children:  October 25, 2015
First Performance:  November 25, 2015
Closing:  January 3, 2016

OPEN CALL FOR CHILDREN

Saturday, October 3
Pearl Studios (500)
500 8th Ave. (between 35th & 36th Street)
4th Floor

10AM – OPEN CALL FOR CHILDREN WHO SING WELL and have some TAP ability

Open call will begin at 10am and sign in will start at 9:00am.  All children will be taught a section of a song from the show and then will sing it for their initial audition. All members of the children’s ensemble will likely tap dance in this production.  Some children will do more basic tap and some will do more advanced tap. Callback in the afternoon will be a dance call, so please bring TAP shoes. Children should also bring jazz shoes.  Bring a picture & resume stapled together and bring your book with a song of your own in case we need to hear further singing.

**THE ENTIRE CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE IS MADE UP OF NON-AEA PERFORMERS. The roles of RALPHIE, RALPHIE ALTERNATE, and RANDY will be on AEA contracts. 

SEEKING:

[FLICK / NON-AEA MALE CHILD ENSEMBLE] Boy, any ethnicity, to play 10–13. Children’s chorus with chorus part of Flick. He’s the kid who gets his tongue stuck to the pole. In this version, he will sing a song with his tongue “stuck” to a flag pole. Must also carry one or two production numbers. Tough on the outside but a little boy on the inside. He should be funny – has a lot of laugh lines – and he sings a lot. VOICE: Belter (unchanged voice) low B to high C#.  Tap skills a plus. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[SCHWARTZ / NON-AEA MALE CHILD ENSEMBLE] Boy, any ethnicity, to play 10–13. Children’s chorus with chorus part of Schwartz. Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but still real. He’s the kid who “double dog dares” Flick to stick his tongue to the flag pole. Tough on the outside but a little boy on the inside. He should be funny – has a lot of laugh lines – and he sings a lot. VOICE: Belter (unchanged voice) low B to high C#.  Tap skills a plus. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[GROVER DILL / NON-AEA MALE CHILD ENSEMBLE]  Boy, any ethnicity, to play 10–12. Children’s chorus with chorus part of Grover. Farcus’s sidekick. He is smaller than Scut and has a "Napoleon Complex." He compensates for his shortcomings with extreme meanness. Like Farcus, a bad egg.  VOICE: Belter (unchanged voice) low B to high C#.  Must be able to tap. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE
 
[MARY BETH / NON-AEA FEMALE CHILD ENSEMBLE] Girl, any ethnicity to play 9–12. Children’s chorus. Must be a high belter. Sings from a low B to high D#. Must be a strong/engaging performer.  Must be able to tap. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[ESTHER JANE / NON-AEA FEMALE CHILD ENSEMBLE] Girl, any ethnicity, to play 9–12. Children’s chorus. Must be a high belter.  Sings from a low B to high D#. Must be a strong/engaging performer.  Must be able to tap. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[NON-AEA CHILD ENSEMBLE GIRLS] Females, all ethnicities, to play 9–12. Children’s chorus. Great voices, engaging performers. Must be able to tap. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[NON-AEA CHILD ENSEMBLE BOYS] Males, all ethnicities, to play 9–12. Children’s chorus. Must have an unchanged voices; engaging performers. Must be able to tap. NON-AEA ENSEMBLE

[RALPHIE] Male, to play 9, going on 10 years old. His voice must be UNCHANGED. Possibly a bit pudgy; a regular kid – cute but not handsome, winsome but not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; a kid you wouldn’t mind living next door to. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show.  VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high D.  Tap skills a plus but NOT required.  PRINCIPAL

[RANDY]  Male, to play 8–9 years old. Ralphie’s younger brother.  Smaller than Ralphie; adorable.  Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie but won’t admit it. Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but real.  VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice.  High belter, low F# to high C#. Tap skills a plus but NOT required. PRINCIPAL


A CHRISTMAS STORY – DANCE ECC
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
AEA COST TIER 4 ($824/week minimum)

Produced by Paper Mill Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee; Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker)
Director: Brandon Ivie
Choreographer: Mara Newbery Greer
Music Director: Ben Whiteley
Book: Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics:  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Casting: Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman
First Rehearsal for adult ensemble:  November 2, 2015
First Performance:  November 25, 2015
Closing:  January 3, 2016

ECC for DANCERS

Friday, Sept 18
Pearl Studios (519)
519 8th Ave (between 35th & 36th St.)
12th Floor

10AM – FEMALE DANCERS who SING VERY WELL
2PM – MALE DANCERS who SING VERY WELL

Please come prepared to dance. Women should bring character shoes. Men should bring character/jazz shoes

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE DANCERS WHO SING] Females, 20s–40s; ALL ETHNICITIES. Ensemble women must be fantastic dancers and must also be able to sing extremely well. To play various ensemble characters (Flick’s Mother, Chief Elf, Mrs. Schwartz, Nurse, etc.) and cover the principal roles of MOTHER and MISS SHIELDS.

[MALE ENSEMBLE DANCERS WHO SING] Males, 20s–40s; ALL ETHNICITIES. Ensemble men must be fantastic dancers, and must be able to sing extremely well. To play various ensemble characters (Waiter, Chief Elf, Delivery Man, Fireman, Santa Claus, etc) and cover the principal roles of JEAN SHEPHERD and THE OLD MAN.

*NOTE: The CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE of this production will be made up entirely of NON-AEA performers.  An open call for children is planned for Saturday, October 3rd.


 

A CHRISTMAS STORY – EPA
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
AEA COST TIER 4 ($824/week minimum)

Produced by Paper Mill Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee; Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker)
Director: Brandon Ivie
Choreographer: Mara Newbery Greer
Music Director: Ben Whiteley
Book: Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics:  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Casting: Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman
First Rehearsal for principals:  November 2, 2015
First Performance:  November 25, 2015
Closing: January 3, 2016

EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS

Wednesday, Sept 16
Telsey + Company
311 W. 43rd St. 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

10AM – 6PM (lunch from 1:30PM–2:30PM)

Please prepare a short cut of a song that best shows off your voice.  Style of the songs in the score vary from contemporary to more traditional, so please sing to your strengths and bring your book.  Please also bring a picture/resume and please have sheet music in the appropriate key.

SEEKING:

[JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR]  Male, Late 40s–50s. A great actor with charisma. Great speaking voice, who can tell an engrossing story and has the quality to draw an audience in to his magical world.  Has a twinkle in his eye.  An actor with presence and spark. Of average height/weight or slightly larger; a good-natured curmudgeon. He’s omniscient, but not in an overpowering way. He has a deadpan sense of humor. He MUST be a great storyteller with a tremendous presence. PRINCIPAL

[THE OLD MAN] Male, Late 30s-40s. A little younger than Jean. He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He can be a little acerbic and gruff. He usually expects the worst, but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants it (though it usually doesn’t); a devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not overtly show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids. VOICE: high baritone or tenor, must sing to a high G. PRINCIPAL

[MOTHER] Female, 30s-40s. She is more in charge than he is, but she would never let him know it; affable and warm, but not a pushover; strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom, but with a wacky side. A vibrant woman with a strength and personality that challenges the 1950s bland wife stereotype. She is a “real mom” with a warm sense of humor, though definitely not gooey. A more charactery Donna Reed. VOICE: contemporary mezzo with a strong mix, sings low G to high Db.  PRINCIPAL

[MISS SHIELDS] Female, Mid 30’s–50’s. She is Ralphie’s tough, no-nonsense elementary school teacher. An actress with a flexible voice who can also sell a Broadway showbiz tap number with flair. Great with comedy. Character woman. Excellent dancer, especially tap. VOICE: Fierce belter and vocal stylist. PRINCIPAL

[RALPHIE] Male, to play 9, going on 10 years old. His voice must be UNCHANGED. Possibly a bit pudgy; a regular kid – cute but not handsome, winsome but not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; a kid you wouldn’t mind living next door to. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show.  VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high D.  Tap skills a plus but not required.  PRINCIPAL

[RANDY]  Male, to play 8-9 years old. Ralphie’s younger brother. Smaller than Ralphie; adorable. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie but won’t admit it. Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but real. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high C#. Tap skills a plus but not required. PRINCIPAL


 

 

Performers can mail headshots and resumes to:

Patrick Parker 
Associate Artistic Director
Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041

E-mail: Patrick Parker

Child and Teen Performers

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General Information

Audition Notices are posted on this page (as the information becomes available). Audition Notices are also posted in the Backstage Newspaper two weeks prior to the auditions. These notices contain the name and address of the audition location, audition times, the roles available, what we are looking for, and requested audition material.

Paper Mill Playhouse does not accept unsolicited script submissions. All inquiries and agent submissions may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Associate Artistic Director at Paper Mill Playhouse.