Monday, August 29, 2016

Audition: For The Musical, “A Christmas Carol”

“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988.

Director Jeffery Fiorello and Musical Director, Jack Bender, seek a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Dawn Afanador is the Choreographer. Production dates are December 9 thru 21, 2016.

Auditions will be held for Children (16 years and younger) on Saturday, September 17th from 10 - 11 am and Adults from 11 – 1 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham.

Auditions will be held for Adults (17 years and older) on Wednesday, September 21st from 7:30 - 10 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham

Musical Director, Jack Bender, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes. An accompanist will be provided. Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well. Our Choreographer, Dawn, asks that actors be prepared to move around the stage.


This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

Principal Roles

Charles Dickens - a tenor who narrates the show

Scrooge - the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range

Tiny Tim - a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile

Bob Cratchit - a warm baritone

Mrs. Cratchit - requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart

Additional Cast Members

The Ghost of Christmas Past - (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training.

The Ghost of Christmas Present - (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit.

Belle - an ingénue soprano age 18-24

Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig - comic character actors needed

Various Other Ensemble members portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email For directions, audition form and additional information about the Chatham Playhouse, please visit

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