September 20th, 2010
Manoa Valley Theatre will hold auditions for its holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. today (Sept. 20) at MVT, 2833 E. Manoa Road. The cast will have to multi-task, portraying multiple roles.
With Betty Burdick guest-directing, the production — based on the classic Charles Dickens work — will be a Doris Baizley adaptation with a play within-a-play concept with minimal sets, no props, tapping the imagination of the viewers. Performances will be from Nov. 11 through Dec. 12.
The ensemble features the traditional Dickensian characters — Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and more — but the actors each will play several roles.
Parts for five men, three women and one adolescent child (male or female) are sought to play the different characters.
Here’s how the audition call describes the available roles:
MAN #1 - age 30-50, plays the Stage Manager and Scrooge.
MAN #2 - any age, take-charge type, plays the Director, Marley and Christmas Future.
MAN #3 - age 20s-30s, leading man type, plays Leading Man and Bob Cratchit.
MAN #4 - age 20s-30s, young leading man type, plays Young Leading Man and Fred, Scrooge's nephew.
MAN #5 - age 30s-50s, character man type, plays Old Clown, School Master, Mr. Fezziwig and Jake the Fence.
WOMAN #1 - age 20s-30s, leading lady type, plays Christmas Past and Mrs. Cratchit.
WOMAN #2 - age 20s-30s, ingenue type, plays Ingenue, Belle and Mrs. Fred.
WOMAN #3 - age 30s-50s, character woman type, plays Character Woman, Charitable Woman, Mrs. Fezziwig, Mother-in-Law and Scavenger 3.
BOY or GIRL - to portray a small ten year old boy, plays the Prop Boy and Tiny Tim.
CLOWN #1 - man or woman, plays Ali Baba (helpful if you can walk on your hands), Christmas Present 1, Scavenger 1.
CLOWN #2 - man or woman, plays Parrot, Christmas Present 2, Scavenger 2 (helpful if you can juggle).
CLOWN #3 - man or woman, plays Little Caroller (high, sweet voice would be preferred), Christmas Present 3, Scavenger 4.
Rehearsals begin Sept. 22. The production will be staged in one act, with no intermission, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays; there will be performance on Thanksgiving Nov. 25, a Thursday, so the make-up show will be at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday Nov. 17.
For details on audition requirements and role demands, go to www.manoavalleytheatre.com.
Scripts are available for on-site perusal at MVT’s business office, 2833 E. Manoa Road, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 988-6131.