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Memorial Players Announces Auditions for A Christmas Carol
Memorial Players is pleased to announce auditions for the Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Romulus Linney, co-directed by Rina Steinhauer and Darren McGregor and produced by Kristine Smets.

Auditions will be held on the following dates:
  • Friday, June 9th from 6 – 9 pm
  • Saturday, June 10th from 10 – 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 11 from 1 – 4 pm
 
Where: Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton St, Baltimore, in the second-floor Parish Hall (entrance on W. Lafayette Street).

Callbacks (if needed) will be announced by email.

Who: We are looking to cast 25 to 30 people. All roles are open and unpaid. Actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are
encouraged to audition.

Specifics:
  • We will be auditioning actors in half hour blocks.
  • To make the best use of everyone’s time, we ask that you sign up for an audition slot at www.signupgenius.com.
  • Please indicate if you have an interest in a specific role.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to attend early.
  • Actors interested in the role of Scrooge, Cratchit, Fred, Marley, Fezziwig, or one of the three Spirits should come
  • prepared with a one to two-minute monologue.
  • Those auditioning for other roles are welcome to prepare a monologue, but it is not required.
  • Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script. You will be given a projected rehearsal schedule to
  • review.

Rehearsals will begin on September 6th and will be three times a week (Wednesday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon for the most part). Please be prepared to list major conflicts during the rehearsal period.

Show dates are December 1 -3 and 8-10 at Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances at 3:30 pm.

Christmas Carol Characters (as described by Linney)
Actors auditioning for characters marked by a * should prepare a short monologue.
EITHER GENDER
Two Gentlemen or Ladies: gentlemen or ladies who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale, seeking charitable contributions. Scrooge promptly throws them out of the office.
The Ghost of Christmas Past*: The first spirit to visit Scrooge, a curious childlike apparition with a glowing head. This spirit takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past.
The Ghost of Christmas Present*: The second spirit to visit Scrooge. A majestic giant clad in a green robe. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his contemporaries’ Holiday celebrations.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come*: The third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, a silent phantom, clad in a hood black robe, who presents Scrooge with an ominous view of his lonely death.
MALE ROLES
Bob Cratchit*: Scrooge's clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family. Though treated harshly by his boss, Cratchit remains a humble and dedicated employee.
Caroline’s Husband: part of a young couple that owes Scrooge money but cannot pay.
Ebenezer Scrooge*: The miserly owner of a London counting-house, a nineteenth-century term for an accountant’s office.
The three spirits of Christmas visit the stodgy bean-counter in hopes of reversing Scrooge’s greedy, cold-hearted approach
to life.
Fezziwig*: jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. Fezziwig was renowned for his wonderful Christmas
parties.
Jacob Marley*: In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years before the
narrative opens. He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes
to save his old partner from suffering a similar fate.
Nephew (Fred)*: Scrooge’s nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and
every year, only to be refused by his grumpy uncle.
Old Joe: Cockney pawnshop dealer who trades in stolen goods. Witty & devious, Joe is a distant relative of Dickens’
Fagin with a bawdy sense of humor.
Orson: young boy, also doubles as caroler.
Peter Cratchit (age about 12): Bob Cratchit’s son, a threadbare but proud child.
Scrooge as a Boy: young boy, also doubles as caroler.
Scrooge as a Young Man: Scrooge when he is just starting his career.
Tiny Tim Cratchit (age about 7): Bob Cratchit’s youngest son, crippled from birth. Tiny Tim is a highly-sentimentalized
character who Dickens uses to highlight the tribulations of England’s poor.
Topper: jovial, well-to-do, young man preparing to celebrate Christmas and toast Scrooge.
Valentine: young boy, also double as caroler.
FEMALE ROLES
Caroline: part of a young couple that owes Scrooge money but cannot pay.
Fan: Scrooge’s sister and Fred’s mother. In Scrooge’s vision of Christmases past, he remembers Fan picking him up from
school and walking him home.
Mrs. Fezziwig: jovial wife of Mr. Fezziwig (see above)
Belle: a beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man. Belle broke off the engagement after
Scrooge became consumed with greed and the lust for wealth. She later married another man.
Mrs. Cratchit: Bob's wife, a kind and loving woman.
Martha Cratchit (age about 17): Bob Cratchit’s oldest daughter, who works in a milliner’s shop (hats), a threadbare but
proud child.
Belinda Cratchit (age about 13): Bob Cratchit’s daughter, a threadbare but proud child.
Gillian Cratchit (age about 10): Bob Cratchit’s daughter, a threadbare but proud child.
Miranda Cratchit (age about 9): Bob Cratchit’s daughter, a threadbare but proud child.
Niece (Fred’s wife Julia): jovial, well-to-do, young woman preparing to celebrate Christmas and toast Scrooge.
Niece’s sister (Lucy) jovial, well-to-do, young woman preparing to celebrate Christmas and toast Scrooge.

Charwoman: one of the “three hags” that work at the Rags & Bones. She possesses great energy and ferocity as they trade Scrooge’s possessions with Old Joe.
Laundress: one of the “three hags” that work at the Rags & Bones. She possesses great energy and ferocity as they trade Scrooge’s possessions with Old Joe.
Undertaker’s Woman: one of the “three hags” that work at the Rags & Bones. She possesses great energy and ferocity as they trade Scrooge’s possessions with Old Joe.
Please note: Carolers, party goers, and children of Victorian London will be cast at a later date. 


Questions: email us at falldrama1407@gmail.com 

Memorial Players is an education and outreach program of Memorial Episcopal Church, a diverse community in historic Bolton Hill near downtown Baltimore.  As a community theatre we have been producing fully staged musicals and plays since 2002 and welcome everyone to participate in our productions. The productions depend on voluntary contributions of time, talent, materials and funds to cover all expenses.  
 
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