Lyric Arts presents A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol, directed by Sean Byrd, with music direction by Christopher Stordalen
Performance & Rehearsal Information
Production run: November 22–December 22, 2019 (25 total performances)
First rehearsal tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 24
$500 paid on opening night
Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting
Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.
Open Call Auditions
Tuesday, July 23, and Wednesday, July 24, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time
Final registration accepted 15 minutes before the end of auditions
Tuesday, July 30, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Exact callback times to be determined by artistic staff after the completion of open call auditions.
It's Christmas Eve 1943, and the Feddington Players are preparing for a live radio broadcast of their own version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Playing Scrooge is William St. Clair, a veteran actor with no radio experience. Complicated by noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, and the over-the-top theatrics of their special guest, the broadcast takes a hilarious turn when the performers are forced to improvise a hysterically unusual ending in order to “save the show.”
Featuring swing arrangements of Christmas standards and four delightful original songs, A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol seamlessly combines heartwarming drama and side-splitting comedy into a sweetly nostalgic musical classic that will be sure to fill your heart with the spirit of the season.
Please prepare a one-minute monologue in the style of a late-1930s/early-1940s radio or film actor. Radio commercial copy would be appropriate. Crisp, clear, and sharp. Please also prepare 32 bars of a jazz or musical theater standard. (Accompanist will be provided. Bring your music—no lead sheets.) Please note choral and/or ensemble singing on your audition form.
Lyric Arts’ audition form and a preliminary rehearsal schedule can be downloaded below.
CLIFTON FEDDINGTON: 55 year-old Mutual Announcer, front man for WOV's Nash-Kelvinator Mystery Theatre. Known for being cheap. Has a crush on Judith.
WILLIAM ST. CLAIRE: 70 year-old, retired star of stage and screen with a long list of Broadway and film credits. William is a bit of a curmudgeon and looks down on radio as one of the bastard children of the stage. A widower, he lives alone on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. A guest performer in tonight's show, Mr. St. Claire plays Scrooge.
CHARLES "CHOLLY" BUTTS: 35 year-old funny man. A little stout. Lives in Jersey City, with his wife, Midge, has no kids, and has a hopeless and unrequited crush on Margie. As a regular, plays many characters and other cameos.
FRITZ CANIGUARO: A WOV regular, Fritz plays private eye Rick Roscoe. The resident cynic and wise-guy. Always nattily dressed and well-groomed. Wears a moustache. In his early 40s.
"LITTLE" JACKIE SPARKS: Not actually "little," but young. A tenor with a high speaking voice. Having just graduated from high school, Jackie, only 17, lives with his mom in suburban Newark. Calls home probably a dozen times a day. Teased a lot. Still has a Sunday paper route.
JUDITH DAVENPORT: Although quite the cutup herself, Judith is the resident "leading lady" playing all such roles as a regular. Has two kids and two ex's and wants no more of either. Determined and stubborn. Considers herself a "legit" actress. Has Clifton's eye. In her 30s.
MARGIE O'BRIEN: Brassy, flippant, with a voice to match (think Ginger Rogers in "Stage Door"). As a show regular, plays the comic roles. This 30 year-old Irish-American comedienne works days as a bookkeeper/typist/stenographer/receptionist. Like Cholly, a ham.
SALLY SIMPSON: 20 year-old Sally seems sweet and gentle, but is a tough lady. As a show regular, plays all animals, babies, insects, and little kids. In addition to being a radio personality at WOV, Sally contributes to the war effort three days a week, as a riveter. Always trying to recruit the other WOV women to join "the cause."
ISADORE "BUZZ" CRENSHAW: His life is his work. The 24 year-old "sound effectician" at WOV. Has a sharp wit and is always agreeable, whistling, and in a good mood. Raised by his aunts. Spends a lot of time with Sally Simpson. Buzz lives alone.
ESTHER LEWIS PIRNIE: Backstage audio engineer and transmitter supervisor for WOV Radio.
HAROLD J. MULLINS: Concierge of the Hotel Aberdeen in Newark.
All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.
Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.
Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.
Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)
Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.
All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.