Auditions set for 'A Christmas Story: The Musical'

OMAK – Auditions for “A Christmas Story: The Musical” will be Nov. 17 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

Youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade will audition from 9:30-11 a.m., while high school students and adults will try out from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The show will be staged in early May 2019.

Those auditioning must come prepared with a 30- to 60-second selection of a song from any musical except for “A Christmas Story.” Sheet music should be brought; an accompanist will be present.

“We suggest singing either a verse or a chorus of a piece that shows off your vocal range, but not the entire song,” organizers said.

People auditioning also are asked to come dressed to move, with no tight jeans, dresses or skirts unless they have leggings or shorts underneath. Those who tap dance should bring their tap shoes.

All vocal auditions will be private and only open to parents of the youth auditioning and only for their child’s audition.

Audition paperwork will be filled out on site. Children need a parent’s signature on audition paperwork.

Call-backs, if needed, will be Nov. 18.

More information about auditions is available from Nicole Leese at Nicole@omaksd.org

The show is based on the movie classic set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Ind. It follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

Leading roles include Jean Sheperd/narrator, male in his late 40s to early 50s with a dynamic speaking voice (non-singing role); Old Man, male late 30s to 40s, high baritone; Mother, female 30s t0 40s, mezzo soprano; Ralphie, male age 9, “high belter” range F sharp to high D; Randy, male 7-9, range low F sharp to high C sharp.

Other roles are Miss Shields, Santa, Scut Farcus, Grover Dill, Schwartz, Flick, Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, Goggles Kid, can-can girls, can-can girlfriend, waiter’s daughter, kid ensemble, elves, delivery men, townspeople (men and women), prairie ensemble, villain, bank robbers, escaped prisoner, Mrs. Schwartz, Nancy’s mother, bartender, policeman, fireman, doctor, nurse, waiter.

All children need to sing and dance, with tapping experience preferred, organizers said. All adults need to sing and be comfortable with some dancing. Strong adult dancers also are needed.

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