Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


A Christmas Carol General Auditions

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for A Christmas Carol. This years’ A Christmas Carol (Winter 2018) is an original musical adapted for the Metropolis stage by resident playwright Scott Woldman, co-directed by Sarah Buto and Joe Lehman, musical direction by Micky York, and choreography by Allyssa O’Donnell. Seeking adult, teen, and child actors who can sing, act, and move well, and some teen and adult actors/singers who are skilled technical dancers. Particularly seeking actors of diversity, who are strongly encouraged to audition.

Audition Dates:
Friday, September 7 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, September 9 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the closest available requested date(s)/time(s).
Callback Dates:

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop.
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Rehearsals – Flat fee
Show(s) – Per show pay
**Good pay
**Regarding children & teens - please note that while lead, featured and supporting child/teen roles are paid, the Child/Teen ensemble is unpaid.

Materials to Prepare:
- Teens & Adults – Please prepare 16-32 bars of a holiday carol or a musical theatre song in the style of the
show/era that demonstrates your vocal ability. Also, prepare a 1 minute monologue in the style of the
- Children – Please prepare 16 bars of a holiday carol or a musical theatre song in the style of the show/era
that demonstrates your vocal ability. Also, prepare a 1 minute memorized monologue, story, or poem in the
style of the show/era.
An accompanist will be provided. You must audition and bring an updated headshot and resume even if you have been seen at Metropolis in past seasons. Dance calls will occur during A Christmas Carol’s callback

A Christmas Carol Description:
This year's adaptation of A Christmas Carol contains all the elements that combine to make Charles Dicken's story a beloved holiday classic.  The Metropolis’ production adds the warmth and humor that is characteristic of the novel, and this is accomplished through the addition of a story-teller, Bob Cratchit, who shares Scrooge's story with Tiny Tim and the rest of the Cratchit family.

A Christmas Carol Character Descriptions:
Belinda Cratchit – Youth-teens, female-identifying, British, has common sense, sarcastic, working class
Belle Fezziwig – Late teens-early 30’s, female-identifying, British, Fezziwig’s daughter, Scrooge’s love interest, working class
Bob Cratchit – 30’s, male-identifying, British, charming story-teller, simple, kind, working class
Char Woman – British, down on her luck, smaller role, opportunistic thief, lower class
Delivery Man – British, delivers food to Cratchits, working class
Dick Wilkins – Late teens-30’s, male-identifying, British, Young Scrooge’s best friend, working class
Edna – 20’s, female-identifying, British, caroler who takes up collections at the holidays with Hester, friend of Fred’s, upper class
Fan Scrooge – Youth, female-identifying, Scrooge’s little sister, upper class
Mr. Fezziwig – Adult, male-identifying, British, joyful, Scrooge’s boss when he was an apprentice, working class
Fred – 20’s, male-identifying, British, Scrooge’s nephew, confident, kind, upper class
Ghost of Christmas Past – British, magical guide through Scrooge’s past
Ghost of Christmas Present – British, effervescent personality, joyful, big presence, kind, yet honest
Ghost of Christmas Future – Malevolent, dark, feared
Headmaster Brewer – Older, male-identifying, British, headmaster of Scrooge’s boyhood school
Hester – 20’s, female-identifying, British, caroler who takes up collections at the holidays with Edna, friend of Fred’s, object of Topper’s affectionate pursuits, upper class
Katherine – 20’s, female-identifying, British, Fred’s love, kind, upper class
Laundress – female-identifying, British, opportunistic thief, lower class
Jacob Marley – Old, Scrooge’s long time business partner, spirit who warns Scrooge of his fate
Martha Cratchit – Older teen-early 20’s, female-identifying, British, Bob’s oldest daughter, working class
Mrs. Emily Cratchit – 30’s, female-identifying, British, overworked mother, exasperated with Bob, working class
Old Joe – old, male-identifying, British, opportunist, repugnant, lower class
Peter Cratchit – Older teen-early 20’s, male-identifying, British, Bob’s oldest son, working class
Tiny Tim Cratchit – Child, male-identifying, British, Bob Cratchit’s youngest son, optimistic, working class
Topper – 20’s, male-identifying, British, well-to-do, scoundrel, Fred’s lascivious friend with sights set on Hester, upper class
Undertaker’s man – Male-identifying, British, opportunistic thief, lower class
School Boy Scrooge – Pre-teen youth, male-identifying, British, well-to-do, upper class
Young Scrooge – 20’s, male-identifying, British, well-to-do, ambitious, moving out of working class
Ebenezer Scrooge – Seemingly old, male-identifying, British, well-to-do, greedy, cold, upper class
Ensemble Roles also include: Broom Dasher, Garlek Monger, Lum Swooper, Spirits, Violinist, Town folk, and Child/Teen ensemble. Most parts double-cast roles.

Production Dates:
Rehearsals – Monday, October 15, 2018 – Monday, November 12, 2018: Weekly rehearsals include 7:00pm-10:00pm Mondays-Fridays, 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturdays, and 6:00pm-10:00pm Sundays. There is at least one designated evening off each week, selected at the director’s discretion. Children and teens are rehearsed less hours and are released earlier.
Tech Week – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Actors with multiple tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Tuesday 11/13-Thursday 11/15, 6:00pm-
11:00pm; Sunday 11/18, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 11/19-Tuesday 11/20, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 11/26, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Wednesday 11/28, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There are no rehearsals on Friday 11/16-Saturday
11/17, Wednesday 11/21-Sunday 11/25, and Tuesday 11/27.
Performances – Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Monday, December 24, 2018: Performance schedule
includes various 9:15am, 10:30am and/or 11:30am shows on Wednesdays-Fridays from 11/29-12/21; 3:00pm
shows on Saturdays-Sundays from 12/1-12/23, as well as Monday 12/24; and 7:00pm shows on Thursdays-
Saturdays from 11/29-12/22.

How to submit:
Please email your current headshot, resume and questions with A CHRISTMAS CAROL AUDITIONS in the
header to Metropolis Casting at with your audition request. Along with your h/r, please include your full name, phone number, and desired audition date(s) and time(s). Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the availability of the requested dates/times. Casting questions and requests for coaching can be directed to the same email as well. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Resident Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.

Metropolis PAC contracts prohibit discrimination. Metropolis PAC is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Metropolis PAC encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers of all abilities, to attend every audition.



Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights, 60005
Metropolis is just 2 blocks from the Arlington Heights Metra stop.
There is free parking available on the street and in the garage behind the theatre.

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