What to Bring: Adults Headshot/Resume Adults please prepare 32 bars an up-tempo musical theatre song (no pop/rock). A ballad is okay if auditioning for Mother. Adult Men auditioning for JEAN SHEPHERD will be given sides to read at the audition. A dance call will be held in groups following vocal auditions for Ensemble and Miss Shields, please dress accordingly. A separate callback will also be held for the lead adult roles. Songs from the show are OK to sing. Accompanist provided.
Jean Shepherd/ Narrator (Male) Spoken Late 40s to early 50s Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw an audience in to the world of the play. Radio personality. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Midwestern. This is a non-singing role.
The Old Man (Male) High Baritone or tenor to a high G Late 30s40s He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He’s not the perfect father by any means – he is happiest when he’s tinkering in the basement. He usually expects the worst but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids. Some light dancing.
Mother (Female) Mezzo-Soprano low G to high Db 30s-40s She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom. VOICE: contemporary mezzo with a strong mix, sings. Non-dancing
Miss Shields (Female) Alto belter Mid 20’s – 40’s She is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Perhaps a little boring looking at first – ah but underneath! Great with comedy. Character woman. An actress with a flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway – a belter. Great mover and a strong tapper.
Santa/Ensemble (Male) Tenor 30s to 60s ill-tempered, inebriated, unhappy with his job. Comedic character actor will also portray other throughout show.
ADULT ENSEMBLE Men/Woman ages 25+ Able to play multiple roles throughout the show. Strong singers and strong movers. Tap experience a plus.