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Oh dear, less than 225 days left until Christmas! Get in the holiday spirit early by auditioning for River Theater Company’s fall production of the musical A Christmas Story. Auditions will be held Monday, June 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, upstairs at the Charlestown Town Hall Theater on Summer Street, right behind Ralph’s Supermarket.

A Christmas Story is the musical version of the classic 1983 film comedy about a young boy named Ralphie Parker who wants an official Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. With music by Oscar winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen), this promises to be a fun holiday event for the whole family.

Similar to River Theater’s 2016 production of “Oliver!”, A Christmas Story has a large cast of children, teens and adults.  The show will be performed at the historic Claremont Opera House in November. All roles are open.

The children’s roles include: Ralphie Parker ,a 10-13 year old boy and Randy Parker, 8-11 years old,  who both need to be strong singers with  unchanged voices and be able to act and move well, two 13-17 year old boys with strong voices and stage presence, as well as a large ensemble of 9-17 year olds who are used throughout the show and in the production numbers.

The adult roles include:  Jean Shepherd /Narrator,  40-60 years old, a  strong actor with great presence and spark,  an animated story teller with a deadpan sense of humor, The Old Man , 30-50 years old, rough exterior but good-hearted, high baritone/tenor, Mother, 30-50 years old, more in charge than she lets on, very much the “mom” with warm sense of humor, mezzo soprano, Miss Shields,  20-40 years old, the elementary school teacher, who needs to be a strong comedic actress, strong Broadway style belting voice, as well as an ensemble of 18 years-older, male and female, strong singers/actors/ dancers to fill multiple roles.

Please be prepared to read, sing and move at the auditions. We are also looking for people (adults and children) who know how to tap or are willing to learn (you don’t have to know how to tap to audition).

We are always looking for volunteers who love theater and community events but don’t want to appear on stage. There are lots of opportunities to get involved- set construction, props, costumes, production assistants, advertising, and more!

For more information please visit our website, rivertheater.org or email mwright@rivertheater.org