Algonquin Arts


A Christmas Story, The Musical

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Directed by Gina Lupi
Music Direction by Kale Thompson
Choreographed by Christina Rak
Stage Manager: Rachel Krupnick
Lead Teaching Artist (AYE): Tyler Cicardo

Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Students age 17 & younger, By Appointment only
Tuesday, September 5, 2017: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Adults, Open Call

Thursday, September 7, 2017: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Students age 17 & younger, By Appointment only
Thursday, September 7, 2017: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Adults, Open Call

Student actors will be scheduled an audition time. Please email Julie Nagy to schedule an audition: [email protected]

Sunday, September 10, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

Audition requirements for all participants:

Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.
Cast will feature adults & students in age-appropriate roles.
Students ages 8-17 who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. This class is tuition free as of 2017. **
This production requires strong tap dancing skills. If you are skilled in this area please be prepared by bringing your tap shoes.

Sides (PDF)
Farkus, Dill, Ralphie, Randy
Jean, Old Man, Mother, Ralphie, Randy
Kids Ensemble
Miss Shields

Songs (PDF)
Miss Shields
Old Man
Randy, Kids

Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 at 3 p.m.
Friday, December 1 at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m.

BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: September 30 - November 18 (8-Classes)
Classes start Saturday, September 30 and meet every Saturday through November 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for AYE students.

To begin in October of 2017. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends. Students will have to attend rehearsals outside of classroom schedule (depending on role and when called).

November 20-24. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m. No Tech rehearsal scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical 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. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the classic 1983 movie that runs round-the- clock on television every Christmas. The story itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, and features funny and heartfelt songs coupled with a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette. A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't. It captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike!

Ensemble: Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills - various ages and personalities.
Actors in the ensemble will play a variety of roles including Bank Tellers, Customers, Goggles Kid, Waiter's Daughter, Elves, Delivery Man, Townspeople, Parents, Villain, Bank robbers, Escaped Prisoner, Bartender, Customers, Can-can girls, Can-can girlfriend, Policeman, Fireman, Doctor, Nurse, waiter, etc.

Adult Dance Ensemble: 4 to 5 Men & 4 to 5 Woman
Adult Singing Ensemble: 4 to 5 Men & 4 to 5 Woman (neighbors, Parents, various featured roles)
Children's Ensemble: 5 to 6 Boys & 5 to 6 Girls (Strong vocal and dance skills. Tap dancing skills is a plus.)

Classmates: Schwartz, Flick, Scut Farkus, Grover Dill, Esther Jane & Mary Beth

Tap Specialty Boy: Exceptional Tap Dancing skills
Age: 8-14

Ralphie: Cute and winsome, but not precious. Bright, but not precocious. A regular kid you wouldn't mind having as a next-door neighbor. He's a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye.
Age: 9, going on 10
Vocal Part: Alto
Vocal top: D5
Vocal bottom: G4

Randy: Must be smaller than Ralphie, cute and funny little boy, funny in the sense that he is awkward and off-beat, must be physically comfortable onstage and have a lot of strong concentration, but, like Ralphie, not show-bizzy; voice is unchanged and, tap dancing a plus.
Age: 8-12 years old (to play 7 or 8)
Vocal Part: High belter
Vocal top: High C#
Vocal Bottom: Low F#

Jean Shepherd / Narrator: A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering - a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark.
Age: Late 40's to early 60's.
Vocal Part: Spoken
Non Dancer

The Old Man: A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff (and rough) exterior. He's a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn't overtly show it. He usually expects the worst but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants (though it usually doesn't). In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.
Age: 30's to early 40's.
Vocal Part: Baritone
Vocal top: F#4/Gb4
Vocal bottom: B3

Mother: More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it. She is warm and affable ... at times a bit daffy ... but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, especially anytime she's in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.
Age: 30's to 40's.
Vocal Part: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal top: D5
Vocal bottom: G3

Miss Shields: The local elementary school teacher. A seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator - prim and proper. Stern when necessary, though warm - and even humorous - when the situation merits it. In Ralphie's fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show-stopping, brassy belter and tapper - a force to be reckoned with.
Age: 30's to late 50's.
Vocal Part: Alto
Vocal top: G5
Vocal bottom: E3

Santa: The Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical "Jolly Old Elf" of legend and lore. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempt to put an end to the day and, perhaps, head for the nearest "watering hole."
Age: 30's to early 60's.
Vocal Part: Tenor
Vocal top: A#4/ Bb4
Vocal bottom: C#3/ Db3

Guys & Dolls

Directed by Gary Shaffer

Monday, August 14: 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15: 7 p.m.
Call backs will be Wednesday, August 16.

Auditions will be held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

Audition Preparation:
Prepare 16 bars of a Broadway song similar in style to the show's score.

Sides (PDF)

Please be prepared to move for dance audition. Note: not all roles require movement but the dance audition is required for all roles expect Lt. Brannigan and Abernathy.

All: Please bring a picture & resume, stapled back-to-back.

Performance Dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8 pm
Sunday, October 8 - 3 pm
Saturday, October 14 - 8 pm
Sunday, October 15 - 3 pm
Friday, October 20 - 8 pm
Saturday, October 21 - 2 pm
Saturday, October 21 - 8 pm
Sunday, October 22 - 3 pm

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.


Nicely-Nicely Johnson: Stage age 30 to 55. Tenor to high B flat. Strong singer. Comic timing a must.

Benny Southstreet: Age 25 to 55. Baritone to high G. Strong vocal needed.

Nathan Detroit: Stage age 30 to 55. Baritone to High F. He runs the floating crap game. Engaged to Adelaide for 14 years he is always looking for the big break he never seems to get. Strong comedy skills.

Sky Masterson: Stage age 35 to 50. Baritone B to E flat. Romantic lead. Sing and move well. Cool and suave.

Arvide Abernathy: Stage age 55+. Possesses elderly wisdom and a understated wit. Member of the Salvation Army in Times Square. Doesn't need strong voice but must be able to "sell" a song.

Sarah Brown: Stage age 21 to 35. Soprano to High A. Audition Romantic lead. Pure and chaste. Tryig desperately to do good.

Adelaide: Stage age 30 to 45. Mezzo to A. Nathan's loyal (and patient) finance for 14 years. Strong comedy skills.

Hot Box Girls: Age 18 to 35. Strong dancers and singers with a NYC attitude.

General Matilda B. Cartwright: Age 35 to 65. Gutsy and confident leader of Salvation Army. Must exude status.

Lt. Brannigan: Stage age 35+ Stereotypical NYC Irish cop.

Ensemble Men and Women: Ages 18 to 70. All voice ranges needed. Will play mission members, gamblers, tourists, etc. Ability to move well is a strong plus.