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Algonquin Arts Theatre
Performing Arts | Education | Film
A New Jersey Non-Profit Organization
Box Office: 732-528-9211
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 12-6pm | Saturday 12-4pm
173 Main Street | Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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Auditions

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS


A stage Adaption by Eric Schaeffer and Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Director: Joseph Ficarra
Musical Director: Stephen Strouse
Choreographer: Casey Abel

  • Roles are appropriate for students 9 years of age and older. All students who are cast in this production will be enrolled in the tuition-based 2014 Fall Performing Arts Academy Algonquin Youth Ensemble class, a musical theatre intensive program.

AUDTION DATES
Wednesday, September 17 – By appointment only starting at 4:00 p.m.

Acceptance through audition only! Students must be able to attend all performances and mandatory rehearsals. Call Julie at 732.528.9224 to schedule an audition.

CALLBACKS
Saturday, September 20 – TBA

*** Actors will be told at their audition as to whether or not they should come back to our call-back scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014. If for some reason this is a conflicting time frame, please indicate this on the students audition form.

LOCATION
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Auditioners are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of a musical theatre, jazz or ballad arranged piece. Be prepared to dance at the call-back. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

  • We encourage actors to bring a resume/headshot to practice having reviewed.

REHEARSAL / CLASS BEGINS:
Operate up to ten weeks starting the week of October 1, 2014.

CLASSROOM REHEARSALS:
Wednesday(s): 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5,11/12, 11/19 and 12/3
Saturday(s): 10/4, 10/ 11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, and 12/6

TECH WEEK will begin December 15th – 18th | Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, December 18 • 10:00 a.m. (Education Performance)
Friday, December 19 • 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 • 2 p.m.

*MAKE NOTE: Please, keep Saturday, December 20, 2014 open all day. We are considering opening one more performance time at 7:00 p.m.

SYNOPSIS: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

The classic animated television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

Enjoy music arrangements of "What Child Is This," "The Christmas Song" and "Christmas is Here" that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season.

AVAILABLE ROLES

All roles are available. Seeking diverse talent ages 9 and older.

Charlie Brown – The story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero. Charlie Brown was created as caricature of the average person. Acquainted with losing than winning.

Snoopy – Charlie Brown's lovable dog. Human-like dog with the ability to "speak" his thoughts to the reader. Many of the human characters in Peanuts have the uncanny knack of reading his thoughts and responding to them.

Lucy – Linus' older sister; a bossy, crabby girl. Lucy delivers mean remarks with the greatest of ease, usually showing no emotion whatsoever, and then moving on with whatever she was doing. She has a tendency to go off on loud and rambling tangents when she is with Charlie Brown.

Linus – Lucy’s younger brother. Though young, Linus is unusually smart and acts as the philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Gospels. Juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket—for which he is often mocked by other characters-and often sucks his thumb.

Pig Pen – Known for his perpetually filthy overalls, the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. When he takes a deep breath (to sing, for example), the dust rises briefly around him. In spite of his best efforts, it appears that he cannot stay clean.

Frieda – A chatterbox with naturally curly hair, of which she is extremely proud. This self-love about her hair leads people to believe that she is rather vain. In turn, Frieda herself believes that the other girls are jealous of her hair (and often becomes disappointed or depressed when the other girls tell her that they're not jealous of her hair), and also that "people expect more of her" because she has it.

Schroeder – He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular.

Violet – Consistent personality trait is that she tends to be a bit of a snob, very conscious of appearances and status. It is implied that her family enjoys a considerably higher class position than the other characters.

Sally – Younger sister to Charlie Brown. Has a "take it easy" approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Her favorite pastime is sitting in her beanbag chair watching TV.

Patty – Peppermint Patty, often acts as a sort of "mother-hen," looking out for the younger characters; however, she also sets the tone for the strong female characters.

Shermy – Portrayed as Charlie Brown's superior at the things that mattered to Charlie Brown, especially athletics. Athletic-physical characteristics.

Ensemble (Casting 15+) - Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills - various ages and personalities.

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