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The Turkey-Eating, Gift-Giving, Triple-Dog-Daring Musical!

From the composers of “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen” | 2013 Tony® Award Nominee BEST MUSICAL | BEST BOOK | BEST SCORE
Based on the classic 1983 holiday movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, a daydreamer from Indiana who spends his days counting down to the most exciting day in any kid’s life: Christmas. All he wants is an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle, but as his parents and teachers warn him, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL chart’s Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that his perfect gift ends up under the tree on Christmas morning, and includes all of the movie’s best-loved moments, such as the Old Man’s leg-shaped lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams. The show is a big Broadway musical, complete with dazzling dance numbers, gorgeous sets and an incredibly talented cast of youngsters who play Ralphie and his classmates.

Opens: Thursday, December 21, 2023
Closes: Sunday, December 24, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Music & Lyrics | BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
Book | JOSEPH ROBINETTE
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Schedule:
THURSDAY & FRIDAY | DECEMBER 21 & 22 | 7:00PM
SATURDAY
| DECEMBER 23 | 2:00PM & 7:00PM
SUNDAY | DECEMBER 24 | 2:00PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public – December 4, 2023
Adults: $30. | Seniors/Military: $25. | Students/Kids: $20.

Direction | JARED WATSON
Choreography | KATIE DUPONT
Musical Direction | SETH TAYLOR
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR & JARED WATSON
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | TBD
Sound Design | BRYAN GRISHAM

AUDITION & Timeline information

WHEN:
Saturday, January 7, 2023 | 12:00PM
WHO:
In round 1 we are looking for about 5 boys and 5 girls to play the children, (roughly between the ages of 8-12, though vocal and physical type/appearance will play a bigger factor than actual age) including the leading roles of Ralphie and Randy, featured in this now holiday classic. There will be a round 2 for teens and adults interested in participating in this production.
WHAT:
SEE BELOW to view the overview schedule, a complete character breakdown, and for audition requirements.
WHERE:
Stage Center Studios at Grace Community, 9400 Ellerbe Rd. (enter through the door with our logo)
DETAILS:
ALL CHILDREN will be taught a portion of the song “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana,” as well as a short dance combination to perform in small groups. No outside preparation is needed. Additionally, performers interested in the roles of Ralphie and Randy should to be familiar with the songs “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” and “Before the Old Man Comes Home”, which will be taught in the form of a callback for those selected. Headshot/Resume preferred.
NOTE:
There is NO TUITION COST to participate in this production, but we are casting so far in advance so that the selected children will have the opportunity to take prerequisite classes, & attend bonus workshops & rehearsals throughout the year in prep for the official start of rehearsals next fall.

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February 25
March 4
March 18

OVERVIEW SCHEDULEupdated 12/16/22
**This is an early draft. It is subject to change closer to the event.**

AUDITIONS
Saturday, January 7 | 12:00PM (Round 1 – KIDS)
TBD (Round 2 – TEENS & ADULTS)

REHEARSALS
Please bring any and all conflicts with the following schedule to put on your audition form…

Pre-Rehearsal Weeks for Kids
Saturday, October 14 – 10:30-1:30
Saturday, October 21 – 10:30-1:30
Saturday, October 28 – 10:30-1:30
Saturday, November 4 – 10:30-1:30
Saturday, November 11 – 10:30-1:30

Please note: Going forward the younger children will be called sparingly during the week, with the exception of Ralphie & Randy, until week 4.

WEEK ONE
Monday, November 13 – 6:00-9:00
Tuesday, November 14 – 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, November 15 – 6:00-9:00
Thursday, November 16 – OFF
Friday, November 17 – OFF
Saturday, November 18 – 10:30-1:30

WEEK TWO
Monday, November 20 – 6:00-9:00
Tuesday, November 21 – 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, November 22 – 6:00-9:00
Thursday, November 23 – OFF (THANKSGIVING DAY)
Friday, November 24 – OFF DUE TO RUDOLPH PERFORMANCES
Saturday, November 25 – OFF DUE TO RUDOLPH PERFORMANCES

WEEK THREE
Monday, November 27 – OFF
Tuesday, November 28 – 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, November 29 – 6:00-9:00
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00-9:00
Friday, December 1 – 6:00-9:00
Saturday, December 2 – 10:30-1:30

WEEK FOUR
Monday, December 4 – OFF
Tuesday, December 5 – 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, December 6 – 6:00-9:00
Thursday, December 7 – 6:00-9:00
Friday, December 8 – 6:00-9:00
Saturday, December 9 – 10:30-1:30

WEEK FIVE
Monday, December 11 – OFF
Tuesday, December 12 – 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, December 13 – 6:00-9:00
Thursday, December 14 – 6:00-9:00
Friday, December 15 – 6:00-9:00
Saturday, December 16 – 10:30-1:30

WEEK SIX (Production Week – Tech/Dress)
Sunday, December 17 – 5:00-8:00 (TECH I)
Monday, December 18 – 5:00-8:00 (TECH II)
Tuesday, December 19 – 5:00 CALL | 6:00 GO (DRESS I)
Wednesday, December 20 – 5:30 CALL | 6:30 GO (DRESS II)
Thursday, December 21 – 6:00 CALL | 7:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #1)
Friday, December 22 – 6:00 CALL | 7:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #2)
Saturday, December 23 – 1:00 CALL | 2:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #3) |
6:00 CALL | 7:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #4)
Sunday, December 24 – 1:00 CALL | 2:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #5)
**STRIKE/LOAD-OUT** will take place the following Saturday, December 30, to accommodate Christmas Eve plans. STRIKE/LOAD-OUT is still a mandatory part of the commitment, and will take place from 10:30a-1:30p. Pizza will be provided.

**Strike/Load-Out is mandatory for all cast and crew, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan accordingly that you will be needed until 1:30, or until we finish, whichever happens first. We cannot get loaded out of the theater without EVERYONE’S HELP.**

“I WAS DAZZLED” –The New York Times

“A CHARMING TRIUMPH INFUSED WITH UTTER JOY.” –Associated Press

“A TRUE GIFT!”–New York Magazine

“THE BEST DARN MUSICAL I’VE SEEN IN YEARS!” –WOR Radio

“RUN FAST AND GET YOUR TICKETS.” –WNBC

A CHRISTMAS STORY 2023 CAST

Auditions for the children took place on January 7.
A second round of auditions for teens and adults will be scheduled this fall.

Jean Shepherd (Radio Personality/Narrator)
Ralphie (at certain performances) MORGAN MEYER
Ralphie (at certain performances) IOWERTH TRACY
Mother
The Old Man BRYAN GRISHAM
Randy (at certain performances) LUKE ARANDA
Randy (at certain performances) ARTHUR HOLLIS
Miss Shields, his teacher ANNA MARIA SPARKE
Santa Claus
Scut Farkus, a bully
Grover Dill, Scut’s toady
Schwartz TBD
Flick JACE KNOX
Esther Jane AINSLEY McINNIS
Mary Beth MILLIE OAKES
Ensemble REX SOBOLAK
Children ESPYN DOUGHTY, CHARLOTTE DYMOND, RIYA KOTICHA, EVERLY POWELL, LACEE SMITH, COOPER WALLACE

SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT

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