Overview

Pay Rate: Rehearsals – $500 Flat rate (Scrooge); $400 Flat rate (Adult & Youth-Supporting, Featured, & Chorus roles); $200 Flat rate (Youth Ensemble); $200 Additional flat rate (Internal Scrooge understudy); $100 Additional flat rate (Internal understudies). Show(s) – $50 Per show (Scrooge); $40 Per show (Adult & Youth-Supporting, Featured, & Chorus roles); $25 Per show (Youth Ensemble). 21 shows total. Travel stipend applications available.
Audition Date and Time: Will be cast from online submissions only. Submission deadline Sun 10/17, 2021 at 5pm.
Audition Location: Online submissions only. Performance Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; www.metropolisarts.com. Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop. For directions and parking: http://www.metropolisarts.com/planyourvisit_gettinghere.php

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for A Christmas Carol (Winter 2021), adaptation by Krista Scott and musical arrangements by George Maurer. A Christmas Carol will be co-directed by Joe Lehman (he, him, his) and Erik Wagner (he, him, his) with choreography by Tuesdai B. Perry (she, they), and musical direction by Ken McMullen (he/him/his). Seeking adult and youth 12+ non-Equity actors/singers/musicians who move well. Seeking non-binary and gender non-conforming actors, BIPOC actors, and actors with disabilities. Actors submitting must be fully vaccinated before Sat 10/16 for consideration and must submit proof of vaccination upon casting.

A Christmas Carol Description: We learn what we are taught, but the lessons can change as can we. For this production of A Christmas Carol, we are particularly interested in highlighting this aspect of the story. We will look to set off moments where individual choice ripples into our wider world and how “simple” kindness can change our world. It certainly does so for Scrooge as he embarks on a magical adventure of challenges, change, and chances at redemption, forgiveness, and hope for the future both for himself and for us all.

Material to Prepare:

ADULTS:
1) Vocal Song – Please prepare a short (30 seconds) unaccompanied carol showing musicality and pitch and/or if able, please submit 16 bars of an accompanied song showing your lyrical voice and best range.
2) Monologue & Acting Side(s) – Also, prepare a 1 minute monologue showing you at your best. Additionally, we will provide a list of sides for you to choose up to two to submit as well, which do not need to be memorized, but should show a British dialect. Select the sides that most appeal to you.
3) Dance – Please submit your favorite video of yourself performing choreography (30 seconds or more). If it is a group video, be sure to denote which dancer you are. This video should highlight movement and expression! If you do not have a historical video to submit, you may create your own 30 second piece or perform choreography from a previous performance. If applicable, please also include an additional video of any tricks or skills you can do (e.g., toe touch, cartwheel, split, roller skating, etc.).
4) Instrumental Song – Finally, if you are a musician as well who plays a portable instrument, please submit a song on your instrument demonstrating your abilities.

YOUTH:
1) Vocal Song – Please prepare an unaccompanied holiday carol that demonstrates your vocal ability.
2) Acting Side – Also, select an acting side or two from those provided (same as adults) to prepare as well, which does not need to be memorized. Use a British dialect if you can, but otherwise just show us what you can do.
3) Dance – Please submit your favorite video of yourself performing choreography (30 seconds or more). If it is a group video, be sure to denote which dancer you are. This video should highlight movement and expression! If you do not have a historical video to submit, you may create your own 30 second piece or perform choreography from a previous performance. If applicable, please also include an additional video of any tricks or skills you can do (e.g., toe touch, cartwheel, split, roller skating, etc.).
4) Instrumental Song – Finally, if you are a musician as well who plays a portable instrument, please submit a song on your instrument demonstrating your abilities.

How to submit:
If you intend to submit an audition, please send an email to Metropolis Casting at casting@metropolisarts.com to let us know. In your email, please include CHRISTMAS CAROL in the email header and list any conflicts with the rehearsal/tech/performance schedule that you may have. Please also attach your current headshot and resume. Following that, we will share a link to the sides for you to choose from. Then, by the Sun 10/17, 5pm deadline, please submit a clickable link(s) of your self-tape(s) for consideration:
- For Adults this link(s) should include the vocal song(s), the monologue, the acting side(s), the dance footage, and an optional instrumental song.
- For Youth this link(s) should include the vocal song, the acting side, the dance footage, and an optional instrumental song.
- Additional links to your website and/or past work is also welcome.

The self-tape should be in a shareable format, such as an Unlisted YouTube link(s), that Casting can forward to the creative team. The self-tape submission may be submitted as separate links or a single link. Please make sure that your resume includes your current phone number.

After reviewing Metropolis’ Standards & Procedures, we welcome you to share your comfortability with the rehearsal and performance process. Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process.

Metropolis’ Standards & Procedures
The health and safety of our performers, crew, staff, and patrons are our first priority. As such, prior to any in-person rehearsals and performances, performers, crew, staff, and patrons over the age of 12 will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. Under the policy, performers, crew, staff, and patrons must show proof of vaccination with a matching I.D. at their time of entry into the Metropolis Theatre complex spaces. “Fully vaccinated” means the date of entry into the theatre must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The Metropolis Theatre complex was deep cleaned in August 2021, as well as disinfected and protected with an EPA and FDA registered antimicrobial coating. These sites are cleaned after each use and daily. The Metropolis Theatre HVAC systems have been sanitized and upgraded to MERV 13 filtration levels. As recommended by CDC guidelines for indoor productions, beyond required performer, crew, staff, and patron vaccinations, all persons will be masked when inside the Metropolis Theatre space, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. Performers will be asked to mask during rehearsal and before and after performances and when not onstage. Metropolis will notify patrons, staff, crew, and performers with reminder messaging to ensure awareness of the new policies, as well as procedures that are updated. Metropolis will meet and exceed the health mandates as determined by the IL Department of Public Health.

Metropolis’ Commitment
Metropolis PAC stands against systemic racism, hatred, and violence. Metropolis strives to ensure our theater is a safe space and secure environment, free of harassment or intimidation. We acknowledge that lack of action is harmful. Toward long-term and sustainable change, Metropolis has implemented and will continue to take specific, actionable steps. To read our pledges and Land Acknowledgement, go to: https://www.metropolisarts.com/about-metropolis-performing-arts-centre/

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

Metropolis Casting is dedicated to upholding Metropolis PAC’s values of equal opportunity and engages in a policy of promoting a positive model of inclusion and equity. As such, Metropolis Casting confirms our commitment to equitable hiring practices in order to achieve that goal.

Time Commitment:

Production Dates:
Please note: We are asking about your conflicts for wider range of availability than will actually be used for rehearsals. Weekend rehearsal times will not be longer than 5 hours/per day prior to tech & previews, and weekly rehearsals will not be more than 20 hours/per week prior to tech & previews.

Rehearsals – Thu 10/21– Mon 11/22 & Wed 11/24, 2021: Weekly rehearsals could include hours chosen from the following times but will not include all these times (see note above): Between 6-10pm Mondays-Fridays, 12-7pm Saturdays, and/or 1-10pm Sundays. Rehearsal on Wed 11/24 from 6:30-9:30pm is TBA. There are at least two designated days off each week prior to tech and previews. Youth are rehearsed less hours per week and are released by 9pm until tech when they are released at 10pm. Understudy rehearsal is TBD.

Tech Rehearsals – Tue 11/23–Fri 12/3/21. Schedule is as follows: Tue 11/23, 6-11pm; Sat 11/27, 10am-3pm; Sun 11/28, 12-5pm & 6-9pm; Mon 11/29-Wed 12/1, 6-11pm; Thu 12/2-Fri 12/3, 3-5:30pm TBA; there are no rehearsals Thu 11/25 & Fri 11/26.

Previews & Performances – Thu 12/2–Fri 12/24/21. Performance schedule from 12/2-12/19 includes 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays; 3pm matinees on Saturdays & Sundays. There is no 7pm show on Sat 12/18. Additional shows at 3pm & 7pm on Tue 12/21-Thu 12/23 and 3pm on Fri 12/24.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Almost all actors will play multiple roles and the show will be understudied internally, so a demonstrated ability to portray characters with distinctive traits will be a positive as long as this facility combines with a feeling of authenticity to the story moment and honesty in intentions.

Baker – Street vendor selling baked goods

Beggar – Lives on the street, Scrooge passes them by

Charity Woman 1 – Caroler who collects charity for the poor, visits Scrooge’s workplace, outgoing, strong minded

Charity Woman 2 – Caroler who collects charity for the poor, visits Scrooge’s workplace, timid, but kind

Constance – Fred’s love, kind, upper class

Bob Cratchit – Simple, kind father and husband, working class

Mrs. Cratchit – Overworked, exasperated with Scrooge, working class

Martha Cratchit – Older teen-early 20’s, Bob’s oldest child, working class

Peter Cratchit – Teen-early 20’s, second oldest Cratchit child, working class

Belinda Cratchit – Youth, middle Cratchit child, working class

Nicholas Cratchit – Youth, shares the middle Cratchit slot, working class

Elizabeth Cratchit – Youth, second youngest Cratchit child, working class

Tiny Tim Cratchit – Youth, youngest Cratchit child, optimistic, sees the best in everyone, working class

Mrs. Crow – Down on their luck, opportunistic thief, lower class

Mrs. Dilber – Opportunistic thief, a bit timid, lower class

Mr. Fezziwig – Joyful, Scrooge’s boss when an apprentice, working class

Mrs. Fezziwig – Boisterous, fun-loving partner of Mr. Fezziwig

Belle Fezziwig – Plays from late teens-early 30’s, Fezziwig’s child, Scrooge’s love interest, working class

Belle’s Husband – Hardworking, kind, fun-loving husband and father, working class

Fred – Scrooge’s nephew, confident, kind, upper class

Ghost of Christmas Past – Magical guide through Scrooge’s past

Ghost of Christmas Present – Effervescent personality, joyful, big presence, kind, yet honest

Ghost of Christmas Future – Malevolent, dark, feared

Ignorance & Want – Ghostly children clinging to the Ghost of Christmas Present, represents need in the world

Maggie – Fruit seller on the streets

Jacob Marley – Scrooge’s long time business partner, spirit who warns Scrooge of his fate

Old Joe – Opportunist, repugnant, lower class

Poulterer – Sells Scrooge the giant turkey for the Cratchits at the end

Prudence – Friend of Constance, object of Topper’s affectionate pursuits, upper class

Schoolmaster – Headmaster of Scrooge’s boyhood school

Fan Scrooge – Youth, Scrooge’s little sister, upper class

Ebby Scrooge – Pre-teen youth, well-to-do, upper class, very lonely and isolated

Young Scrooge – Well-to-do, ambitious, aspiring to get out of working class

Ebenezer Scrooge – Well-to-do, greedy, cold, upper class; Scrooge’s journey occupies our central focus for much of the show so the ability to allow for authentic attitude and character changes from the beginning through all the stages to the end is necessary; please show us what that scope could look like

Topper – Well-to-do, scoundrel, Fred’s lascivious friend with sights set on Prudence, upper class

Turkey Child – Youth that assists Scrooge with the turkey purchase for the Cratchit family

Vendor – Street vendor who sells nuts

Dick Wilkins – Young Scrooge’s best friend, working class

Ensemble Roles also include:  Londoners, Fezziwig Guests, Partiers, & Singers

Youth Ensemble – Youth Ensemble members perform throughout the play as Londoners, Singers, School Mates, & Belle’s Children, also act as Understudies for Youth roles.

To apply for this job email your details to casting@metropolisarts.com