AUDITIONS

A Charlie Brown Christmas | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Students grades 6-12 are invited to audition for S.K.I.T Theatre’s presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

We will cast 2 plays.

Some actors will be able to be in both plays.

Both plays will be performed at each performance,
December 6-15, 2018

Auditions will be held at Salem Academy
on September 14 and 15, 2018.
Attending one group audition time is mandatory.
Presenting a two-minute monologue at a separate time is optional.

Group Audition Times

  • Fri, Sept 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Fri, Sept 14, 8-9:30 pm
  • Sat, Sept 15, 1:30-3 pm
  • Sat, Sept 15, 3:30-5 pm

Format

Auditioners will be seen in groups of 20. Each group will participate in improvisation games and cold readings from the script. All auditioners must stay for the entire audition.

Casting choices will be narrowed down after initial auditions. Some actors will be called back to do further read-throughs from the show.

Callbacks | Sun, Sept 16, 6-9 pm

Optional Monologue Times

A memorized monologue can be presented for the audition panel separate from a group audition. Monologues must be no longer than 2 minutes and will be presented 30 minutes before your group audition time.

A group audition is required whether or not you choose to present a monologue.

Fri, Sept 14, 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm

Sat, Sept 15, 1 pm or 3 pm

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm and Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Performances are December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2018 at Leslie Middle School.

View the entire production schedule here.

Parents and cast members are required to come to the first meeting/read-through.

Cast members are required to be at all rehearsals for which they are scheduled. Pre-arranged absences are allowed but no absences are allowed during the last two weeks of rehearsal or the two weeks of show.

Parents are required to attend all parent meetings and to serve on at least one production committee.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the true meaning of Christmas is.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Charlie Brown –  a loveable guy, dominated by insecurities
Snoopy – Charlie’s pet beagle, happy, full of energy & sass, known for “happy dance”
Lucy – Linus’ older sister, bossy, know-it-all, very smart, a natural leader, likes Schroeder
Linus – Charlie Brown’s blanket toting best friend, shy, can speak his mind when necessary
Pig Pen – a human soil bank, raises a cloud of dust everywhere
Frieda – very proud of her naturally curly hair
Schroeder – plays the piano, Lucy’s love interest, admires Beethoven
Violet – pony tail, close friend to Lucy and Patty, collects stamps, she didn’t let Charlie kick a football
Sally – Charlie’s younger sister, has a crush on Linus
Patty – close friend to Violet, kicks down Charlie’s sand castle, punches him in the nose
Shermy – superior to Charlie in sports

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable — every year the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father’s bathrobes, the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph — hardly “four-star entertainment.” But, when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it’s up to Beth’s inexperienced mother Grace to step in. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant, lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school, and determined to win all the lead roles for themselves. The Ladies’ Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard”, the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem”, and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

LEADS AND SUPPORTING ROLES

Mother (Grace Bradley), lead
Imogene Herdman, lead
Beth Bradley, lead
Father (Bob Bradley), supporting
Charlie Bradley, supporting
Ralph Herdman, supporting
Leroy Herdman, supporting
Claude Herdman, supporting
Ollie Herdman, supporting
Gladys Herdman, supporting
Mrs. Armstrong, supporting
Mrs. McCarthy, supporting
Alice Wendleken, supporting

FEATURED AND ENSEMBLE ROLES

Mrs. Slocum, featured
Mrs. Clark, featured
Mrs. Clausing, featured
Maxine, featured
Hobie (Male), featured
David, featured
Reverend Hopkins, featured
Elmer Hopkins, featured
Beverly, ensemble
Firemen (2), ensemble
Shirley, ensemble
Juanita, ensemble
Doris, ensemble
Angel Choir, Baby Angels, Shepherds
Treble/Boy Soprano, ensemble

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-register for an audition time on the Auditions page. An audition confirmation and packet will be emailed to you. Come to your scheduled audition time with a completed Cast & Crew Personal Profile form. Auditioners are assigned a number and have a photo taken. Depending on the type of show, your audition might look something like this.

Musicals

Auditions take place in groups of 10. Each group will have 30 minutes to learn and perform a dance combination. Then they will go on to a 30-minute session to perform cold readings from the script. Then the groups will join to audition vocally. Individuals will have an opportunity to sing a solo of their choice, acapella or with an accompaniment CD. However, the CD cannot include vocals.

All auditioners MUST take part in all three segments.

Non-Musicals

Auditions take place in groups of 20. Each group will warm up with improv games and then move on to cold readings from the script. You may read for as many parts as there is time available.

Auditions are Closed. What does that mean? The term closed auditions means that only the audition panel can watch. As an auditioner, you are dropped off and picked up at your assigned times. Non-auditioners are not allowed to watch.
Casting choices will be narrowed down after initial auditions. Some actors will be called back to do further read-throughs, as the the audition panel feels is necessary. This process is called 'call-backs'.

What happens at call-backs and what part do they play in the casting process?
Call-backs are a way of taking another look at a student with a specific part(s) in mind. Students will read from the show script and sing show music, if auditioning for a musical. You do not have to prepare anything for call-backs, although reading the script and listening to the Broadway soundtrack from the musical (if auditioning for a musical) can make you more prepared. Dress comfortably, relax and enjoy this step of the audition process!
Just because you are not called back does not mean that you are not being cast in the show. Also, just because you are called back does not mean you are automatically cast in the show.

How will I find out if I've been called back?
Those with a call-back will receive a phone call as soon as initial auditions have been completed.

What do I bring if I get called back?
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable, non-slip shoes (no flip-flops or clogs, please). Bring a water bottle. Turn your cellphone off.

Cast lists are posted the day after call-backs on the website.
Parents and cast members are required to come to the first meeting/read-through. The entire rehearsal and show process runs more smoothly if we communicate well from the start. Rehearsals | Cast members are required to be at all rehearsals for which they are scheduled. If an absence is necessary, in case of illness or emergency, it will only be excused if the Assistant Director is called for permission. Those missing more than two rehearsals may not be able to participate. Conflicts listed on auditions forms will be considered as excused absences, if the actor is cast.
  • Cast members may leave early or come late to rehearsals ONLY if pre-approved by the director.
  • Cast members will be committed to up to approximately 48 hours of rehearsal time before Move-In and dress rehearsal week.
  • Crew members will be required to attend final rehearsals, Move-In, all dress rehearsals, and performances. Some positions may require more time commitments.

Parents are required to attend all parent meetings and to serve on at least one production committee.

Fee Information There are some fees necessary to participate in a S.K.I.T. show. Some are mandatory and some are optional. S.K.I.T. Theatre is a non-profit organization. We strive to make our theatre class and productions fees as reasonable as possible so as many families as possible can participate. We only charge the fees necessary to provide quality classes, theatre training, and productions. We do not charge fees to make a profit. Before you and your student decide to audition and participate in a S.K.I.T. production, please review our fee schedule below.   Required Fees Production Fee  |  Each student must pay a production fee. This fee partially covers the cost of our sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound as well as a show t-shirt. When cast in a S.K.I.T. production, your student also receives many additional hours of group and individual instruction time. The experience and training are tremendously valuable.
  • S.K.I.T. class participant  |  $30
  • Non-class participant  |  $40
  • Family discounts available.
Optional Fees Program Telegrams  |  For $10, family and friends of cast members can write a telegram for the show program, wishing their star good luck. Telegram forms will be emailed to parents. Pre-ordered Gifts  |  S.K.I.T. merchandise is available for purchase prior to Opening Night. Parents can order items and have them sent backstage as gifts to their actor.