Audition Details: White Christmas

Audition Notice: White Christmas

White Christmas Auditions on September 19 & 20 at 6:30pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Community Theatre League is holding open auditions for

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank

Audition Information: 

Audition Dates: September 19 & 20 at 6:30pm (note the change from the "usual" time!)
Some callbacks may be held on September 21 or 22.
Production Dates: December 3 - 12, 2021


Director: Philip J Vonada
Music Director: Diana Welshans
Choreographer: Kat Shondeck
Stage Manager: Wendy Durant & Heather Myers

About the Show:
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, "White Christmas."

What to prepare for auditions: 

  • 32 measures or a one-minute cut from any song by Irving Berlin. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist appropriately marked or a track to sing along to. Please only sing a capella if you absolutely must.
  • Some actors may be asked to read scenes as a part of the audition process.
  • A movement audition will be a part of the process. Please wear shoes (sneakers or dance shoes - no Uggs, Crocs, flip flops, or slip-ons) and clothing that you can move in, that won't restrict your movement.
  • A second tap dance audition will be held the same night for select auditionees. You may bring taps, but are not required to. Not everyone auditioning will be asked to stay for this portion.

All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. CTL encourages anyone who is interested to audition and is always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to its stage. Except as specifically required by the author for certain roles, The Community Theatre League has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds and abilities to audition for our productions.

Character Descriptions: 
Please don't be discouraged by the ages listed, the production staff is open to looking at everyone that auditions for as many possible roles as they can! With the exception of the role of "Susan," all auditionees must be 16+. 

Bob Wallace (male, late 20s-mid 30s) - A major singing star, Bob is the guiding force behind the song and dance team of Wallace and Davis. He wears his fame easily and is a born leader, but has trouble with social and social and romantic interactions. Despite his occasional gruffness, he is a deeply kind and principle man who is searching for his true love. A superb singer with a crooning smile who moves very well - will tap as well. Baritone.
Phil Davis (male, late 20s-mid 30s) - The fun-loving, go-getting song-and-dance partner in Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown, operator, and incorrigible ladies' man, determined to see his friend happy, even if it requires scheming or outright deception. He has a boyish charm and sex appeal. Strong jazz and tap dancing needed - comedic performer. Baritone/Tenor.
Betty Haynes (female, mid-to-late 20s) - The sensible, responsible half of the upcoming song-and-dance team, The Haynes Sisters. Destined to be a star in her own right, she is nonetheless hesitant to take the spotlight for herself. A woman of decent, upstanding principles, she is devoted to her younger sister. Like Bob, she hides her yearning for true love under a protective shell. A singer of quiet beauty and charm with a rich chest mix sound and a soprano extension. Must move well - some dance involved.
Judy Haynes (female, mid 20s) - The younger, more ambitious, slightly scheming Haynes sister. While wholesome and adorable, she is also sexy and flirty. A winning charmer whom no man can resist. Strong jazz and tap dancing needed  - a major song and dance performer. Chest Mix.
General Henry Waverly (male, late 50s +) - A retired US Army General, adjusting to a return to civilian life, post WWII. Once a powerful leader, he now struggles to run an inn in Vermont. He remains a man of great principle and dignity. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a warm, compassionate man in need of family and love. Non-singing.
Martha Watson (female, late 40s +) - Once a Broadway star, now the General's housekeeper at the inn. She has a dry, wry, wisecracking sense of humor. Bighearted, but completely unsentimental, she runs the General's life in spite of his protests. An irrepressible meddler, but always for what she believes to be the other guy's best interests. A winning, appealing comedienne with a clarion belt voice. Moves well.
Susan Waverly (female, plays 9 years old) - The General's granddaughter, Susan is a lovable and outgoing kid. She is smart, wise beyond her years, and cares deeply about her grandfather. Once bitten by the "showbiz" bug, she demonstrates everything that is winning in the ultimate child performer. Must be able to move well with an excellent belt voice.
Ralph Sheldrake (male, mid-to-late 30s) - An Army buddy of Bob and Phil's, now a major television executive with the Ed Sullivan Show. Fast-talking, New York professional. Baritone
Rita and Rhoda (females, mid 20s to early 30s) - Bob and Phil's star chorus girls. Brash, sexy, and fun, but not the smartest. Must be good dancers.
Ezekiel Foster (male, mid 40s +) - The ultimate taciturn New Englander, who helps out at the inn and takes life at a very slow pace.
Mike (male, mid 20s +) - Bob and Phil's stage manager. Has a tendency to be over-dramatic and completely hysterical, but will get things done. Never seen without a clipboard, which he uses to attempt to keep order.

Ensemble (males and females, age 16+) will play roles including Tessie, Jimmy, "Snow" soloists, Conductor, and more - There will be a featured dance ensemble, equally strong in ballroom, jazz, and tap. All ensemble members must be strong singers, working with tight harmonies.