The Phipps Children’s Theater Auditions:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
by Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Students in grades 7-9 are invited to audition on Monday and Tuesday, October 9 and 10, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Callbacks will be held on Thursday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Those auditioning will be asked to:
- read from the script;
- do some improvisation;
- sing the first verse and chorus from “America the Beautiful.”
Actors should wear clothes and footwear that allow them to move freely, and bring a photo as well as a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.
Student musicians in grades 7 – 9 may audition to be members of the pit orchestra on Thursday, October 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Musicians must have at least 2–3 years’ experience playing their chosen instrument and should come prepared to play at least 16-32 measures of a prepared piece on that instrument.
Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 16 on weeknights, except Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., as well as some weekend afternoons, with extended times during the final week of rehearsal.
Nine performances will be given December 8 – 17 on Fridays and Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. on the main stage.
There will be a $40 performance fee for each actor or musician selected, which is due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available if needed.
Director/choreographer Tami Provencher directs for The Phipps Children’s Theater, Lake Middle School, and StageCoach Theatre Arts in St. Paul, where she is also the drama teacher. In addition, she has performed and taught in schools as part of a children’s repertory company and as a theater and dance artist-in-residence in the five-state area with SteppingStone and Stages Theatres.
Music director Ezelda Hasapopoulos was the music director for Into the Woods, Pinkalicious, and several other musicals at The Phipps; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Woodbury Community Theatre; and has been a vocal and orchestral music teacher for over 15 years in the Hudson area, Woodbury, and St. Paul. She is also an accomplished composer and performer.
For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.