Open auditions for lead role in 'A Christmas Story'
Live on Stage, December 2010
Georgia Shakespeare announces open auditions for the lead role of “Ralphie” in the live stage production of A Christmas Story to run Dec 7-26, 2010, at Georgia Shakespeare on the campus of Oglethorpe University. Four open auditions will be held at various locations around Atlanta in the coming weeks. For the role of Ralphie, Georgia Shakespeare is looking for boys who look between the ages of 10 and 12, but are not over the age of 13.
Open auditions will be held over consecutive weekends in September at the following outlets: The Decatur Book Festival, Decatur; Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Downtown; Chocolate Perks, Duluth; and Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square, Buckhead. Audition location details are on the attached document and available online at www.gashakespeare.org. Semi-finals and finals will be held in October. The panel of judges will be made up of local celebrities and Associate Artists and staff members from Georgia Shakespeare.
The Company is looking for boys who are confident and comfortable in front of a crowd and have an interest in acting. There are no experience requirements to audition at any one of the open calls. Contestants in the open call rounds will be asked to tell a joke and a funny story about themselves. Semi-final auditions and final auditions will be by-invitation-only and taken from the pool of actors in all four rounds of open auditions. Full audition details are available on www.gashakespeare.org.
The winner of “The Search for Ralphie” will be cast in the lead role in the live stage play of the perennial favorite: A Christmas Story. Fans know the popular movie from its marathons on TV during the holiday season. Ralphie Parker wants just one thing for Christmas, just one thing: An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Rifle with a Compass in the Stock. But can Ralphie survive the last couple weeks before Christmas and overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to his owning the precious Red Ryder BB gun? “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
The show runs December 7 – 26.
The Search for Ralphie
WHO IS RALPHIE?
Ralphie is the hero of A Christmas Story. He is an imaginative and adventurous boy who must battle school bullies and convince his parents to buy him the PERFECT Christmas gift. For this paid role, Georgia Shakespeare is looking for boys who look between the ages of 10 and 12 years old (but are not older than 13 years of age), who know how to tell a joke, can get out of any tricky situation, and love to perform.
WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO IF I WIN?
The winner of “The Search for Ralphie” contest will be cast as Ralphie in A Christmas Story at Georgia Shakespeare. The winner will be required to attend all scheduled rehearsals and perform in all scheduled performances. A 2010 calendar will be provided at the Round 2 auditions, but generally, rehearsals will be held from mid-November through opening of the show on December 8, during after-school, evening and weekend hours. Performances are scheduled through the December 26, 7pm performance.
HOW DO I AUDITION?
There are three rounds of auditions:
ROUND 1 – Open Auditions
For Round 1 auditions, all contestants will be asked to tell a joke and a true-life story about themselves. The story and joke should not exceed one and a half minutes in length. Those auditioning may attend any one of the following Round 1 dates/locations. All contestants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The panel of judges will be comprised of local celebrities and Associate Artists and staff members from Georgia Shakespeare.
At each event we will only see the first 60 contestants who sign up at the events. Sign up starts ONLY 30 minutes prior to the event start time:
Saturday, September 4 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Decatur Book Festival at Several Dancers Core
133 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3338
Sunday, September 12 between 3p.m. and 5p.m.
Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1827
Saturday, September 18 between 11am and 1 pm
3160 Main Street #200
Duluth, GA 30096
Saturday, September 25 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square
BKids, Level 3
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
ROUND 2 – Semi-Finals
Saturday, October 9
Semi-finalists will be invited to this audition via contact from Georgia Shakespeare. At the semi-final auditions, contestants will be asked to tell their joke and true-life story about themselves. We will also ask contestants to prepare a short selection from the play (we will furnish contestants with the selection ahead of round 2) and participate in a group improv exercise with one of the judges.
ROUND 3 – Finals
Saturday, October 16
Finalists will be invited to this audition via contact from Georgia Shakespeare.
Georgia Shakespeare is grateful for its sponsors
Season Sponsors: AirTran Airways, Bank of America, The Georgia Council for the Arts, Oglethorpe University
Shake at the Lake Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, The Kendeda Fund, The Coca-Cola Company, The Charles Loridans Foundation, CornerCap Investment Counsel, Alston + Bird, LLP
Summer Festival Sponsor: CornerCap Investment Counsel
Shrew: the Musical Sponsor: Callner, Portnoy and Strawser PC, PBA:30, Reporter Newpapers
The Odyssey: a Journey Home Sponsors: DocAuto, Inc., Turner Broadcasting. Funding also provided by The National Endowment for the Arts
A Christmas Story: Publix Super Markets Charities
Georgia Shakespeare is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriation of the General Assembly. The Council is a Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.
ABOUT GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE
Founded in 1985, Georgia Shakespeare creates thoughtful, bold and passionate interpretations of a diverse body of work rooted in Shakespeare and branching out to embrace the best writers and ideas of all eras. On the stage and through educational programming, we strive to entertain, to ignite the imagination and to creatively explore the journey of the human spirit. Our vision is to make Georgia Shakespeare a national model for establishing a welcoming creative home where artists and audiences unite in a shared discovery of the power of adventurous classic theatre. Georgia Shakespeare is a proud member of Theatre Communications Group, Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, Southeastern Theatre Conference, League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts.
Georgia Shakespeare is the Professional Theater in Residence at Oglethorpe University, and is located at 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.
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