christmas-carolQuad City Music Guild is holding auditions for its rendition of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Prospect Park Auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline.

Dates for the show are Dec. 1-4.

Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), have breathed fantastic new life into this classic tale of “A Christmas Carol.”

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful

“Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Performers should come prepared with 16-32 bars of a musical song that best showcases your voice.  An accompanist will be provided, so have your music clearly marked for any cuts, tempos, changes, etc.  No recorded music will be accepted.  There will also be a small dance combination taught that you will be asked to perform for the directing staff.  You may also be asked to perform a cold reading from sides from the show.

All those who come through for auditions must be 8 years old by the time of rehearsals starting, which will be late October.

The cast includes:

Scrooge (Male, 45+, Vocal range: G5 – A3) – A man who cares for nothing but his own prosperity due to advice given to him as a boy by his father.  An angry, unsympathetic person who has a change of heart over the course of the story.

Mr. Cratchit (Male, 30-45, Vocal range: E5 to A3) – Scrooges clerk, who works tirelessly to provide for his family despite the mistreatment he receives at the hands of his employer.

Mrs. Cratchit (Female, 30-45, Vocal range: E5 to A3) – A loving mother and wife, works hard to provide the best she can for her struggling family,

Tiny Tim (Male, 8-12, Vocal Range: E5 to A3) – The youngest son of the Cratchit’s.  Despite battling an illness that makes him a cripple and threatens his life, he is the constant source of joy and love in the family, reminding them that all they need is each other to be happy.

Fred (Male, 20-40, Vocal range: F5 to A3) – Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative.  A good man who believes in the joy of Christmas.

Ghost of Christmas Past/Lamplighter (Male or Female, 20+, Vocal Range: G5 to A3) – A cheerful specter who brings Scrooge into his past to relive many of the moments that made him the man he is today.

Ghost of Christmas Present/Sandwichboard Person (Male or Female, 20+, Vocal Range: G5 to A3) – A larger then life ghost who comes to show Scrooge the joy that celebrating Christmas can bring, and what he has missed out on all of these years.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Blind Old Hag (Female, 40+, Vocal Range: G5 to A3) – A beautiful, yet terrifying ghost who shows Scrooge what is in store for him should he continue down the path he has started.

Marley (Male, 35+, Vocal Range: A5 to A3) – Scrooge’s former business partner who shared the same ideology with Scrooge.  He comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge what he has in store for himself in death if he continues to live the way he currently does.

Emily (Female, 18-25, Vocal Range: B5 to A3) – Scrooge’s fiancéfrom when they were young.  She was unimpressed with being rich, and instead wanted love and compassion.

Mr. Fezziwig (Male, 40+, Vocal Range: B5 to A3) – A jolly man who used to throw extravagant Christmas parties for the community.  Scrooge’s first boss who thought him everything he knew, only to be disappointed in how Scrooge ended up turning out.

Mrs. Fezziwig (Female, 40+, Vocal Range: A5-A3) – Mr. Fezziwig’s loving wife and hostess of the annual Christmas Party.
Ensemble- There are a variety of smaller parts that will be double cast as ensemble members.  This includes Fan (Scrooges Sister), Scrooges Parents, Various Townspeople of all ages, featured dancers, and many others.
For more information see www.qcmusicguild.com.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.