Friday, August 12, 2016

audition notice - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Hale Centre Theatre - September 16 & 17

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol playing December 1st – 24th. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by David Dietlein, music directed by Lincoln Wright and choreographed by Cambrian James.

Performances are Monday – Saturday nights at 5 pm and 8pm with matinees at 11am and 2pm.

This is Hale’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel. This is a play with music including a few production numbers. This optimistic Christmas message shows us that the human spirit is capable of renewal. It’s hopeful message has earned a place of honor in the hearts of generations.

Audition times are as follows:

Children: Friday, September 16, from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Children will not be asked to dance or sing at the audition.
Children will read one short scene (Little Fan & Boy Scrooge). You can download the sides under the roles tab.
A head shot and resume are required to be posted on before auditions.

Adults: Saturday, September 17, from, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Adults will read one scene from the play. You can download the sides for the role you wish to read for under the roles tab.
Adults will also sing 16 bars of music. Bring your own sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
Dance will not be required at the audition.
A head shot and resume are required to be posted on before auditions.

Adult vs. Child Auditions
Sign up for only 1 audition slot regardless of if you are interested in both "Child" and "Adult" Roles. Choose the Audition that has the role you are most interested in. Casting will be based on how old/young you appear & act and not your actual age. You may note additional roles that you would like to be considered for in the box that says "Enter Other Conflict Notes for the Theater" when you sign up for an audition.

Will be held Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th with rehearsals beginning Saturday, October 15th.

Audition Location 
Auditions will be held at the theater located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert. Auditions are by appointment only.

How to make an appointment
You can sign up for appointments by clicking the links below:


 Any questions may be emailed to

Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25 per performance. Adults will receive $45 for shows at 2 pm and 5 pm on weekdays. Child actors will be paid $12.50 for each performance regardless of time.

Rehearsal Pay
Actors will be given a flat rate rehearsal pay of $150.00.

Double Cast
This show will have two separate casts (Red and Green) which accounts for approximately 27 performances for each cast. Mark Kleinman will be returning as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Green cast and Cory McCloskey will be returning as Scrooge in the Red cast.

Other notes
This show is an energetic musical adaptation which has great choral work, dance and acting. Each actor will be very busy throughout the show as there are 22 scenes within 1 hour and 55 minutes.


BOB CRATCHIT: (35 - 45) Gentle, loving father and husband. Scrooge's overworked underpaid clerk. A hard working clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, especially his young son Tiny Tim. Cratchit maintains a kind heart, even in the face of Scrooge’s mean-spiritedness.

FRED: (25 - 35) Warm and compassionate, Scrooge’s nephew, feels sorry for the old man, yet still obligated to him, being family. He is full of Christmas cheer, energetic. Must sing.

FRED’S WIFE: (28 - 35) Tired of the thought of inviting "Uncle Scrooge" over for Christmas dinner each year.

MARLEY’S GHOST: (30 - 55) Scrooge's deceased business partner. Tormented, enslaved sinner. Returned from the grave to warn Scrooge of the consequences of living the life of a miser.

MRS. CRATCHIT: (30 - 40) Strong, kind, Tiny Tim's mother. A wonderful wife and mother, hopeful and generous.


MARTHA CRATCHIT: Oldest daughter in the Cratchit family. A mature and happy young woman.

PETER CRATCHIT: The oldest son. Fun loving proper English boy who has heart.

BELINDA CRATCHIT: The second oldest daughter, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

CAROL CRATCHIT: The third oldest daughter, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

DOUG CRATCHIT: The second oldest boy, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

TINY TIM: (6 - 9) Optimistic and gentle spirited. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope. More than anyone Tiny Tim embodies the Christmas Spirit.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST: (20-35) Female, ethereal, whimsical and sensitive. Full of the Christmas spirit.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT: (30 - 60) A large jovial man who wears a long cape and has a wreath on his head.

MR. FEZZIWIG: (35 - 55) Robust, optimistic, full of the Christmas spirit. , a portly, jolly man.

MRS. FEZZIWIG: (30 - 50) Robust, loving, energetic wife. the cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man. Later, become poor and can't understand why Scrooge won't help her husband.

DICK WILKINS: (17 - 22) Young Scrooge's best friend. Energetic. Stage fight combat a plus.

OLD JOE: (40 - 60) Crooked pawnshop owner.

CHARWOMEN: (30 - 50) Character roles, energetic.

BOY SCROOGE: (7 - 12) Lonely, quiet and sensitive. He desperately misses his parents and wants to find a home of his own.

YOUNG SCROOGE: (20-30) Ambitious, selfish.

BELLE: (18-30) Young Scrooge's Fiancé. Beautiful, kind, sensitive and goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer. Happy with the simple things in life - friends, family, and the joy that comes from loving someone and being loved in return.

LITTLE FAN: (10 -14) Happy, sweet. Boy Scrooge's little sister.

NARRATORS: (20 - 50) Male and female. Strong, resonant voices.

CHORUS: (16-45) Male and female singers, actors and dancers. Some character roles will be cast from the chorus.

David Hale Dietlein (Director) has been involved with theater ever since his early days in California where his parents and grandparents commandeered him onstage as a child actor. David is the Artistic Director of the Hale Theatre - Arizona. Originally from Los Angeles, David has produced over 300 stage productions. He has received many awards for his artistic achievements, most recently he garnished two ariZoni awards for best director for a musical: The Price of Freedom, and best director for a non-musical for The 39 Steps. This will Dave’s 13th year directing A Christmas Carol at Hale Theatre. David and Corrin Dietlein own and operate the Hale Theatre.

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