A Christmas Carol Young Performer Auditions

STARTS 8/2/2021 Virtual
Submissions accepted August 2 - 20, 2021

Young Performer Virtual Open Call for Goodman Theatre's 44th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol

Accepting self-tapes August 2 - August 20, 2021

Goodman Theatre welcomes actors of all races, ethnicity, national origin, religion, mental and physical abilities, sexual/affectional orientation, gender and its expression

Young performers (ages 5-17 only, no exceptions!) wishing to audition for this production should self-tape the following materials and email them to ACCYoungPerformersOpenCall@Gmail.com:

  • One minute or less poem or monologue, which should be memorized
  • One verse of a song (preferably a traditional holiday song or Christmas carol) to be sung a cappella

With the self-tape, please also email a photo and resume or a list of previous theatrical experience and training (theatre experience is not required to audition)

Should your child have specific needs or you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the casting office at Casting@GoodmanTheatre.org

Production dates for A Christmas Carol are as follows:

Commitment Dates

First Rehearsal:


First Tech:


First Preview:


Opening Night:


Closing Night:



Seeking Young Performers for the Following Roles:

*All actors will be using a standard British dialect (RP).

[BOY SCROOGE/PETER CRATCHIT] – Male, 12 to 15 years old, open ethnicity. This young performer should be a skilled actor. These tracks have the most challenging youth scenes in the production. Looking for youth who can navigate scenes with adult actors. PETER is the oldest of the Cratchit children, but should still feel preteen or boy on the threshold of becoming a man. He should be slight or slender in physical build. Should have good language skills and theatrical experience is a must. Singing skills a plus but not a requirement.

[TURKEY CHILD] – Open gender, 10 to 15 years old, open ethnicity. Should have good language skills. Understanding of comedic timing is helpful for the TURKEY CHILD. Singing skills a plus but not a requirement.

[BELINDA CRATCHIT] – Female 10-14 years old, open ethnicity. Emily’s older sister. Kind and caring. This actor must have a strong supported speaking voice for the Goodman’s Albert stage. Singing skills a plus but not a requirement.

[EMILY CRATCHIT ALTERNATE] – Female 7-12 years old, open ethnicity . Petite and gentle spirited. This actor must have a strong supported speaking voice for the Goodman’s Albert stage. Singing skills a plus but not a requirement. This actor will share the role with another actor and be performing select regular performances and will be required to attend all rehearsals.


Tips and Guidelines for Taping:

  • You can easily record your self-tape on a smart phone or computer
  • Choose a simple background (a solid, neutral wall is great) in a quiet room with good lighting to film your self-tape.
  • Make sure that we can hear the young performer well before submitting their tape. Background noises like air conditioners, washers/dryers, and fans can affect the audio quality, so consider turning those devices off while filming, or select a quiet room to film in.
  • At the beginning of the video, please show the young performer’s full body and have them state their full name and age
  • While the young performer is performing their poem/monologue and song, feel free to film in more of a close-up, framing their head to their shoulders
  • Once you are finished recording, upload the video to YouTube as unlisted (this means the video is only able to be seen by those who have the link) or Vimeo.
  • Send the YouTube unlisted link or Vimeo link, with a photo and resume attached, to ACCYoungPerformersOpenCall@Gmail.com

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Thank you for you and your child's interest in auditioning for our annual production of A Christmas Carol. Before submitting a self-tape, please read the following so that you have an idea as to the commitment we would be asking of your child should he/she/they be cast:

  1. Rehearsals for the production begin Tuesday, October 26, 2021. We will be asking all members, including children, to be available for rehearsal from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on that specific date. Thereafter, until the beginning of technical rehearsals, all children may be called to rehearse from approximately 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, and all day (likely 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM) Saturday and Sunday. A letter will be sent out by the Stage Manager, Alden Vasquez in mid-October explaining rehearsal and performance ‘do’s and don’ts.’
  2. Technical rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, November 16. Through Friday of that week, all children and adult actors will be called at approximately 12:00 noon for rehearsals which may go as late as 11:30 pm. It will be necessary for the children in the cast to miss school these days (as well as the first day of rehearsal, and selected matinee performances). Preview performances for the production begin on Saturday, November 20, and will continue until the opening night performance on Sunday, November 28. During previews, it may be necessary to rehearse during the day; most days, however, we hope that the children will not be needed at rehearsal until after school. Once the show is open, there will be rehearsals for understudies for the run of the show. Understudy rehearsals dates are determined by Stage Management. If cast, your child will be needed for some, or all, of those rehearsals and they will be held after school hours. After the Sunday, November 28 opening, children will be required to be at the Goodman 30 minutes prior to the listed show time. The show closes on Sunday, December 31.
  3. Parents must pick up their child no more than 30 minutes after every performance. This includes dates with a matinee and evening performance, with the exception of Sundays. Sundays, your child will stay in the building between the two shows due to the quick turn around.
  4. After today's audition, we may need to see some children for a callback audition on Zoom; These auditions will be scheduled in early September. If it is necessary to see your child at these auditions, a member of the Goodman staff will contact you via email. Please do not contact Goodman Theatre with inquiries about the callback. You will be informed of the final status of your child’s audition by September 30, 2021.
  5. If you have any additional questions concerning this year's production of A Christmas Carol, please ask a member of the Goodman Casting Department by emailing Casting@GoodmanTheatre.org. Once again, we thank you for your interest, and hope that you find this audition experience a rewarding one.

Young Performers at the 2019 Audition

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If you have specific questions regarding our COVID-19 protocols, please email Casting@GoodmanTheatre.org