Madeline’s Christmas

Audition Notice

 

General Auditions

Saturday, May 12 at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 9:00am to Noon. Check-in; 8:30am. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, improvisations, basic stage movement, and singing.  Auditioners should wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring water. Do not audition wearing sandals or in bare feet.  MINIMUM AUDITIONER AGE IS 8 YEARS OLD.

---Perusal Scripts will be available for check-out at the Imagination Theater Box Office April 9---

Vocal Requirements:

 Auditioners must perform a memorized musical theater style song not from the show.  A boom box will be available for playing musical accompaniment from a CD, an Ipod, or a cell phone. (Please remove cell phones from their protective cover.) Accompaniment tracks must not include other lead lyrics.  A capella (without accompaniment) singing is not allowed.

 

Photographs and Resumes

Please bring a photograph to attach to the audition form which will be provided at check-in.  Professional head shots are not required.  Resumes are optional. Auditioners who are under age 18 must be prepared to provide e-mail and text message contact information for their parents.  Parents are required to sign the audition forms for auditioners who are minors.

Participation Fee

There is no fee to audition. If cast in the production there is a $75.00 participation fee. Scholarships for the participation fee may be arranged.

 

Call-Back Audition and Casting Notification

There will be a Call-Back Audition on Monday, May 14; 7:00 to 9:00pm. Casting notifications will be made upon conclusion of the Call-Back Audition.

 

Read-Through and Cast Meeting

There will be a read-through and cast meeting on Saturday, May 19, 9:00am-Noon

 

Rehearsals

Vocal Rehearsals will begin in August and primary rehearsals begin in September. Preliminary rehearsal schedules will be available 2-weeks prior to auditions.

 

Performance Dates

November 23-December 22.

 

Elementary School Performance

There will be a morning performance on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00am.  Parents must make arrangements for their children in the cast to be absent from school that morning.  Students will be able to return to school at approximately 1:00pm.

Absences from rehearsals and performances

Cast members repeatedly missing rehearsals will be replaced. Auditioners accepting roles may not miss any scheduled Dress Rehearsals or Performances.

 

Characters

(All roles are available)

12 Young Girls (The students)

2 Adult Females

1 or 2 Adult Men

 

1.  MADELINE (Girl, Age 9 to12) The brave and endearing little redhead who turns tragedy

into triumph at Christmas.

2. MISS CLAVEL (Adult Female) The disciplined yet loving boarding-school nurse who watches over the young girls.

3.  MONSIEUR BRUN (Adult Male) The French History Teacher at the boarding school. May double as HARSHA.

4.  HARSHA (Adult Male) The magical rug merchant.

5.  MRS. MURPHY (Adult Female) The slightly bewildered yet humorous cook who works at the boarding house.

6.  SIMONE, JULIETTE,  KATE, DOMINIQUE, ANNE, AMY, DAPHNE, ISABELLE, CAMILLE, REGINE, MARY (Young Girls, Ages 8 to 17)  Eleven of the “Twelve little girls in two straight lines” at MRS. CLAVEL’S Boardinghouse.

7. MOUSE.  A puppet operated by a cast member.

 

Plot Summary

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! The day begins like any other day. Miss Clavel takes the 12 little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo and then back to school for their French history lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu! Everyone that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins when there is a knock at the front door. Expecting to see Santa, Madeline meets the rug merchant who has brought 12 very special rugs. He reminds Madeline that Christmas is the time of miracles, and that these are not ordinary rugs! Soon everyone wakes up feeling healthy. The rug merchant shows them that they each have a magic carpet and that they can fly home to be with their families for Christmas! After saying goodbye to the girls, Miss Clavel finds a present that the girls left for her, befriends a little mouse, and counts her many blessings singing "Everything Is Right Tonight." Before you know it, the girls fly back to the old house and are together again on New Year's Eve. They thank Madeline for taking care of them and making their Christmas so special!

 

Scene Breakdown

Scene 1:  The old house in Paris. The girls go for their morning walk to the city zoo.

Scene 2:  The girls return to the boarding house for their French History lesson.  Everyone except Madeline comes down with the flu.

Scene 3:  Madeline takes care of her sick friends. The Rug Merchant shows up with 12 magic rugs.

Scene 4:  Christmas Eve.  The girls wake up feeling healthy again and discover the magic rugs. They meet Harsha who shows them amazing magic and shows them how they can fly home to their families on the magic carpets.

Scene 5:  Madeline and the girls arrive at their homes for Christmas. Miss Clavel is alone at the old house. She finds an angel that the girls made for her, and knows they will be back soon.

Scene 6: New Year’s Day. Mrs. Murphy arrives back at the old house. Madeline and the girls fly back in on their magic carpets and a celebration ensues.

 

Musical Numbers

Madeline, Madeline’s Reprise, Achoo! Chilly, Abracadabra, Abracadabra Reprise, We’re Flying, Something Isn’t Right, Bonne Anne (Happy New Year), Curtain Call

 

Production Team

Director and Scenic Design:  Peter Wolfe   (pwolfe615@gmail.com)

Assistant Director: Kim Allen

Vocal Director:  Jerri Meyers