A CHRISTMAS CAROL, The Musical A Main Stage Production
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Featuring performers ages 6 – 22
This show is Rated G
Performances November 11-20, 2022
Harris Center at Folsom Lake College
Director: Debbie Wilson Choreographer: Anjie Rose Wilson
Vocal Director: Chris Meissner Costume Designer: Karen McConnell
Technical Director: Zach Wilson
Producer: Chris Hobbs
SHOW OVERVIEW 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), breathe fantastic new life into the 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.
A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Proving its staying power with a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol, is an ideal choice for any theatre hoping to create a holiday tradition.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
AUDITION WORKSHOP Wednesday, August 10th, EDMT Founder and Artistic Director, Debbie Wilson, is teaching a workshop ideal for any performer between 6 years old through 22 years old who wants to audition for EDMT’s production of A Christmas Carol.
Participants will learn:
Exactly what to expect at the audition.
How to choose audition songs, and will receive appropriate audition songs that they can download and use.
How to drill your introduction, what to include, and why your introduction is so important!
Dance steps that are in the A Christmas Carol dance audition.
Plus, everyone will get a chance to do a full practice audition to gain experience.
Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm Cost: $50
Parents attend for FREE and are strongly encouraged to attend so they can assist their young performer. Only one parent per child registered may attend.
CALLBACK WORKSHOP Thursday, August 11th, EDMT Founder and Artistic Director, Debbie Wilson, is teaching a workshop ideal for performers 10+ who have auditioned for EDMT previously.
Congratulations! You’ve earned a callback for a specific part in the show. Now what do you do? This two-hour workhop teaches you the steps to take so you’ll be ready.
Participants will learn:
How to develop your character using the A Christmas Carol callback materials.
What to do to make sure your song is callback ready.
Should you memorize your callback to be “off book” – does it matter?
How do directors evaluate your readiness to work hard in the role?
How to set yourself apart from other people called back for the same role.
Date: Thursday, August 11th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm Cost: $40
Parents attend for FREE.
Audition Workshops will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA.
REGISTRATION Online registration begins Tuesday, August 9th, at 8:00pm on this webpage and closes when full or on Wednesday, August 17th at 11:59pm whichever comes first. (If the cast is full you may choose to be placed on a waiting list.) Everyone registered will be in the show. Auditions are to determine who will perform specific roles.
If you are NEW to EDMT, bring a copy of your birth certificate to auditions to verify your age.
LEARN THE AUDITION DANCE Tuesday, August 16th, at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility. A video link of the audition dance will be emailed to all registrants for those who are unable to attend in-person or who want to use it to practice.
AUDITIONS Monday, August 22nd, starting at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility. When you arrive you will be measured for costumes and have a photo taken for the program.
You may bring sheet music for the accompanist. We will send an email after registration with instructions on how to submit music electronically for auditions.
Auditionees will be seated by number in a row of 10 chairs in the audition room. Parents are invited to watch. When your number is called, you will come forward, introduce yourself and your song, and then sing for up to one minute.
Next, 20 auditionees will perform the dance audition for the staff in groups of five. Some groups of auditionees will sing first and dance second, and others will dance first and sing second.
Finally, the Artistic Staff will announce the audition numbers of those who are being called back. Those called back will proceed immediately to the “Callback Table” to pick up any songs/scripts needed in preparation for the callback auditions on Monday.
CALLBACKS Thursday, August 25th, starting at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility. Those called back will be asked to read lines from the script and sing the song(s) they were given at the “Callback Table” at auditions. They should also be prepared to dance.
The cast list will be posted on the EDMT website on Saturday, August 27th at 4:00pm.
Cast members obtaining lead roles are expected to make themselves available for publicity events such as television appearances and newspaper interviews.
Auditions and Rehearsals will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA.
$585 Tuition Fee (for each sibling, add $535)
Additional expenses may include the purchase of personal items such as shoes, changing garments, or makeup; and those which are completely optional, such as, a cast photo, souvenir mug or ornament, T-shirt, etc…
NO refunds of tuition will be made once the cast list is posted on the EDMT website, except in extenuating circumstances such as death in the family, or a medical injury, serious illness or surgery not known about prior to registration.
Registered cast members will receive a full refund of tuition, minus a $75.00 processing fee, if they remove themselves from the cast at least 48 hours prior to auditions.
Registered cast members will be charged one-half of tuition, in addition to a $75.00 processing fee, if they remove themselves between auditions and the day before cast list is posted.
To request a cancellation prior to the cast list being posted, send an email to [email protected]. Make sure to include performer’s name, parent’s name and phone number, and reason for canceling.
NO refunds of tuition will be given to cast members removed from the cast by EDMT staff for behavioral reasons.
Note: Performers and their parents are aware that rehearsals require the performer to have the ability to focus for two-and-a-half hours, with one break.
REHEARSALS Rehearsals begin on Monday, August 29th, 4:00pm-6:15pm at EDMT; this will be a read-through with leads; new cast members or those who have only been in a training show will have a new performer orientation from 4:00-5:00pm. The first rehearsal for the entire cast will be on Tuesday, August 30th, 4:00-6:30pm. Lead rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:00-6:15pm, and all cast member rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm
Review the calendar closely. Mandatory rehearsals begin on Sunday, October 30th (no rehearsal on October 31st) and the show runs from November 11th through 20th at the Harris Center in Folsom.
Each cast member is allowed three (3) absences on NON-MANDATORY DATES before being removed from the show. Arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early constitutes a one-half absence. NO absences are allowed during mandatory rehearsals, tech week or show dates. Missing any of these important dates may result in being dropped from the show.
Rehearsals will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA.
NEW PARENT MEETING Parents of cast members NEW to EDMT or cast members who have only done an EDMT training show must attend the NEW PARENT MEETING on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-5:00pm, where you will receive important information critical to the success of your cast member and show. This is during the time where your new performer will be called to a new performer orientation. Failure to attend this meeting will result in an absence that will count against the three absences allowed per child during the entire rehearsal period.
ALL PARENT MEETING Parents of all cast members must attend the ALL PARENT MEETING on Thursday, September 8th from 5:45-6:30pm, where you will receive important information and needs specific to this show. Failure to attend this meeting will result in an absence that will count against the three absences allowed per child during the entire rehearsal period.
VOLUNTEER HOURS Our volunteers are some of the most important people in our organization. Without our volunteers, our productions would not be possible. Volunteers are needed for rehearsals, poster blitz, set painting, costume and prop support, shows, load-in/load-out, etc.
Because of this, each family is required to complete at least 20 volunteer hours for this show. A link to sign up for volunteer positions will be sent in the newsletter.
PERFORMER RULES OF CONDUCT There are standards of behavior you are expected to follow when you participate in any EDMT activity. They are very simple and can be followed by anyone who knows how to behave appropriately in the company of others. What does that mean specifically? We expect every participant to be courteous, respectful, and responsible while understanding that focus, dedication, and commitment are necessary to achieve the group’s goals.
We expect each participant to be punctual and prepared for rehearsal. Prepared by knowing the material that was covered in the previous rehearsals, and also prepared by being well-groomed and dressed for movement (no jeans) and wearing dance footwear or tennis shoes.
We also expect that everyone participating in EDMT activities will take good care of the facility; both our rehearsal areas and our performance venues and equipment. That means cleaning up after yourself and taking your belongings home with you at the end of rehearsal.
It should be no surprise that we have a zero tolerance policy towards any substance abuse. Violations will result in immediate dismissal and appropriate authorities may be contacted.
Every EDMT participant should understand that their contributions towards a positive, healthy, and supportive environment are necessary for the group to be successful and to ensure that every El Dorado Musical Theatre production is the best it can be for each and every audience member as well as for each and every performer.
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION EDMT awards up to three major scholarships for a show with a cast size of 50, to individuals deemed most appropriate from the pool of applications.
A scholarship may be all or part of one tuition charge.
Parents are required to complete the 20 volunteer hours. Scholarship recipients will not be eligible for another scholarship if parent participation hours are not completed. High school students may opt to complete the parent volunteer hours on their own.
Award decisions will be made based on potential benefit to applicant, potential benefit to the show, and financial need. Scholarship recipients must be in good standing with the company and commit to remain in the show regardless of whether or not a lead role is obtained. They also may be asked from time to time to help out at the EDMT facility.
The deadline for applications is August 2nd at 5:00pm. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients of scholarships will be notified by email no later than 5:00pm on Friday, August 5th. Click HERE to download the scholarship application.
CAST OF CHARACTERS Ebenezer Scrooge
Ghost of Christmas Past
Ghost of Christmas Present
Ghost of Christmas Future
Ebenezer at 18
Ebenezer at 12
MUSICAL NUMBERS Hear the Bells Jolly Good Time Link By Link Lights of Long Ago Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball A Place Called Home Abundance and Charity Christmas Together Dancing on Your Grace Yesterday, Tomorrow & Today God Bless Us Everyon
Will siblings be placed together in the same cast? Can we request to be in a cast with a friend? Casts will be created by the artistic staff to meet the needs of the show. Siblings will be in the same cast. There are NO CAST REQUESTS for this show.
Can parents observe rehearsals? Only registered performers, rehearsal monitors and staff members may be on site while rehearsals are in progress. Parents are not invited to observe.
How will drop off and pick up work? All performers should enter EDMT through the front door entrance and arrive 10-15 minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time for check-in. After rehearsal, performers will exit EDMT through the front door. A Rehearsal Monitor will wait with the performers in front of the building until parents arrive. Please arrive on time to pick up your performer(s).
Who do I go to when I have a question? Please direct all questions to the Show Coordinator or Producer, (Mrs.) Chris Hobbs. Please avoid disrupting rehearsals by going directly to the artistic staff. Staff contact list is available on the EDMT website.
For any additional questions or information about A Christmas Carol, please contact Producer, Chris Hobbs, at [email protected] or call the EDMT office at (916) 941-7464.