Friday, August 5, 2016

Fords Hosts Announces Kids Auditions for Christmas Carol and Ragtime

Craig Wallace stars in A Christmas Carol (Photo: Scott Suchman)

From our friends at Ford's Theatre...

Ford's Theatre Society Announces Open Auditions for Children's Roles in A Christmas Carol and Ragtime, August 20th

Children ages 7-13 encouraged to attend

The Ford’s Theatre Society announced that auditions for children’s roles in the company’s productions of A Christmas Carol and Ragtime will be held August 20 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (514 10th Street, NW.)

Those interested in auditioning may sign up for an audition time slot on site beginning at 8:30 AM. Callbacks for Ragtime will be held on August 21, 2016, and callbacks for A Christmas Carol will be held on August 28, 2016.

Children between the ages of 7 and 13, who reside in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore Metro areas, must prepare an a cappella verse/chorus from a Christmas song of their choosing and the scene materials for their specific age group, which are available for download on the Ford’s Theatre website at

Children also should bring a photo and résumé to auditions. Detailed information and conflict sheets also are posted on the Ford’s Theatre Auditions webpage.

Please review the rehearsal and performance schedule prior to auditioning. Those with conflicts should not attend the open auditions on August 20.

A Christmas Carol Auditions:
A Christmas Carol has 13 participating children, ages 7-13: two teams of six children who will split performances, plus one actor (Martha Cratchit) who must be able to perform at all performances. The rehearsal and performance commitment dates for this year’s A Christmas Carol cast are October 28 to December 31, 2016.

Rehearsals will be held after school (3:00 PM - 8:00 PM) on weekdays, and all day (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) on Saturdays and Sundays. Most Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are normal days off. Technical rehearsals begin November 11, and the span of day shifts from noon to 10:00 PM or noon - 11:30 PM (times subject to change.) All performances of A Christmas Carol will be held at Ford’s Theatre (511 10th Street, NW.)

Ragtime Auditions:
Ragtime has four participating children, ages 10-13: two boys who are double cast as the Little Boy, and two girls who are double cast as the Little Girl. The Ragtime commitment dates for children are January 30, 2017, until May 20, 2017.

Rehearsals will be held after school (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM) and all day (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) on Saturdays. Sunday is the scheduled day off, but this is subject to change. Technical rehearsals begin March 3 and the span of day shifts from noon until 10:00 PM daily, with the exception of three days (TBD) when the tech schedule will be noon until 11:30 PM. All performances of Ragtime will be held at Ford’s Theatre (511 10th Street, NW.)

Families will be notified if their child is requested for a callback. Those with questions should visit the Auditions page of the Ford’s Theatre website for detailed information: No phone calls please.

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