Audition Information

A Christmas Story

Performances: December 13-22

Auditions are October 5, 6, & 7

Schedule An Audition

Auditions are at Ohlook, 1631 W. Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX

All roles are open.

Rehearsals will being Nov. 4, with performances December 13 - 22

Questions, please contact Jill Blalock Lord,

Please prepare 2 contrasting 32-bar cuts of songs from contemporary musical theater. You may sing from the show.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts - an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here but the enchanting score by Pasek and Paul brings an exciting new dimension to this holiday favorite!

Cast Breakdown

  • Ralphie - 9-12 (not the biggest or the strongest kid), Alto to D5
  • Jean Shepherd - Adult, Charismatic Narrator, non-dancing, non-singing role
  • The Old Man - Adult, Ralphie’s dad, Baritone to F#4
  • Mother - Adult, Ralphie’s mom, Mezzo Soprano to D5
  • Miss Shields - Adult, Ralphie’s teacher, dancer & Mezzo Soprano to G5
  • Randy - 7-10, Ralphie’s younger brother
  • Schwartz - 9-12, classmate
  • Flick - 9 - 12, classmate
  • Esther Jane - 9 - 12, classmate, Ralphie’s crush
  • Mary Beth - 9 - 12, classmate
  • Scut Farkus - 13 - 18, school bully
  • Grover Dill - 12 - 18, Farkus’s side kick
  • Santa - Adult, ill-tempered & slightly inebriated, Tenor to Bb4
  • Big Ensemble for: School Kids, Bank Tellers, Elves, Townspeople, Bankrobbers, Can-Can Girls, Customers, Town Service Workers, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. If all the appointments are full, please feel free to drop by and we will try to fit you in.

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?

If you have one or two schedule conflicts, we may be able to make accommodations in the schedule. If it's more than that, especially for summer productions, you probably won't be cast because we move at such a quick pace. PLEASE bring your weekly schedule and any conflicts with you to the audition.

What's the minimum age for auditions?

All children, ages 5-18, are invited to audition. Everyone who auditions for a Sophomore, Junior or Senior Production will be cast in the show!

What should I bring?

You should prepare a song (sometimes we have preferences about what kind of song, noted in the audition announcement), and you should bring a legible copy of the piano music for our accompanist, in the key you want. **PLEASE NOTE** If you want our accompanist to play your music well, do NOT bring unattached pages of sheet music. Do NOT bring a lead sheet (music with only vocal lines, no piano part). You should either put your music in a three-ring binder or bring a published book. Mark clearly any cuts or changes. If you're bringing a published music book, please break the binding ahead of time so your music lies flat on the music stand. If you put your sheet music into plastic sleeves, make sure the sleeves have a matte finish, not shiny. If you are auditioning for a play, please prepare a monologue.

What should I expect?

Those who audition should come prepared to read from the script provided and to sing a song of your own choice. Beginners may sing any song you are comfortable singing. Advanced performers should choose a song from traditional musical theatre and bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided, or you make bring a recorded accompaniment on your own device (music only – no vocals). We do not have a CD player, so please no CDs. Please come dressed to dance, and wear appropriate, closed-toe shoes – no sandals, please!

Can I sing something from the show?

The answer is almost always YES at Ohlook. Other companies often have different preferences.

Do you want me to sing only 16 bars, or more than that?

Our best advice is to find a great piece of music about 32 bars, so we don't have to cut you off if we're running late...

Can I submit a video audition if I can't make it to the scheduled auditions?

Yes, we do accept video submissions, although we prefer you audition in person. Please email Jill Lord for video submissions.

Group of singers

Do I need a picture and resume?

If you have those, bring them. If not, it's not a problem.

I've never worked with Ohlook before -- can I still get a lead?

Yes! We often give leading roles to actors who have not worked with us, and we regularly practice colorblind casting.

Nervous? Don't be!

We welcome and encourage newcomers to audition for our shows. You will not be the only new person at auditions. Our long-time participants will welcome you and help you feel comfortable in our group. We are here to have fun and make new friends, so all new people are very welcome to join us. The audition process is our chance to get to know you and to see what your performance skills are at this time.

Didn't get the lead? Wait!

We encourage everyone to accept and embrace the fact that most people in our cast will be in the Chorus, which is great fun. You are going to learn a lot of songs, dances and get to be in a significant amount of the show. While you might be disappointed at first, please trust us that you will eventually have a great time no matter what role you play in the show. Staying in the show, even if you are disappointed with your role, is the best way for you to learn, grow and possibly play a larger role in a future production. If you drop out because you didn’t get the role you wanted you will miss out on a lot of fun and special memories with good friends. We have no “stars” or “divas” at Ohlook, and we hope everyone who auditions will come with a cooperative, positive attitude that the show must go on!