A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy

An interactive musical comedy version of Charles Dickens' class Christmas show.

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A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy performances are December 2-18, 2016.


A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy rehearsals are five times per week in October and November 2016.  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (or occassionally 10 pm) and Sunday afternoons, 2:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

Child actors (ages 12 and under) will have a slightly reduced rehearsal schedule.

Actors Wanted for Live Theatre

Beijing Playhouse, China's English Broadway Theatre, seeks 30 actors for our English production of A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy.  10 men, 10 women and 10 children are needed.

Professional acting experience is great—but not necessary. We love discovering new talent. Nationality is not important. Ability to perform in English is required. 

All Roles Open

At Beijing Playhouse all roles are open. For A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy there are 30 roles open, men, women and children.

Acting in community theatre is a big responsibility and a lot of fun.  There's no pay.  Acting in English Broadway theatre is volunteer. Did we mention we have fun parties? Well, we do!

A Christmas Carol Audition Dates--September 18 and 19, 2016

A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy auditions are September 18 and 19, 2016 at Eagle International Performing Arts in Wangjing, a 5 walk from the Donghuqu subway station.  When you submit your audition form, we'll send you a map.  Auditions are Sunday and Monday night.  Call backs are Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 and 21.)

Please arrive on time.  Punctuality is an actor's friend. Beijing traffic is always bad.  Any location, for the first time, can be difficult to find.  Please be respectful of your fellow actors and plan accordingly.  Actors who do not arrive on time are much less likely to be cast in theatre productions.

Audition Format

Monologues are optional and encouraged but not necessary. You'll do a live reading from the script and will perform scenes from the show with other actors.  We'll teach you a song and a dance which you will then perform.

We love non-native English speaking actors in our shows.  If you are non-native English speaker, we strongly suggest bringing a memorized English 60 second language monologue.


Beijing Playhouse's auditions and rehearsals of A Christmas Carol:  A Twisted Musical Comedy take place at Eagle International Performing Arts Center in Wangjing, a 5 minute walk from the Donghuqu subway station.

Performances of A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy performances take place at 77 Theatre, a 15 minute walk from the Nanluoguxiang subway station.


Charity Reader's Theatre--Miracle on 34th Street--Auditions on Saturday, December 9, 2017

Miracle on 34th Street auditions are Saturday, December 9 at 10 am.  Both men and women are encouraged to audition. We need 12 men and 10 women and 2 children in the cast.

Charity Readers Theatre, presented by Beijing Playhouse Drama Club, performs Miracle on 34th Street on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm. 

100% of all ticket sales are donated to Yuanzhong Gender Development Center charity.

There is one performance only.  The rehearsal and performance process is condensed from Beijing Playhouse's usual three months down to just one intense week.  Charity Reader's Theatre is all about acting, acting, acting.  There are no sets, no props, no costumes, no lighting design, no sound design, no subtitles.  Just acting.  And actors will not 100% memorize their lines--hence the reader's theatre concept.

While the CRT commitment is much less, one week as opposed to three months, that will be one extremely intense week.  Actors who are cast in CRT will live and breathe this show for that week.  Being cast in a Charity Readers Theatre show is a big responsibility and a wonderful experience.

Just like BP main stage productions, Charity Readers Theatre is always looking for experienced actors as well as new actors.  We love discovering new talent.  All roles are open and everyone is welcome to come to the audition.  We cast without regard to nationality.  The only requirement is the ability to perform in English.

For the cast of Miracle on 34th Street, we’re looking for:
•12 men; ages 16-80
•10 women; ages 16-80
*2 children; ages 6-12

Like all BP shows, CRT auditions are open to everyone and casting is done entirely on merit.   As with all BP shows, the director evaluates your ability to 1) be a good actor, and 2) to do so in English.

Audition/Rehearsal Schedule
•Auditions:  Saturday, December 9 at 10 am.  (Punctuality is crucial.  Arrive on time.  If you are late, you are unlikely to get cast.)
•Call Backs:  Same day at about 2 pm
•First Rehearsal:  That same night at about 6:30 pm
•Rehearsals:  Monday to Friday nights from 6:30 pm to very late
•“Dress” Rehearsals:  Morning and afternoon, Saturday, December 16
•One Performance Only:  Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

To participate in Charity Readers Theatre you can not miss a single rehearsal.  There can be no conflicts.  If you have even one conflict, we invite you to audition for another show at some point in the future.

Audition Forms
If you’re interested in auditioning, please complete the audition form in advance—by November 20, 2017.   Just let us know and we’ll send it to you.   There is a strong preference in casting for those who have submitted the audition form at least two weeks in advance—by November 20, 2017.   Conversations will take place between the director and potential actors between November 20 and auditions on December 9.   Participation in these conversations is not required to be cast in the show—but it is advantageous.   So you should submit your audition forms by November 20, 2017 and not wait until the last minute.

For audition forms, contact us at broadway@beijingplayhouse.com.

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