Palo Alto Players announces combined auditions for its remaining 2019-20 Season musicals: A CHRISTMAS STORY (Book by Joseph Robinette, Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Based on the motion picture “A Christmas Story” distributed by Warner Bros.) and MATILDA (Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl)


Both productions will be directed and choreographed by Janie Scott.  Amanda Ku is the Music Director for A CHRISTMAS STORY.

A CHRISTMAS STORY performs November 8 - 24, 2019.  Thursday curtains are at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtains are at 2pm.  Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin mid-September.


MATILDA performs April 24 - May 10, 2020.  Thursday curtains are at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtains are at 2pm.  Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin late February 2020.

Auditions are by appointment only and are scheduled as follows:


Children's (under 18 years of age) auditions are Friday, June 7th from 2pm - 6:30pm


Adult auditions are Saturday, June 8th from 2-7pm & Sunday, June 9th from 10am-6pm


Callbacks will be held Saturday, June 15th from 10am-5pm & Sunday, June 16th from 3pm-7pm.  Additional callbacks may be held Friday, June 14th, depending on need and scheduling considerations.


Auditions and callbacks will be at the Lucie Stern Theater Rehearsal Room, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  All roles are currently available for both shows.  This is a non-AEA performance.  Stipend available for all adult roles.  We do not plan to double cast any roles.


Video auditions will be accepted for those unable to attend but should NOT be substituted for an in-person audition if that is an option.  Video submissions must include a PDF resume and headshot and should be sent via a YouTube or Vimeo link to  All video submissions must be received by 1pm on Thursday, June 6th.  


-Please prepare a one-minute selection from a musical that shows off your vocal and acting range. An accompanist will be provided, no tapes or recordings please, bring sheet music in your key.

-Bring a headshot (or current photo)/resume stapled together back to back.

-All those auditioning should be prepared to move. Wear flats and, if you need them, knee pads.

-Your calendar of conflicts/potential conflicts from September-November 2019 and February-May, 2020.  Sorry, we cannot accept conflicts on performance dates.



For children's auditions on Friday, June 7th: if you sign up for a vocal audition between 2pm - 4pm please be prepared to attend either the children's dance/movement call from 4pm-6:30pm that evening OR the children's dance/movement call on Sunday, June 9th from 1pm-2pm.  Not all children will be asked to attend these calls.  The children's dance/movement call is not interchangeable with the adult dance/movement call.


For adult auditions on Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th: if you sign up for an adult vocal call, you are required to attend an adult dance/movement call at one of the following times:

Saturday: 4:30pm-5pm or 5pm-6:30pm

Sunday: 12pm-1pm or 5pm-6pm


From the songwriting team behind the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land and recent blockbuster The Greatest Showman, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  An infamous lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.  Warm up for your holiday season with this inspired stage musical adaptation of the perennial film classic!


We are looking for the following characters to bring this jolly show to life


JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: Late 40s to early 50s. A charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice, who can draw an audience in to the world of the play. Radio personality. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Midwestern.


THE OLD MAN: Late 30s-40s. He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He’s not the perfect father by any means – he is happiest when he’s tinkering in the basement. He usually expects the worst but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Actor must be comfortable working with kids. VOICE: high baritone or tenor, must sing to a high G.


MOTHER: 30s-40s. She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom. VOICE: contemporary mezzo with a strong mix, sings low G to high Db.


MISS SHIELDS: Mid 20’s – 40’s. She is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Perhaps a little boring looking at first – ah but underneath! Great with comedy. Character woman. An actress with a flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway. Great mover and comfortable with tap. VOICE: Fierce belter and vocal stylist.


RALPHIE: 9-12 (to play 9, going on 10) A regular kid – cute but not overly handsome, not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; the boy next door. Ralphie above all is a dreamer. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage. Must be an excellent singer and able to carry a show. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high D. Being able to tap dance is a big plus.


RANDY: 8-9. Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie, but won’t admit it. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high C#. Being able to tap dance is a big plus.


SCUT FARCUS: 12-14. Must be 5’ or shorter.  A textbook example of a schoolyard bully. He is loud, obnoxious, and intimidating. He is older than Ralphie by a few years. He always appears at the most inopportune times to scare and harass his innocent victims. Being able to tap dance is a big plus.


SCHWARTZ: One of Ralphie’s best friends, he is in the same class and is a little smarter than his friends. He is one of those kids that acts perfect to his teachers but when adults aren’t around, he is brash, rude, and often says words or phrases he might have heard his father say.

FLICK: One of Ralphie’s best friends. He is in the same class and is around the same level intellectually as Ralphie, but without the charm. He would like to think he is the “leader” of his group of friends and will go to GREAT lengths to prove it.


GROVER DILL: Scuts’ sidekick. He is always at Farkus’ side. Younger and smaller than Scut but still a little intimidating. Dill loves his position next to Scut and likes to punctuate things Scut says with more threats and warnings. Dill is far more annoying than Scut and you can tell underneath Dill’s bullyish character, deep down, he is just a coward.






Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!  Packed with high-energy dance numbers and fresh, clever songs, the Tony award-winning MATILDA is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


We are looking for the following characters to bring this magical show to life

MATILDA WORMWOOD: An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.

Gender: female

Age: Appears 6 to 12

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3


MISS AGATHA TRUNCHBULL: The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children. Often performed by a male actor.

Age: 30-50

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


MISS HONEY:  Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.

Gender: female

Age: 25-35

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F3


MR. WORMWOOD: Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.

Gender: male

Age: 35-50

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3


MRS. WORMWOOD: Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.

Gender: female

Age: 30-50

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3


MICHAEL WORMWOOD: Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.

Gender: male

Age: Appears 12 to 18


BRUCE: Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.

Gender: male

Age: appears 7 to 12

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: C4


LAVENDER: Matilda’s classmate and friend.

Gender: female

Age: appears 7 to 10


MRS. PHELPS: A kind librarian.

Gender: female

Age: 35-55


RUDOLPHO: Mrs. Wormwoods Latin dance partner. Strong singer & dancer.  Comic actor.

Gender: Male

Age: 25-40


ENSEMBLE: The Escapologist, Cook Sergei, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, The Acrobat, Doctor, Rudolpho, Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy, Parents, Children’s Entertainer.

Gender: all

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: C3