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Auditions for:

The Christmas Schooner
a musical by John Reeger
music and lyrics by Julie Shannon

Co-Directors: Joe Bishara and Kirsten Upchurch
Music Director: Quee Jones

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 12–4 pm
Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 2–6 pm

Venue: Studio Three, Vern Riffe Center
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Callbacks: Sunday, September 16 | 6–8 pm

To schedule an audition, please email your name and contact information to
Audition slots will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Preparation: Actors will have three minutes to audition and may choose to present two contrasting pieces of 16-32 bars each, or one piece with considerable range, or a song and monologue combination not to exceed 3 minutes. Please bring two copies of your headshot/resume with you to the audition.

These are Equity Principal Auditions. The producer will run all aspects of the audition. Audition appointments will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Synopsis:Take a ride on The Christmas Schooner! The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed musical features a powerfully moving story and an exquisite score of both original music and traditional holiday favorites.

Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800s and early 1900s, The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German-American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition, despite his wife's misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.

A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, family and responsibility. This delightful holiday musical requires strong male talent and a sensibility for classically inspired material.

Character Break Down:
Principal Characters:

  • Karl Stossel | Age 9 | Tenor
  • Gustava Stossel | Baritone Bass
  • Alma Stossel | Soprano
  • Peter Stossel | Baritone

The Crew/Men Storytellers:

  • Rudy | Bari-Teneice
  • Oskar | Bari-Tenor
  • Steve | Baritone
  • Hans/Officer Wells | Baritone
  • Karl Stossel | Age 15/Young Man | Baritone

The Women/Women Storytellers:

  • Enid | Mezzo-soprano
  • Martha/Kate | Soprano
  • Olive/Rose | Mezzo-soprano
  • Mary Claire Daugherty | Age 10 | Soprano
  • Young Girl | Soprano

Youth (12-17) Storytellers/Ensemble Members:

  • 3 males
  • 3 females