Auditions

Details on upcoming auditions below.

Casting is complete for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL

In-Person Auditions
Audition Dates

Monday, April 8, 2024

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Callback Date

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Request an audition appointment HERE.
Instructions

For the initial audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar (60-90 seconds) cutting of a song from the show, or in the style of the show. Please do not sing a cutting longer than 90 seconds. Please bring marked sheet music in the key you intend to sing. An accompanist will be provided. If invited to the dance callback, tap dance will be required. Song/scene sides will be provided as needed.

If you’d like assistance making a musical selection, our team has provided the following cuts, each of which would make excellent options.
Link for Optional Music Sides

Please bring a headshot and resume to your audition.  Auditions will be held at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317).  Please enter through the main doors and there will be signs directing you where to go.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is seeking actors for their upcoming production of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Local actor/singer/dancers are encouraged to submit. While the role of SUSAN WAVERLY will be played by a youth actor and will be cast at a later date, for this initial call, we are only seeing adult (18+) actors. The roles of BOB WALLACE, PHIL DAVIS and MARTHA WATSON have been precast. The understudies for these roles are available and will be cast from the Ensemble.

BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition. CDT is committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization on stage and throughout the company, and shall conduct all auditions in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, ability statuses, and body types. To learn more about the work that we are doing, please visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) contracts prohibit discrimination. AEA is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, AEA encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

 

Production Dates:

First Rehearsal: 9/10/2024
First Preview: 10/4/2024
Opening Performance: 10/11/2024
Closing Performance: 1/25/2025

Production Personnel:

Michael Brindisi, Director
Tamara Kangas Erickson, Choreographer
Andy Kust, Music Director
Nick Haug, Casting Associate
Solveig Huseth, General Manager

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

BOB WALLACE: (stage age: 30s) A major singing star, Bob is the guiding force behind the song and dance team of Wallace and Davis. He wears his fame easily and is a born leader, but has some trouble with social and romantic interactions. Despite his occasional gruffness, he is a deeply kind and principled man who is searching for his true love. A superb singer with a crooning style who moves very well. Baritone. This role will be required to perform scenes of physical intimacy including kissing. (Precast, but Understudy track is available.)

PHIL DAVIS: (stage age: 20-30s) The fun-loving, go-getting song-and-dance partner of the team of Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown and incorrigible ladies’ man who is determined to see his friend happy, even if it requires scheming and outright deception. Strong jazz and tap-dancing needed—a song-and-dance comic performer. Bari-Tenor. This role will be required to perform scenes of physical intimacy including kissing. (Precast, but Understudy track is available.)

BETTY HAYNES: (stage age: 20-30s) The sensible half of the upcoming song-and-dance team, The Haynes Sisters. Destined to be a star in her own right, she is nonetheless hesitant to take the spotlight for herself. A woman of decent, upstanding principles, she is devoted to her younger sister. Like Bob, she hides her yearning for true love under a protective shell. A female singer of quiet beauty and charm with a rich mezzo-soprano range. Must move well. This role will be required to perform scenes of physical intimacy including kissing.

JUDY HAYNES: (stage age: 20s) The younger, more ambitious, slightly scheming Haynes sister. While wholesome and adorable, she is a flirty charmer whom no man can resist. Strong jazz and tap dancing needed. A major song-and-dance performer. Chest / Mix. This role will be required to perform scenes of physical intimacy including kissing.

GENERAL HENRY WAVERLY: (stage age: 50-70s) A retired U.S. Army General, adjusting to returning to civilian life in post World War II America. Once a powerful leader, he now struggles to run an Inn in Vermont. He remains a man of great principle and dignity. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a warm, compassionate man in need of family and love. *This is a non-singing role*

MARTHA WATSON: (stage age: 50-70s) Once a Broadway star, now the General’s housekeeper at the Inn, Martha has a very dry, wry, wisecracking sense of humor. Bighearted, but unsentimental, she runs the General’s life in spite of his protestations. She is an irrepressible meddler, but always for what she believes to be the other guy’s best interests. A winning, appealing character-comedienne with a clarion belt voice. (Precast, but Understudy track is available.)

SUSAN WAVERLY: (stage age: 8-15) The General’s granddaughter, Susan is lovable and outgoing. She is very smart, wise beyond her years, and cares deeply about her grandfather. Once bitten hard by the “showbiz” bug, she transforms into the ultimate child performer. She must have an excellent belt voice, and be able to move well. This role will be cast at a later date, TBA.

RALPH SHELDRAKE: (stage age: 30-40s) Army buddy of Bob and Phil’s, now a major television executive with the Ed Sullivan Show. Fast-talking, New York professional. Baritone.

RITA AND RHODA: (stage age: 20-30s) Bob and Phil’s two star chorus girls. They are brash, sexy, and fun, although perhaps not the smartest.

EZEKIEL FOSTER: (stage age: 50-70s) The ultimate taciturn New Englander, who helps out at the Inn and takes life at a very slow pace.

MIKE: (stage age: 20-50s) Bob and Phil’s stage manager. Has a tendency to be over-dramatic and completely hysterical, but will get things done. Never seen without his whistle and clipboard, which he uses to attempt to keep order.

TESSIE: (stage age: 20s-50s) Bob and Phil’s extremely competent assistant.

JIMMY: (stage age: 30s-50s) The proprietor of “Jimmy’s Back Room,” a none-too-classy nightclub.

ENSEMBLE: The Ensemble will consist of a mix of strong singers and dancers who tap (all ages), who will play a variety of smaller roles in scenes, as well as performing in larger production numbers. Dancers are needed as well as folks who can hold tight jazz vocal harmonies. Principal understudies will be cast from this group.

Frequently Asked Questions

Auditions for White Christmas will be held between April 8-11, 2024.

Generally, you must be 18+ to audition.  CDT does 8 shows a week, Tuesday – Sunday, with matinees on Wednesdays & Saturdays which typically interferes with most school schedules.

Kids are auditioned separately from adults and on a show-by-show basis. (Not every show calls for kid actors.) Auditions are announced on this page and on MinnesotaPlaylist.com.  Child roles are generally double-cast to minimize disruption to school schedules.

Yes.  Email your headshot, resume and vocal/dance reels (optional) to Nick Haug (nhaug@chanhassendt.com). Your materials will be put on file for any upcoming replacement work.

CDT does not typically budget for actor housing.

Questions about auditions and casting?

Email Nick Haug – nhaug@chanhassendt.com

Actors

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of Actors’ Equity Association. As a member of these unions, CDT primarily employs union members. A union contract permits us to hire a very small percentage of non-union actors. Auditions are held for both union and non-union actors a few months prior to each CDT production.

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Musicians

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a professional status theatre company presenting members of the American Federation of Musicians.  We do not hold auditions for musicians.  AFM membership required.  If you would like to be considered, please email your resume of experience to Nick Haug.  You will then be contacted by the music director if a position opens up.

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