The Citadel Theatre is accepting applications from young actors/singers between the ages of 8 and 15 for our production of A Christmas Carol directed by Daryl Cloran
Parents and potential child auditioners should read the following information before deciding to audition.
Children’s Chorus in A Christmas Carol:
- Age range: 8 to 15 (must be under 16 as of November 5, 2022)
- Actors must be available for the following dates:
- Rehearsal: In the rehearsal hall from November 8 to 20, 2022.
The rehearsal week is Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Actors will not
be called for the entire time, but must be available to come if needed.
- Technical (on-stage) Rehearsal: From November 20 to December 1, 2022.
These are intense days of rehearsing and performing, potentially lasting from noon
to ten o’clock.
- Run of the show: December 2 to 23, 2022.
Eight performances per week, Tuesday to Sunday with matinees on some school days.
- Rehearsal: In the rehearsal hall from November 8 to 20, 2022.
Applying for an Audition
We try to ensure that Citadel Theatre auditions are a rewarding experience for all actors, however, it is each parent’s responsibility to ensure your child understands that an audition or callback is not a guarantee they will be offered a role. Directors base their choices on a variety of factors. Please be sure that your child does not have unrealistic expectations about being in our show.
PLEASE NOTE: we only accept audition requests from parents/legal guardians.
- Please read the FAQ for Child Actors (located at the end of this page) and note the commitment dates above. If your child is not available for all dates, please do not request an audition.
- Please obtain and fill in the Audition Application Form, which can be downloaded or requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please submit your request to email@example.com with “Children’s Chorus Audition – A Christmas Carol” in the subject line, and attaching a) completed application form b) a short resume of his/her/their relevant theatre experience and c) a recent headshot or photo of the child (a cell phone photo is just fine).
Audition Dates and Deadlines
- The deadline to apply is Friday, June 3, 2022.
- The audition dates for A Christmas Carol are Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
- Shortly after you have submitted your application for an audition, you will receive information about what to prepare, what time and date to come, and the location.
- Everyone who auditions will be notified about the director’s casting choices. Some child actors may be asked for a callback and will be given further information at that time. Callbacks are scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2022.
Working with Citadel Theatre
We wish to acknowledge that the land on which we live and work is Treaty No. 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home of the First Nations, including both the treaty signatories – Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stony and Cree-Iroquois – as well as other Indigenous peoples, such as the Blackfoot and Métis, who occupied this land. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create and perform on this territory.
The Citadel Theatre is in the heart of amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, AB), and we are proud to call Treaty 6 territory home. As a regional theatre, it is integral that we ensure that the stories we tell, as well as the composition of our artists, board, staff, students, and audience are reflective of the diverse lived experiences in this dynamic city. We encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. For more on Citadel Theatre’s Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity commitments, please visit:
If there are any potential barriers (language, disability, or any other considerations) preventing you from applying to audition please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them.
Accessibility: Citadel Theatre’s rehearsal facilities are accessible to artists that have mobility access needs. Our building is equipped with elevators and numerous accessible washrooms. The Maclab Theatre stage and backstage areas currently have reduced accessibility to artists that have mobility access needs. The Maclab is a unique thrust stage with multiple stairs, risers, and steep ramp entrances and the backstage area does not currently have accessible washrooms or dressing rooms; we are working to correct these issues in the space and are very open to discussing potential workarounds and solutions. Please let us know if you have any questions about the physical layout of our spaces, or other access needs.
Citadel Theatre's COVID-19 Returning Safely Policy:
Citadel Theatre’s COVID-19 protocols (such as masking, screening, testing, vaccinations) are a part of our “Returning Safely Policy,” and will be prepared in advance for each production to ensure everyone is safe in the creative process. PLEASE NOTE – Citadel Theatre’s vaccination protocol will be in place for this production: everyone working in the building is expected to be fully vaccinated (if they are medically able). Please be aware of this requirement before you submit a request for an audition. For A Christmas Carol, all COVID-19 protocols will be included in a rider to the contract.
Yes, we do. With up to 40 actors and 20 crew people (not to mention an audience of 700) it is our firm expectation that your child will be available when called to rehearse and will be on time and ready to perform for every show.
There will be rehearsal every day of the week except Monday but not all actors are called to every rehearsal. We ask everyone to be available for the entire rehearsal period, so it is very important to clear your schedule for the entire time that rehearsal is possible.
Typically we do 8 performances a week. There is usually nothing scheduled on Monday.
Yes and no. You will get the performance schedule when a role is offered, but you will only get a potential rehearsal schedule. The daily rehearsal schedule is drawn up at the end of each day, based on input from the director, the stage manager, choreographer, music director and designers. The stage manager emails the daily schedule to the actors as soon as it is prepared.
The Citadel Theatre is bound by the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (the CTA) which is an agreement between PACT (the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres – of which the Citadel is a member) and CAEA (Canadian Actors’ Equity Association). The CTA allows a Children’s Chorus of youth who are all under the age of 16. In the CTA those young actors are referred to as “child actors”. We find it more consistent to use the terminology of the CTA, even though we know teens prefer to be referred
to as youth.
No. there is no provision in the budget to pay for travel. The expenses incurred to bring your child to the Citadel are paid by you. We appreciate the parents who do this very much, but do not have the resources to pay the expenses ourselves.
No. Unlike hockey and dance programs, the Citadel pays for costumes. Our professional wardrobe people will measure your child and will custom build the costumes and provide all footwear and show underwear. All we ask is that you bring a designated pair of indoor shoes for your child to wear until the show shoes are ready.
Each child who participates receives an honourarium of $400 on opening day.
Rehearsal is a time for the actors and the directors to focus on the work they are doing, so on the whole, we ask that parents stay out of the rehearsal hall while the actors are working. We do realize that it is very meaningful for parents to be able to watch some of the rehearsal process, and to that end, we will open specific rehearsals up for parents to attend. We will give more information about these opportunities to parents when a role is offered.
Yes, that is a certainty. There are school matinees that your child will be performing in. There will also be rehearsals during school hours. We ask parents to speak to your child’s school and make sure the school is aware (and supportive) and will give us with a letter indicating that the school supports your childs participation. There may be school concerts, field trips, birthday parties, and other events that your child will have to forego while in a show, so it is a good idea to discuss this thoroughly.
This is a question that I asked when I started doing this job 18 years ago. In the intervening years, hundreds of children have auditioned and many have been cast in our productions. I receive cards, emails, and verbal thank-yous from parents and consistently the message is: my child has grown and flourished in many ways while being in a Citadel show. Children who appear in our productions love the experience and want to be asked back. Parents have noticed their child’s school marks actually go up over the course of a show. I think this is because the child is so motivated and wants to succeed. Additionally a child interested in theatre gets a rare insight into the workings of a large professional company and gets to work with some of Canada’s best directors, actors, choreographers and music directors.
Yes, everyone who auditions will be notified one way or the other.
We commit to ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone we work with. Everyone working on the show must be fully vaccinated. COVID-19 protocols are prepared in advance for each new production, in collaboration with staff and artists. While protocols will be unique to each project, elements such as mandatory N95 mask use (when not on stage), rapid screening, and daily symptom checks may be included in each production’s protocols.