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Christmas in July: Theater looking for the next Ralphie

The 5th Avenue Theatre is already making its Christmas list and your kid might be on it. The Seattle theater is staging “A Christmas Story, The Musical” and holding a massive casting call throughout Puget Sound on July 20 at the Tacoma Mall (and at Northgate Mall on the 19th.)

The 5th said it’s searching for “charming, charismatic, and extremely talented kids.” In addition to the lead role of Ralphie they’re looking for several other supporting and ensemble roles to be filled by boys and girls ages 7-14.

The 5th will also be holding a “Christmas in July” ticket sale July 18-20, offering tickets to select performances for $19.39 (the year the story is set). Sale starts online Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 20 at midnight. Visit for more information.

The July 20 audition will be from noon-3 p.m. at the Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele Street, in front of Macy’s.

Here’s more from the annoucement:

Auditions are first-come-first-serve, with a limited number of slots available. Please do not line up before 11:30 AM, as no staff will be present to organize submissions.

If you are unable to attend the auditions on July 19 (at Northgate Mall) and 20 (at Tacoma), check out for information about video auditions.


Kids will be asked to sing one of a limited number of recorded well-loved songs from films and musical theater. Music and lyrics may be downloaded in advance for practice from The 5th Avenue website:


Every child who participates in the auditions will receive a voucher redeemable for one ticket to A Christmas Story. Additionally, at the end of each set of auditions, drawings will be held for some fantastic 5th Avenue prizes. One lucky boy and one lucky girl at each mall will receive a scholarship to one of our 2015 musical theater summer school sessions. Prizes also include a family four pack of tickets to come see A Christmas Story with exclusive access to the opening night cast party.


A Christmas Story, The Musical

Rehearsals begin October 20, 2014, at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

Performances run November 25-December 31, 2014.

RALPHIE: Age 9-12 (to play 9, going on 10). Must be on the short side, possibly a bit pudgy; a regular kid – cute but not handsome, winsome but not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; a kid you wouldn’t mind living next door to. Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but real. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high D.

RANDY: Age 8-9. Ralphie’s younger brother. Smaller than Ralphie; the cuter the better. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie but won’t admit it. Seeking a young kid who is comfortable on stage but real. VOICE: Boy’s unchanged voice. High belter, low F# to high C#.

Visit for additional roles including Scut Farcus, Flick Schwartz, Grover Dill, Mary Beth, Esther Jane and more.

More about A Christmas Story, The Musical

This holiday season, The 5th Avenue Theatre takes you to 1939 Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has only one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment with delicious wit and a heart of gold. Back from two sensational sold out seasons in New York City, A Christmas Story, The Musical returns home to The 5th Avenue Theatre!

About The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation's premier incubators for new musical theater. Since 2002, the celebrated company has produced 16 new musicals. To date, nine have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.

Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks among the nation’s largest and most respected musical theater companies.

In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational outreach programs which include: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, the Rising Star Project, Show Talks with Albert Evans, and Spotlight Nights.

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