For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,
Office: 860-520-7114

Hartford Stage to audition child actors for the 21st anniversary production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

Hartford, CT, August 15, 2018Hartford Stage will hold auditions for children of all ethnic backgrounds, ages 5 to 13, for the Tony Award-winning theatre’s 21st anniversary production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. A Christmas Carol is Connecticut’s premier holiday entertainment. Inaugurated in 1998 by former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson, the show has quickly grown to be enjoyed by tens of thousands of adults and children annually. 

Children interested in auditioning must be non-union between the ages of 5-13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after December 31, 2018. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks for some roles will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditions are by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments available. To schedule an audition, email Auditions will be held at Hartford Stage Offices, 942 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Enter the Residence Inn Marriott, and take the elevator to the second floor.

Children must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under 1 minute long and sing a Christmas carol or short holiday song, a cappella (without piano accompaniment). Children are asked to wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes and should bring a recent photograph (does not have to be a professional headshot) and short bio or resume to the audition.

Rehearsals begin Friday, November 9 and will be held Tuesday through Sunday. Performance dates for A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas are Friday, November 23, through Sunday, December 29. Parents should be aware that participation in this production will require children to miss some school. Members of the youth ensemble receive a small honorarium. Housing is not provided.

For questions, please email  No phone calls, please.


Now in our 55th season, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 21,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.    

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