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

Hartford Stage to Audition Child Actors for 20th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

Hartford, CT, September 5Hartford Stage will hold auditions for children of all ethnic backgrounds, ages 5 to 13, for the Tony Award-winning theatre’s 20th 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 between the ages of 5-13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after December 31, 2017. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks for some roles will be held on Thursday, September 28 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 (Rehearsal Studio 2).

Children must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under 1 minute long and will be expected to sing several bars of a song, preferably a Christmas carol, a cappella (without piano accompaniment). Children are asked to wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes to the audition.

Rehearsals begin Friday, November 10, with performance dates from Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 31. Parents should be aware that participation in this production will require children to miss some school.

For questions, please email No phone calls, please.


Now in its 54th season, Hartford Stage’s mission is to enlighten, entertain, and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on audiences, the community, and its field. Led by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, Hartford Stage is renowned for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals – including over 70 world and American premieres – as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches approximately 20,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011, Hartford Stage has presented the world premieres of the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens – currently on Broadway; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; 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; and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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.  

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