The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for

The Grand Opera House will present A Christmas Carol based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Performances are on November 23, 24 & 30 and December 1 at 7:30pm and November 25 and December 2 at 2:00pm. 

Director: Frank McClain


1:00-3:00 PM Saturday, September 29th
6:00-8:00 PM Sunday, September 30th
Call backs:
1:00 PM Saturday, October 6th

*Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to make appropriate arrangements.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 15th. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between October 15th and November 17th.  Availability for evening dress rehearsals November 18th – 21st and all performances is mandatory.  There will not be a rehearsal on November 22nd (Thanksgiving). Rehearsals may possibly run anytime from 6-10 pm Monday through Friday and various times on the weekend depending on necessity. NOTE: Rehearsal dates and times are NOT set in stone and will be determined by the availability of the cast!

Actors will be asked to read from the show and sing, A capella, a traditional Christmas Carol of their choosing. Audition sides will be available from the Grand Opera House Business Office in advance or on the day of the audition and can be picked up between 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday or emailed upon request by contacting Frank McClain at For additional information please contact Frank McClain.

Roles Seeking Actors of all ages

Ebenezer Scrooge – The miserly owner of a London counting-house
Bob Cratchit  – Scrooge’s clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family.
Jacob Marley –  Scrooge’s equally greedy partner, a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains.
The Ghost of Christmas Past  – The first spirit to visit Scrooge, takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past.
The Ghost of Christmas Present  – The second spirit to visit Scrooge, with an oversized and jovial countenance.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come  – The third a silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe.
Fred – Scrooge’s nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas.
Mr. Fezziwig – The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed.
Mrs. Fezziwig – Jovial like her husband and warm hearted.
Belle – A beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man.
Mrs. Cratchit – Bob’s wife, a kind and loving woman.
Peter Cratchit – Bob’s oldest son
Martha Cratchit – Bob’s oldest daughter, who works in a milliner’s shop.
Tiny Tim – Bob Cratchit’s young son, crippled from birth.
Fan – Scrooge’s sister as a girl in his vision of Christmases past.
Scrooge as a boy
Scrooge as a young man
Charitable Men or Women – Two people who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale seeking charitable contributions.

 There are many speaking roles within the ensemble such as street vendors, well to do passers-by, party guests, shop girls and boys, children etc.

The production will feature the singing of traditional Christmas Carols. 

  • A Note On Casting: Specific ages or age ranges for individual characters have intentionally been omitted. For this production it is more important that the actor be able to convey the essence of the character and his or her general age.   Also adults and children of any age or gender may audition for the “Ghosts”.