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Sep 30

A Christmas Carol Youth Auditions – SEP 30

COCA and The Rep will cast students for A Christmas Carol to be performed at The Rep’s Loretto-Hilton Theatre.

FRI, SEP 30 | 4:30–6:30PM

Age Guidelines: Ages 5–6

For an appointment to audition, register online or contact registration@cocastl.org.

Download sides to prepare for audition


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Michael Wilson

A Christmas Carol is a Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production in partnership with COCA – Center of Creative Arts with performances at the Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves.

Directed by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Artistic Director, Hana S. Sharif, with The Rep’s Director of Learning and Community Engagement, Adena Varner, directing the youth ensemble.

Sep 30

A Christmas Carol Youth Auditions – SEP 30

COCA and The Rep will cast students for A Christmas Carol to be performed at The Rep’s Loretto-Hilton Theatre.

September 30 @ 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

6880 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to audition?

Yes, due to demand, we are asking any interested child to audition on Friday, September 30 between the hours of 4:30 & 6:30PM. To register for an audition time, contact registration@cocastl.org or register online at the link above.

What does my child need to prepare? 

Acting: There are 2 sides that you can read with your child to help them prepare. Feel free to choose one or both. They will read/perform this side during their audition. We will have a reader in the audition room reading with them and will have extra copies of the sides for the youth to read from, if needed. If your child can’t read just yet, do not worry. We will give them their lines in the audition, so please ensure that they are familiar with the lines.

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Singing: They should prepare to sing a chorus of their favorite song, or sing the “Happy Birthday” song.

Dance: They should wear comfortable clothes and shoes they can dance in.

Is performance experience necessary?

Absolutely not. They just have to have big personality and be willing to have fun on stage.

Does my child have to be vaccinated against COVID 19? 

Yes! It is a requirement to have all children in the cast vaccinated. If cast, youth must be vaccinated by October 25.

What is the time commitment? 

Our production process is divided into three segments 1) Early COCA rehearsals, 2) Professional Rehearsals with the adult cast, and 3) Performances.

SEP 30 through OCT 23: Fridays from 4:30–8:30PM and Sundays 2:00–6:00PM

OCT 25–NOV 17: Professional rehearsals held at The Rep’s rehearsal space in Webster Groves.

Weekday rehearsals are from 4:00–8:00PM

Weekend rehearsals are typically from 10:00AM–6:00PM

NOV 18–DEC 30: Run of the show. Performance times range.

Are there shows on the holiday?

There are no performances on holidays! However, opening night is November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. There are no performances on December 24, 25, or 26.

If cast, does my child have to attend all performances? 

No, we will have two youth ensemble casts and the casts alternate performances. No one child will be called every day for every performance, however your child will be expected to stand in as an understudy, if needed.

Does my child have to attend all rehearsals?

Yes, however youth will not be called every day for the full rehearsal day. We will work with our stage management team to produce the industry standard “Daily Call” and each morning you will know exactly when your child will be expected to attend rehearsal that day. If your child needs to miss a rehearsal in October, we can see if that is a conflict that we can accommodate.

A Christmas Carol Synopsis 

At long last, the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present and future have caught up with him. Now London’s most infamous miser must take a transformative journey as he faces the worst parts of himself and discovers unexpected redemption. Michael Wilson’s wondrous adaptation has delighted more than 1 million audience members throughout the country. The New York Times hailed it as “rousing” and “crowd-pleasing.” The Rep and COCA are proud to partner on this production of A Christmas Carol through an educational exchange that includes youth ensemble casting and artistic mentorship.

About The Rep’s Artistic Team

Hana S. Sharif

Hana’s multi-faceted theatre career includes roles as an artistic leader, director, playwright and producer. Hana is the new Augustin Family Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She has spent the last two decades innovating producorial processes, strengthening community engagement, and producing multiple world and regional premieres. During her tenure as Associate Artistic Director at Baltimore Center Stage, she guided the theatre through a multi-million dollar building renovation and rebranding effort. As a fierce champion of new American plays and playwrights, she has helped develop over a hundred plays, including Pulitzer, Tony, and Obie award-winning masterworks. Hana is the recipient of the 2009–10 Aetna New Voices Fellowship, The EMC Arts Working Open Fellowship, and TCG New Generations Fellowship. She serves on the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Sprott Foundation.

About COCA’s Artistic Team

Jennifer Wintzer

Jennifer Wintzer is the Artistic Director of Theatre at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) where she oversees COCApresents and the COCA Pre-Professional Division training program for emerging theatre artists. Jennifer joined COCA’s team from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis where she served as Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director. Under Jennifer’s leadership, the

Festival was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Missouri Arts Council, and FOCUS St. Louis, as well as St. Louis Theatre Circle nominations and awards, including best new play and scenic design. In 2018, as lead producer for the launch of the Festival’s new works series, her producing work received four St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards with the regional premiere of Into the Breeches! by George Brant, including Best Production.  Before relocating to St. Louis, Jennifer worked with Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theatre, and MCC Theater. Jennifer is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Arts and Cultural Strategy. She earned an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company and George Washington University, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She is a recipient of the Actor’s Fund Scholarship for the Marymount Manhattan College Arts Ed Program. She is a proud member of AEA, a RAC CAT Fellow, and serves as adjunct faculty in the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.

Kirven Douthit-Boyd

Kirven Douthit-Boyd is Co-Artistic Director of Dance at COCA. He began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy and as a member of Boston Youth Moves. Kirven studied as a fellowship student at The Ailey School and at the Boston Conservatory. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Hollins University. He began his professional career as a member of Ailey II from 2002–2004 and also performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as a member of Battleworks Dance Company in 2003. In 2004, Kirven joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing nationally and internationally for 11 years. He performed leading roles in works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Ron K. Brown, Geoffrey Holder, Jiri Kylian, David Parsons, Camille A. Brown, Ulysses Dove, Christopher Wheeldon, Hofesh Shecter, Twyla Tharp, Wayne McGregor, and Ohad Naharin. In 2016, Kirven joined Ron K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company as a guest artist. In 2010, Kirven performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison hosted by Michelle Obama. He appeared as a guest artist in ballet and contemporary dance galas in Argentina, Mexico, and Canada. He is the 2014 recipient of the Black Theater Alliance Award for his performance in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, the 2015 recipient of the Next Generation in Leadership Award from the Freedom House in Boston, and the 2016 recipient of Boston Arts Academy’s Apollo Award. Kirven has choreographed for The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Webster University, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Youth Moves, and COCA. He has also choreographed for Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Black Repertory Theater, The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and Ailey II. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, and has completed Lester Horton Pedagogy studies under Ana Marie Forsythe in New York and St. Louis.