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Jun 1 — Jun 2

A Christmas Carol Youth Ensemble Auditions

COCA and The Rep will cast students, 5–14 years old for the youth ensemble of A Christmas Carol to be performed at The Rep’s Loretto-Hilton Theatre

Students are required to be under the age of 15 before December 23, 2023. There are two ensembles that will rehearse together and rotate performances. Returning students from the A Christmas Carol cast in 2023 must attend the callback day on June 3. Students should prepare a side, 32 bars of a song and be prepared to move. Callbacks are Saturday, June 3, 12:00–6:00PM

THU, JUN 1 | 4:00–6:00PM | Register for an Audition Slot

FRI, JUN 2 | 4:00–8:00PM | Register for an Audition Slot

Topper Side

Schoolboy Side

Peter Side

Martha Side

Fan-Young Scrooge Side

YP Side

Belinda Side



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.



The Youth Ensemble rehearsals will begin in September under the direction of the Youth Director, Brian Coats. Students will rehearse at COCA at the start of the semester through the first Rep full company rehearsal in November.



The Repertory Theatre’s professional adult cast will begin rehearsals on October 25, 2022 and the COCA Youth Ensemble will join them following their first day of rehearsal and continue to rehearse and perform with the adult company until the production’s closing date on December 23. The Youth Ensemble members receive a stipend for the professional rehearsal process.


The production will open on November 25, 2022 and close on December 23, 2022. The entire company will have Mondays off. There will be rehearsals during Thanksgiving Break. There will be two rotating Youth Ensembles to rotate performances, but the full rehearsal hours will be required of both companies throughout the process. Students should hold all rehearsal dates and performance dates.



A commitment to the full rehearsal and performance schedule must be made prior to auditioning. Upon receiving casting status, a student agreement must be signed and returned to COCA’s registration team to initiate the registration process. The tech and performance process includes missing extensive daytime hours during the school year and a letter for approval must be reviewed by your school prior to the first professional rehearsal. Conflicts will only be approved for major school and family events, at the discretion of the director. Due to the extensive rehearsal, tech and performance process, it is strongly encouraged that the youth ensemble members do not participate in additional productions outside of A Christmas Carol.



Students ages 10+ that are cast in The Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol are encouraged to enroll in COCA’s Theatre Artist Pre-Professional Division (PPD) which includes rehearsals and classes at COCA. The PPD program runs on a school semester model and includes Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer training and performance opportunities. A Christmas Carol is a professional performance placement opportunity for PPD students but not a requirement for casting. COCA’s team is available to advise on course selection and financial assistance through the registration department.



All students are required to show proof of vaccination to The Rep Company Management Team to be cast in this production due to the requirements of the Actor’s Equity Association. They should be two weeks post second vaccination shot by first rehearsal with the adult cast in October. This rule does not currently apply to COCA productions for the 2023-2024 calendar year that are held on-site at COCA but are subject to change.



All casting and role tracks are subject to the directors discretion and may not reflect the exact breakdown listed below. The tracks are designed to meet the needs of each individual ensemble and can evolve throughout the rehearsal process. All youth ensemble members, no matter casting status, could be asked to participate in ensemble scenes.

Jun 1 — Jun 2

A Christmas Carol Youth Ensemble Auditions

COCA and The Rep will cast students, 5–14 years old for the youth ensemble of A Christmas Carol to be performed at The Rep’s Loretto-Hilton Theatre

June 1, 2023 @ 4:00 pm June 2, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
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