2023 Character Performer & Singer Auditions

Legends & Lanterns®: A “Spirited” Journey Through Halloween History

and Saint Charles Christmas Traditions®

 

The Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks creative, diverse, and engaging storytellers to help bring history to life as interactive character performers during the 2023 Halloween and Christmas celebrations along historic Main Street. Read on for information regarding auditions for each festival, available roles, frequently asked questions, and more!

 

CHARACTER PERFORMER & SINGER Auditions

By appointment Sunday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 6th.

Audition Location

Saint Charles Tourism Center (lower level) 230 South Main Street Saint Charles, MO 63301

Role Requirements

An outgoing, creative personality, strong improvisation skills, and the ability to engage with thousands of guests of all ages in character. Both Legends & Lanterns® and Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® are all-weather festivals that take place entirely outdoors. Positions require long periods of standing/walking.

Compensation

All positions start at a rate of $13 per hour for all rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsal & Performance Details

READ ON for performance dates, rehearsal information, frequently asked questions, audition tracks, and more!
 

Legends & Lanterns®
A “Spirited” Journey Through Halloween History

Heading into its 8th season, Legends & Lanterns® brings to life some of the most iconic villains, witches, and ghouls from history and folklore. They have decided to make Main Street their new favorite “haunt”…but don’t worry, these silly apparitions have more treats to offer than tricks, and they look forward to providing the exp-EERIE-nce of your life (of afterlife).

Performance Dates

NOTE: Individuals auditioning for Legends & Lanterns® MUST be available for the duration of ALL performance dates

  • Saturdays, October 14, 21(11am-6pm), & 28 (11am-8pm)

  • Sundays, October 15, 22, & 29 (12pm-5pm)

  • Friday, October 27 (5pm-8pm)

Rehearsal Dates

August 2 (6pm-8pm), August 27 (Time TBD), September 6 (6:30pm-9pm), September 13 (6pm-9pm), September 27 (6pm-7:30pm), October 7 (9am-12pm)

Singer Rehearsals

Singing roles for Legends & Lanterns® will have additional rehearsals for two hours on Tuesday evenings beginning September 12th.

 

Saint Charles Christmas Traditions®

Welcome to the place where Christmas past comes to life! For 49 seasons, Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® has used a unique blend of history, storytelling, and fairytale whimsy to transport visitors back in time to a world of yuletide nostalgia and fantasy where reindeer fly, dapper carolers share a holiday tune, and international figures share the customs of their native cultures.

Performance Dates

NOTE: Individuals auditioning for Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® should make every effort to be available for the duration of ALL performance days. While some conflicts may be accommodated, availability will be a deciding factor when casting.

  • Opening Day (11/24): 12pm-8:30pm
  • Saturdays (11/25, 12/2, 12/09, 12/16, 12/23): 12pm-8:30pm
  • Sundays (11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17): 12pm-5pm
  • Wednesdays (11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20): 6pm-8:30
  • Fridays (12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22): 6pm-8:30pm
  • Christmas Eve (12/24): 11am-2pm

Rehearsal Dates

August 16 (6pm-8pm), August 27 (Time TBD), September 6 (6:30pm-9pm). September 13 (6:30pm-9pm), November 11 (9am-12pm), November 18 (9am-12pm)

Singer Rehearsals

Caroling groups for Christmas Traditions® will have additional rehearsals for 1.5 hours on either Monday OR Tuesday evenings beginning October 16th. All singers auditioning will mark their preference/availability for Mondays or Tuesdays on their audition form, and assigned rehearsal nights foe each singing group will be determined prior to casting offers being made.

Audition Preparation

Characters

Available Character Roles

For your audition, choose up to two (2) available character roles for EACH festival you wish to be considered for (i.e. if you are auditioning for both Legends & Lanterns® AND Saint Charles Christmas Traditions®, you may present up to four characters). Prepare a 90-second performance for each role, giving a taste of what it would be like to interact with your character during the event. Present each of your chosen characters’ personalities in a unique, engaging, and entertaining way. Show us what you would bring to the role. Be creative!

Singers

Music Cut & Rehearsal Tracks

FEMALE SINGERS

Prepare both the melody and your specific vocal part for WINTER WONDERLAND. Review Music Cut & Rehearsal Tracks. Be prepared to sing with an instrumental recording of the other vocal parts. Singers may be asked to vocalize to present their comfortable range.

MALE SINGERS

Prepare both the melody and your specific vocal part for HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING. Review Music Cut & Rehearsal Tracks. Be prepared to sing with an instrumental recording of the other vocal parts. Singers may be asked to vocalize to present their comfortable range.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to the Audition?

A full list of conflicts with the festival rehearsal/performance schedule. A current resume and headshot are encouraged, but not required.

Am I Required To Audition For Both Festivals?

No. Though this audition is casting singers and character performers for both Legends & Lanterns® and Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® (and you are welcome to audition for both), if you are only interested in being considered for one, you will note your preference at the end of your appointment sign-up process.

What If I Can No Longer Attend Auditions?

No worries, we just ask that at your earliest opportunity, you delete your sign-up so that your appointment slot may be freed up for others.

What if I’m Not Available On The Audition Dates But Still Want To Be Considered?

Reach out to Festival Director Ryan Cooper at rcooper@discoverstcharles.com for instructions on submitting a video audition.

When Will I Hear Back After the Auditions?

All individuals who audition will be notified via email of their casting status no later than Friday, June 9th.

Questions?

We look forward to seeing you at auditions! For all questions, please contact rcooper@discoverstcharles.com.

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