Festival Vocal Auditions
The Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks creative, diverse, and energetic storytellers to help bring history to life as singers during the 2021 Halloween and Christmas celebrations along historic Main Street.
FESTIVAL SINGERS Auditions: By appointment Sunday, May 16th and Thursday, May 20th. Sign up for an audition time slot HERE.
Audition Location: Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau (lower level) 230 South Main Street Saint Charles, MO 63301.
Compensation: All positions start at the rate of $11.19 an hour for all rehearsals and performances.
Role Requirements: Singing roles require an outgoing, creative personality, a strong sense of teamwork, a solid musical ability to maintain a harmony line and memorize a musical repertoire. Vocalists should be comfortable developing a character persona and interacting “in character” with festival guests. Both Legends & Lanterns™ and Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® are all-weather festivals that take place entirely outdoors. Positions will require long periods of standing/walking in a variety of weather conditions.
These festivals feature vocal groups of several different types. Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® currently presents Victorian SATB quartets, modern SATB quartets and SSA/SSAA/TTBB trios/quartets. Those ensembles sing music appropriate to the historical period of their group and in the vocal stylings of that period. Auditioning singers may be considered for an open position in any appropriate group. Legends and Lanterns™ features both a mixed quintet (the Angry Villagers) and an SSAA quartet (The Ghouling Stones). Those groups sing selections themed to the season and its characters. Singers cast in either festival will also be expected to develop specific characters as they interact with the festival guests throughout the day.
Legends & Lanterns™: A “Spirited” Journey Through Halloween History
Heading into its sixth season, Legends & Lanterns™ brings to life some of the most iconic and infamous villains, witches, and phantoms 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 entertaining “little monsters” of all ages.
Performance Dates: NOTE: Individuals auditioning for Legends & Lanterns™ MUST be available for the duration of ALL performance dates.
- October 9 (11am-6pm)
- October 10 (12pm-5pm)
- October 16 (11am-6pm)
- October 17 (12pm-5pm)
- October 22 (5pm-8pm)
- October 23 (11am-8pm)
- October 24 (12pm-5pm)
Special Event: October 29 (7pm-10pm)
Full Festival Cast Rehearsals: July 25 (10am-1pm), August 22 (Time TBD), September 25 (12pm-2pm), October 2 (11am-2pm)
Vocal Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm, August 31-October 5.
Saint Charles Christmas Traditions®:
For 47 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 can be accommodated, availability will be a deciding factor when casting.
- Opening Day (11/26): 12pm-9pm
- Saturdays (11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18): 12pm-9pm
- Sundays (11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19): 12pm-5pm
- Wednesdays (12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22): 6pm-9pm
- Fridays (12/3, 12/10, 12/17): 6pm-9pm
- Christmas Eve (12/24): 11am-2pm
Full Festival Cast Rehearsals: August 29 (10am-1pm), September 12 (Time TBD), November 13 (10am-2pm), November 20 (11am-2pm)
Vocal Rehearsals: Each singing group will rehearse for two hours on either Monday or Tuesday evenings between October 11-November 15. All singers auditioning will be asked to provide their preference/availability for Mondays or Tuesdays on their audition form, and assigned rehearsal nights for each singing group will be determined prior to casting offers being made.
What to Prepare for Your Audition
If Auditioning for Both Festivals OR Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® ONLY:
FEMALE SINGERS: Prepare both the melody and your specific vocal part for WINTER WONDERLAND. A copy of the music cut and the rehearsal tracks can be found HERE. 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. A copy of the music cut and the rehearsal tracks can be found HERE. Be prepared to sing with an instrumental recording of the other vocal parts. Singers may be asked to vocalize to present their comfortable range.
If Auditioning for Legends & Lanterns™ ONLY:
FEMALE/MALE SINGERS: Prepare both the melody and your specific vocal part for MEAN GIRLS. A copy of the music and the rehearsal tracks can be found HERE. Be prepared to sing with an instrumental recording of the other vocal parts. Singers may be asked to vocalize to present their comfortable range.
NOTE: If auditioning for both festivals, you do NOT need to prepare this selection from MEAN GIRLS; only WINTER WONDERLAND or HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING.
What to 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 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.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Festival Director Ryan Cooper
Auditions are by appointment only
Sunday, May 16
Thursday, May 20
Sign up HERE