Adult Auditions for A Christmas Story



Additional auditions will be held for adults on Sunday, August 28, 3-7 p.m.


Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.


Those who auditioned at the 2016-17 Season Open Call do not need to attend this audition.


Please e-mail to request an appointment.


Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short musical theatre song, not to exceed 2 minutes in length.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.


First Rehearsal: October 31, 2016
Run: November 23 – January 1, 2017


Character Breakdown:


**Seeking adult actors ONLY.


JEAN SHEPARD/ NARRATOR: (50-65) the narrator (Ralphie is him as a boy), plays several roles in and out of the story as well. Midwestern, charming, warm, excellent story teller. And again, warm. Not a singing role.


MISS SHIELDS (30-55): school teacher. Not a stick-in-the-mud, she’s sassy. Funny musical comedy belter who taps.


ADULT ENSEMBLE (18+) seeking interesting, off-beat, singer/dancer/actors with bright contemporary voices to play a multitude of roles and some to play featured roles and some to cover the principals.


Please direct questions to


Open Auditions for Kids – A Christmas Story


Open Auditions for Kids

The public is invited to attend at any point in the day!

Saturday, August 27
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The November Theatre

Boys and girls ages 8 -14. See sign up link for details.

Appointments are required. Limited spaces available.

Sign up for an appointment.

Auditions for Violet

Violet poster
Illustration by Noel Ritter

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre announces auditions for the award-winning musical, Violet by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori.

Director Chase Kniffen and Musical Director Kim Fox seek men between the ages of 20-50, women between the ages of 35-55, and one young actress between the ages of 10-13.

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 15, 6-10 pm at Virginia Rep’s Theatre Gym, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Auditions are by appointment only.

Contact to schedule an appointment or ask a question.  Appointment requests will be answered within 48 hours.  No phone calls, please.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a contemporary musical theatre song, not to exceed two minutes in length.

Rehearsals begin January 16 for a February 16 – March 11, 2017 run.

All actors paid.

Casting the following roles:

(The roles of Violet, Lulu Buffington and The Old Lady have been precast.)

Male; 20-30; An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn’t enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.

Male; 20-30;
A paratrooper and Flick’s friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Fighting his own demons.

Young Vi
Female; 10-13; Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.

Male; 35-45;
A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet’s face while he is chopping wood.

Male; 30-40;
An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Actor doublings include:Radio Singer, Bus Driver 1, Bus Driver 4.

Male; 20-30;
The Preacher’s assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher’s show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. Actor doubles as Billy Dean, Bus Driver 2, Radio Singer and Bus Passenger.

Music Hall Singer
Female; 35-50;
The singer at the dance hall in Memphis. The actor doubles as a Bus Passenger.

Leroy Evans
Male; 25-40;
A citizen of Spruce Pine with a dog named Roscoe. Not very bright. Actor doubles as a Radio Soloist, Bus Driver 3, and Bus Passenger.


Please direct all questions to


Get to know our new Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw

Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw
Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw

Every day my excitement builds about my new role as Artistic Director of Virginia Rep.  While I officially started on July 1, previously planned commitments and life events mean that I will work remotely until I permanently move to Richmond October 1.  My family will follow a few weeks later.  I think Lisa and I can safely say that this summer will be one of the craziest few months of our lives.

Late last fall, we had just discovered my wife was pregnant with our second child.  Not to diminish the remarkable feat of pregnancy, but my wife’s first experience was a relatively graceful one.  At about the same time we discovered we could expect our next child in August, I was receiving offers to direct throughout the summer.  We did not know at that time that I would eventually earn the job at Virginia Rep, and we both felt I needed to continue building my resume.  One of the offers I received was to direct back-to-back productions of West Side Story and A Chorus Line at Cortland Rep in upstate New York.  Agreeing to do these shows would mean six consecutive weeks away from home while Lisa was 7-8 months pregnant with a two year old tearing the house apart.  Although we knew it would be challenging for both of us (particularly my wife), we agreed that I should seize the opportunity to direct these two masterpieces.  How naive we were.  At the time my wife needed me the most, I was off playing make-believe.  Fortunately, Lisa is an amazing woman, and she, my son Benny, and the house, all survived.

For West Side Story and A Chorus Line, Cortand Rep hired primarily the same company of actors.  Only a couple of actors left us after West Side, and only our Zach and Cassie joined us for A Chorus Line.  Everyone else was pulling double-duty.  To rehearse and perform one of these iconic dance shows is a challenge for any triple-threat performer.  But to rehearse West Side Story from 10am to 10pm every day, then begin rehearsing A Chorus Line during the day immediately following our West Side opening, and giving your all to both projects simultaneously, is a nearly impossible task.  Well, if I had to be away from my family for six weeks, the company of actors we hired made it completely worthwhile.  I have never in my career been affiliated with a more devoted group of artists.  They would dance from 10-4:30, rush off for dinner and a 6:30 call to the theater, go through a rigorous pre-show fight call and directly into performance.  Usually, from about 11pm-1am I would type up and email my notes from the previous days work.  Without fail, every single note I sent them (and there were always pages and pages) was considered and “in” for the next day’s rehearsal.  The collaboration with this special group of actors has forever raised the bar on my expectation of actors in relation to work ethic, and the  pursuit of personal connection and detailed, specific storytelling.  This wonderful company has also allowed me to raise expectations of myself.  If they can deliver the level of detail our demanding creative teams asked, while working exhaustively on two physically and emotionally challenging shows, then I must require more of myself and my collaborators on all projects.  I feel immeasurably blessed to have worked with this special group of people before beginning my tenure at Virginia Rep.

Up next…. Touch with Libra Theater Company at 59e59 in New York.  We open this project on August 19th…. our baby is due August 20th.  Our naivety continues.  We will see how that week shakes down.

I sincerely cannot wait to be in Virginia working with all of the wonderful people that have made this get-to-know-you process so exciting.  See you soon!