The Dickens Carolers (TM): Creating Christmas Memories Since 1978

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he Dickens Carolers has been auditioning, training and booking costumed, acappella, SATB, Christmas caroling quartets since 1978. We are the largest and longest running caroling organization in the northwest. Auditions are held in early August every year. September through November, we rehearse twice a week (every Sunday evening plus one more TBA). The performance season runs Thanksgiving through Christmas and your personal performance hours are largely determined by your availability. We generally have 40-50 singers who make $25-35/hr. Someone cast into a full-time quartet usually makes $1750-2500 for the season. Someone cast into a part-time quartet (evenings and weekends) usually makes $750-1500.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

The audition will last about 8 minutes and some parts will timed. Please don't be offended if we have to stop you. There are three main parts:

  1. We want to know how you might speak to an audience as a caroler.
    Please prepare a holiday monologue, about 30-45 seconds in length. This is not a traditional “actor’s monologue” or “in character.” Above all else, we want you to be yourself! You could share your thoughts or memories of a favorite holiday experience. You could give an introduction to the song you're going to sing, explaining what it means to you or why you chose it. You could share a bit of a favorite holiday poem, reading or lyric and explain what makes it special to you.
  2. We want to hear your singing voice.
    Next, you’ll sing a verse of a Christmas song of your choosing, a cappella, unaccompanied, any style. Don't try to impress us by picking a song that stretches the limits of your range, ability or memory. Choose a song that you're comfortable with so you can sing it well. Be aware that we may also ask you to sing a few bars of another familiar carol if we want to hear another aspect of your voice.
  3. We want to get a sense of your level of musicianship.
    Finally, we’ll have you sight-read a song or two with a quartet. There is no expected or required level needed to qualify. We just want to get a rough idea of how well and how quickly you’ll be able to learn music.


PLEASE:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition appointment to fill out paperwork.
  • Bring your calendar. Part of the paperwork is a schedule of your availability for the season.
  • Bring a resume and headshot if you have them. If not, that's completely fine.
  • Pencil the callback date into your calendar, so you’ll be available if we need to see you again.
  • We will contact you about a week prior to callbacks to let you if we need to see you again.
  • Callbacks will be Sunday, August 25, 2013, 6:00-9:00pm.


LOCATION & DIRECTIONS:

Auditions are held at:
Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

From I-5, heading southbound, take Northgate Way exit. Take a R to go west on Northgate Way, which will become 105th, then become Holman, then you'll eventually take a R on 14th. It's a couple blocks on the R.
Or
From I-5, heading northbound, take the 85th Street exit. Head west on 85th, take a R on 15th, then after the road curves to the R, you'll take a L onto 14th. It's a couple blocks on the R.

Phone numbers where you can reach us the night of auditions are:
     206-246-8188 (Nathan) or
     206-579-4039 (Jason)
(We give more than one because reception is sometimes bad.)


I WANT TO AUDITION. NOW WHAT?

Click here to submit your name as a potential caroler!

If you're submitting yourself between September and July, don't expect to hear from us right away. We're "making a list" but the "checking it twice" part doesn't happen until July, when we start contacting everyone to set audition appointments.

Feel free to call us (206-320-7007) with additional questions as well. This page is intended to answer most of your questions but we know there may be others.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to meeting you!