BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host open auditions for the New Jersey Youth Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, October 8 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in its black box theater located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The Radio-style play with music of the period includes a cast of ten actors playing all major roles and six children playing the Crachit family. All actors play 3-5 different roles each and ensemble for each other.  A foley artist is onstage with the company to provide sound effects as in the radio shows of years ago.

Audition requirements are a short monologue in a British accent and a bit of any holiday song.  Auditionees are asked to bring sheet music, a headshot, and resume. Open roles include Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Ghost of Christmas Past/Debtor’s Wife/Laundress/Shopper, Ghost of Christmas Present/Businessman/Undertaker/Philanthropist, Old Fezziwig/ Businessman/Debtor, Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-come/Young Scrooge/Fred, Belinda Cratchit (13–16 years old), Peter Cratchit/Young Marley (13-17 years old), and Tiny Tim/Young Scrooge/Ignorance (8–10 years old).

Says Executive Director Karen Deschere, “Networking is the key to the survival of the Arts in New Jersey.  We are happy to host the New Jersey Youth Theatre in our venue for this uplifting holiday treat.” 

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Rehearsals for A Christmas Carol begin on Sunday, November 6.  Performances are December 2, 3, and 4 at the Wharton Institute for Performing Arts located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. For more information, call the New Jersey Youth Theatre at 908-233-3200 or visit

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