The Best Audition Songs for A Christmas Story – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for A Christmas Story? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for A Christmas Story, broken down by character.

Since A Christmas Story is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of wholesome and holiday vibes below in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “A Christmas Story” Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis while listening to the A Christmas Story cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Jean Shepherd/Narrator

*This is not a singing role, but in case a song is requested:

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

Just Like Him” – Elf


Mother

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

I’ll Be Here” – Ordinary Days

So Big / So Small” – Dear Evan Hansen


Ralphie Parker

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde  [Young Clyde’s part]

There Is a Santa Claus” – Elf

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka


Randy Parker

A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Middle of a Moment” – James and the Giant Peach

On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach


The Old Man

A Day for the Cat in the Hat” – Seussical

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

Magic Foot” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


Ensemble (Altos)

Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)” – Elf

More to the Story” – Shrek

Promise Me This” – Theory of Relativity


Ensemble (Baritones)

Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” – Catch Me If You Can

The Wheel” – Tuck Everlasting

Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting


Ensemble (Basses)

I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity

It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

Just Breathe” – The Prom

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day

There Was John” – Tootsie


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Days and Days” – Fun Home

My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting

No More Fear” – Freaky Friday


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Christmas Song” – Elf

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday

World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Noah Down the Stairs” – Caroline, or Change

Ring of Keys” – Fun Home

Up on the Fridge” – Dear Edwina


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for A Christmas Story:

• “A Pony for Christmas” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “Lemonade for the Mailman” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝

• “Snowballs” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “The Not-So-Nice List” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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A Christmas Story Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in A Christmas Story, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

Counting Down to Christmas” – Ralphie, The Parkers, Ensemble

“At Higbee’s” – Ensemble

Red Ryder” – Ralphie

“Counting Down to Christmas (Reprise)” – Ralphie, Company

The Genius on Cleveland Street” – The Old Man

“When You’re a Wimp” – Kids

“Ralphie to the Rescue” – Ralphie, Miss Shields, The Old Man, Mother, Randy, Ensemble

What a Mother Does” – Mother

“Sticky Situation” – Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, Ensemble

“A Major Award” – The Old Man, Mother, Ensemble

“Act One Finale” – Ralphie, Ensemble


Act 2:

“A Kid At Christmas” – Ensemble

Just Like That” – Mother

“Up on Santa’s Lap” – Santa, Ralphie, Randy, Ensemble

“Before the Old Man Comes Home” – The Parkers

“Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” – Ralphie, Randy, Kids

“A Christmas Story” – The Parkers, Company


Which of these audition songs for A Christmas Story did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for A Christmas Story.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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