A nationwide digital casting call is underway for the lead role of Ralphie Parker in Fox’s live musical production of A Christmas Story airing in December.

The character description: “Ralphie” is a bright, but not precocious, nine-year-old boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas.

Auditions are open now through Tuesday, August 29, at 11:59 PM PT. Submissions will be accepted digitally only via castittalent.com/A_Christmas_Story. Candidates, ages 9-12, should express strong singing and dancing capabilities and be able to anchor the live three-hour production. As part of the audition, candidates should submit a video performing the original songs “Red Ryder BB Gun” and “Before the Old Man.”
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Saturday Night Live alum will star as Ralphie’s mother.

Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul scored A Christmas Story: The Musical, and will compose several new songs for the live television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live) adapting the book.

A Christmas Story will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The three-hour live musical event will air Sunday, December 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.