BROWNSBURG — Last month, 11-year-old Kellin Cremeens went into an audition for the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” with little hope of getting a role.
He ended up beating out hundreds of other child actors and earning a main role in the production that runs throughout this month.
“We saw they had auditions and thought it might be good to get to know people around here,” Kellin said. “I auditioned and they didn’t know me at all. To them, I was just a complete stranger. It was absolute shock, because we didn’t go into the auditions thinking we had too much hope.”
Kellin and his mother, Amber, said that most of the other children who had been auditioning for parts had been known to the director, having been to a summer camp at the theatre. She said they went in thinking the odds were stacked against them, but believing it would be a good experience all the same.
“We moved here last August,” Amber said, “and I just saw this online and he’s never done anything at the IRT so we thought it’d be good just to go see what the process is. We were very excited when we found out (he got the part), and shocked. This has been a really great experience for him.”
Kellin plays four roles, including that of young Ebeneezer Scrooge and Peter Cratchit, but says he never really intended to get into acting.
“In third grade I went to a fine arts school in Texas,” he said. “You had to take five classes you rotate through. On theater, I didn’t do it voluntarily, but we had to perform a skit with a partner. I performed and I absolutely loved it. Then my teacher told me there was a play they were holding auditions for at the school, so I tried it and loved it.”