Theatre 8:15 proudly announces auditions for A CHRISTMAS STORY!
Directed by: Dawna Kornick and Caitlin Allshouse
Musically Directed by: Jared Sparks
Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 16th (7-9pm) and Monday, October 17th (7-9pm)
All auditioners are asked to come prepared with one minute of a song of their choosing. Auditioners will also be asked to cold read from the script. (Music auditions are to be a capella or with accompaniment tracks if you have them accessible).
Performances: December 2nd-17th (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15pm and Sundays at 2:15pm)
Jean Shepherd/Narrator (Male, late 40s-early 60s) - A charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering - a good-natured curmudgeon with a deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark.
- Ralphie (male, 9 going on 10) - Cute and winsome, but not precious. Bright, but not precocious. A regular kid you wouldn't mind having as a next-door neighbor. He's a bit mischievous and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye.
- Mother (female, 30s-40s) - More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it. She is warm and affable...at times a bit daffy...but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy, especially anytime she's in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.
- The Old Man (male, 30s-40s) - A guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff (and rough) exterior. He's a devoted husband and father who loves his family but doesn't overly show it. He usually expects the worst but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants (though it usually doesn't). In his moments of fantasy, he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true song and dance man.
- Randy (male, 7-8) - Ralphie's younger brother. Cute, cuddly, and whiny. Admires Ralphie but won't admit it. He's at the stage of childhood wherein he seems opposed to everything, but he's still lovable - not a brat.
THE KIDS (may be doubled)
- Schwartz (male, child) - a classmate
- Flick (male, child) - a classmate
- Esther Jane (female, child) - a classmate
- Mary Beth (female, child) - a classmate
- Scut Farkus (male, 14-15) - The textbook example of a school-yard bully, except this truant doesn't go to school. He is loud, obnoxious and intimidating. Older than Ralphie and his classmates by a year or two, he wears a perpetual scowl beneath his trademark coonskin cap. He always appears at the most inopportune times to scare and harass his innocent victims.
- Grover Dill (male, 9-12) - Aways at Farkus' side is his toady, Dilly. Much yonger and decidedly smaller than Farkus. Dill delights in being tethered to his "hero". He punctuates the bully's threats and warning with a series of rapid-fire belly-laughs, thus making the two of them the scourge of the neighborhood whenever they appear. But, like most of their ilk, when the two are finally challenged and bested, they turn out to be the biggest cowards of all.
- Girls (3)
- Bank Tellers
- Tap Specialty Boy
- Goggles Kid
- Waiter's Daughter
THE ADULTS (may be doubled):
- Miss Shields (female, mid 30s-late 50s) - The local elementary school teacher. A seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator - prim and proper. Stern when necessary, though warm - and even humerous - when the situation merits it. In Ralphie's fantasy, she becomes a dynamic, show-stopping, brassy belter and tapper - a force to be reckoned with.
- Santa (male, early 30s-early 60s) - The Santa Claus at Higbee's Department Store is decidedly unlike the typical "Jolly Old Elf" of legend and lore. Ill-tempered and slightly inebriated, he is unhappy with his job. He dismisses each child as quickly as possible in an attempte to put an end to the day and, perhaps, head for the nearest "watering hole".
- Elves (8)
- Delivery Men (2)
- Bankrobbers (2)
- Escaped Prisoner
- Can-Can Girls
- Can-Can Girlfriend
Please direct all question to the director at [email protected]