Please prepare 32 bars if you are interested in Spitfire Grill and a 1 minute monologue for all shows. Thank you!
We are looking for actresses who can convincingly play the age range of the
character. This does not mean you must be the age of the character. Also, this is NOT
the movie—don’t “type” yourself based on the portrayals in the film. (Don’t get me
wrong, I am very fond of that movie, but we will be looking at this script with fresh
eyes and are looking for actresses who will bring something new to these iconic
Truvy (to play 40-50ish), owner of the beauty shop. She is sassy, witty, warm, and
generous. She’s the family breadwinner and takes great pride in her business. At Truvy’s
shop, ladies get first-class attention, free advice and homespun wisdom.
Annelle (to play 18-24ish), Truvy’s assistant. Naïve, sweet, confused and strong enough to
keep going no matter what life throws at her. Annelle moves from unsure to wild to wildly
religious over the course of the play.
Clairee (to play 55- 70ish), a grand dame and widow of the former mayor. Elegant, self-
assured, sophisticated. Wicked sense of humor. Ouiser’s best friend.
Shelby (to play 22-25ish), the prettiest girl in town. Passionate, strong-willed, determined
to grab hold of all of life’s experiences.
M’Lynn (to play mid-40s to 50s), Shelby’s mother. Certain she knows what’s best, strong,
stubborn, loves fully and fiercely.
Ouiser (to play 55-70ish). Tough, wealthy, cranky, eccentric. Does just as she pleases and
doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about it. Clairee’s best friend.
A little girl, eight years old, with long hair, tied with a neat bow
In her sixties and wears the starched apron and frilly cap of a housekeeper of the period.
A new governess. In her thirties. She is young, pretty, dressed for travelling.
He is twelve years old; a handsome child whose face reflects a remarkable innocence, whose
bearing is gentlemanly and proud.
PETER QUINT and MISS JESSEL
The spirits of the former valet and governess whom haunt the house. (Non-Speaking Roles)
A CHRISTMAS STORY
RALPH [Male, 30-45]
The adult version of Ralphie and the narrator of the play. Must be charismatic, a great
storyteller, and able to carry the entire play. This actor also typically plays THE COWBOY,
THE TREE LOT OWNER, THE DELIVERY MAN, and THE NEIGHBOR.
RALPHIE PARKER [Male, 8-12]
To play nine years old. Observant and considerate, with a vivid imagination and ability to
come up with schemes. Dreams of getting a BB gun for Christmas and being a vigilante
MOTHER [Female, 30-45]
Ralphie’s mother is the glue holding the household together. She is more intelligent than she
lets on, and it takes a lot to irritate her. She almost always is calm and collected, despite her
being firmly against Ralphie getting a BB gun.
THE OLD MAN [Male, 35-50]
Called “The Old Man” not because he’s old, but because he is Ralphie’s father. The Old Man is
grumpy and a sore loser; he delights in repairing hardware around the house. He loves his
family, but does not feel the need to show it.
RANDY [Male, 6-11]
Ralphie’s kid brother. Messy, needy, and a bit immature. Needs to be able to snort like a pig.
Need to play 6 or 7.
MISS SHIELDS [Female, 25-45]
Ralphie’s teacher. Strict yet caring. She takes no nonsense, as she tries to keep a hold on her
classroom. She also should be able to deliver over-the-top melodrama in some of the fantasy
FLICK [Male, 8-12]
Ralphie’s friend and classmate. Outspoken, with personality & humor but gets bullied
constantly by Scut Farkas. A weakling with a lot of heart; think like Dustin from Stranger
SCHWARTZ [Male, 8-12]
Ralphie’s friend and classmate. He is falsely blamed for teaching Ralphie bad words. Just as
much personality as Flick, and he never skips a chance to poke Flick’s injured arm.
ESTHER JANE ALBERRY [Female, 8-12]
A somewhat shy and sweet classmate of Ralphie’s who harbors a crush on him.
HELEN WEATHERS [Female, 8-12]
Extremely intelligent, high-achiever, and sure of herself. Helen is the brainiest girl in
Ralphie’s class, but she could also beat up all the boys if she wanted to.
SCOUT FARKAS [Male, 9-12]
The school bully who goes after Ralphie and his friends. He should be highly intimidating,
and he supposedly has terrifying yellow eyes!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
NOTE: All actors must be versatile, well-trained at dialects/accents, and excel at
improvisation! All characters, other than FOGG, play multiple roles and must have
strong physical and comic versatility.
FOGG: 30-50 year old male. Actor 5. A London gentleman circumnavigating the globe in 80
days. He is determined to win, no matter the obstacle. Charming with a quiet reserve.
Actor 1: late 20s-40s year old male. A man of many faces. Bouncing with energy.
DETECTIVE FIX and others: late 20s-40s year old male. Actor 2. A dogged Scotland Yard
detective. Brawn over brains every time.
PASSEPARTOUT and others: late 20s-50 year old male. Actor 3. Fogg’s resourceful sidekick
servant. Strong comedic actor. Light tumbling/acrobatics required.
AUODA and others: 20s-40 year old female. Actor 4. Our only female of the ensemble.
Damsel, yes. Distress, no.
THE SPITFIRE GRILL
PERCY TALBOTT (early 20s).
Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and sadness beyond
her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence (but please don't use one for
auditions). Strong folk/country belt to 'D', some head voice required.
HANNAH FERGUSON (about 70).
A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the
bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.
SHELBY THORPE (mid-30s).
A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk soprano
with strong high belt to 'D'.
CALEB THORPE (early 40s).
Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the
past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top 'G').
SHERIFF JOE SUTTER (mid-late 20s).
A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong
folk tenor to a 'G' (touches an 'A').
EFFY KRAYNECK (50s).
Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in
mezzo/alto chest range. Carries close harmony.
THE VISITOR (mid-40s).
A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense
of his body.
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