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August 9, 2018

Auditions for the musical STRIKING 12

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AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSICAL STRIKING 12
Saturday, 9/8/18: 10am-5pm
Sunday, 9/9/18:  12pm-5pm

at the

CHESTNUT STREET PLAYHOUSE
24 Chestnut Street
Norwich, CT
860-886-2378
www.chestnutstreetplayhouse.org
Director:  Leland E. Rummel (860-884-5412/lertheater@outlook.com)

STRIKING 12 SYNOPSIS
Striking 12 is a perfect alternative to standard holiday fare while still being family-friendly. On New Year’s Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who’s had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year’s Eve, a continent away—and more than a century earlier—Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. The two stories are brought together when a young woman selling special “full-spectrum holiday light bulbs” to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up at the grumpy man’s door. Though the man (who probably could use the bulbs) seems to enjoy the young woman’s company, he sends her away. It’s not until he reads “The Little Match Girl” that he is finally pulled out of his funk. All of this unfolds through a tuneful pop/rock/jazz score that retains the vibrant style of its original performers: the celebrated band, GrooveLily. (The show has since been expanded to 8 or more actors and 6 musicians). The witty and deeply moving script weaves three stories and settings: contemporary New York City, 19th century Denmark, and the very room in which the show is presented. Through simple, unpretentious theater created through the voices and instruments of the performers, Striking 12 reminds us that “the world looks like new… on the first day of the year.”

PERFORMANCE DATES
November 29 – December 16, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00p

GENERAL
Contemporary/pop musical score.  Young adult cast (late teens to mid/late twenties). Looking to create as diverse a cast as possible.

PARTS
Grumpy Guy (Lead)
Young man not at all enthused by the holiday season. Cynical and can’t wait for January 2nd.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) Woman/Adult Little Match Girl (Lead)
Has been cast.

Little Match Girl/Ensemble
In addition to ensemble acting/singing, this 12-13 (or younger) year old female will dance a solo contemporary number depicting the passing away of the young Little Match Girl.

Ensemble
Approximately ten (10) young adult men and women (children & youth will added) – very active and on stage throughout most of the show.  All have lines and individual singing parts.  Lots of choreography and stage movement.

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