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September 4, 2019

A Christmas Story Auditions

Landmark Community Theatre is pleased to announce that it will be holding auditions for their holiday play, A CHRISTMAS STORY, on Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Crescent Gallery, located on Level 2 of the Thomaston Opera House. The production opens December 7th and runs until December 22nd with Friday & Saturday evening performances at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday evenings. An additional rehearsal day will be added as time progresses. In the event of inclement weather, please expect additional rehearsal days.

Auditioners will be seen on a first come first served basis. No appointments are necessary. All scripted characters are 8 years and older. Auditioners will be asked to read scenes from the show and other theatrical pieces. Sides will be provided. Parent/Guardian must be present for any minors auditioning.

Plot Summary: Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Character Breakdown:

• RALPH (Adult Male) Narrator. Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw an audience in to the world of the play. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. An actor with presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Midwestern.

• RALPHIE PARKER (9 – 12 years old) A regular kid – cute but not overly handsome, not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; the boy next door. Ralphie above all is a dreamer. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage.

• MOTHER (Adult Female) She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom.

• THE OLD MAN (Adult Male) He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He’s not the perfect father by any means – he is happiest when he’s tinkering in the basement. He usually expects the worst but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it.

• RANDY (8 – 10 years old) Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie, but won’t admit it. Seeking a young boy who is comfortable and honest on stage, cute, cuddly, & whiny but not a brat.

• MISS SHIELDS (Adult Female) She is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher.

• FLICK (9 – 12 years old) Ralphie’s best friend and classmate. Sticks his tongue to the flagpole.

• SCHWARTZ (9 – 12 years old) Ralphie’s best friend and classmate.

• ESTHER JANE ALBERRY (9 – 12 years old) Ralphie’s classmate. Has a crush on Ralphie.

• HELEN WEATHERS (9 – 12 years old) Ralphie’s classmate. Very smart.

• SCUT FARKAS (12 – 14 years old) The school bully.

• ENSEMBLE: Cowboy, Tree Lot Owner, Delivery Man, Santa Claus, Elves, Classmates, Department store shoppers/clerks, and Townspeople.

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