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A CHRISTMAS STORY

The South Bend Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for A Christmas Story on the following days and times:

Monday, October 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Call backs if necessary will be
Thursday, October 5, 6:30pm

If unavailable, contact director Bill Heimann at williamandmary2@yahoo.com.

CAST REQUIREMNETS

1. Know conflicts with 6:30 pm rehearsals for the dates listed:
Oct: Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thur. Fri.
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Nov:   1      2      3
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        12     13     14    15    16
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        26     27    28    29    30

2. All auditionees must commit to all the performances on the below dates
December: Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat.
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AUDITON ACTIVITIES

Adults and kids will be asked to:
1. Tell a little personal story, such as a trip, family, sport, or school event.
2. Sing a favorite Christmas song
3. Read short scenes provided

THE STORY

Ralph steps from the shadows and takes us back to the early 1940s for the best Christmas of his life. He recalls that as young Ralphie he ate, slept and breathed with desire for just one gift: the Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle. His mother’s reaction? – “You’ll shoot your eye out!” But Ralphie thinks he knows just how to convince his parents and Santa Clause that he must have this gift. Can he do it? Just like the movie he must survive grade school, the local bully, a smoke belching furnace, the neighbor’s dogs, a friend stuck to a pole, pink bunny PJs, a grumpy Santa, a flirting girl, and parents who just cannot take a hint. Young Ralphie imagines solutions and fantasizes of the happy life with a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle.Characters:

THE ADULTS

Ralph Parker is the adult Ralphie. He narrates extensively from opening to close. A master story teller, he charms the audience with vocal style and wit. His warm friendliness extends to both the characters and the audience.

Mother is the emotional rock of the family. She understands each family member and connects to each with heart and mind. Nothing seems to get to her – except the hideous leg lamp is too much for even her.

The Old Man is the hard pressed dad of the family. He bumbles through life, but wants badly to be a winner. He tries changing a flat tire in record time, taming a smoke belching furnace, getting a deal on a Christmas tree, and winning a trivia contest. His greatest talent is creating long, perfectly harmless, fake profanity.

Miss Shields is the elementary school teacher. In real life, she is the hard working sensible school teacher. In Ralphie’s fantasies she becomes an ecstatic scholar and then the Wicked Witch of the West.

THE KIDS

All are elementary students – Randy is younger.

Ralphie Parker is the young hero of the story. He must have the Red Ryder air rifle. He is certain he’s figured out how to trick the adults, but he gets surprised over and over. A dreamer and a schemer, he won’t quit.

Randy is Ralpie’s young brother. Cute, innocent, and sweet, but lives in his own world. His playing with the oatmeal he won’t eat is spectacular.
Schwartz is a friend and classmate of Ralphie’s. He’s understanding and helpful, but Ralphie get’s him into big trouble at home.

Flick is Ralphie’s friend and Scut’s victim. He’s the kid who’s tongue gets stuck on the pole.

Scut Farcus is the neighborhood bully. He loves chasing and terrorizing the kids.

Esther Jane is a classmate who has a crush on Ralphie.

Helen is the class genius. Her confidence causes the bully Scut Farcus to steer clear.

THE CLASSMATES

A small number of youngsters may be asked to play non-speaking roles as classmates and visitors to Higbee’s Santa Land.

SIDES

Are attached below.

Posted on September 05, 2017