Monday, September 28, 2009

Announcing auditions: A Christmas Story

Audition dates have been announced for A Christmas Story, the second production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 MainStage Season. They will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5 in the Shook Room of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette located at 101 S. 9th Street.

Director John David Collier is looking to cast the following:

  • 5 boys between age 7 and 10
  • 2 girls between age 7 and 10
  • 2 women between age 30 and 50
  • 2 men between age 30 and 50

All auditioning will be asked to read from the script; copies are available in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 313 N. 5th Street. No appointment is necessary, but the director asks that everyone - especially youth - arrive at the museum no later than 6 p.m. on either day. People who are unable to attend either scheduled audition date should contact the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in Indiana in the 1940s follows nine-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 Goldblatt'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. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

A Christmas Story will open Friday, December 4 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 20. An additional performance also has been scheduled for Thursday, December 17.

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