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Auditions for Mrs. Bob Crachit’s Wild Christmas Binge

Come audition for our holiday comedy!

Sunday September 16th
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room D
2pm-5pm

Monday September 17th
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room B
6pm-9pm

Audition Requirements: The auditions will consist of a cold reading, as well as 16 bars of a song, (a favorite Christmas carol would be more than acceptable). It should be noted that while vocals will be considered, they are secondary to acting and comedic ability for this particular show.

In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does). She tries to show Scrooge his past, present and future in order to change him, but her magic keeps malfunctioning in Durang’s version of the beloved holiday classic, and they consistently find themselves transported to the wrong time and place. She tries to take Scrooge back to see his old employers, the Fezziwigs—”always an audience favorite”—but instead she and Scrooge keep appearing in the present at the Cratchit’s pathetic home. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She’s sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

GHOST – (20’s to 40’s) a striking theatrical woman with a lot of soul. No accent.

EBENEEZER SCROOGE – (40’s to 60’s) a sour, cranky and grumpy man who hates Christmas. English accent.

BOB CRATCHIT – (30’s to 40’s) a mild mannered, suffering blob of a man. Scrooge’s employee, and family man. English accent.

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT – (30’s to 40’s) an exhausted and fed up house wife. No accent.

TINY TIM – (adult actor 20’s) a boyish adult. Always positive despite his limp. English accent.

LITTLE NELL – (adult actress, 20’s to 30’s) Bob and Mrs. Bob’s daughter. She is not “little”.

MR. FEZZIWIG – (30’s to 50’s) extremely cheerful and happy, his personality dominates the room. English accent.

GEORGE BAILEY – (20’s to 40’s) happy and hyper.

GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY – (40’s to 60’s) Scrooge’s former business partner, misunderstood. English accent.

THE NICE MRS. CRATCHIT – (20’s to 30’s) lovely, sweet, calm, generous. She’s everything that Mrs. Cratchit isn’t. English accent. Also plays Mrs. Dutch Person (dutch accent) and Lovely Irish Voice (Irish accent).

YOUNG EBENEEZER – (boy, age 8 to 13) a young Scrooge with seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome. English accent.

YOUNG JACOB MARLEY – (girl, age 8 to 13) a young Jacob, he actually likes Christmas. English accent.

Auditions for Laughter on the 23rd Floor!

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a 1993 play by Neil Simon. It focuses on the star and writers of a TV comedy-variety show in the 1950s, inspired by Simon’s own early career experience as a junior writer for Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s

 Hour.

  • August 26 7pm-10pm Johnson County Fairgrounds
  • August 27 6pm-9pm Robert A Lee Recreation Center, Meeting Room B

Looking at starting rehearsals by Sept. 9, depending on availability of actors.

 

 

Help us fill this fantastic cast of strong characters! No preparation necessary, excerpts from the script will be provided on location. New auditionees encouraged!

Max Prince (Lead): Male, 35-60, Bigger-than-life comic actor who is the mega-star of a hugely popular television variety show “The Max Prince Show,” based on Sid Caesar and “Your Show of Shows;” cannot help but dominate a room entirely.

Lucas Brickman (Lead): Male, 20-35, The freshman writer; sensible and sincere. Our story guide.

Milt Fields: Male, 30-45, The flamboyant “gag” man; a joke a minute wholesaler who deals in fast paced patter.

Val Slotsky: Male, 30-45, A senior member of the staff; the most politically aware of all the writers; a Russian immigrant, he should still carry a strong accent.

Brian Doyle: Male, 30-45, Irish-American, with a biting sense of humor and bitter outlook on life, smokes, drinks, and coughs a lot.

Kenny Franks: Male, 25-35, Considered the “boy genius” of the group but also the most sophisticated of the writers.

Ira Stone: Male, 35-45, A hypochondriac, comes in late every day with a new ailment.

Carol Wyman: Female, 28-40, The only female staff writer. Strong. Independent. Fiery.

Helen: Female, 20-30, Max’s secretary, attractive in a quirky way and completely out of her element amongst the writers.

ICCT Insodus Needs You!


Iowa City Community Theatre needs YOUR help! We can’t start our season without creating our theater in our space! We can use help of all kinds, from individuals of all abilities, so come on out and we’ll put you to work. Join us for one of the times listed below!

August 17th 5pm-9pm

August 18th 9am-6pm

August 19th 9am-6pm

RSVP to the Facebook event here (times displayed are the range when we’ll be out there, and you can drop in for an hour or stay the entire time)

Some examples of tasks include:
Unloading the truck
Building risers
Setting chairs
Putting up curtains
Unrolling and laying down carpet
Organizing many things
AND SO MUCH MORE!

Volunteering 10 hours gets you a free Flexpass. Wear clothes that can get dirty, bring gloves if you have them, and be a part of bringing this ALL-VOLUNTEER Community Theater back for its next season!

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