Category Archives: 2018-2019 Season

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

Monday September 17th
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room B

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.

Laughter Cast List

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for our production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor! There was a lot of competition for a limited number of roles. Without further ado, our director Brian Tanner would like to share the cast list in order of appearance:

Lucas – Jacob Kostiv
Milt – Rip Russell
Val – Uri Lessing
Brian – Sam Pelelo-Ray
Kenny – Caleb Floyd Borden
Carol – Amy Schaefer
Max Prince – Duane Larson
Helen – Melissa Kaska
Ira – David Pierce

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


  • 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.