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.