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Auditions for Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) and Crimes of the Heart
 
Sunday, October 24, 2021, for both plays
 
Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Rd # 110, Carmichael, CA 95608
 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
 
 
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez
 
 
Directed by Steve Buri
 
Summary of the play:
 
Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!  The play accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths seem both utterly ridiculous and absolutely essential.
 
Character Breakdown (all roles available):
 
3 actors with comedic timing (any age/gender affiliation/ethnicity)
 
Audition Materials for Every Christmas Story…
 
Auditions for Every Christmas Story…will consist of cold readings from the script, given out at time of audition.
 
Performance Schedule
 
Performance dates: (some Thurs, Fri/Sat evenings, Sunday matinees)
 
** Due to holidays, dates are irregular: Dec. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23**
 
 
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
 
Directed by Bill Zarriello
 
 
Summary of the play:
 
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.  The tragicomedy relates the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments. Each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed.
 
 
Character Breakdown (all roles available):
 
Lenny Magrath - 30, the oldest sister. Considers herself an ‘old-maid’ and is very preoccupied with appropriateness and following the rules. Underneath, she has an immense amount of passion and desire.
 
 
Chick Boyle - 29, the sisters’ first cousin. Married and lives in town with her family. Puts on airs, persnickety, loves gossip (unless it is about her) and is very loyal to her family, even at the expense of her cousins.
 
 
Doc Porter - 30, Meg’s old boyfriend from high school. Has a slight limp which adds rather than detracts from his quiet quality. He carries himself as slightly older than his age.
 
 
Meg Magrath - 27, the middle sister. Outgrew this backwater town, to become a (failed) singer and performer living in Los Angeles who has come home due to Babe’s situation. She is very out-going, impulsive and loves to be center of attention.
 
 
Babe Botrelle - 24, the youngest sister. Married to Zachary Botrelle, a state representative. When the play begins, she is in custody for shooting her husband, which she freely admits she did. Babe approaches the world with a beautiful innocence.
 
 
Barnette Lloyd - 26, Babe’s lawyer. An intelligent man with an almost fanatical intense vendetta.
 
Audition Materials for Crimes of the Heart:
 
Auditions for Crimes of the Heart will consist of the scenes and monologues from the play in the Audition Sides Packet posted here à  Crimes of the Heart Audition Sides Packet.  Please be familiar with the material prior to auditions—no need to be memorized.
 
**Be prepared to list any conflicts with proposed rehearsal schedule below**
 
Proposed Rehearsal Schedule:
 
Rehearsals are primarily Monday – Thursday nights, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, starting December 6, 2021, through January 20, 2022 (extra days off in December allowing for the holidays). Plan to attend mandatory tech work sessions the weekend prior to opening (MLK Holiday weekend) as needed—may try to adjust to avoid holiday weekend (no decision/promises…)
 
Performances Schedule:
 
Performances Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm, January 21, 2022 – through Feb 20, 2022.  
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