For the upcoming holiday season, Seneca Community Players will present a family favorite, “A Christmas Story,” based on the 1983 film of the same name and Jean Shepherd’s fond and funny tribute to the original, traditional, 100% red-blooded, All-American Christmas.
Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday the 12th, adult auditions will be held at SCP Headquarters on Cowing Street, canalside, in Seneca Falls.
Auditions for youths will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
Those planning to audition should be ready to act; scripts will be provided and no additional preparation is required.
The play calls for 19 characters played by 11 actors including:
• Ralphie: a boy age 8-14; good comedy skills and timing required;
• Ralph as an adult: 30-55, who narrates the story, needs to be a good comic storyteller with an easy manner, good speaking voice. Plays several other characters;
• Mother: 20s-40s. Energetic, understated smarts, extremely protective;
• The Old Man: 20s-40s. Match-up with Mother. Ralphie’s father, loud, confident, loveable;
• Randy: Boy, 8-12 who is Ralphie’s little brother. Lots of physical, non-verbal comedy;
• Miss Shields: Ralphie’s teacher, adult female;
• Flick, Schwartz and Scut Farkas: Boys Ralphie’s age. Flick and Schwartz are his friends, Farkas is the school bully;
• Esther and Helen: Girls in Ralphie’s class.
• Ensemble of Young People: The director may cast additional performers ages 8-14 to play Ralphie’s friends and classmates.
While actors should be able to “play” characters these ages, they do not necessarily have to be that age. Participants should take a list of potential rehearsal conflict dates.
Ellie Albro will direct this production at the Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College campus in Seneca Falls on Dec. 8, 9 and 10. For details, call her at (315) 568-0114 or visit SenecaCommunityPlayers.