Auditions for the final production of Theatre 29’s 2016 season, the classic hit comedy “A Christmas Story” have been scheduled for Monday, September 19th at 6:00 PM on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The comedy will take the stage for five weeks beginning November 18th through December 17th.
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest of the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out”.
All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully, the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more!
Having been the Theatre 29 HALLOWEEN HAUNT creator/producer and director for ten years, Director Eric Ross takes a new direction and has picked this comedy as his first scripted production. As some parts have been precast (Mother; Old Man; Miss Shields) he will be seeking 1 Adult Male, five Boys and two Girls for the remaining parts as follows:
RALPH (as an adult) Age: Late 20s to Mid-40s A Storyteller/Narrator (Will play additional characters)
RALPHIE PARKER At Age: 9 (older boys will be considered if they look the part)
RANDY PARKER: Ralphie’s Younger Brother
FLICK: Ralphie’s friend & classmate (also plays: Desperado ONE)
SCHWARTZ: Ralphie’s friend & classmate (also plays: Desperado TWO)
SCUT FARKAS: A Bully (also plays: Black Bart)
ESTHER JANE ALBERRY: A Classmate
HELEN WEATHERS: A Classmate
Show dates are November 18-19, 25-26-27, December 2-3, 9-10-11, 16-17, 2016
Auditions will consist of movement and cold readings. Dress prepared to move. Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or on www.theatre29.org/auditions.
Tickets for “A Christmas Story” are available now online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the theatre 29 box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults, $12.00 for seniors and Military, and $8.00 for Students with ID and children under 12.
Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer Community Theater organization located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. For more information, call 760-361-4151.