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Syracuse Stage announces youth auditions for ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘The Miracle Worker’
Seeking boys and girls ages 7-12 of all ethnicities.
Syracuse Stage will be hosting local non-equity auditions for all children’s roles in the 2010-11 season productions of “A Christmas Story” and “The Miracle Worker.” Auditions will be held Sept. 14-15 and Oct. 28-29. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule a time, contact Chris Botek at (315) 443-4008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The young actors chosen must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Children’s rehearsals will be after school on weekdays and during the day on weekends. Performance schedules include both matinee and evening performances. “A Christmas Story” rehearsals begin Nov. 2. The show runs Nov. 30-Dec. 30. “The Miracle Worker” rehearsals begin Feb. 22, 2011. The show runs March 23-April 23, 2011.
ROLES TO BE CAST:
“A Christmas Story”:
Ralphie Parker: male age 9-12, lead boy who is often teased by bullies. Caucasian.
Randy: male age 7-8, Ralphie’s little brother. Caucasian.
Flick: male age 9-12, Ralphie’s friend. Any ethnicity.
Schwartz: male age 9-12, Ralphie’s friend. Any ethnicity.
Esther Jane Alberry: female age 9-12, Ralphie’s classmate. Any ethnicity.
Helen Weathers: female age 9-12, Ralphie’s classmate. Any ethnicity.
Scut Farkas: male 9-12, bully. Also plays Black Bart. Any ethnicity.
“The Miracle Worker”:
Helen: female age 8-12, blind and deaf and acts and reacts as such—a single line, but is onstage almost the entire show. Caucasian.
Martha: female age 8-12, daughter of a servant, playmate (of sorts) of Helen. African American.
Percy: male age 8-12, son of a servant, playmate of Helen. African American.
Blind girls/boys: age 8-14, various ages of young girls and boys at the blind school.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
A smoking furnace, a bully named Farkus, a pack of thieving, baying hounds, a dingblang-fuzzle-whizzin-mouthed old man, a prized leg lamp that’s more leg than lamp—and a bunny suit: Is this the stuff of Christmas? It is for Ralphie, and all he really wants is a legendary official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. Brighten the holidays with this hilarious and critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s wry and witty tale of a special Christmas past and journey back to a time when we all had less and it felt like more.
THE MIRACLE WORKER
“Once I knew only darkness and stillness … my life was without past or future … but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” In her own words, Helen Keller captures the inspirational heart of William Gibson’s classic American play. Between the emptiness and the rapture, though, came a fierce struggle of wills, with Helen, in her darkness and stillness, on one side and on the other, the determined Annie Sullivan, a young woman who had endured a lifetime of pain in just 20 years. Gibson’s text is unsparing and unflinching in its depiction of their confrontation and mutual triumph.